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Custodial death case: Purno Sangma to seek Home Ministry’s intervention

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Victim’s family seeks CBI probe, NPP demands Mukul and Warjri’s resignation
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Tura, May 21: A day after the death of 20 - year old Balsan Marak in custody, the National People’s Party (NPP) Chief, Purno Agitok Sangma has condemned the alleged police torture which led to the death of Marak. Marak had been remanded to 14 days judicial custody in the now infamous NGO torture case.
Sangma confirmed he would be seeking the intervention of the Home Ministry in the case of custodial death of Marak. On the other hand, the victim’s family has sought for a CBI probe into the incident.

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ANVC(B) cites eye witness, demands immediate suspension of WGH SP

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Shillong, May 21: With the custodial death of a 20 – year old on Tuesday enraging the citizens of Garo Hills, people are now digging deeper into the muck to point out the real culprit who had ordered the gruesome assault on the deceased victim and then covering the tracks.
After the NGOs and the parents of the victim - Balsan Marak, now the ANVC(B) have asserted the death was due to the excessive torture by police, even identifying one of the personnel involved in the torture. Also, the outfit has demanded immediate suspension of West Garo Hills (WGH) Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukesh Singh, cautioning that the longer he stays the more mess he will create.

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‘Terrorism takes away freedom from people’

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SHILLONG, May 21: Meghalaya Wednesday observed the anti-terrorism day as a mark of solidarity with the rest of the country and the world in their fight against terrorism.
A function to mark the occasion was held at the Main Secretariat in the city here, where Deputy Chief Minister Dr RC Laloo, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, Chief Secretary WMS Pariat, DGP PJP Hanaman besides government top officials was present.
A two minutes silence was also observed and a pledge was administered during the function.

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MLA’s kin dies in custody, family blames police torture

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West Garo Hills DC orders magisterial probe
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Tura, May 20: A 20 year old boy under judicial custody died in the Tura Civil Hospital at about 8:20 am on Tuesday. The boy, identified as Balsan S Marak, is a cousin of sitting MLA from Rongara-Siju, Rophul S Marak, as well as the Tura Municipal Board (TMB) CEO, ZJ Sangma.
Marak was brought to the hospital on Monday complaining of chest pain, fever and headache. Marak was arrested in NGO torture case when he was with the son of one of the jailed NGO members. The family, however, smelt foul play and accused the Police of torturing their son to death.

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Public fumes over Laitumkhrah beautification ‘only’

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SHILLONG, May 21: Much ado about the beautification of Laitumkhrah junction but this city is not about this place alone as there are many other junctions which needs beautification, is the public opinion coming forward. From plantation of tree to bust and fountain, there has been no dearth of suggestions from the public for the beautification drive at Laitumkhrah. But what is getting lost amidst this single minded beautification of a particular area is the care and concern for other areas in the city, citizens say, which are crying for renovation.
Places like the Civil junction, Mawlonghat, Rilbong point and more are in need of beautification, footpath repairing, zebra crossings and the rest of it said pedestrians who face the burnt every day.

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Shillong is ideal place for creative pursuits: Dr Paul

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Meghalaya Governor stresses on need to bring back reading habit
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SHILLONG, May 21: Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul Wednesday said Shillong can be an ideal place for creative pursuits.
Speaking at the inauguration of the four-day Creative Arts, Literature and Music (CALM) Festival held here, Dr Paul said, “A creative person is a keen observer of the physical environment as well as the human aspect of it, he is also very sensitive. I think in Shillong all these together can be brought to a full bloom.”
According to him, Shillong has an inspiring make up, an abundance of greenery, a salubrious climate, pleasant surroundings and above all, cheerful faces all around. All these taken together can act as great sources of inspiration.

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Modi to take oath as India's 14th PM Monday

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New Delhi, May 20 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday formally appointed Narendra Modi as the next prime minister of India after the latter met him, along with senior leaders of his party and the National Democratic Alliance, and staked claim to forming a government. He will take his oath next Monday, May 26, as India's 14th prime minister.
The oath-taking will take place in the expansive forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and will be telecast live to the nation. It would be the first time, as Modi himself pointed out, that someone from the post-Independence generation would lead the country.

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