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India aims at 75 percent indigenisation in defence in 2020-25

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Hyderabad, June 14 (IANS) India aims to achieve 75 percent indigenisation in defence production between 2020 and 2025, said Avinash Chander, scientific advisor to the defence minister.
He told reporters here Saturday that several steps are being taken to reduce the dependence on imports and achieve the self-reliance.
He did not agree with the perception that the current level of indigenisation is 30 percent.
"An analysis of approvals given by the government during last seven years show that more 50 percent procurement was indigenous. Our self-reliance index is definitely more than 50 percent," he said.

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UALA Chairman nabbed in Guwahati

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SHILLONG, June 14: UALA Chairman cum General Secretary S Novembirth Sangma has been arrested by Assam Police.
He was arrested on Saturday while undergoing treatment in a Guwahati hospital.
Sangma is under police observation and Meghalaya Police have been intimated by Assam Police.

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Meghalaya HC quashes Garo lecturers’ appointment, terms them illegal

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SHILLONG, June 13: Meghalaya High Court has quashed and set aside the recommendation made by the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) for appointments of ten selected candidates to the posts of lecturers in Garo in the government colleges under the State education department.
“The recommendations of the private respondent (MPSC) under the impugned letter dated May 6, 2013 and the communication dated May 21, 2013 are illegal and are hereby quashed and set aside,” Justice T Nandakumar Singh said in his order on May 7, 2014.

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Speaker asks MLAs to follow rules

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SHILLONG, June 13: Expressing his concern over the way the legislators are conducting themselves in the current Re – Assembled Budget Session of the Meghalaya Assembly, the Speaker has urged all MLAs to ‘go by the book’ and ‘avoid breaking parliamentary democratic conventions.’
Tempers had flared recently in the Assembly and matters had gotten very personal which had compelled the Speaker to expunge some of the remarks that were made during the proceedings of the House.

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Argument over trespassing by cow leads to death

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TURA, June 14: Reliving the horror story of almost a year ago when about thirty people went about hacking each other with swords and daos in Phulbari, the plain belt of West Garo Hills (WGH) erupted in another horror story where one person was killed after his cow broke through the wooden boundary of his neighbor. Another four were critically injured during the incident that happened supposedly between an uncle and his nephew in a village called Namabila, near Rajabala about 55 kms from Tura.
The horror story started on Friday at about 6:30 pm when a cow broke through the bamboo boundary wall of now deceased Amzad Ali. The incident led to a quarrel between Amzad and his nephew, Sorpot Ali, who is also his neighbor.
As had been the case in the Phulbari incident, women took an equal part in the atrocities perpetrated and are amongst the accused. Even in the earlier case, one woman had succumbed to her injuries after 17 days.

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Govt takes on problem of influx, creates Anti – Infiltration Directorate

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SHILLONG, June 13: The government of Meghalaya has set up anti-filtration watch posts, patrol posts and check posts besides taking other measures to tackle the problem of influx and illegal immigration in the state, informed Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Friday.
Giving details on this during the Question Hour in the Assembly on Friday, Dr. Sangma said that the watch posts have been set up in areas including Rajabala, Ampati in Garo Hills with one sub-inspector and two constables. The patrol posts manned by one sub-inspector and six constables were set up in Balat, Shella, Komaghat, Borsora, Muktapur, Dawki and Umkiang and passport check points are located in Dalu, Baghmara, Bholaganj and Dawki.

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State level Standing Committee constituted to check militants’ activities

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SHILLONG, June 13: The Meghalaya government has constituted a State Level Standing Committee (SLSC) to check the activities of various militant outfits operating in the state.
“The SLSC headed by the Chief Secretary was constituted to check into the activities of the various militant outfits operating in the state with a view to obtain proper co-ordination between the State police, para-military forces and intelligence agencies deployed in Meghalaya,” Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri informed the House in the Assembly on Friday.
“The committee discusses issues relating to proper-coordination for counter-actions against the various militant outfits,” said Warjri while replying to a cut motion raised by NPP legislator James K Sangma.

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