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Headmen take a defiant stand, decide to continue issuing certificates

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SHILLONG, Jan 31: Notwithstanding the recent ruling by the Meghalaya High Court, a conglomeration of traditional heads under the banner of the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong (SKRS) on Saturday unanimously decided to continue issuing certificates and demanded the Meghalaya government to grant ‘official recognition’ to the dorbar institutions.
The meeting which was attended by headmen from over 100 dorbar shnongs also resolved to constitute a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to take up the matter with the state government and District Council.
“The JAC will soon meet the state government and Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma to discuss the matter, the date of which will be decided on its sitting slated on February 4,” SKRS president W Kharshiing told pressmen after a meeting held here on Saturday.

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Newspaper Editors and Publishers concerned by frequent litigations

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SHILLONG, Jan 31: Owing to frequent litigations faced by several newspapers, the Editors of various newspapers of Meghalaya met in Shillong on Friday to find out a way forward in dealing with the problem. Editors have cited various instances when Editors and Publishers were dragged to courts unnecessarily even on frivolous grounds by litigious litigants (plaintiffs). Instead of devoting and concentrating on the day-to-day journalistic work, editors are busy in attending court cases filed by various parties.

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Committee on Influx to submit report next week

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SHILLONG, Jan 30: The government constituted committee headed by the Deputy Chief Minister in charge Law department, Rowel Lyngdoh will likely submit its report and recommendations to the state government this coming Monday.
“We will submit the report and recommendations to the government most likely by next week,” Lyngdoh said here.
The committee was tasked with the responsibility of examining the Meghalaya Benami Transaction Prohibition, Act 1980 and reframing the Tenancy Verification Bill.

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NGT grants 2 week extension for payment of royalty

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SHILLONG, Jan 29: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) which is upholding its ban on illegal and unscientific mining of coal in Meghalaya on Thursday decided to grant an extension for another 14 days for payment of royalty on coal by the mine owners even as it appointed ‘local commissioners’ to oversee implementation of the orders passed by it.
Speaking to reporters after the hearing here on Thursday, state counsel Ranjan Mukherjee said, “The Court has decided to extend the time for payment of royalty on the extracted and declared coal for another 14 days following the expiry of the 45 days given in the last order issued by the Tribunal.”
He however said, “The issue pertaining to the transportation of coal will remain up to February 11, since the matter was not argued during the hearing.”

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Deceased cop’s wife refutes suicide claim, demands CBI probe

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SHILLONG, Jan 30: The family members of a cop on Friday lodged a complaint demanding investigation by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the sudden death of a Sub-Inspector (SI), who as alleged by police had ‘shot himself’ inside his official quarters at Patharkhmah in Ri Bhoi District.
The FIR was filed at the Nongpoh police station.
“We have submitted the FIR to the police station seeking an immediate investigation,” the cop’s wife Chaleth Pyngrope said even as she refuses to accept her husband’s death as a case of suicide.

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NGOs threaten indefinite agitation over Mookhep firing incident

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SHILLONG, Jan 30: Irked by what they have termed as the insensitive attitude of the state government, the conglomeration of seven NGOs from Jaintia Hills region on Friday said that they will soon launch an indefinite agitation till the report of the September 24-Mookhep firing incident killing at least two civilians and injuring several others is ‘made public’.
“We would soon announced series of agitations which will be indefinite against the state government failure to make public the report of firing incident,” the NGOs said in a joint statement issued here on Friday.

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NGT orders removal of structures along Umshyrpi, Wah Umkhrah

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SHILLONG, Jan 29: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday has directed the state government of Meghalaya to identify and remove all ‘unauthorized structures’ along the banks of the two rivers – Wah Umkhrah and Umsyrpi within three months.
The NGT which held another hearing on the vexed issue of coal mining in Meghalaya on Thursday deliberated on a number of issues due to which, the hearing on Thursday stretched for over 6 hours.

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