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NKU decries exorbitant rate on HSRP

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SHILLONG, Dec 04: The National Khasi Union (NKU) on Thursday said that Meghalaya is the only state in the country which charges exorbitant rate for fixing of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) in vehicles even as it stated that these HSRPs are ineffective in addressing the increasing number of car theft cases in the state.
“In view of this, we demand that the rate for HSRP should be in the same wavelength with other states in the country,” NKU general secretary S Diengdoh said while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Diengdoh has also sought a clarification from Shimnit Utsch India Private Limited as to why Meghalaya is only state with such exorbitant rates while pointing out that the rates for availing the HSRP is five to six times higher in Meghalaya as compared to the rates in neigbouring Assam.

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Police – suspected LAEF militants exchange fire near Bajengdoba

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TURA, Dec 04: The police of North Garo Hills (NGH) had an encounter on Thursday with suspected Liberation Achik Elite Force (LAEF) militants, which led to a protracted firefight. However there were no reported casualties from the police though the same could not be confirmed from the side of militants.
According to information received, the Officer in Charge (OC) of the Bajengdoba police station received a tip off about the presence of militants near the village of Mansingre under the police station. Acting on the tip off, the battalion staff along with the CI-Operations conducted a raid to locate the militants.

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Mukul silent on reshuffling of portfolios

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday denied commenting on the possibility of reshuffling the portfolios in his ministry even as he said that the Home portfolio will not come under his charge.
“It is only a perception that I will be holding the Home department to myself,” Dr Sangma said at the sidelines of an official function held here on Wednesday.
He also refused to react to questions pertaining to the implied dropping of ministers and reshuffling of portfolios.
“Don’t believe in rumour mongers and any decision can be taken by a person in a constitutional chair,” said Dr. Sangma in this regard.

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Attacks on northeasterners due to lack of knowledge of region

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Shillong, Dec 03 (IANS): The language barrier and lack of knowledge of the culture and identity of the people of the eight northeastern states are among the major reasons for the incidents against them in the Indian capital and other metropolitan cities, experts said.
Former Nagaland chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir stressed the importance of assimilation and awareness about the culture of the northeastern community to avoid any discrimination against them.
"Frankly, people residing in other parts of India are yet to understand the culture and way of life of a northeasterner. Even if the government enacts an anti-racist law, as long as people don't understand other cultures within its own territory it won't help in solving this issue. Therefore, the government should work out a policy to help the people know about northeast," Jamir said.

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NH supervisor kidnapped from EGH

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TURA, Nov 03: In what may snowball into a major roadblock, one supervisor of the company working on the National Highway was kidnapped on Wednesday morning from the vicinity of Songsak village in East Garo Hills (EGH). The kidnapping left the region in shock while the police swung into immediate action to try and rescue the victim.
According to information received, Anup Pandey, a supervisor in the BSC&CC company had left his office in Samanda to visit the undergoing construction of a bridge on the highway when he was abducted at gun point from the vicinity of the village and taken to the nearby jungle.
“We have launched an operation to locate Pandey immediately after receiving information of his kidnapping,” said the Superintendent of Police (SP) of EGH, Davis Marak.

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FIR filed against ASP, SI and SWAT commando 

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO), on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) against a senior police officer and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel for their alleged involvement in the extrajudicial killing of two youths in Garo Hills region, two years ago.
The names of an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), a Sub Inspector (SI) and SWAT personnel figured in the FIR filed by the CSWO with the Superintendent of Police (SP), CID while alleging that the two youth were murdered in cold blood.
Seeking legal action against the accused cops, the CSWO has urged the authority concerned to book the police officers and their men under sections 302 (for murder), 153 (for acts being prejudicial to maintenance of harmony in the state), 201 (for causing disappearance of evidence of offence) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Tura all set to ‘celebrate life’ with last Ahaia Winter Festival

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: The four day Ahaia Winter Festival 2014 with the theme ‘Celebrating Life!’ will be organised in Tura starting from December 16. The winter festival scheduled from December 16 to 19 shall be organized this year in MP Stadium, Dakopgre.
The celebration which also marks the ushering of pre-Christmas festivities will club together an altruistic purpose too. It has been decided that all proceeds from sponsorship of Ahaia 2014 will be donated to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
The event shall be the last in the series of winter festivals in Garo Hills this year and it shall also be the last time the winter festival is celebrated as Ahaia - as the name shall be changed next year on demands of senior citizens and art and culture intellectuals.

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