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JPC on Citizenship Bill to inform Lok Sabha of opposition in many states

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The 16-member team of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Citizenship Amendment Bill ended its hearing in Shillong on May 11, 2018. On the culmination of his trip to Shillong, JPC Chairperson Rajendra Agarwal said that the committee is entrusted with the task to visit various states and meet respective stakeholders and take their view forward to the Centre. The committee will submit its recommendation to Lok Sabha in which it will mention various states opposing the bill as there were rather demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit has been raised by some groups.

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HNLC adamant on political dialogue with GOI, GOM rules out surrender

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) which was proscribed on November 16, 2000, in a press communiqué through its Publicity Secretary, Saiñkupar Nongtrawn on May 10, 2018 once again expressed the desire to enter political dialogue with the Government of India (GOI) as well as the Government of Meghalaya (GOM) as they reposed their self-belief that the respective government will seek a peaceful solution, leaving aside all bitterness. It has also called for the proposed Peace Talks to address the roots of the armed conflict and not to force the surrender of the HNLC, and once that issue is addressed, much of the reason to fight against the government would disappear.

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Meghalaya Government boldly rejects Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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Thomas Lim
The six-party Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government led by the National People’s Party (NPP) has unanimously decided to reject the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma here on May 8, 2018. The meeting was held just a day ahead of the visit by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Bill. The cabinet, having two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators, has decided to say a resolute ‘No’ to the Bill proposed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in the Centre to make illegal migrants belonging to six communities’ eligible for Citizenship of India.

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Can politic stoop lower than supplying inferior bullet-proof vests to police

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
One of the most inhumane act was exposed when the Officer in - Charge of Bordumsa Police Station in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district, Bhaskar Kalita was killed in an encounter with the Anti-talk faction of United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) militants on May 4, 2018 evening. Kalita was injured in his chest and abdomen even though he was wearing a bullet-proof vest; he succumbed to his injuries during an intense gun battle.
Reportedly, two persons, including an ULFA-I member, were killed in the exchange of fire between the police and the militant outfit. Earlier, an intense gunfight took place between a combined team of Army, Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and suspected cadres of ULFA-I at Kujipathar area of Bordumsa.

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Uncertainty in Manipur as govt moots ILP Bill

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Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party led Government of Nongthombam Biren Singh is all set to introduce the Inner Line Permit (ILP) Bill in the forthcoming monsoon session of Manipur Assembly. The activists are threatening to start the agitations again and also demanded that there should be a time frame to prepare the bills, while the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System women’s and students’ wings have been rounding up non-locals who sneak into Manipur using forged identity or Aadhaar cards.  Police have stepped up vigil along the Manipur-Myanmar border and at Jiribam bordering Assam to prevent any breakdown of Law and Order.
After maintaining peace for some time, the state of Manipur once again is heading towards uncertainty in terms of Law and Order, as an umbrella group- the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), demanding re-introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur announced.

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