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Justice Sen communal, can't be judge: CPI-M

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New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS): The CPI-M on Friday condemned Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen of the Meghalaya High Court for making what it said were communal observations and said he had lost the moral right to be a judge.
"The CPI-M condemns in unequivocal terms the recent utterances of Justice Sen, in the form of a judgement which is against the basic structure of our Constitution," it said in a statement.
"The Supreme Court had earlier given a verdict that secularism, amongst others, is a fundamental feature of our Constitution."

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Coal mine owner engaged in illegal mining on the run

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SHILLONG, Dec 14: The owner of the coalmine where illegal mining was taking place which was revealed after 13 labourers got trapped inside has been identified and is presently absconding, according to the state’s Home Minister, James Sangma.
Informing that the owner has been identified as James Sukhlain, Sangma said that he is absconding and that police are presently attempting to trace him.

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Police may not have manpower to check illegal coal mining: James Sangma

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SHILLONG, Dec 14: Meghalaya’s Home Minister, James K Sangma has stated that the state’s police department may not have the necessary manpower to illegal check coal mining if such activities are going on in the state.
In this regard, James said that it is only when there is specific information about such illegal activities that the police can go and inspect.
“To go into each and every area we would not have that kind of manpower as police also have to look into law and order and other duties,” he said while defending the government which had denied that illegal mining of coal is going on in the state.

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Police caution against fraudsters

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SHILLONG, Dec 14 (MIPR): The Additional Director General of Police (CID), Meghalaya, Shillong has informed that a lot of telephonic calls from both mobile as well as landline numbers are being received by general public from fraudsters impersonating as Bank or Insurance representatives.
In a release issued here on Friday, the AGD said that these people are seeking details of bank accounts or ATM or debit or credit card details like card numbers, CVV number, secret 4 digit pin number, date of expiry and even One Time Password (OTP) received in the mobile phones thereby duping innocent people of their hard earned money.

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Meghalaya gets over Rs 321.88 crore gift from Centre

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SHILLONG, Dec 14: What may be termed as a gift to Meghalaya this festive season, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sanctioned Rs 321.88 crores - the first of its kind as far as the amount, ever received by the state from the Centre for roads.
Deputy Chief Minister, in charge of PWD (Roads), Prestone Tynsong said that the such a huge amount was never sanctioned under the CRF in the history of Meghalaya and the state would only get around Rs 80-90  crores per year under the scheme.

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ADE expresses displeasure over GHADC decision on tree felling

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TURA, Dec 14: The Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) has expressed its displeasure over the decision of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) to fell mature timber trees from within its reserves in an effort to make shore up its finances.
“The decision for auctioning several hundreds of mature trees of Damalgre Range, Naguapara Range, Phulbari Range and Samanda Range forest areas by the GHADC is extremely disturbing,” said the NGO in a release issued on Friday.
“In these distressful times while we face hazards of climate change and environmental catastrophes, the GHADC instead of strengthening efforts to fight such problems is doing exactly the opposite. The cutting down of these trees is going to lead to negative impacts on the ecosystem and the environment as a whole,” they added.

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53 trainees graduate from North East Police Academy

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SHILLONG, Dec 14: The Dikshant Parade of Basic Course trainees, held at the North Eastern Police Academy on Friday, was reviewed by ShAftab Ahmad Ali, IPS (retd), the first Director of the Academy. A total of 53 trainees from 2 batches took the oath administered by Kala Ramachandran, Director, NEPA.
While the 44th Basic Course comprising 19 trainees (15 DySPs from Manipur, 1 Dy SP from Nagaland and 3 Sub-Inspectors from Arunachal Pradesh) were passing out after having completed 49 weeks of intensive training, the 45th Basic Course comprising 34 Armed Branch Sub-Inspectors from Meghalaya had commenced training only in September and will continue to train at NEPA for a few more months.

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