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Assam's rebel minister quits, blames CM

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Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) Assam's rebel minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Monday resigned from the state cabinet, saying it was not possible for him "mentally, physically and politically" to work under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Sarma, who was holding the portfolio of health and education, however, made it clear that there was no threat to the Congress government in the state as of now.
"Our intentions are not to topple the government. It would set a bad precedent. There is no threat to the government and we are going to allow the government to function," said Sarma.

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12-hr road blockade in Assam-Meghalaya border to protest increasing kidnappings

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CM’s effigies burnt as protestors demands for President Rule
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Tura, July 21: The Assam-Meghalaya border towns of Mankachar, Hatsingimari amongst other villages on Monday held a 12 – hour road blockade to protest the increasing instances of kidnappings of traders from the these towns in the Garo Hills region by militants. The dawn to dusk blockade comes in the wake of the killing of one trader from Mankachar, who was killed about a week ago for failure to pay ransom, along with more than a dozen others who have been abducted by militants, generally from weekly markets in Meghalaya’s Purakhasia side.
The protestors also blamed the failure of the state machinery under Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma for the rising crimes in Meghalaya and called for President’s Rule to be imposed in the state. The blockade was called by the Mankachar-Hatsingimari Citizens Security Forum.

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KHADC Dy Chairman complains against Shillong Civil Hospital

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SHILLONG, July 21: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Deputy Chairman Pyniaid Sing Syiem submitted a complaint to the state government against the Shillong Civil Hospital for its alleged failure to provide proper medical assistance to the patients.
In a letter submitted to the Health Minister AL Hek on Monday, Syiem said, “I urge the government to immediately look into the matter and take necessary action against the people responsible for such lapses in the functioning of the hospital."
A similar complaint was also submitted to the Director of Health Services, East Khasi Hills District, urging the authority to take necessary action against the failure which he said would affect people’s precious lives.

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No plans to oust Mukul: Pala

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SHILLONG, July 20: The Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha from the Shillong seat, Vincent H Pala has categorically denied any knowledge of plans for the ouster of the incumbent Chief Minister of the State Dr. Mukul M Sangma.
In a telephonic conversation with Meghalaya Times from New Delhi, Pala expressed his surprise when asked to comment on the rumours that he is being recommended to replace D. Sangma as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
“The Chief Minister is doing a good job so why should he be replaced?” argued Pala.

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Committee yet to submit draft regulation for coal mining activities

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SHILLONG, July 21: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Law, Rowel Lyngdoh, Monday informed that the committee tasked with the responsibility to come up with the proposed draft regulation for coal mining activities in Meghalaya is yet to submit its report to the State government.
According to him, the status of the committee will only be known only when Chief Minister summons the Cabinet before the next hearing of the NGT on the matter.

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SC postpones hearing on Meghalaya CM's tribal status

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Shillong, July 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday put off a hearing to decide the tribal status of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma as one of the judges in the bench had appeared for the petitioner as an advocate earlier this year.
"The court did not take up matter as one of the judges - Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman - in the bench had appeared for the petitioner as an advocate earlier this year," Ranjan Mukherjee, counsel for the Meghalaya government, said over phone from New Delhi.

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`Dhubri taxi driver released after 6 days in captivity

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TURA, July 20: A private taxi driver from the town of Dhubri in Assam, who was kidnapped about 6 days ago from between the Baromilev- Kherapara road in West Garo Hills, was released at about 6 am on Saturday morning. The driver Ansar Ali was kidnapped by a group of 4 men in camouflage, who stopped the car on their way to Dalu, about 50 kms from Tura.

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