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Make Mookhep firing report public or face indefinite strike: Jaintia Hills NGOs

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SHILLONG, Feb 09: A conglomeration of five NGOs from Jaintia Hills region Monday alleged the MUA-II led government of protecting the culprits involved behind firing incident at Mookhep village, East Jaintia Hills District, on September 24th last year, even as they threatened to resort to massive indefinite strike, if the report probing the incident is not made public within seven days.
They further demanded the state government to institute an independent inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the incident.

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MCTOOA blames Govt for NH jams, demands more weighbridges

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SHILLONG, Feb 09: The Meghalaya Commercial Truck Owners and Operators Association (MCTOOA) Monday asked State government to increase the number of weighbridges along the National Highways so that the trucks can be weighed early and unnecessary traffic jam can be avoided. However, it blamed the government for the present crisis on NH-40 and 44, wherein the coal trucks are being forced to illegally park on the National Highways (NH).
Accusing the government of violating the rules of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) by forcing the coal trucks to illegally park along the NH-40 and 44, MCTOOA president A Shanpru said the government should had constructed lay-bys and proper infrastructures if it wanted to park the trucks. 

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Bernard questions Tura’s status as ‘General Area’

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SHILLONG, Feb 09: The former Chairman of the disbanded ANVC(B), Bernard Rimpu Marak, has demanded to know how did Tura get declared as a ‘General Area’ and who had done it and under what provisions. As a result, he claimed, there is massive land rights violation and encroachment in Tura as the provisions of the Sixth schedule have been manipulated by introducing Mauza X.
According to him, “Tura is part of Danakgre aking under Nokma since the British time but someone manipulated the provisions of the Sixth schedule forty years ago by introducing Mauza X and declaring Tura as a general area. Today the tribal residents of Tura are treated as general citizen needing to pay taxes to municipal and GHADC for the same land.”

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Swine flu claims six lives in Karnataka

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BENGALURU, Feb 08 (IANS): The dreaded swine flu has claimed six lives in Karnataka, including four in Bengaluru and one each in Bidar and Raichur districts in the northern region, a senior health official said Sunday.
"Though 95 people affected by the H1N1 influenza over the last two weeks have tested positive and have been under treatment, six of them have succumbed to the disease so far. We have stocked adequate number of Tamiflu tablets for distribution," state health department director H.C. Ramesh said.

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Kidnapped Assam traders released after payment of ransom

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TURA, Feb 09: The two traders that were kidnapped on their way to the weekly haat at Kherapara, about 30 kms from the town of Tura, were released on Sunday near New Tura, West Garo Hills. The two dry traders were allegedly released after a payment of Rs 5 lakhs and returned home safely on Sunday evening after being abducted on February 3 last.
Sapiul Haque (42) and Alta Byapari (46), residents of Kakripara in the Dhubri district of Assam, were on their way to Kherapara when they were abducted by a group of 5 – 6 armed men.

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Chugan festival to be held on February 12-13 at Siju

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SHILLONG, Feb 09: The Chugan or Chywgyn festival will be held on February 12 – 13 at Siju, South Garo Hills. It is the most important event of cultural life of the Garos residing in the Southern belt of Garo Hills, a ritual performed to send the deceased sprit to the land of death – Balpakram.

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10 year old electrocuted by HT wires over new School Building

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TURA, Feb 08: In a delayed report, a ten year old resident of Tura, who was in Baghmara with his partially adopted family lost his life after going missing on January 30 last month. The young boy lost his life after being electrocuted when he touched the very low over head 11 KV High Tension (HT) wires just above the newly constructed school building.
The incident has sparked a blame game with the parents of the child blaming the adopted family for negligence while also seeking action against the persons responsible for the accident.
The ten year old boy has been identified as Aryan Morgan M Sangma and was a resident of Dakopgre in Tura, West Garo Hills.

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