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SI Nurul Islam: A temporary appointee and class 10 pass

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SHILLONG, July 14: Fugitive Meghalaya police Sub Inspector (SI), Nurul Islam, accused of rape, was a temporary appointee and had just passed his class 10 board exams, an information sought under the  Right To Information (RTI) has revealed.
According to the service records of Islam, that dates back to August 6, 1983, the absconding cop was first enlisted as a “temporary appointee” as a constable.
Islam also registered himself as a resident of South Salmara in Dhubri district of Assam. The sub-inspector’s educational qualification is just “HSLC passed 3rd division,” according to the information sought by social activists, Agnes Kharshiing, who is also the President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO.)

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NEC claims completion of an incomplete road

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Tura, July 14: The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) has been a scheme which was supposed to provide a lifeline to connect remote villages to the mainstream. However, most of these roads within the Garo Hills region have not been completed to provide for an all weather lifeline to the people. The situation in Balipara, close to the Tikrikilla town has been a case in point, with the contractors (NEC) claiming completion of the road, whereas the ground reality is completely otherwise. The All India Garo Union (AIGU) pointed out anomalies to the story of the road.

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Curfew and economic blockade lifted in West Garo Hills

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TURA, July 13: The West Garo Hills District Administration on Saturday announced the lifting of curfew from the region. Almost simultaneously, the economic blockade set up by the people of Mankachar and Hatsingimari was also withdrawn.
West Garo Hills DC Pravin Bakshi made the announcements and said things were getting back to normal which was a very good sign. Bakshi said, “In view of the bettering of relations and the reduction of violence we have announced a withdrawal of the curfew as it had been affecting the movement of the buses in the night. We reviewed the situation and are happy with the current state of affairs. We thereby decided to withdraw the curfew that has been imposed since the June 21.”

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Meghalaya’s Dy Speaker grooves to drum beats at Behdienkhlam Festival

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SHILLONG, July 13: “Behdienkhlam Festival” of the Jaintia tribal or pnar people in Meghalaya concluded on Saturday amidst participation of thousands of tribal people in a ritualistic expression to overcome the destructive forces of nature including diseases and an invocation to God for a good harvest.
Considered as one of the important festivals of Meghalaya, it is celebrated during mid-July every year after the sowing season is over. "Khlam" means ‘Plague or Pestilence’ and "Beh Dien" means to drive away the plague with sticks and religious fervor.

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Mizoram has huge oil reserves, to be tapped

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AIZAWL, July 14: A geologist from Mizoram Dr Lallenmawia has informed that Mizoram falls under category number one or 'proven commercial productivity zone' which roughly estimates there could be about 170 million metric tonnes of untapped crude reserves. The oil reserve could be even more and, if tapped, the state would witness an economic boom to the extent of earning a sobriquet of Kuwait of the Northeast India, the geologist said.

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Joint meeting held, CID probe initiated into Tura violence

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TURA, July 13: Hinting at the role of external factors at play for creating the tense situation in Garo Hills and along the border areas of Assam, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi announced that a CID enquiry has been instituted that would get to the bottom of the problem and find and book the creators of the situation.

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Modi has all prime ministerial qualities: Purno Sangma

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Shillong, July 12 (IANS): Narendra Modi has "all the qualities of a prime minister", former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma said Friday adding that the Gujarat chief minister will become prime minister provided the BJP has the numbers in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"He (Modi) has popular support in the Hindi-speaking belt, but is yet to reach out to people in the South (India). If the BJP comes to power, I am sure he will be the next prime minister, as he also has all the qualities of a prime minister," Sangma told journalists here.

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