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KK Paul to bid Meghalaya adieu

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SHILLONG, Dec 30: Having been appointed as the new Governor of Uttarakhand, the outgoing Governor of Meghalaya, Krishan Kant Paul will finish the remainder of his term in the northern state.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has appointed the Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi to take charge as the Governor of Meghalaya in addition to his own duties as West Bengal Governor.
However, nothing has changed for KK Paul with regard to Manipur as he will continue to hold additional charge there.
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshi as the new Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.


 

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A great year for BJP, nightmare for Congress

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NEW DELHI, Dec 29 (IANS): It was a historic, memorable and momentous year for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And it was a year the Congress would like to forget.
After 10 long years in the opposition, the BJP took control of India, by forming the first government in 30 years with a parliamentary majority for any one party.
And after the Lok Sabha battle left virtually all other parties in the dumps, the BJP went on to take power, again for the first time, in Haryana and Maharashtra, formed a government in Jharkhand and became the second largest party in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Dr. Mukul Sangma’s ST status woes

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SHILLONG, Dec 29: A case which the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma was embroiled in this year was the question of the legitimacy on his Schedule Tribe status. The case was filed by Tennydard M Marak of Nokgilawe, Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.
Marak argued that Dr. Sangma cannot reserve the right to be from the Sangma clan of the Garo Tribe since none of his parents are decedents of the clan. Dr. Sangma’s mother is late Roshanara Begum and his father is Binoy Bhusan Marak. Tennydard M Marak reasoned that since Dr. Sangma’s mother was a follower of Islam and his father had the Marak surname, Dr. Sangma could not claim to be a member of the Sangma clan.

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AirAsia plane goes missing with 162 people

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Jakarta/Singapore, Dec 28 (IANS) An AirAsia Airbus with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday morning amid thunderstorms while on way from Indonesia to Singapore, prompting the military to launch a major search that was called off at dusk.
The aircraft took off at 5.20 a.m. (local time) from the Indonesian city of Surabaya and was to land at Singapore's Changi Airport at 8.30 a.m., the low-cost airline owned by an Indian-origin Malaysian and officials said.
Indonesian officials said the pilot sought an unusual route due to thunderstorms between Kalimantan and Belitung island, before the aircraft lost contact with the air traffic control.
The aircraft was then at 32,000 feet over Java Sea in Indonesian territory.

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Militancy – begins with hope for peace, ends the same way

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TURA, Dec 29: Militancy in Garo Hills has always been a very complex thought, one that has kept the region stuck in a quagmire of developmental problems. Militancy has been the underlying factor in all spheres of life in Garo Hills and the year 2014 was no different. Militant outfits in the Garo Hills region abound even as some were floated in name only.
The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) and A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) remained the only big groups of note in the region and posed the biggest threat to peace therein. While the GNLA has shown its willingness to come forward to the talks table, the other two still have not indicated what their intentions are.
The peace talks offer of the GNLA led by Sohan D Shira, came after the Republic Day address by the governor asking for all groups to come to the talks table. However after the initial optimism, the group was involved in two incidents which changed the attitude of the state and central governments and asked for an all out attack on the group.

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42 years post statehood, Meghalaya figures on country’s railway map

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SHILLONG, Dec 29: On November 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Malegaon, Guwahati stood before a lectern that bore the board declaring ‘Putting Meghalaya on the railway Map of India’. For the people of Meghalaya, this indicated that something significantly historic has occurred for our small state.  A watershed moment indeed!
However, Meghalaya can trace its railway history all the way to the days of the British Raj when in 1895-96 the provincial government of greater Assam built the Cherra Companyganj State Railways, which was a project among the first during the time. The railway ran between Meghalaya’s mining town Tharia and Companyganj, now in Sylhet district of Bangladesh - a distance of 7.5 miles or a little over 12 kms which was at places worked by rope mechanisms and was built at a cost of Rs.8 lakh. However, the Assam earthquake of 1897 completely destroyed the tracks and the railway was finally closed in 1900. After a gap of 114 years Meghalaya again saw tracks being laid to roll not the whistling steam driven engines but this time diesel powered engines poised to take the state to the kind of development only dreamt about hitherto.

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Surrendered cadres to form NGO to fight for rights

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TURA, Dec 28: The surrendered cadres of various outfits in Garo Hills have decided to form a new NGO to fight for their rights and try to ensure they get the package they were promised after joining the mainstream. The announcement comes in the wake of complaints made from various quarters about the ‘surrender package’ still taking time to come about even though some of the cadres surrendered more than 6 months ago.
The nomenclature of the new NGO that will comprise cadres of all outfits of Garo Hills is set to be 'All Garo Hills Surrender Association (AGHSA)' and will be led by its president Romeo Sangma. Most of the surrendered cadres belonged to the GNLA, ASAK and UALA and a few from the AMEF.

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