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Joint meeting held, CID probe initiated into Tura violence

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TURA, July 13: Hinting at the role of external factors at play for creating the tense situation in Garo Hills and along the border areas of Assam, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi announced that a CID enquiry has been instituted that would get to the bottom of the problem and find and book the creators of the situation.

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Meghalaya’s Dy Speaker grooves to drum beats at Behdienkhlam Festival

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SHILLONG, July 13: “Behdienkhlam Festival” of the Jaintia tribal or pnar people in Meghalaya concluded on Saturday amidst participation of thousands of tribal people in a ritualistic expression to overcome the destructive forces of nature including diseases and an invocation to God for a good harvest.
Considered as one of the important festivals of Meghalaya, it is celebrated during mid-July every year after the sowing season is over. "Khlam" means ‘Plague or Pestilence’ and "Beh Dien" means to drive away the plague with sticks and religious fervor.

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NPP endorses ILP implementation in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, July 12: National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday sought the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya until such time the hyped “comprehensive mechanism” to check influx in this tribal-dominated state.
“We demand the implementation of the ILP as a stop-gap-arrangement till such time a comprehensive mechanism is put in place to check influx in the state,” James Kongal Sangma, NPP Spokesperson told reporters here.
The demand is one of the 12-point resolutions adopted by the state executive committee meeting of the party which was held here on Friday and attended by their national president Purno A Sangma.

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Meghalaya’s 1st ever Jackfruit Festival a hit

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Shillong, July 12: The two – day ‘Jackfruit festival’ in Williamnagar, organized for the first time in Meghalaya, concluded successfully on Friday.
The event witnessed huge crowd with many bringing their biggest jackfruits to enter into “Biggest Jackfruit Competition”. A total of 90 big jackfruits were brought from all over Garo Hills to the festival. The biggest Jackfruit award was won by Collin Marak from Upper Rongjeng, who brought a jackfruit weighing 29 kgs. The runner up was Starlin Marak whose jackfruit weighed 26.7 kgs.

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Modi has all prime ministerial qualities: Purno Sangma

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Shillong, July 12 (IANS): Narendra Modi has "all the qualities of a prime minister", former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma said Friday adding that the Gujarat chief minister will become prime minister provided the BJP has the numbers in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"He (Modi) has popular support in the Hindi-speaking belt, but is yet to reach out to people in the South (India). If the BJP comes to power, I am sure he will be the next prime minister, as he also has all the qualities of a prime minister," Sangma told journalists here.

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Meghalaya farmers jailed by Assam for trespassing released

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SHILLONG, July 12: After spending almost a month in jail of neighbouring Assam, two farmers from Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district who were arrested by Assam police for alleged ‘encroachment’ in disputed Langpih area have been released on bail.
The duo – Skendro and Kwendro Lyngdoh from Mawnai village near Mairang, were released on bail from a district jail on Thursday after signing bonds with the Assam authorities, a family member of the duo told reporters at a press conference held here.

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More trouble for AR: Legal notice served to DGAR

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SHILLONG, July 11: An Advocate of the Meghalaya High Court P Nongbri on Thursday served a legal notice to the Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) asking the latter to take necessary action within 15 days against alleged irregularities in the process of floating tender wherein the work was offer to a non-eligible firm from North India sidelining deserving local firms from the region.

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