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Israeli poet strikes poetic sentiments of Shillong

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SHILLONG, April 03: Dr Diti Ronen, famed poet from Israel, enthralled the audience with a reading of her poems at the Asian Confluence Centre on Wednesday. An “Evening of Poems” organized by the centre in collaboration with Shillong Poetry Society also featured a large number of local poets who read out their poetry.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Diti is also a theatre researcher besides being a poet. She teaches cultural policy and arts management in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and advises on these subjects to Governmental offices, municipalities, arts funding organizations and to cultural and artistic institutions. Ronen studied theatre in Tel Aviv University and received her PhD degree on her theory of the acting selves. She is deeply involved in the Israeli cultural scene.

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Five militant outfits unite to form A’chik Revolutionary Front

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TURA, April 02: The various underground groups have formed a new outfit christened ‘A’chik Revolutionary Front (ARF)’ on Tuesday to raise voice of Garo People against prevailing menace unleashed by various militant groups in the name of separate Garo State and to initiate speedy peace-settlement in accordance with yearning of separate Garo State for the Garos.

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Public helicopters cannot be used by political parties under MCC

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SHILLONG, April 02: State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Prashant Naik Wednesday said the provisions in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) prohibits the use of public helicopters by political parties even as he ruled out any violation against MCC in the appointment process to vacant posts in the Agriculture department of the State government.
“The department is waiting for reports from the Returning Officers with regards to alleged use of public helicopters by political parties,” Naik told reporters here.

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HNLC supports Khasi National Awakening Day, blames Govt for influx

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SHILLONG, April 02: Proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Wednesday blamed the State government’s failure for the increased inflow of outsiders in the state and called upon the indigenous tribals to protect and preserve the land and its identity.
Supporting the upcoming Khasi National Awakening Day scheduled on April 4, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said the day should be observed by everybody and realize the need to protect and preserve the identity and culture of the land.

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Wine store owner shot by suspected ANVC(B) militants

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Demand pads of new groups used for extortion
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WILLIAMNAGAR, April 02: One wine store owner was shot in the leg one day after a grenade was thrown at another in the town of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH) on Wednesday. The wine store owner, identified as Sunil Sangma, was shot in the leg by two suspected A’chik National Volunteers Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B) militants at about 1:30 pm at the main market.
Interestingly, the militants did not use the name of ANVC (B) to serve demand notes, but used the names of newer groups like ANLA, ATF and the newly formed Matchadu Matchabet!

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ANLA militant killed by mob

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Baghmara, April 02: In another case of public ire against the growing wrath of militancy in the region, one cadre from the A’chik National Liberation Army (ANLA) was killed after he and his aide shot at three people in the leg in the crowded Jadi Market at about 8:30 am on Wednesday morning.
The incident happened in the town of Jadigittim, about 35 kms from the town of Baghmara, headquarter of South Garo Hills, during the weekly bazaar.

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Meeting on ethical voting urges all to choose wisely

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Tura, April 02: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, who is also the Returning Officer of the Tura seat, met with senior citizens, church elders, NGOs, civil society institutions, youth organizations to encourage all to ensure a free and fair election as well to ensure voting is done ethically.
The Election Commission of India has put a lot of emphasis on ethical and informed voting free from influences pertaining to caste, creed and religion and community orientation to ensure free and fair elections. The campaign for ethical and informed voting under SVEEP programme is to appeal to voters not to be swayed by inducements, false promises and appeals that are corrupt and communal in nature.

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