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MPs, MLAs will be disqualified on date of conviction: SC

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New Delhi, July 10 (PTI): In a landmark judgment that may lead to decriminalization of politics, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts.
The Apex Court also made it clear that MPs, MLAs and MLCs would stand disqualified on the date of conviction.
Mentionably, an analysis, by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), of affidavits declared by MPs and legislators shows that around 30 percent of 4,807 lawmakers have criminal cases against them.
The court said Parliament has exceeded its powers by enacting the provision (Section 8(4) of the Representation of Peoples Act) that gives a convicted lawmaker the power to remain in office on the ground that appeals have been filed and pending.

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Narcotic racket busted: AR Rifleman, wife arrested

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SHILLONG, July 10: A rifleman of the Assam Rifles (AR) along with his wife was arrested from Shillong on Tuesday night for ferrying and selling heroin worth Rs 10-15 lakh, the biggest drug haul so far in the state capital.
East Khasi hills SP (city) Vivek Syiem told reporters, “We have arrested Nazir Khan (32), the rifleman of the Assam Rifles and his wife Mamtaz Begum (28) from Madanrting area of the city for carrying narcotic substances.”

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PWD Engineer killed, 16 injured in bridge collapse

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WILLIAMNAGAR, July 09: The collapse of an under – construction bridge in East Garo hills on Tuesday morning claimed the life of an engineer and injured 16 construction workers. The RCC bride that was being constructed in Kolmesalgre village in East Garo hills district caved in at about 11:30 am.
The bridge, which has been under construction for a while now, joins a list of projects that have seen the light of day but have never managed the sunshine on its concrete. This is the second such incident to have occurred in the Garo Hills region in the last two months and reflects poorly on the state PWD.

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Govt firm on acquiring additional land for NST

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SHILLONG, July 09: Amidst stiff oppositions from several quarters, Meghalaya government is determined to make the New Shillong Township (NST) project a dream come true even as it stated that the survey for the proposed additional acquiring of land is going on full swing and is expected to be completed within 3 months.
Recently, the traditional heads from Nongkrem Raid besides NGOs have been demanding the state government to halt its decision to acquire additional 2000 acres of land for the development of the NST.

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NPP demands Dhar’s resignation after engineer’s death

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SHILLONG, July 10: Following the tragic incident of a bridge collapse resulting in a death and leaving several injured, the National People’s Party (NPP) on Wednesday demanded the PWD (Roads) Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar to immediately resign from his post.
The NPP has blamed the Minister for the Tuesday’s bridge collapse incident in East Garo hills district.

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Sohan revamps GNLA set-up

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SHILLONG, July 09: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has revamped its entire organizational set – up and shuffled its Area Commanders. Sources have informed that the whole exercise is being done with a view to re-strategize the modus operandi of the outfit.
It is learnt that the GNLA Commander-in-Chief (C-In-C) Sohan D Shira effected this change few days ago.

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NGOs defiant on economic blockade, say incorrect notion of minorities

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TURA, July 09: The economic blockade called by the All Assam Muslim Students’ Union (AAMSU) against Garo Hills has not gone down well with the NGOs of the region.
The NGOs have come out defiantly against the diktat of AAMSU, who in connivance with the Minorities Labour Union have called for an economic blockade against the Garo Hills region. The NGOs have stated that they were infact happy with the blockade as it would once and for all remove the myth that the Garo Hills region is dependent on the lower parts of Assam for its survival. They believe that the current fiasco would ensure that the region came out stronger than before without the aid of the people of Assam, who have the wrong notion that the region was likely to starve.

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