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The Year in Review: Infrastructure – Going one step forward, two steps back

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TURA, Dec 28: Paradoxically infrastructure has always been a bane for the Garo Hills region and nothing much has changed over the past year. While there had been hope that infrastructure development would really take off, militancy and floods have ensured that instead of progress, the region regressed even further.
The twin floods broke the backbone of the people with massive losses estimated to be in thousands of crores. While the first flood in August destroyed most crops besides destroying houses, the  September 24 flood damaged whatever was left. Places like Bajengdoba, Tikrikilla, Chibinang suffered damage so extensive that the CM, Dr Mukul Sangma stated that the floods had put back the region by ten years!

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Jharkhand gets BJP government, Modi says its for stability

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Ranchi/New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS): The BJP Tuesday emerged victorious and prepared to form its government in Jharkhand, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the people have "voted for stability which is essential to realise the true potential of the state".
The BJP won 30 seats and were leading in eight seats, while its pre-poll alliance partner the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) got four seats and was leading in a fifth -- taking them comfortably past the magic halfway mark of 41 in the 81-member assembly.
"People of Jharkhand have voted for stability which is essential to realise the true potential of the state. I congratulate them," said Modi who had campaigned vigorously in Jharkhand, a state that is home to 3.2 million.
The vote share of the BJP went up from last time's 24 percent to 31 percent now.

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NDFB(S) kills 15 people in Assam

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GUWAHATI, Dec 23: Bodo militants killed at least 15 people including women and children in five different attacks in Assam's Kokrajhar and Sonitpur district on Tuesday evening.
National Democratic Front of Bodoland - Sangbajit faction (NDFB-S) continued a killing spree in Assam targeting Adivasi people in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur district.
According to reports, at least 12 people were killed and 10 others injured in a militant attack at Phulbari Moitalubasti area and Dhekiajuli area in Sonitpur district along the Arunachal Pradesh border on Tuesday evening.
Bodo militants killed another three Adivasi people and injured 9 others in two attacks at Serfanguri and Saralpara area in Kokrajhar district along the Bhutan border.

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KHADC to challenge Court orders on Headmen, pre-arrest bail

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SHILLONG, Dec 22: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday declared that it is going to challenge the two orders passed by the Meghalaya High Court recently on the grounds that they are against the customary and constitutional rights.
Raising a big question on the role of traditional heads in the state, the High Court in its order issued on December 14, had directed the state government to put an end on all types of ‘parallel government practices’ and not to ask people to obtain No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from headmen.

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UALA begins negotiation with Govt, may join mainstream soon

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TURA, Dec 23: In what will come as welcome news to peace starved Garo Hills, the, United A'chik Liberation Army (UALA) held a meeting with representatives of Meghalaya government to discuss on the process to join the mainstream on Tuesday. In a press communique by its Chairman, Chiindik Marak alias Novembirth Marak, the outfit stated that it is ready to join the mainstream while also asking the government to announce dates for the settlement.
The hour long meeting was held at the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) Guest House in Rongkhon, on the outskirts of Tura at about 11 am on Tuesday.

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KHADC contemplates moving court against ‘delaying act’ of government

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SHILLONG, Dec 23: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Tuesday said it may file an appeal in the Court against the Meghalaya government for its ‘delaying act’ towards the many important Bills passed and submitted by the Council.
“For the act of delaying, we would make a move to file an appeal in the Court against the state government,” KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM), Adelbert Nongrum said while adding, “Another option is that we can also take the path of intensive agitations to pressure the government on the matter.”

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UDP demands law specifying powers of headmen, Dorbar Shnongs

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SHILLONG, Dec 22: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Monday decided to demand the District Councils to immediately legislate a ‘law’ where specific powers of the headmen and authorities of the Dorbar Shnong are mentioned to ensure there is no abuse of powers as well as violation of human rights by them.
This decision by the UDP, the largest regional political party in the State, came in the wake of the recent order issued by the Meghalaya High Court which has shaken the traditional bodies in the state.
Raising a big question on the role of traditional heads in the state, the High Court in its order issued on December 14, has directed the state government to put an end on all types of ‘parallel government practices’ and stop the issuing of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) by headmen.

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