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Supreme Court backs death for Kasab

Posted in August 2012

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS): The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist caught alive after the 26/11 Mumbai strike that claimed 166 lives.
"We are constrained to hold that the death penalty is the only sentence that can be given in the circumstances of the case," the apex court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C.K. Prasad said.
Kasab, one of the 10 Pakistanis who sneaked into Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008 for a terror siege of the city that ended on Nov 29 afternoon, had moved the apex court challenging the death sentence by a trial court, which was later upheld by the Bombay High Court.

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Kharshiing to meet MPCC president for pre – poll alliance today

Posted in August 2012

Staff Reporter
Shillong, Aug 29:
Former MP and National Observer for all the northeastern state units of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Robert Kharshiing will be meeting President of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Dr DD Lapang on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a pre – poll alliance with Congress in Meghalaya for the 2013 Assembly polls.
Speaking to Meghalaya Times, Kharshiing exuded confidence in the possibility of the alliance saying “I see no reason not to have pre – poll alliance here” and added “I am 100 percent sure that the alliance will take shape”.

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Naroda Patiya massacre: Ex-minister Kodnani, 31 convicted

Posted in August 2012

Ahmedabad, Aug 29 (IANS): Ten years after a mob hacked and burnt to death 97 Muslims in Naroda Patiya locality here during riots, a Gujarat special court Wednesday convicted 32 people, including former BJP minister Mayaben Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, for the massacre.
The special court in Ahmedabad also acquitted 29 people. The sentencing is on Friday.
This is the first time that a former minister has been convicted in a Gujarat riots case.
All those convicted, including Kodnani, have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 302 (murder) and 120B (conspiracy).
Public prosecutor Akhil Desai said the charge of criminal conspiracy has been proved and no leniency should be shown to the guilty.

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ANVC(B) declares Black Flag movement for Garos

Posted in August 2012

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SHILLONG, Aug 29:
ANVC(B) on Wednesday demanded the government to fulfill its demands before it is too late, claiming that people of Garo hills have been wounded because of irresponsible leaders even as it announced Black Flag movement of Garos.
“We will make sure that every citizen of Garo Hills knows their right and practices it with pride”, ANVC(B) said in a statement issued here.
Challenging the state government, the ANVC(B) said, “Imposing law only for Garo Hills will pave a situation similar to Assam”.
The ANVC(B) is demanding the resignation of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Purno K Sangma and his deputy for their alleged corruption that is claimed to have drained the coffer of the district council.

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Maitshaphrang wants thorough debate on Compulsory Marriage Registration Bill in Assembly

Posted in August 2012

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SHILLONG, Aug 29:
Ahead of the upcoming State Assembly session, the Maitshaphrang Wednesday appealed to all legislators to have a thorough debate on the “Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Bill, 2011” before it is being legislated into an Act, citing that it does not want the Assembly to legislate a “weak” and “effective” Act.
“We urge upon the elected representatives to have a thorough debate on the Bill before it is legislated into an Act”, Maitshaphrang Convener Michael Syiem told reporters at a news conference held in the city here on Wednesday.
He said, “Matrilineal Meghalaya needs a ‘strong’ and ‘effectiv’” – ‘Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act’ to control the problem of influx besides checking rampant divorcees, broken homes”.

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