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Mukul plays pro-tribal card to garner votes

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TURA, March 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday highlighted the “secular” and the pro-tribal ideology of the Congress to strike an emotional chord with the people of South Garo Hills.
Addressing a rally at Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH) to drum up support for Daryl William Ch Momin, the Congress candidate from Tura Parliamentary seat, Dr Sangma said, “The indigenous communities do not enjoy their rights in Tripura and Assam, but in Meghalaya the Congress has ensured the rights of the Garos.”

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Independent legislator Rophul S Marak on GNLA hit list

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Tokyo clarifies his stand, says he is not connected with ASAK
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TURA, March 26: Independent legislator from Rongara – Siju Constituency in South Garo Hills Rophul S Marak’s name has reached the hit list of the dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
This was revealed by Mingran T Sangma on Tuesday at Tura while interacting with journalists. Mingran has been indicted by GNLA to be one of the main persons behind the formation of militant outfit ASAK (A’chik Songna An’chakgipa Kotok).
Mingran listed number of people, which includes the whole ASAK team, as well as MLA Rophul S Marak who are now the targets of GNLA.
According to him, the GNLA is set to wipe out ASAK and any of its supporters for breaking up from the group itself. He alleged the recent killing of Servison R Sangma in Williamnagar, which the GNLA team had said was accidental, was not accidental at all. He alleged the killing had been thought off and planned accordingly.

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Congress top brass to visit Assam for election campaigns

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GUWAHATI, March 26: Congress chairman Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will visit Assam from March 27 for election campaigns in the state.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Assam for election campaigns in the state and will address three rallies.
A top source of Assam Pradesh Congress said that Rahul will take part in two election rallies in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency for the party candidate Bhupen Bora and another rally in Dibrugarh LS constituency for the party candidate Paban Singh Ghatowar.

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Militants serve 3-day ultimatum to government

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SHILLONG, March 26: Four Garo militant outfits have given three-day ultimatum to the state government demanding immediate release of A’chik National Liberation Central Army (ANLCA) militant Charles D Shira, who recently surrendered before East Khasi Hills district police. If the government fails to release him, the outfits warned of calling for a complete shut-down in the eleven districts of the state.
The bandh will be effective for 12 hours, from 5am to 5pm.

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Its officially 10; Symbols allotted, none withdraws nomination for Meghalaya LS poll

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SHILLONG, March 26: The Election Commission Wednesday allotted election symbols to candidates contesting for Shillong and Tura Parliamentary seats in Meghalaya even as none of the candidates withdrew their nomination papers.
Altogether, 10 candidates are all set to battle each other for the two Parliamentary seats in state in the ensuing Lok Sabha (LS) poll slated for April 9.
“There was no withdrawal of nomination papers by candidates from Shillong seat,” election officials said here.

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Ardent assures to protect land of indigenous people from alienation

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SHILLONG, March 26: Concerned over illegal land acquisition within the territory of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Wednesday said his committee would bring in measures to check land alienation from the people.
"I am confident that we would be able to come up with a legislation to protect any exploitation of the land of the local indigenous people. We need to have a strong law to support this major decision of preventing all future acquisition of land from those who failed to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Council," Basaiawmoit told the House on Wednesday.

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122 objects spotted in search for lost jet: Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur/Canberra, March 26 (IANS): Malaysia announced Wednesday that 122 objects have been identified in new satellite imagery that might be connected to the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 now declared “lost”.
Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press briefing that the latest satellite images were taken Sunday and provided Tuesday by France-based Airbus Defence and Space.
Based on the analysis done by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA), 122 potential objects were identified in an area of some 400 sq km, Xinhua reported citing the minister.

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