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Congress top brass to visit Assam for election campaigns

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GUWAHATI, March 26: Congress chairman Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will visit Assam from March 27 for election campaigns in the state.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Assam for election campaigns in the state and will address three rallies.
A top source of Assam Pradesh Congress said that Rahul will take part in two election rallies in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency for the party candidate Bhupen Bora and another rally in Dibrugarh LS constituency for the party candidate Paban Singh Ghatowar.

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Ardent assures to protect land of indigenous people from alienation

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SHILLONG, March 26: Concerned over illegal land acquisition within the territory of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Wednesday said his committee would bring in measures to check land alienation from the people.
"I am confident that we would be able to come up with a legislation to protect any exploitation of the land of the local indigenous people. We need to have a strong law to support this major decision of preventing all future acquisition of land from those who failed to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Council," Basaiawmoit told the House on Wednesday.

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122 objects spotted in search for lost jet: Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur/Canberra, March 26 (IANS): Malaysia announced Wednesday that 122 objects have been identified in new satellite imagery that might be connected to the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 now declared “lost”.
Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press briefing that the latest satellite images were taken Sunday and provided Tuesday by France-based Airbus Defence and Space.
Based on the analysis done by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA), 122 potential objects were identified in an area of some 400 sq km, Xinhua reported citing the minister.

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Be thankful to UDP: Hamlet to Ardent

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SHILLONG, March 25: United Democratic Party (UDP) state youth wing vice president Hamlet Dohling Tuesday said the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) vice president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit should be thankful to the UDP as it has supported the present All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) in Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) enabling the HSPDP to lead the KHADC Executive Committee.
“He (Basaiawmoit) should in fact be grateful to the UDP for its support that enabled his party to lead the KHADC,” UDP youth wing vice president Hamlet Dohling said.
Dohling statement came as a reaction to Basaiawmoit accusing the UDP of back-stabbing its allies in the District Council during its election campaigns for the ensuing Shillong Lok Sabha poll, slated for April 9.

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Militants serve 3-day ultimatum to government

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SHILLONG, March 26: Four Garo militant outfits have given three-day ultimatum to the state government demanding immediate release of A’chik National Liberation Central Army (ANLCA) militant Charles D Shira, who recently surrendered before East Khasi Hills district police. If the government fails to release him, the outfits warned of calling for a complete shut-down in the eleven districts of the state.
The bandh will be effective for 12 hours, from 5am to 5pm.

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Purno Sangma is a ‘Wolf in Sheep’s clothing’: Mukul

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CM rubishes projections of BJP win as hogwash, says “Daryl has the DNA of politics”
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TURA, March 25: The run up to the MP elections in the Garo Hills region got hotter on Tuesday with the Meghalaya Chief Minister (CM) Dr Mukul Sangma launching an attack against veteran politician and NPP President Purno A Sangma, calling him selfish, self centered as well as a wolf in sheep’s clothes. He also termed the prediction of the BJP winning the coming election as a hog wash and was confident of a Congress win.
Dr Sangma dug into Purno stating that he (Purno) was attempting to fool the people of Garo Hills. The CM visited the West, South and East Garo Hills region on Tuesday to garner support for the Congress candidate from Tura Lok Sabha (LS) seat, Daryl William Ch Momin. He would continue the campaign until the April 09 LS Poll.
Launching an attack on the BJP team, Dr Sangma said, “Modi magic will not work. Congress will once again win and come back to power. Purno is drumming up support by saying that BJP and NDA will form the government. This is totally incorrect. He is doing so for his vested interest. Let me tell you, he (Purno) is an agent of the BJP and is contesting the poll in NPP ticket to propagate the message of RSS. Perhaps, a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

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Duty bound to bring out truth, uncertain of misappropriation: Ardent

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SHILLONG, March 25: Stating that his Executive Committee (EC) was ‘duty bound’ to bring out the true picture of fund utilization in the implementation of Khasi Village Heritage project of the Council, Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Tuesday claimed that the previous EC had private negotiations to sanction the project but remained non-committal on instituting an inquiry into the matter.
“We are duty bound to bring a clear picture on the project before the public,” Ardent said in his reply to the Zero Hour discussion moved by former CEM Pynshngainlang N Syiem on the first day of KHADC Budget Session here.

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