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Headman escapes abduction attempt, shot thrice by kidnappers

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Tura, May 25: In another incident that points at the worsening situation in the plain belt of Garo Hills, a courageous village headman escaped from the clutches of his kidnappers. The headman was at his house when a group of armed gunmen swooped down on his house in an attempt to take him away at gun point. However, while attempting to flee, he was shot thrice. The incident happened at 7 pm on Saturday.
The victim of the kidnapping attempt is one Hujil Mann. Mann is the village headman of Haldibari in the Selsella block. He is 46 year old. The headman was hit twice in his hip and once in his thigh when they opened fire on his attempt to flee. The kidnappers fled the scene immediately after the incident.

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Northeast people to light candles to honour Modi

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Guwahati, May 25 (IANS): Thousands of people from the northeast will light candles in their homes and offices across the country to show their respect for Narendra Modi as he takes oath as India's new prime minister Monday.
Mohen Naorem, a filmmaker from Manipur, has launched an initiative called "MODIfied Northeast India" and has appealed to all northeastern communities living across the country and other parts of the world to light candles at 6 p.m. Monday when Modi takes oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Shillong’s Coffee Culture: Transmuting from cult to customary

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Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Shillong, May 25: With the number of fresh-coffee-serving cafés that are opening in Shillong, there has been a change in the lifestyle of the people, especially among the younger crowd. The arrival of fresh coffee in the scene has sparked a trend that has jolted the tea drinking society of Shillong, giving the public a new drink to love.
Cafés, being traditionally places that serve fresh coffee, are places where people meet and hangout and also drink good coffee. But this obsession over coffee at these cafés could be a fad, a temporary craze for a new product in the market, more than a lifestyle change for the Shillong society, where tea is still the more common choice.

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Shillong to have “Rabindra Bhavan” in commemoration of Tagore

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SHILLONG, May 24: Meghalaya government has decided to construct the “Rabindra Bhavan” in Shillong city to commemoration of legendary noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s memory of the pine city.
This was conveyed by the State government’s Arts and Culture department in its letter dated May 8, 2014, to Malabika Bisharad, a research scholar on Tagore who has taken personal initiatives on the need to preserve the work and memories of the legendary noble laureate, who had set his footprint in Shillong during his visit in 1919.

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Wonder Tree: Tree spewing water for two weeks

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Tura, May 25: In a spectacle that is sure to baffle the world as well as make many wonder at the marvels of nature, one tree in the village of Raksamgre has been raining water from its leaves since the last two weeks. Locals of the area and nearby have been flocking to the see the spectacle with their own eyes, with some even collecting the water from the leaves with the hope that it would contain powers of healing.
The tree locally called ‘kiring’ has been raining through the day and night and has now become a new tourist spot. Raksamgre is about a 120 kms from the town of Tura, West Garo Hills.

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Sharif ends suspense, to attend Modi swearing in

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New Delhi/Islamabad, May 24 (IANS): After keeping both countries guessing for two days, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday accepted the invite to watch Narendra Modi take oath as India’s next prime minister, a grand event being attended by seven other neighbours and a few thousand guests. It will be yet another occasion for the leaders of the two wary nations to talk, even though informally, and marks a new phase in neighbourhood diplomacy by India's new head of government.
The two prime ministers will be meeting face to face eight months after the New York meeting between outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh and Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.

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3 ASAK militants in police net, arms and ammunition recovered

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Tura, May 24: West Garo Hills (WGH) police team of SWAT/SOT personnel caught two people carrying ammunition for ASAK, the recently formed breakaway militant group of the GNLA. The two were caught when they were coming by a private vehicle from Guwahati and were apprehended from Asanang, about 20 kms from Tura. Based on their inputs, another ASAK member was also caught by the team. Interestingly, the two of them were coming from Nagaland and were ferrying ammunition for the group.

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