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Kidnapping spree: Where civilians fear to tread

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TURA, June 19: The growing number of kidnappings and murders in the Garo Hills region has now begun to affect the people to the extent that people now fear venturing out of their homes. It is driving people within the region to abjure any form of activity that may place them in the danger of getting kidnapped. The recent spurt of kidnapping activities within the region has made people believe that their only hope is to ensure they are least seen by anyone. Even jogging to maintain good health is now being avoided for the sake of security, though sometimes even that does nothing to mitigate their fears.

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Ampati SBI Branch Manager Arvind Kumar rescued by Meghalaya police

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Miscreants had demanded Rs 50 lakh, made victim walk 40-50 kms 
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SHILLONG/TURA, June 18: After two days in captivity, State Bank of India (SBI) Branch Manager, Ampati Branch, Arvind Kumar was rescued by Meghalaya Police personnel at about 8 am on Wednesday morning from Antekagre village near Mellim, which is about 20 kms from Tura, West Garo Hills.
Three suspected militants had abducted Kumar from Garobadha bridge at gunpoint, while he was on his way to Ampati along with his driver who was later released on the same day. After hearing about the abduction, a massive police operation was launched in the Garobadha – Rangsakona area in South West and West Garo hills districts to find Kumar.
Operations had continued to rescue Kumar for two consecutive days. SOT and SWAT commandos led by SP of West and South West Garo Hills were conducting the combing operation since Monday afternoon.

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BDO accused of targeting junior engineers for not towing the line

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Skeletons roll out of Shella – Bholaganj C&RD Block closet
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SHILLONG, June 18: A junior engineer of the Shella – Bholaganj C&RD Block has alleged that a suspension order against two junior engineers of the block was issued just because the two did not cooperate with the Block Development Officer (BDO) in the implementation of a road construction scheme.
Addressing a press conference in Shillong on Wednesday, one of the junior engineers Primadona Mawkhlieng said, “The main reason for our suspension is because we failed to sign the papers relating to the release of funds under the Black Topping of Rural Road Scheme (BTRRS) as was ordered by the BDO.”

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Legal Metrology Department found wanting for inspection, verification

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SHILLONG, June 18: Through a random survey conducted in the city markets, it has come to light that the Legal Metrology Department hardly conducts inspection of weighing and measuring instruments. When asked if anybody comes from the Legal Metrology Department of the state government for scrutiny, most traders in the selected markets replied in the negative whereas a very few have replied that they come rarely.
It may be mentioned that the Legal Metrology Department is supposed to inspect weighing scales and other weighing and measurement instruments during their use to prevent fraudulent trade practices by traders. However, due to lack of any such inspections by the said department, there are complaints heard from consumers that items like bread, biscuits, chow, spices, soap et al are sold in a manner which is flouting the mandatory product details stickers.

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Court orders releasing postmortem report, death certificate of Balsan to his parents

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Shillong, June 18: Meghalaya High Court has directed the state government to immediately provide a copy of the Post Mortem report and Death Certificate of (L) Balsan S Marak to his parents.
A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice T. Nandakumar Singh passed the order on Wednesday following the Writ Petition filed by the parents of Balsan.

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District Administration initiates measures to tackle Satanic Cult

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SHILLONG, June 18: Proactive steps have been initiated by the East Khasi Hills District Administration to check the activities of the cult of Satanic Worshippers, the rise in reports of which have grabbed the attention of the State Government.
Sources have revealed that following an inspection of the cemeteries in the Lawmali and Mawroh areas in the city led by East Khasi Hills Additional District Magistrate in charge of law and order, DM Wahlang, which sincluded magistrates AS Mukhim, Peter T Passah and Ronnie Wahlang, it has been decided that regular raids by district police and administration officials will be conducted with immediate effect.

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Sanbor Shullai stalls KHADC’s checking drive against illegal traders in Laban

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SHILLONG, June 17: Meghalaya Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai has allegedly interfered into the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC)’s continued checking drives against illegal trading by non-tribals in the Laban area of Shillong which falls under the South Shillong Constituency.
The Council’s Executive Member (EM) in charge of trade, Latiplang Kharkongor, Tuesday claimed, “The checking drive conducted by the enforcement officials of the Council’s trade department in Laban area had to be stopped due to interference by the local MDC/MLA of the area Sanbor Shullai.” He went on to say that Shullai had objected to the drive on the grounds that the KHADC had failed to give any notice to him and the dorbar shnong authority of the area.

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