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Pandemonium in KHADC: Sirdar’s appointment Bill amended, Opposition stages Walk Out

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SHILLONG, July 01: Pandemonium marked the last day of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Budget Session on Tuesday when agitated Opposition walkout of the House to protest the passage of an amendment Bill.
The continued protest by the Opposition even led the KHADC Chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew to threaten to strike down the names of the Opposition members who were creating ruckus over the Bill.
The opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) demanded that the KHADC (Appointment & Succession of Sirdar and Headman of Jyrngam Sidarship) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, be referred to the select committee but Thangkhiew refused saying she will not allow any member (Opposition) to have a debate on the Bill since they had failed to submit any proposed amendment on the issue.

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One ASAK militant killed in rescue operation, 3 others arrested

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BAGHMARA, July 01: South Garo Hills (SGH) police personnel on Tuesday rescued one labourer by the name of Manoranjan Das from the clutches of the ASAK. During the operation, one member of the militant group was killed in the exchange of fire. Police have also recovered quite a few arms and ammunition after the operation. The incident happened at about 5 am in the morning in a village called Rewak Malengma, about 6 kms from the town of Baghmara.
Das is a welder working for a local man of Rewak, Sushil Marak and was abducted on Friday from his place of work in Rewak bazaar.
The SGH police had launched an operation to rescue the labourer from the clutches of the militants since Monday evening and it was only through the help and input of villagers regarding the presence of militants in the area that the rescue was made possible.

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Man kills self after argument with wife on infidelity suspicion

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TURA, July 01: One Sangrev Marak (name changed) killed himself after a heated argument with his wife allegedly over suspicion of infidelity.
The incident happened in the Hawakhana locality in the town of Tura, West Garo Hills, Monday night. The wife identified as a school teacher had been at loggerheads with the husband for quite some time over an alleged case of infidelity and drinking. Family sources said that the two had been arguing for some time over the issue and it was only on Monday that the matter took a serious turn.

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Work on Heritage Village at Mawphlang only after inquiry report

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SHILLONG, July 01: The work on the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s (KHADC’s) heritage village at Mawphlang village will only be taken up after the proposed inquiry committee completes its report. This was informed to the House by the Deputy Chief Executive Member (Dy.CEM) in charge Arts and Culture, Teinwel Dkhar on Tuesday.
“The Executive Committee (EC) is yet to constitute the proposed inquiry committee to probe into the implementation of the project for construction of the heritage village. The process for setting up the inquiry committee is already on including the invitation of experts,” Dkhar said during the Question Hour in the KHADC’s Budget Session on Tuesday.

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KHADC Chairperson upset with MDCs conduct in House

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SHILLONG, July 01: The Chairperson of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Teilinia Thangkhiew while taking exception on the conduct of the MDCs told the House that the recent introduction of the Amendment Bill relating to Hima Bhowal in question was “legally tenable”.
 “On bare perusal of the Order dated 6.6.2014 passed by the High Court in WP (C) No. 194 of 2014, it is clear the Rule 30 of the AD Rules is not the subject matter challenged before the Hon’ble High Court,” Thangkhiew said during the KHADC Budget Session which concluded here on Tuesday.

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Northeast to have air ambulances soon

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Guwahati, July 1 (IANS) Patients from difficult-to-access locations in the landlocked northeastern states can heave a sigh of relief, as a Guwahati-based hospital is planning to launch air ambulance services to ferry patients from across the region.
The Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC) Tuesday unveiled a plan to launch air ambulance and medical outreach programme using helicopters to remote areas of all the eight northeastern state - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
"Doctors from GNRC will be ferried to difficult-to-access locations across the region and provide doorstep medical support to the people," said neurologist Nomal Chandra Borah of GNRC Hospitals Ltd.

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KHADC needs to regulate issuing of trade licenses to non tribal businesses: Neil Antonio

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SHILLONG, June 30: The need to regulate the issuing of trading licenses to non – tribal businesses was stressed upon by the opposition members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday even as it was reiterated that there is no call to simply ban these licenses.
While moving cut motion during the budget session on Monday, Congress MDC from Laitumkhrah Neil Antonio War said, “The issuance of trading licences to non-tribal businesses needs to be regulated not banned.”
Keeping in mind that the cost for acquiring a trading license is Rs. 15,000, War opined that the cost of litigation should these non – tribal business move to court against the Council if and when their licenses are banned would be much higher than the actual cost of the trading licenses.

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