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Assam bypoll: 66 percent voters cast ballot

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Guwahati, Sept 13 (IANS): The bypoll to Assam's three assembly constituencies Saturday recorded over 66 percent voter turnout till 5 p.m. even as balloting continued in some polling stations.
Polling was peaceful across the three constituencies of Silchar, Lakhipur and Jamunamukh.
Assam Deputy Chief Electoral Officer P.K. Doley said the overall turnout was 66.67 percent till 5 p.m.
"The final percentage will increase as we are awaiting the final reports from some polling stations, where balloting continued beyond 5 p.m.," he said.

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4 GNLA militants killed in fratricidal encounter with AMEF

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TURA, Sep 13: In a case of fratricidal killings between two rival groups of militants, 4 suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants were killed by the Jack Marak led A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) in the Bolmaram jungle near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH). In fighting that lasted for about an hour the four were killed though police are yet to locate the exact area where the gunfight took place.

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Ardent hints at stepping down as KHADC CEM

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SHILLONG, Sept 12: As the United Democratic Party (UDP) is mounting pressure on the HSPDP for replacement of incumbent the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM), Ardent Basaiawmoit on Friday hinted that he may “step-down” from the chair to end the present imbroglio and a decision will be made public during the public meeting on September 19.
“I have decided to declare my final decision on this before the people at the meeting,” Basaiawmoit told reporters here.
He said he is proposing to hold the meeting at the Students’ Field, Jaiaw.

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Video of GNLA’s harsh punishment to villagers surfaces

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TURA, Sept 12: A video taken by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) showing the brutal beatings being given to villagers has surfaced. The beatings were so severe that it only stopped after the villagers being beaten lost consciousness. Reportedly, the video was discovered from the phone of the militant killed in an encounter two days ago near Rongjeng.
The video which was being aired in one of the national channels shows a group of gun toting militants suspected to be of GNLA with sticks beating up a group of villagers for suspicion of being police informers. Supposedly the beatings only stopped after the persons became unconscious. Many canes broke before the persons lost consciousness.

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Foreigners cannot have more rights than nationals: Chandan Mitra

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SHILLONG, Sep 13: Stating that India is not a Dharamshala where it is easy to walk in and out, Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer and former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra on Saturday said that the system where “foreigners” have more rights than nationals should be ‘stopped’.
Urging the North East states including Meghalaya to adopt three stage strategy, namely, ‘prevent, prohibit and protect’ as a means of tackling the problem of infiltration, the former Rajya Sabha member said, “Once we do this, the message goes out that this ‘free-morning-walk’ between India and Bangladesh should be stopped.”
Mitra was addressing an interactive session on “Foreigners issues of North East – a problem that awaits solutions” organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Dr Radhakhrishan Boys Sec School on Saturday, and moderated by the Editor of Meghalaya Times, Thomas Lim.
According to him, no “foreigners” can have the same rights as genuine nationals of a sovereign state like India.

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Historic Motphran over-bridge sealed, to be dismantled

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SHILLONG, Sept 12: The historic Motphran over bridge in the city was finally sealed by the state government on Thursday after technical experts found the bridge to be unsafe for use and suggested for its early dismantling.
A barricade on the 100 meters over bridge was put in place to prevent vendors and commuters from using the bridge.
There were magistrates and security personnel to ensure that there is no law and order problem.
Police pickets were put in place to ensure that there is no movement and activities over the bridge.

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SMB formula: Dismantle refuse bins to keep Shillong clean

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SHILLONG, Sept 12: Well according to the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) the solution to the growing garbage menace in the city is simple. Remove the refuse bins under its jurisdiction and the city will be clean. What an idea, which reminds one of Idea Cellular phone advertisement “Ullo Banaoing”. The recent such removal was a dustbin located at Laban Last Stop area of the city. But that has not solved the problem in any way since people are dumping their wastes on the roadside now where this bin was earlier located emanating foul stench throughout the day.
The SMB is accused of running away from its responsibilities since doing away with the bins under its jurisdiction will result in not caring much about the cleanliness of the city. The SMB though counters this claim saying that it has refusal vans operating in the city, which people say have died no sooner they were introduced. The lassitude work culture that is ruining this state is best seen here.

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