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PM announces Rs.1,000 crore aid for flood-hit Kashmir

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JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Sept 07 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reviewed the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir and announced a special assistance of Rs.1,000 crore. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked people not to panic, asserting that help will reach them soon.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) began a massive aerial relief and rescue operation in flood-affected regions of the state. The floods have claimed over 100 lives so far.

The Rs.1,000 crore package announced for the flood-hit state was besides a Rs.2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the kin of each dead and Rs.50,000 each for the seriously injured.

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19 - Yr old hangs himself in Police custody

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Tura, Sept 07: A 19 year old who was caught by suspicious villages near the India - Bangladesh border near Jaksongram in South Garo Hills (SGH) Saturday night and handed over to the police hanged himself in the police lock up early morning on Sunday. The teenager was a suspected bike thief and was present in the lockup with another cell mate when the incident happened, though the person was unable to do anything as he was asleep.

The 19 year old has been identified as Senomen S Marak and he was resident of Rongdok under the Shallang Police Station in the West Khasi Hills district. The place of incident is about a 100 kms from the town of Tura and about 20 kms from the district head quarter, Baghmara.

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11 make it to Grand Finale of Dance Meghalaya Dance – Little Champ

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SHILLONG, Sept 07: Eleven young and talented children coming from the different districts of the state on Saturday were declared as finalists of the ‘Dance Meghalaya Dance – Little Champ (DMD-LC)’, a first of its kind talent-hunt-show organized in the state.

These successful children were among 23 contestants competing during the semi final held at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah in the city on Saturday.

All are students under the age group of 15 years. The eleven children selected for the finals include: Lucy Mary Diengdoh, Darihun Lapang, Lamphrang Sunn, Manjushree Joshi, Sylviana L Mawlong, Efylicia Lyngkhoi, Banskhem Kharkongor, Iamonlang Kharjana, Mark Syiemlieh, Heinidaman T Dkhar and Sofia Lapang.

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Mukul Sangma was, is and will continue as Chief Minister: Falerio

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SHILLONG, Sept 05: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Luihinzo Falerio Friday made it clear that there will be no change in leadership in the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) even as he added that a mechanism has been adopted to resolve any arising differences among the members.
“Everybody spoke their hearts’ out and all differences are over. Its good news for the Congress family here,” Falerio told reporters after the State CLP meeting held here on Friday night.
According to him, when everybody speaks from their hearts, the outcome is always beautiful,
He said he would submit the outcome of this meeting to the party’s High Command who had sent him to the state in the wake of infighting within the party in which dissident group had sought for change in leadership.

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Police arrests two more LAEF rebels in Gokol firing incident

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Tura, Sept 07: The North Garo Hills (NGH) police made a major breakthrough in the Gokol firing incident case by arresting another 2 cadres of LAEF, with one area commander of the outfit also in the net of the police. In July, seven members of the Liberation of A'chik Elite Force (LAEF) had attacked the Gokol market and extorted money from the shops after firing 8 rounds in the air. 5 of the seven are now in police custody with the rest of the group on the run.

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After driving across India, Khasi woman eyes Mongol Rally

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Shillong, Sept 07 (IANS): Driving a seven hp two-stroke engine for 4,110 km in 20 days is not an easy task, but Miatmon Sooting, a single mother to a seven-year-old, is proud enough that she completed the race in an auto-rickshaw in 15 days. It's given her the confidence to eye the gruelling Mongol Rally.

Miatmon, 40, is the first Indian woman and the first tribal Khasi woman from the mountainous northeastern state of Meghalaya, to race in an auto-rickshaw from here to Kochi in Kerala to raise funds for charities in India and Nepal.

The Rickshaw Run was organised by Britain-based group 'The Adventurists', a global ensemble of adventure seekers and featured some 70 teams. This was the third edition of the event.

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GNLA threatens serial blasts against ongoing police ops in Garo Hills

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Tura, Sept 05: Frustrated at the increasing police operations targeting the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), the outfit has threatened to set off a series of bomb blasts targeting strategic places and offices in the Garo Hills region if the Government does not call off police operations against the outfit. The outfit further accused the Dr Mukul Sangma government of biasness for calling the HNLC for peace talks while ignoring the various outfits of the Garo Hills region.
According to a press communiqué issued by the senior cadre of the outfit, Savio Marak here on Friday, the GNLA held a meeting at an undisclosed location where the decision was taken in the face of ongoing operations against the outfit. Unhappy with the government’s response, the outfit’s C-In-C, Sohan D Shira has threatened to retaliate through serial blasts.

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