No separate national flag or constitution for Nagas, says interlocutor

first_imgThe Centre will conclude the Naga peace process by October 31 and there will be no separate national flag or constitution for the Nagas, interlocutor R.N. Ravi told The Hindu.Accusing National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN-IM] of delaying the talks, Mr. Ravi said, “Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”Mr. Ravi said the NSCN-IM, with which the Centre signed a framework agreement on August 3, 2015 to find a solution to the Naga issue, had adopted a “procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement, raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution.”Mr. Ravi, who is also Nagaland’s Governor, said the Naga political movement belongs to the Naga people and the civil society groups had given their opinion clearly. He said a “mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for inking the final agreement”, and it has the blessings of the Church.Also Read Tribal groups push for early settlement of Naga political issue Details of 2015 Naga agreement emerge  Mr. Ravi shared the details of the 2015 framework agreement signed with NSCN-IM and the 2017 agreement signed with the armed Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) with the delegation on Friday.“The two agreements do not mention any separate flag or constitution for the Nagas… NSCN-IM has been misleading and lying to the people. It only talks of power sharing. I read out the details in front of the civil society groups, they have made up their mind to conclude the process,” Mr. Ravi said.A statement issued by Mr. Ravi’s office said, “Political maturity and wisdom of the Naga leaders who expressed their overwhelming support in favour of a settlement without any further delay is deeply appreciated. Respecting the Naga people’s wishes, the Government of India is determined to conclude the Peace Process without delay. Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh — to unite 1.2 million Nagas. Centre has said there will be no disintegration of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur to merge the Naga inhabited areas with the existing State of Nagaland.  “Naga people are represented by their traditional tribal apex bodies, village headmen, civil society groups etc…. they have collectively taken a decision for the first time on one platform. We have a written endorsement from them to go ahead and conclude the peace process,” Mr. Ravi said.Asked if the peace deal would be signed without the NSCN-IM, Mr. Ravi said, “I would expect that since the Nagas have expressed their voice, the NSCN should heed the voice.”Details sharedOn Friday, Mr. Ravi held detailed consultations for over three hours with the apex leadership of all the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes of Nagaland, the Nagaland GB Federation, the Nagaland Tribes Council, the Church leaders and civil society organizations in Kohima.Also Readlast_img read more

O’s Bop The Yankees Again, 5-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After beating the New York Yankees on consecutive nights, the Baltimore Orioles were 6 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL’s second wild card with 23 games left and four other teams in front of them.“We’re going to try and win out. Crazier things have happened,” Manager Buck Showalter said following a 5-3, come-from-behind win Sept. 9.“I tell them all the time in advance meetings, today’s an opportunity to start doing the things that we’re capable of doing.”A 3-15 late-summer slide dropped the Orioles from contention. They won consecutive games for the second time since mid-August.After a day off, the Orioles open a three-game series at home Sept. 11 against AL champion Kansas City.“It starts now,” said Steve Pearce, who broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a solo homer off Adam Warren (6-6). “We’ve haven’t been playing good baseball, but there’s a lot of baseball left and we can turn it around, and it started with this series.”Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. New York took a 3-1 lead in the third against Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9), who retired 13 of his last 14 batters.“We’ve seen many times this year him pitch real well, like he did tonight, in a tough environment, on the road against a good team, that’s scratching and clawing for everything,” Showalter said.Jimenez allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none to win his second straight start after going winless in four outings.“You have to take every game like it’s the last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.New York got only one hit after the third. Darren O’Day and Zach Britton finished the four-hitter, with Britton saving his 32nd game in 35 chances.Wearing a new brace on his surgically repaired right knee, CC Sabathia made his first start since Aug. 23 when he cut an outing short because of knee pain.Sabathia left with a two-run lead, the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, and Jonathan Schoop hit a one-hopper to third baseman Chase Headley. But second baseman Stephen Drew allowed the throw to bounce past him for an error that let Baltimore tie the score at 3-3.Drew’s shaky night began when Gerardo Parra’s first-inning bouncer on what could have been a double play bounced off the second baseman’s glove and face, limiting him to a forceout when he recovered. Chris Davis singled in a run with two outs on a catchable soft fly that dropped in front of Beltran in right.Davis added a run-scoring double in the eighth against Brian Mitchell and reached base five times (2 for 2, two walks and a hit batter).“We’re back into a corner,” Pearce said. “It’s a long shot, but we know we’re not out of this thing.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more