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Police save man from 'witch-hunters' near Bhutan border

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Guwahati, July 23 (IANS): Just days after the killing of a 63-year-old woman by branding her a witch, alert policemen saved a man from the clutches of some 'witch hunters' in a remote village in Assam's Baksa district along the Bhutan border.
Kharmeswar Boro of Soru Belbari village was rescued on Wednesday when he was being beaten up by some people, who branded him a witch, police said on Thursday.
"Some local leaders of the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) informed us about the incident and we rushed immediately and rescued him," a police official said.

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Guv seeks more time to study bills on traditional institutions

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SHILLONG, July 22: The approval of the two bills which seek to institutionalize the traditional institutions in Meghalaya, is likely to be further delayed with the Governor of the state seeking for more time before giving his assent to them.
This was revealed by the delegation of the traditional heads under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong (SKRS) after their meeting with the Governor V Shanmuganathan here on Wednesday.
Addressing pressmen, Synjuk president Dr Werlock Kharshiing said that the delegation had met the Governor to urge upon him to speed up the process of approving the two bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

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Court frames charges against former Bangladesh minister

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SHILLONG, July 22: The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Wednesday framed charges against the arrested Bangladesh National Party (BNP) leader, Salahuddin Ahmed for entering into Indian territory illegally.
The lower court has also directed the prosecution to produce the evidence and witnesses in the next hearing scheduled on July 30, 2015.
The BNP leader, who was earlier granted bail with the condition that he cannot leave the court’s jurisdiction, appeared before the CJM court on Wednesday.

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CSWO files FIR against misuse of Nongrum title

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SHILLONG, July 22: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) on Wednesday filed an FIR against one non-indigenous person for his alleged involvement in misusing the Scheduled Tribe title of the Nongrum clan.
Submitting the complaint against one Yunus Nongrum to the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said, “In the interest of the schedule tribe, I urge the police to investigate into the matter as this is highly unconstitutional.”

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Victoria’s mother determined to uncover the truth

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SHILLONG, July 22: (L) Victoria D Kharkongor’s mother on Wednesday sought the status report submitted by the Assam police to Meghalaya state police, affirming that she is determined to seek the truth into the ‘mysterious death’ of her daughter.
It may be mentioned here that (L) Victoria D Kharkongor was found dead inside a washroom attached to the Dispur Police Station in Assam, wherein the police claimed that it was a case of suicide.

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Gram Sevika candidates seek Guv’s intervention

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SHILLONG, July 22: Notwithstanding the negative response from almost all quarters, the eight Gram Sevika eligible candidates on Wednesday decided to knock on the Governor’s door for his intervention to ensure that the validity of their merit list is extended.
A delegation of the aggrieved eligible candidates for the post of Gram Sevika led by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) submitted a memorandum to the Governor V Shanmuganathan on the matter, here on Wednesday.

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Delhi exhibition showcases Manipur's mythical giant snake Poubi Lai

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New Delhi, July 22 (IANS): If the Chinese people believe in the myth of the dragon, the Scots in the Loch Ness monster and the Hindus in the Naga serpent, then the Meitei people of the northeast Indian state of Manipur have their own myth of a giant snake.
In a one of its kind one-piece show, the National Museum here, in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), has mounted an exhibition showcasing a sculpture of Manipur's mythical 21-foot giant python Poubi Lai.

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