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‘All NE militant outfits Common Front under process’

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DIMAPUR, July 20: The process to float a 'common front' of all the North East (NE) underground organisations is underway.
This was stated by NSCN-K leader Wangtin Naga on the sidelines of the meeting between the Naga outfit and the Government of India's Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) at Police Complex, Chumukedima in Dimapur on Friday last.
Wangtin Naga who is the supervisor of the NSCN-K's Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) led his team in the meeting with Lieut. Gen. (Rtd) NK Singh led Government of India's CFMG delegation in the routine meeting on the cease fire. The meeting between the two parties was held after 17 months.

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Fallout of militancy: Williamnagar residents find renting houses difficult in Tura

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TURA, July 20: Militancy has become synonymous with the Garo Hills region with East Garo Hills (EGH) quickly being known as the hub of militant activities. Militancy has kept the entire region on the edge, mainly due to the presence of Over Ground Workers (OGW) of various outfits.
These OGWs have been moving through towns and villages and renting space for gathering information which they then provide to the groups for extortion. The police have apprehended many of these OGWs from the town of Tura, most of who were living in rented accommodation. The fallout of these activities has now been that genuine residents of Williamnagar are now being denied rent in the town because of fear that they could be linked to various outfits.

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Opposition seeks review of Industrial Policy

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SHILLONG, JUL 19: Opposition political parties in Meghalaya have asked the State Government to take action against the defaulting industrial units which have failed to clear power dues even as it demanded an immediate review of the Industrial Policy citing that it has serious flaws.
The statement made by the Fact Finding Committee (FFC) comprising of six political parties came in the wake of an RTI finding recently which revealed the failure of the existing industrial units in Ri Bhoi District to clear power dues amounting to over Rs 76 crores to the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd (MeECL).

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Exports from Northeast can help its development

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Guwahati, July 19 (IANS) India should focus on the export potential of the northeastern region to neighbouring countries to free it from poverty and backwardness, speakers said at a meet organised by industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
The stakeholders' consultative workshop on the role of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor was organised in cooperation with the North Eastern Council, the Institute of Chinese Studies and the Observer Research Foundation here.

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Tura torture case: Magistrate sits on bail application for over 2 weeks

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TURA, July 20: In what is being alleged as a circumvention of the law, a magistrate of the Tura Sessions Court has been sitting on the bail applications of the NGO members and others stuck in jail for more than 2 weeks now. The magistrate, identified as CG Momin, received the bail applications of the jailed NGO members on July 4, 2014, and is yet to reject or allow the bail to be processed.

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Kharkutta BDO: Cheques did not bounce, bank didn’t have enough money

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TURA, July 19: Replying to allegations of misappropriation of money that were made by the All Kharkutta Village Employment Council Development Association (AKVECDA), the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Kharkutta, Raymond D Shira, clarified that the cheques that were issued by the block office did not bounce, rather it was the bank that did not have enough money to honour the cheques. The clarification comes in the wake of the turmoil created by the allegations of the AKVECDA seeking punishment against the erring officials in a submission to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr. KK Paul.

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Umtru project promises to partly address Meghalaya’s power crisis

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SHILLONG, July 18: The Fact Finding Committee (FFC) constituted by the opposition political parties in Meghalaya Friday asked the State government ensure that the 40 MW new Umtru Hydel Electricity Project in Ri Bhoi district becomes a reality even as it added the report on the power scenario in the state would also be shared with the NDA led government at the Centre.
The Umtru project is expected to be commissioned by December 2015.
The team of FFC led by UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh during the inspection enquired into the status of the entire project.

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