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3 gang rape accused remanded to judicial custody

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SHILLONG, Jan 20: A local court here has remanded three accused of raping a 21 year old woman in Ri Bhoi district to 14 days judicial custody on Friday.
“They (accused) have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody,” SP GD Kharwanlang said here.
Kyrshan Lyngdoh Marbaniang, Meljohn Ramshon and Ropsing Nongpluh are accused of gang raping the 21 year old victim at Nongtraw in Ri Bhoi district on January 13 last.

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Mukul assures bridging developmental gaps

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SHILLONG, Jan 20: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has promised to bridge the developmental gaps in the state and bringing administration closer to the people.
Dr. Sangma had assured this while laying the foundation stone for Damalgre C&RD block at Rerapara in South West Garo Hills (SGH) district on Friday wherein he said, “We are committed to ensure that the whole developmental gaps and disparities are taken care off. Our agenda is to ensure not just sustainable development but a truly inclusive development, so that we are able to create an enabling environment for the citizen’s well-being.”

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Parents win when children excel: Ampareen

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SHILLONG, Jan 20: The pride that people feel when they see their children excel in their academic pursuits was highlighted by the state ITC Minister, Dr. M Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday after she had presented laptops to the meritorious students who excelled in the Class X and Class XII Examinations 2016 of MBOSE, ICSE and Class XII Examination of the CBSE at Yojana Bhavan, Shillong.

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CSWO, TUR hijack Congress protest against demonetization

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SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Civil Society Women’s Organization and the Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) hijacked the protest against the BJP led Central Government’s move for demonetization that the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) had staged on Wednesday afternoon.
Much to the surprise of the organizers of the protest, three activists of the two NGO had turned up at the gates of the Reserve Bank of India offices here where the Congress members were gheraoing the premises and had started shouting slogans against the grand old party, the saffron brigade and also the regional parties of the state.

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Traditional Chiefs demand Dorphang’s suspension

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SHILLONG, Jan 20: Traditional Chiefs of Meghalaya under the banner of the Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM) have demanded the immediate suspension of Mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang who was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 14 year old girl recently.

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SC denies reprieve for JHADC in traditional headmen case

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SHILLONG, Jan 20: The argument of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) that it should be excluded from the case pertaining to the traditional headmen was rejected by the Supreme Court of India on Friday which was not convinced that a JHADC’s Act passed in 2015 should grant it exclusion from the case.
The interlocutory application No 2 of 2016 filed by the JHADC in main case of SLP (C) NO 3656 OF 2016 was rejected by the Supreme Court during a hearing held on the matter in New Delhi on Friday.
The JHADC had claimed that as it has already framed a new Act for appointment of dollois and headmen in 2015, its name should be deleted from the cause item and that it should be excluded from the case.
It may be noted, the JHAD (Establishment of Elaka and Village and Election, Appointment, Powers, Function and Jurisdiction of Dolloi/Sirdar and Waheh Shnong) Act 2015 was passed by the JHADC to empower traditional heads.
The JHADC was represented by its counsel HS Thangkhiew senior advocate while the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) acting on behalf of the headmen in Khasi Hills and the Dollois of Jaintia Hills who are part of the case was represented by Amit Kumar (Advocate on Records) Supreme Court of India.
In a statement issued here, the Dorbar Ki Daloi Ka Ri Jaintia (DKDRJ) chairman C Lyngdoh said, “The Apex Court has refused to entertain the plea of the JHADC to exclude it from the purview of the headmen case. The Supreme Court did not accept the reliance of JHADC on its 2015 Act. The Court did not pass any order in favour of JHADC but instead admitted the main case of headmen and Dollois,” he said.
He also informed that the JHADC has failed to convince the Court about how the 2015 Act would completely cover all aspects of the powers and functions of headmen and hence, the Court did not give recognition to the 2015 Act.
“The fate of the powers and functions of Dollois and headmen in Jaintia Hills now purely lies at the outcome of the decision to be passed by the Supreme Court at the time of final disposal of the headmen case,” Lyngdoh said.
He informed that copies of the Act will be served to the Union of India for its opinion and consideration as it is also a party to the main case.


 

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MDC questions veracity of claims made by GHPA

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TURA, Jan 18: Congress MDC from Boldamgre, Stevie Marak, in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has once again set the cat amongst the pigeons by questioning the veracity of the claims made by the Garo Hills Progressive Alliance (GHPA) led alliance on the utilization of the Rs 100.71 crore Special Plan Assistance (SPA) provided by the centre.
The latest salvo comes after the recent vigilance and monitoring committee meeting held at the Tura Circuit House. The meeting was chaired by the Tura MP and National People’s Party head Conrad K Sangma and was attended by most members of the house.Conrad had at the time stated that 60% of the funds had already been allocated with almost all projects at the halfway stage of completion.

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