Naga News

DIPR Naga News (10.4.2019)


            Chief Secretary Nagaland, Temjen Toy in a circular has informed all concerned that a Pre Monsoon Preparedness meeting will be held on 16th April 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary to discuss about the status of public infrastructures like Roads & Bridges, Power supply and to take stock of preparedness before the onset of the monsoon. All concerned have been requested to attend the meeting positively.



            First award ceremony of Gordon Graham prize for Naga literature was held at Hotel Vivor on 9th April 2019. The Gordon Graham prize for Naga Literature was launched in 2018 to promote good writing, to raise the profile of Naga writers and to encourage reading and writing within the Naga community. It aims at recognising and rewarding the knowledge-keepers and idea-givers of Naga society.

            Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio speaking at the event said that such initiatives will help promote good writing, recognizing and rewarding the knowledge – keeper and idea – givers of Naga society. He added that the award will also encourage reading and writing within the Naga community as reading books opens the horizons of thinking and knowledge.

            He opined that youths need to imbibe the reading culture to open their minds to all that is possible with learning and knowledge. He hopes the award given to the worthy winners will open gates of knowledge and produce more promising young writers towards excellence in our State.

            Congratulating the winners he said that there could not have been more worthy winners as they are the role models for many young aspiring writers.

            Rio said that the KES has instituted the award in memory of Gordon Graham in the 75th year of the battle of Kohima in which he fought as a young captain of the queens own Cameron highlanders in the British 2nd division. Further lauding the Kohima Educational Society Rio said that the award is a true tribute to Gordon Graham for his effort towards helping the cause of education and excellence among the Naga youths and society.

            Sylvia May, daughter of Gordon Graham, said that Gordon Graham was a writer his entire life as for him the written word was everything. She added that he was a classic scholar, who understood the importance of the origin of words and their usage and that this thoughts took him to the many Naga languages and the difficulty of inter tribe communication.

            She mentioned that, Gordon believed word usage is the key to communication and through right language we could communicate to the best of our ability. Sylvia further said that, it was that thought which led to the publication of key words, a glossary of Naga languages.

            She also stated that, Kohima Educational Trust was the idea of Gordon Graham, and the one to which he was most committed to. May opined that her father never spoke much about the war during his life, but thought of the Naga’s had stayed with him all that time. May added that in 2004, on the 60th Anniversary of the battle, he along with several other fellow veterans founded the Educational trust designed to help and assist with educational need for young Naga’s.

            The 1st Gordon Graham prize for Naga Literature was awarded to Dr. Easterine Kire in Fiction category called, “When the river sleeps’ and Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa for his book ‘Forgiveness and Politics: A Critical Appraisal’ in non-fiction category.

            The Gordon Graham award has two categories, one for works of fiction and for non-fiction. The submitted book should be a minimum of 150 pages. The award are given for each of the chosen categories and will receive Rs 1 lakh each and a certificate.

            The writer for the submission entries Last date is June 15th, 2019 and the shortlist will be announced in August, 2019. Winners will be announced in November, 2019 with the Award ceremony to be held in December during Hornbill Festival. Candidates must submit four copies of the printed book plus one digital soft copy. Candidates are also to submit a 1000-2000 word abstract and submit along with the entry form.

                                                                                    (Esuihangle & Tovikali)


            A coordination meeting of Zonal Magistrate and Sector Magistrate along with Master Trainer was held at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall, Kohima on 9th April 2019.

            Giving a final briefing for the smooth conduct of Lok Sabha Election 2019 to be held on 11 April 2019, Deputy Commissioner & DEO Kohima, Anoop Khinchi, IAS said that the Zonal magistrate will be the overall in-charge however the Sector Magistrate also has a very important role for the successful conduct of the election. He asked them to check their respective polling stations where proper voting compartments have been set up and to ensure that the secrecy of the vote should not be compromise and also asked them to take care of any other requirement is still pending.

            The DC & DEO asked the Sector Officers to ensure that all the polling materials and important forms have been collected by their polling teams before they move out for their respective polling stations. He also pointed out that the most important task of the Sector Officers on the poll day will be the mock poll where the Sector Officers has to ensure that the mock poll starts in time ie by 6:00 A.M and after the mock poll it has been cleared for the actual polling process.

            DC further asked them to keep in touch with their respective Polling Stations within the first two hours of the polling day by visiting their Polling Stations and to report that the actual polling has started. He also reminded them on Form 17C which has to be deposited and to ask their Presiding Officers not to close the Polling Station before 4:00 P.M. and wished to have free and fair election successfully.

            ADC Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa, AEO Toshimeren and Master Trainer, Chubayanger also briefed the gathering on the importance of mock poll where certain things has to be taken care and also to report immediately if any failure of EVM and VVPAT occurs on the polling day.

                                                                                    (DPRO, Kohima)


            District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS in a prohibitory order issue on 9th April 2019 stated that in view of the conduct of General Election to the Lok Sabha 2019 in Nagaland on 11.04.2019 it is deemed necessary to make a conducive environment for free and fair polling, under section 126 of the R.P of the People Act, 1951, in the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, the campaign will come to end.

            To ensure that no unscrupulous elements are able to engage in nefarious activities like distribution of cash, gifts, liquor etc to unduly induce and influence the electors for extracting political mileage.

            District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS promulgate the enforcement of section 144 of CrPC in Mon District with immediate effect from 9th April 2019 at 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM of 12th April 2019.

            Assembling and movement of more than 5 persons within Mon District is restricted. However, it does not restrict house-to-house visits during 48 hours in connection with door-to-door campaigning, and movement by Govt. Officials on election duty, those coming to vote during poll day, and those on emergencies services.

                                                                                    (K.K.Chim, IA Mon)


            Commissioner & Returning Officer, M. Patton and ADC & ARO, Limanenla randomized the Second Supplementary Randomization of EVMs/ VVPATs for reserved/unused on 9th April 2019 in the Conference Hall of the Commissioner & Returning Officer, Nagaland.

            The Second Randomization programme was conducted in the presence of General Observers, Alok, IAS and Ravi Jha, IAS stationed in Kohima and Mokokchung for election to the House of the People for 1- Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency. The randomized EVMs/VVPATs were for nine districts of Peren, Pughoboto, Phek, Mokokchung, Wokha, Mon, Longleng, Tuensang and Kiphire.

            The RO also reported that the first Supplementary Randomization was held at the respective DEO levels in the districts.

            The Second Supplementary Randomization was attended by three political parties such as INC, NDPP & NPP.

                                                                                    (Nongozo Rikha, APRO DIPR)


            Deputy Commissioner & Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) Tuensang, Mohammad Ali Shihab IAS has notified to the all concerned that, as per the directives of the Election Commission of India under section 135 C of the representation of the Peoples Act 1951, and for the smooth and peaceful conduct of free and fair poll of the ensuring Parliamentary Election 2019, the day of Poll and the day of Counting is hereby declared as ‘Dry Day’ for the entire district, ie. 11th April 2019 and 23rd May 2019.

                                                                                                (DPRO Tuensang)


            124 polling stations have been dispatched for Peren district with 24 ladies Presiding Officers at Old DC office on 10th April, 2019.

            The P-2 polling parties were sent off ahead of the poll date which is scheduled on 11th April for Nagaland Parliamentary constituency.

                                                                                    (DPRO, Kiso & Shahlong, IA Peren)


            Mon District has dispatched Polling Officials (PO) since 9th April 2019 to far flung/interior villages, categorized as P-2 polling stations, while the rest of the polling officials left on 10th April 2019 to their respective Polling Stations.

            Mon district with 1,39,179 eligible voters of 73162 male and 66017 female will be exercising their franchise in electing the lone representative to the Lok Sabha. Out of the 237 Polling stations, 16 has been categorised as vulnerable, 31 critical and 190 normal. Altogether, 35 polling stations will be female polling officials.

                                                                                    (K.K.Chim, IA Mon)


            DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol has informed that a Lokayukta Awareness programme will be held at DC conference hall, Dimapur on 15th April from 12:00 noon.
Therefore all the below mentioned officers/bodies have been informed to attend the programme.

  1. The Commissioner of Police, Dimapur
  2. All head of departments
  3. All administrative officers both HQ and Outpost
  4. President/Secretary Naga Council
  5. President/Secretary, Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industries
  6. President/Secretary, Dimapur Naga Students Union
  7. President/Secretary, Naga Women Hoho

                                                                                    (Watimenla, IA Dimapur)


            Payment of 2nd World War Veteran Pension, Book Grant, Distress grant, Funeral grant, marriage grant and medical treatment for serious disease from State and ESM Welfare Fund will be disbursed as per details given below:-

Sl. No. Districts/Area covered Date of Payment Remarks/Location for payment


a Kohima, Phek, Tseminyu, Pughoboto, Kiphire 16 April 2019 ZSWO, Kohima


b Dimapur, Peren, Mon 17 April 2019 ZSWO Dimapur
c Wokha 23 April 2019 ZSWO Wokha
d Mokokchung, Tuensang, Longleng 24 April 2019 ZSWO Mokokchung
e Zunheboto 25 April 2019 ZSWO Zunheboto
f All districts (in case of leftover) 26 April 2019 Directorate office Sepfuzou Colony

            Payment shall be made to the veterans only on production of Pension Book or to the next of kin on production of original discharge certificate/death certificate if the veteran is not alive duly attested by Cl-I Gazetted Officer. Other payment shall made on production of Identity Card issued by Zila Sainik Welfare Offices.