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Northeast to have air ambulances soon

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Guwahati, July 1 (IANS) Patients from difficult-to-access locations in the landlocked northeastern states can heave a sigh of relief, as a Guwahati-based hospital is planning to launch air ambulance services to ferry patients from across the region.
The Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC) Tuesday unveiled a plan to launch air ambulance and medical outreach programme using helicopters to remote areas of all the eight northeastern state - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
"Doctors from GNRC will be ferried to difficult-to-access locations across the region and provide doorstep medical support to the people," said neurologist Nomal Chandra Borah of GNRC Hospitals Ltd.

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Work on Heritage Village at Mawphlang only after inquiry report

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SHILLONG, July 01: The work on the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s (KHADC’s) heritage village at Mawphlang village will only be taken up after the proposed inquiry committee completes its report. This was informed to the House by the Deputy Chief Executive Member (Dy.CEM) in charge Arts and Culture, Teinwel Dkhar on Tuesday.
“The Executive Committee (EC) is yet to constitute the proposed inquiry committee to probe into the implementation of the project for construction of the heritage village. The process for setting up the inquiry committee is already on including the invitation of experts,” Dkhar said during the Question Hour in the KHADC’s Budget Session on Tuesday.

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Probe into Meghalaya politician-militant nexus only after proof

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Shillong, June 30 (IANS) In the wake of growing demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the alleged nexus between politicians and militants, Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri Monday said there was no need for an inquiry until there was concrete evidence.
"There are lots of allegations about the politician-militant nexus. I am concerned about those and the government as a whole is discussing the issue. However, these allegations are vague," Warjri told journalists.

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KHADC to conduct surprise check on labour licenses

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SHILLONG, June 30: The Executive Member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in charge of Labour James Ban Basaiawmoit on Monday informed the House that the KHADC will soon conduct a surprise inspection of the companies operating within its jurisdiction.
In the process of this inspection, if the KHADC finds any of these companies employing people without labour licenses, action will be taken against them, added Basaiawmoit.
James Sylliang who is the MDC from Mawhati had earlier stated that most of the labourers from outside the state who are employed by these companies do not even have an idea s to what a labour license is.

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KHADC needs to regulate issuing of trade licenses to non tribal businesses: Neil Antonio

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SHILLONG, June 30: The need to regulate the issuing of trading licenses to non – tribal businesses was stressed upon by the opposition members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday even as it was reiterated that there is no call to simply ban these licenses.
While moving cut motion during the budget session on Monday, Congress MDC from Laitumkhrah Neil Antonio War said, “The issuance of trading licences to non-tribal businesses needs to be regulated not banned.”
Keeping in mind that the cost for acquiring a trading license is Rs. 15,000, War opined that the cost of litigation should these non – tribal business move to court against the Council if and when their licenses are banned would be much higher than the actual cost of the trading licenses.

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9 houses washed away as rains wreak havoc, whole locality under threat due to erosion

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TURA, June 30: A part of the Beldarpara locality in Tura, is being washed away because of the incessant rain that has been lashing the town of Tura. While the process of erosion showed its first signs at the time of Durga Puja last year, with nothing to barricade the fall, 9 houses have already washed away in the ongoing rains. While there has been no human casualty as yet, the fear now is that, most houses in the locality could be washed away.
The houses, which were earlier just above the Dobasipara bus stand, lie close to the stream that passes through the town and originates in the Tura peak. The effect of a landslide has been so encompassing that even the stream has changed its course and now is flowing almost directly under the place where the houses were. With the soil being loosened by the rains, the danger is that the new direction could spell danger for all within the area.

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4 GNLA cadres apprehended by Assam police in Dhubri, arms and ammunition recovered

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TURA, June 30: Assam Police along with the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Sunday apprehended 4 people on the basis of suspicion of them being part of a militant outfit in Meghalaya. The four were travelling by boat from Phulbari in West Garo Hills (WGH) to the town of Dhubri when they were arrested by the security personnel from the Jumatia Ghat on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Dhubri.
According to information received, the four have been identified as Rostom Marak, Tengnit Arengh, Tobin Marak and Legsend Momin.

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