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Increased GNLA activities reflects growing infighting

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Shillong, May 26: The recent explosion in the nefarious activities by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) may look like the outfit is trying to further expand its reign of terror in Garo Hills wherein it has openly been threatening even the MLAs and political leaders. But this is a result of fallout between various leaders in the outfit.
Sources have revealed that the problems in the outfit began soon after GNLA Chairman, Champion R Sangma, was arrested and pushed back to Indian authorities. This had sent out a clear signal that GNLA C-in –C Sohan D Shira and Champion were not in good terms anymore, as the former did not try to rescue the latter or even bail him out when in custody in Bangladesh. So the supporters of Champion were disgruntled with Sohan, who almost immediately stopped their services to the outfit.

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Maoists kill Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, India resolves to combat extremism

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New Delhi/Raipur, May 26 (IANS): A shocked India on Sunday condemned the attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh that left nearly 30 people dead, including the party's state chief and the 'Salwa Judum' founder, and asserted that such attacks will not intimidate the country or affect its resolve to fight extremism.
The central home ministry has sought a detailed report from the Chhattisgarh government on the Saturday evening incident in which a large number of Maoists attacked a Congress convoy, official sources said Sunday. The state is scheduled to have assembly elections by the year-end.

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Bangladesh allows transit for foodgrains for northeast India

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Agartala, May 25 (IANS): In a major policy change, Bangladesh will allow India ferry foodgrains for the mountainous northeastern states via its territory, a Tripura minister said here.
"Initially, the Bangladesh government has agreed to transport 10,000 tonnes of foodgrains for Tripura through its territory," Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha informed.

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1971 Martyrs remembered: Renovated War Memorial unveiled

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Tura, May 25: The 25th of May will always remain a very historic day for the people of Kilapara, Dalu, in the West Garo Hills. It will be the day when people would remember the heroics of 9 men who laid their lives in trying to protect refugees from Bangladesh from the incoming Pakistani army tirade. May 25, 1971, will be remembered for the people of the region who did all they could to ensure the attack was repulsed and lives were saved. It will from henceforth be completely etched in the memory through the set up of a War Memorial honoring the martyrs of the day and the felicitation of one who lived to tell the tale.

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Illegal stone quarrying killing hills in Garo Hills

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Tura, May 26: The increased and illegal quarrying of stones has been leaving an irreversible footprint on the West Garo Hills region. The system is so widespread that hill after hills are being cut down to provide for increasing demands of not the state but also of neighbouring Bangladesh. Though putting a figure on the exact amount is difficult, however rough estimates would put the figure of the business close to about Rs 200 crores per year.

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Women militants vows to protect females, punish rapists

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Shillong, May 25: For the first time, the women wing of the ANVC(B) has come forward to publicly announce their presence and reasons to join the outfit and be trained in guerrilla warfare.
In a press communiqué, leader of the women wing of ANVC(B), Silan Ginchi Marak, said they joined the breakaway faction because neither police nor government was helping them while they were alone and vulnerable.

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Irregularities, Violations of CMJ Varsity attracts Dissolution: Meghalaya Governor

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University given new compliance date, additional anomalies detected
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Shillong, May 24: In yet another jolt to controversial CMJ University, Meghalaya Governor on Friday said the irregularities and violations detected in the functioning of the Varsity have attracted provisions relating to ‘Dissolution of the University’, even as he asked the University to refund all the fees charged along with interest to the students who wish to withdraw from the University.

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