Tura, Jan 15: On expected lines, extortion activities, which had been on the wane since the announcement of demonetization, resumed once again in the Garo Hills region – albeit with these activities being confined mainly to the coal belt areas of Garo Hills for now.
Interestingly a visit to these areas revealed that while the militant outfits of the area had been hit hard due to their earlier money becoming useless, a significant part of it may have still crept into the banking system through the use of money mules.
Tura, Jan 15: In what is already an open secret, angry residents of Purakhasia village in West Garo Hills have raised questions on the alleged nexus between policemen as well as BSF and cattle smugglers along the Indo-Bangladesh border in both West and South West Garo Hills.
Ambala, Jan 14 (IANS): Anil Vij, a minister from Haryana, on Saturday sparked a fresh controversy, saying Mahatma Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes and that Modi is a bigger brand name than Gandhi.
"The day Gandhi came on the rupee, its devaluation started. Gradually, he will be removed from the notes also," Vij said.
However, the minister later withdrew his statement against Mahatma Gandhi.
Agartala, Jan 14 (IANS): Budget airliner IndiGo in association with Delhi Police has launched a scheme to carry bodies of underprivileged residents of northeast India, who die in the national capital, to their homes free of cost.
An IndiGo release said here on Saturday that "Aakhiri Ahuti" is a humanitarian initiative to ferry the human remains of the deceased belonging to the northeastern states.
"There were several incidents in which people from northeastern states residing in Delhi died. They were buried or cremated in Delhi without their kith or kin being present. Due to financial constraints, relatives of the deceased were unable to take the body back to their native place," the release said.
SHILLONG; Jan 15: The Civil Society Women’s Organization, CSWO has alleged that the Election of the Headman of Umsaw Nongkharai has been forcefully conducted as ordered by the Sordar Nongpoh, in spite of strong objections from many of the Villagers of the area.
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IMPHAL, Jan 14: The Manipur unit of National People’s Party (NPP) will contest the ensuing Manipur assembly polls on its own, party national executive member and Meghalaya legislator James Sangma announced here on Saturday.
Addressing media at the state NPP office, Chingmeirong, James Sangma said party’s election management committee for Manipur election has been formed after an executive meeting was held.
Vatican City, Jan 14 (IANS/AKI): The Vatican is allowing the homeless to sleep in one of its churches in central Rome and shelter during a cold snap that has already claimed several lives.
It has also keeping its dormitories open around the clock and on the orders of Pope Francis down-and-outs are being allowed to sleep in Vatican vehicles.
Around 30 homeless people including Italians and foreigners are being allowed to sleep in St Calisto Church and its adjoining buildings in Rome's Trastevere district as long as the cold weather lasts, the Holy See said on Friday.