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Traditional chiefs to pressurize MHA for early solution to IOA & AA

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SHILLONG, Jan 15: Tribal Chiefs in Meghalaya on Wednesday said they would soon seek an appointment with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to pressurize on the need for early resolution to the Instrument of Accession and Annexed Agreement (IOA & AA) signed with 25 Khasi states in 1948.
 “We have resolved to send a delegation to seek appointment and meet with Union Minister for Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to press for early resolution of this national commitment and for early conclusion of the issues and treaties of the Khasi States, within the Constitution of India,” Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya Chairman, John F Kharshiing, told reporters here on Wednesday.

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Militant nexus slur to malign my image: Mukul

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SHILLONG, Jan 14: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Tuesday categorically denied having links with any militant outfits operating in the Garo Hills region of the state.
“Dr Mukul is one among the very few politicians who do not keep any link with militant outfit. It is known to everybody; it is known to the people, it is known to the Government of India and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),” Dr Sangma told reporters at a news conference held here on Tuesday.
It may be mentioned here that the political secretary of the breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC-B) Ajaju R Marak had recently made sensational allegations against Dr Sangma claiming that the latter used them to secure his seat of power.

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NPP, UDP to exploit ANVC(B) – CM nexus issue for election mileage

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Tura, Jan 14: The ANVC(B) has opened a huge can of worms with the publication of the ‘Open Letter’ to the CM, Dr Mukul Sangma. In doing so, they have given a huge arsenal of arms to the Opposition to not only strike at the Mukul led Government, but also provide the perfect impetus for the upcoming MP and MDC elections within the region. The UDP has taken the issue up immediately and the NPP hopped onto the same bandwagon, albeit a day late. The issue has strengthened the morale of the opposition who now have their knives at the ready.

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NGOs demand independent probe into encounter case

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Tura, Jan 14: A conglomeration of NGOs met in Tura on Tuesday to review the law and order situation within the region as well as discuss the necessity for a probe in to the killing of the 4 ANVC(B) members a few days ago. The meeting was attended by the Garo Hills Sentinel for Human Rights, CSWO – Tura Chapter, the A’chik Mother’s Association (AMA), the All A’chik Youth Federation (AAYF) and the A’chik Youth Welfare Organization (AYWO) as well as other members of civil society.

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I am ready to assume responsibility: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS): Shedding any doubts about his "reluctance" to become the Congress party's prime ministerial candidate for the general election, Rahul Gandhi said he will abide by the party's orders and discharge "whatever responsibility" the organisation gives him "with all my sincerity".
In an interview to the widely circulated Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar published Tuesday, a rare media interaction by the rising leader, Gandhi said he did not agree with some of the ways of the Aam Aadmi Party. He hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for wanting "personality-oriented power" in this year's Lok Sabha polls.

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Much awaited Govt – Pro ILP NGOs meet today

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SHILLONG, Jan 14: When leaders of the 13 pressure groups meet Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday, will they climb down on their demand in implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to check unabated influx and illegal immigrants into the state?
The answer is expected on Wednesday even as Chief Minister reaffirmed that the dialogue with the NGOs would not circle only on the ILP but look at a different mechanisms to tackle the burgeoning illegal influx and illegal immigration into the state.

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Civil angst against growing militancy within Garo Hills

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TURA, Jan 13: The recent attack near a Petrol pump in the Hawakhana area of Tura has been widely condemned by the people of Tura and the whole region; however, the claiming of responsibility being taken by the A’chik Tiger Force (ATF) has shocked the area.
While old hands like GNLA, ANVC(B) and UALA were widely thought to be active, the random act of hurling a crude bomb at a crowded petrol pump has been met with ridicule. With the bomb, what has been an open secret has come to the fore – the ATF too wants a share of the money pie and does not want to be left behind.

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