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Modi to offer 2,500 kg of sandalwood to Pashupatinath temple

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Kathmandu, Aug 02 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will Monday offer 2,500 kg of white Indian sandalwood to the Pashupatinath temple after performing a special puja.
"We are pleased to announce that Indian prime minister is handing over 2.5 tons of white sandalwood to Pashupatinath temple. The sandalwood would cost around Rs.30 million," Govinda Tondon, member secretary of Pashupatinath Area Development Trust (PADT), informed.
This has come as a huge relief to the temple management committee as it needs at least half kg of white sandalwood to make a paste for Shiva Linga.

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ANVC(B) dares Mukul to investigate through NIA or CBI

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Shillong, Aug 02: Reacting to Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s allegations that ANVC(B) has links with I.S.I, the outfit on Saturday dared the CM to investigate his allegation through National Investigation Agency (NIA) or CBI.
“We are ready for high level probe as this is a serious matter and we want it to be thoroughly investigated. Mukul’s allegation is very serious with sole objective to malign us and a matter of grave concern for our organisation and for nation’s security. Therefore he should hand over the case to the Central agencies failing which it would mean Mukul himself is at fault,” ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary Doang D Shira said in a press communiqué issued here on Saturday.

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Williamnagar NGOs condemn attempt to codify Garo Customary Laws

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TURA, Aug 02: The attempt of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) to codify Garo customary laws has met stark resistance with regard to some parts of the Bill which has been seen as an attempt to allow entry of non Garos into the fold. The combined NGOs of Williamnagar in a meeting on Saturday stood opposed to the passing of the Bill terming the attempt as premature.

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GHADC extended for yet another 6 months

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SHILLONG, Aug 01: The Meghalaya government on Friday has decided to extend the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for yet another six months which will end in February next year.
Addressing journalists after the Cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said, “The Cabinet has approved the extension of the term of GHADC for another six months which will expire in February next year.”
According to him, due to the parliamentary election and the coming of a new government at the Centre, the exercise was further delayed and could not be completed.

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15 year old boy escapes kidnap attempt, one kidnapper lynched

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TURA, Aug 02: A 15 year old boy from Assam escaped a kidnap attempt when locals present near the incident site reacted quickly and chased after his abductors. The incident happened close to the market of Janglapara, near Tikrikilla, about 110 kms from the town of Tura. One of the abductors was later caught by locals and died in the ensuing violence. A replica gun was later recovered by the police of Tikrikilla Police Station after locals informed the thana.

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NGT ban on unscientific rat hole mining continues

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SHILLONG, Aug 01: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday has constituted a new committee for transportation of the extracted coal as it decided to continue to impose the ban on unscientific rat hole coal mining in Meghalaya.
The decision of the Tribunal came in the wake of the failure of the Committee constituted on June 9 to comply with the directions of the NGT.
The committee constituted on June 9 comprised Director of Mines, Meghalaya, Member Secretary, Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, Member Secretary, Assam State Pollution Control Board, Senior Scientist of the Central Pollution Control Board, Senior Representative of Ministry of Environment & Forests, and Principal Secretary, Meghalaya Mining & Geology department.

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SGH land owners threaten to take back land

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Border fencing compensation row
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TURA, August 01: With compensation of land owners from the border areas of South Garo Hills (SGH) still stuck in limbo, the aggrieved land owners have threatened to take back the land given by them for fencing of the international border with Bangladesh. Stating that it has been well over ten years since the start of the fencing, the group of land owners said compensation has to be made quickly before things get from bad to worse for them.
“Although many of the land-owners falling under Border Fencing in other districts of the state of Meghalaya have already received the compensatory money meant for the purpose, yet in Baghmara, SGH, the government had totally neglected the land-owners and as such, our hopes and dreams of receiving the compensation are yet to materialize till today,” said LP Marak, a resident and affected person from SGH.

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