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MHA falters on NE-militancy assessment

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SHILLONG, Nov 26: That the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) earlier assessment of militancy in the North East (NE) going fully wrong is a proven fact now with the formation of new militant outfit like A’chik Tiger Forces (ATF) in Meghalaya besides Assam being declared Maoist hit. Amidst tall claims that militancy in the northeastern region is on the wane in the recent past by the MHA the same ministry has gone on record to declare Assam a Maoist hit state while tagging it with the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. This act is also applicable in Manipur. This tagging will apply on the state whereas Meghalaya will also be attached to this act in specified areas because of sharing border with Assam.  

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Politician – militant nexus cannot be rules out: Meghalaya CM

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SHILLONG, Nov 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said that state government cannot rule-out nexus of any politicians with militant organizations while adding that law will take its own course if such allegations are substantiated with evidences.
“We cannot rule out any nexus of any politicians with any militant organizations,” Dr Sangma told reporters here.
He said, “Therefore, the security agencies are required to actually monitor this (alleged nexus) and verify this,” adding “Whenever such information are brought to the notice of the government and can be substantiated with any substantiated evidence, the Law will take its own course.”

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Undercover GNLA General Secretary, close aide nabbed

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Shillong, Nov 25: In a major shot in arm for the security forces engaged in anti-insurgency operations in Meghalaya, the elusive General Secretary of the dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and his close aide were nabbed by Meghalaya Police on Sunday afternoon from Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.
The GNLA General Secretary identified as Dalbin N. Marak alias Amika was nabbed by Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) commandos of Meghalaya Police on Sunday afternoon while he was travelling on his bike, bearing Registration No. ML 08 A 6650, from Tura to Williamnagar. The GNLA leader’s aide was later arrested based on the lead provided by Dalbin.

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MBOSE constitutes Enquiry Committee to probe question paper leakage

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Shillong, Nov 25: The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) Monday informed that it has constituted an Enquiry Committee to probe the leakage of class IX question papers and take stern action against any erring Head of Institution and School concerned. 
The Enquiry Committee is headed by Joint Controller of Examination, MBOSE, FL Lyngkhoi. Though no time – frame has been set for the Committee to complete its probe.

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Tura Winter Festival 2013 to resonate ‘Give Peace a Chance’

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Shillong, Nov 26: The sixth version of the immensely successful and eventful Tura Winter Festival “Ahaia” shall be rolled out this winter with all traditional grandeur from December 9 to 11 in Chandmary Field, Tura, with the theme “Give Peace a Chance!”
The three day festival apart from concentrating on celebration of the unique art and culture, rich traditions of Garo Hills, multi-culturism of diverse communities and their folk dance, folk lore and ethnic festival wear shall also make a definite call for peace and tolerance.

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MPF seeks Governor’s intervention to break ILP deadlock

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SHILLONG, Nov 25: Opposition Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) Monday sought the Governor Dr KK Paul’s immediate intervention on the deteriorating law and order scenario in the state due to the ongoing agitations on Inner-Line Permit (ILP) and insurgency related issues affecting the Garo Hills region of the state.
A 10 – member delegation of the MPF led by its Chairman Dr Donkupar Roy met the Governor here and sought his help to break a deadlock between the state government and the pro-Inner Line Permit groups which has cost the state dearly during the two months standoff.

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After dead fishes, changing color, Lukha River now tormented by mining

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SHILLONG, Nov 25: As if Lukha has not had it enough, the river has been in the news since 2007 and for all the wrong reason. The river was in the news over the story of unnatural death of fishes and its changing colour which occurs every autumn since 2007.
But as chance would have it, Lukha River suffered from another kind of attack and that is of people stealing sand and boulders from the river.

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