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Bomb threat by GNLA credible, police searching for second IED: SP

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TURA, Dec 05: The daring attack on the house of the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ringrang G Momin has raised a lot of questions about the security situation in Garo Hills. The threat posed by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is more credible than earlier thought going by the two incidents of IED blasts in Rewak and the one on Thursday.
“The GNLA was behind the incident and they had made their intentions amply clear through media channels of targeting police, administrative and judicial personnel. We have been extra careful ever since,” said the Superintendent of Police (SP) of East Garo Hills (EGH), Davies Marak.

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Competent youth will negate need to push back foreigners: KHNAM

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SHILLONG, Dec 05: Urging the youth of the state to be the light and symbol of growth and development of Meghalaya, the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has opined that if the youth of today are competent in all fields, there will no longer be a need to push out foreigners from the state.
Speaking at the 2nd Youth Convention organized by the party’s youth wing on Friday, KHNAM general secretaryBatkupar Wahlang said, “The youth themselves can be strong replacements in place of foreigners by being competent in all fields of life.”

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The 30 km road responsible for miscarriages, suffering in Kharakutta-Adokgre

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TURA, Dec 05: A 30 km stretch of road that connects the towns of Daranggri in Assam through the towns and villages of Kharkutta, Rajasimla and Adokgre in North Garo Hills (NGH) is quickly turning out to be a trap for people travelling the road. The almost 30 odd kms of road that was built almost a decade ago has been lying in the same state ever since its inception and the common sight along this road today is potholes, some of which have also led to miscarriages as women took the risk of travelling through it.
The 30 km road was built under the aegis of the North Eastern Council (NEC) almost a decade ago but there has been no repair done to it since it was built.

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Peace process could fail because of police ‘cheap tactics’: HNLC

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SHILLONG, Dec 04: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Thursday said that the state police department should take responsibility for any negative outcome if the ongoing peace process gets derailed because of ‘cheap tactics’ adopted by the latter.
“The state police department should stop all these cheap propaganda tactics, thereby adding fuel to the fire,” HNLC publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a press communiqué issued on Thursday while accusing the police of trying to infuse hatred among the cadres of the HNLC.

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Centre asks for status report on implementation of Instrument of Accession and Annexed Agreement

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SHILLONG, Dec 05: The Government of India has asked the Meghalaya government to submit a ‘status report’ on the implementation of the Instrument of Accession and Annexed Agreement signed with the Khasi States in 1947.
Addressing a news conference here on Friday, Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM) Chairman John F Kharshiing said, “The letter which is the fourth from the MHA clearly shows that the centre is serious to settle the agreement made with the Khasi States.”
The letter, to which Kharshiing was referring to, reads: ‘It is requested that the matter may kindly be looked into and the status report in this regard may be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)”. The letter was written by the Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in charge North East Sanjay Kumar addressed to the Chief Secretary PBO Warjri on November 27, 2014.

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Can DBTL prevent black marketing of LPG cylinders

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SHILLONG, Dec 05: With the introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBTL) for LPG consumers’ scheme of the union government in full swing in the state, consumers are yet to come to terms with its meaning. The scheme is aimed at improving the subsidy administration of LPG across the country but consumers here are at a loss in understanding the need for such a scheme.
Many LPG consumers from across the city cannot understand why their bank details are sought by their gas agencies besides various particulars in Form No. 4 such as IFS Code, LPG ID, matching of names et al. As per this scheme an LPG consumer will get his/ her cylinder at full market price (excluding VAT) and the differential between subsidized price and full market price, meaning the subsidy, will be transferred to his/ her bank account. However, given the situation here it seems like it is going to take some time before consumers come in real contact with the scheme.

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Sainik Board to seek Rs 200 crores from centre

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SHILLONG, Dec 04: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday chaired the 19th Rajya Sainik Board Meeting which proposed to seek funds of more than Rs 200 crores from the Centre to implement different projects flagged before the state government.
“We will have to seek funds of more than Rs 200 crores from the Centre for implementation of different projects approved by the state government,” Secretary of the Board, Brig William Sturgeon said after the meeting.
Under the proposed funds, setting up of the Ecological Battalion, which will be the first in the state has also been approved by the board during the meeting.

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