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Assam celebrates Magh Bihu with traditional fervour

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GUWAHATI, Jan 14 (IANS): Assam on Saturday celebrated Magh Bihu with traditional fervour along with the burning of a religious bonfire (meiji).
Although the ‘Magh’ month starts from January 15 (Sunday), Bihu festivities begin from the last day of the ‘Puh’ of the Assamese calendar.

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KSU threatens to return to demand for ILP

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SHILLONG, Jan 13: The Khasi Students Union (KSU) has demanded the state government to fast track the implementation of the comprehensive mechanism to tackle influx and illegal immigration into the state, failing which it will be left with no option but to return to its original demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP in Meghalaya.
The union also reiterated its firm stand against any move to mine uranium in any parts of the state and implementation of railway projects without effective laws in place even as it announced that the election of the new body, which is scheduled to be held on February 11.

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Conrad seeks vigilance, monitoring of MLA schemes

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TURA, Jan 13: The Tura MP, Conrad K Sangma put forward the question of why the Meghalaya state government has so far failed to implement a vigilance and monitoring committee to watch over the implementation of projects under the various MLA scheme.
The question came from the MP came on the sidelines of a meeting to monitor the Rs 100.71 crores special plan assistance provided by the central government to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). The review meeting was held on Thursday at the Circuit House in Tura in West Garo Hills. Conrad is also the head of the vigilance committee to look into implementation of all MDC schemes.

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Khasi part of Indian cultural extravaganza to mesmerize Nepal

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SHILLONG, Jan 13: The plethora of Indian cultural extravaganza is all set to mesmerize the Himalayan capital of Kathmandu in Nepal. The cultural exposition dubbed ‘Days of Indian Culture in Nepal: Namaste Nepal’ will emphasize on the diverse cultures of North Eastern region of India. The 14 day gala festival is being organized from January 14, 2017 under the aegis of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and North Eastern Council (NEC). For the first time, Khasi folk music will be showcased at Nepal, which will be presented by the Arts and Culture Department, Government of Meghalaya. In addition to the folk performance, there will be modern music rendition by renowned Shillong rock star, Lou Majaw and the famed Shillong Chambers Choir. Apart from the entertainment programme, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Riti Academy of Visual Arts. The artworks will comprise of a wide range of folk and contemporary arts from the North Eastern states of India. The Shillong office of ICCR has been instrumental in the promotion of local artistes and exposure of ethnic North East Indian cultures to the rest of the world.

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Butchers call off indefinite strike

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SHILLONG, Jan 13: The Khasi-Jaintia Butchers’ Welfare Association (KJBWA) has called off its indefinite strike following a recent government order issued for regular health check-up and ear tagging of cattle in the state.
The sale of beef in the six districts of the Khasi – Jaintia Hills region was affected in the past four days after the butchers decided to shut down their shops from January 9 last.
Addressing newsmen here on Friday, KJBWA vice president Generous Warlarpih said, “We have decided to call off our indefinite strike and the sale of beef will resume from January 16.”

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SGH kidnapping – ASAK C-in-C gets into fray

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TURA, Jan 13: The kidnapping of three Dalu businessman from near the village of Dumnikura two days ago saw another twist with police sources confirming on Friday that the ASAK commander in chief, Reding T Sangma, had now entered the fray after the original kidnappers failed to make any headway in negotiating with the families of those kidnapped.

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Dorphang remanded to 14 days judicial custody

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SHILLONG, Jan 12: Mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang who is accused of raping a minor girl has been remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a lower court here on Thursday.
The rape accused former militant turned politician was again produced before the court after he completed his five days police custody, which ended here on Thursday. 
“The court has remanded him to fourteen days police custody,” a police officer informed on Thursday.

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