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Centre not considering talks with militant organizations: Garg

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SHILLONG, April 20: Joint Secretary Home in-charge North East, Satyendra Garg has revealed that the Centre is not actively considering any further proposals to initiate talks with militant groups at this juncture.
“The Government of India is not considering any other proposal at this moment to initiate talks with any militant groups,” said Garg soon after his meeting with senior government officials to discuss the fulfillment of the Agreed Text of Settelment (ATS) with ANVC and ANVC – B held here in the city on Thursday.

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UDP MDCs under threat of expulsion from party

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SHILLONG, April 20: With four of its MDCs not complying with the party’s directive to withdraw support to the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the United Democratic Party will soon serve these MDCs show cause notices with the possibility of them being expelled from the party.
“I have sent a proposal to the party chief to immediate convene a meeting and if necessary for an emergent meeting Central Executive Committee (CEC) to deal with the matter,” UDP senior working president Bindo M Lanong said here on Thursday.

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Quality of fish consumed in WJH comes into question

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SHILLONG, April 20: With the shortfall in the supply of fresh fish in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) being met with imports from Andhra Pradesh, the fact that this fish reaches the district 18 to 21 day after it is shipped from the source has brought into question the quality of the fish consumed here.
The fact that fish packed in ice is taking this long to reach WJH from Andhra Pradesh was pointed out during a meeting held between the Meghalaya State Planning Board (MSPB) and officials of various departments in the district.

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Centre banishes VIP red beacons, Congress says mere symbolism

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NEW DELHI, April 19 (IANS): VIPs will not be allowed to flaunt red beacons atop their vehicles from May 1, the government announced on Wednesday, in a decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress termed it as mere “symbolic politics”.
The decision was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who informed the cabinet about it. Soon after the announcement, several ministers removed the red beacons from their vehicles.
“From May 1, no red beacon will be allowed atop any official vehicle. There will be no exceptions,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here after the cabinet meeting.

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Centre to review peace pact with ANVC, ANVC.B

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SHILLONG, April 20: Quelling the distrust emerging out of the alleged delay of the Centre and the State government to review the fulfilment of the ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ between the Centre and the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its breakaway faction the ANVC.B, the Joint Secretary Home in-charge of North East, Satyendra Garg has said that it has reviewed the issue and it will hold discussions with all the stakeholders including nominees from ANVC.B in either May or June, this year. 

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Sonowal directs removal of all red beacons

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GUWAHATI, April 20: Following the Union cabinet decision to do away with the red beacons atop cars of ministers, bureaucrats, politicians and VVIPs, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed all in the state to remove the same immediately.
Welcoming the Union cabinet decision the Assam CM said that the removal of red beacons is a step towards Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India.

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Shillong hails ban on red beacons

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SHILLONG, April 19: Civil society of Shillong at large has hailed the union cabinet decision to ban use of red beacons by VIPs from May 1, 2017.
Public representatives and political parties of Meghalaya while appreciating this move on Wednesday stressed on the need to keep a close watch on long convoys used by VVIPs when they visit the state and the Northeast.
Congress Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh said, “I’m good with it because as it is, I travel around in my own private vehicle and I hardly use the official vehicle except when I am in a rush to attend some meetings. Having said that, let us see whether the same order is being followed by the Union Ministers when they visit the Northeast.”

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