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Foreign minister S.M. Krishna quits ahead of cabinet reshuffle

Posted in October 2012

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS): India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna resigned Friday just ahead of what is expected to be a substantial cabinet reshuffle Sunday, paving the way for a new and perhaps younger foreign minister at a challenging time for the nation’s foreign policy and international relations.
Krishna, 80, submitted his papers to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was expected to be drafted for party work ahead of crucial elections in his native state of Karnatka that are due in May 2013 but could be advanced. Krishna was twice the Karnataka chief minister.
Late at night an official of the Prime Minister’s Office said Manmohan Singh had accepted the resignation and would forward it to President Pranab Mukherjee.
The cabinet reshuffle is expected around 10 a.m. Sunday before Manmohan Singh leaves for Himachal Pradesh to address a poll rally.

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Police seeks permission from Speaker to record Cajee’s statement

Posted in October 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 26:
Police on Friday shot a letter to Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope seeking his permission to allow them to take the statement of Congress Parliamentary Secretary and Mawlai legislator Founder Strong Cajee with regards to assault case during the budget session held on March last.

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ANVC(B) apologizes ‘if’ engineers kidnapped by outfit

Posted in October 2012

Staff Reporter
Shillong, Oct 26:
ANVC(B) Chairman Rimpu N Marak Friday apologized if his outfit’s cadres were involved in the kidnapping of the three engineers of the Hyderabad – based engineers.
Rimpu said ANVC(B) leaders were not aware of the incident and did not authorize any cadre to kidnap or abduct in the greater interest of the state.
“We have confined to our ideology and principle, and a concept to bring about a change in the area without any bloodshed. However, we assure cadres who go against the law of the organization will be dealt accordingly if found guilty,” he said.

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Framing of charges against Champion on Nov 8

Posted in October 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 26:
Court on Friday fixed November 8 for framing of charges against the detained Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Chairman Champion R. Sangma.
Champion was on Friday produced before the Court. His Counsel informed, “The matter has been fixed for framing of charges on November 8.”
The GNLA chief is at present charged under Section 121 (a) IPC/ 16, 18, 38, 1 & 2 of UAP (Unlawful Activities Prevention) Act 1967.
Mentionably, on July 30 last, the police officer-turned-rogue Champion Sangma was arrested by the state police along the International Indo-Bangladesh border, hours after he was pushed by Bangladesh security forces.


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‘Fast unto death’ protesters detained by police

Posted in October 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 26:
28-year-old Pynskhemlang Nongshlong and nine other youths were Friday detained by the police, few minutes after they were staging their “fast unto death” inside the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city, to protest against the failure of the state government to resolve the long pending inter-state boundary dispute with Assam.
District magistrate and senior police officers came to the place to intervene by informing Nongshlong that they could not hold their hunger strike inside the DC’s premises as the place has been imposed with the section 144 CrPC.

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