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HANM calls for office picketing on Feb 25-26

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SHILLONG, Feb 21: The Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) Friday called for a two-day office picketing on February 25 and 26, as a mark to intensify their protest demanding for the immediate release of the West Khasi Hills District president Arphul Kharbani who was booked under Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).

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Northeastern lichens may yield drug against breast cancer

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Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS): Abundant in the lush hills of northeast India, a variety of plant-like organisms called lichens may hold the key to a potential drug against breast cancer that affects one in 28 women in India, according to a discovery by scientists here.
Attached to rocks and tree trunks and seen on the ground, these dual organisms are made up of a symbiotic association of fungus and algae and are known reservoirs of dyes and drugs.

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Trying to bring astray KSU activists back to mainstream: Police

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SHILLONG, Feb 20: State police Thursday said that they are making all out efforts to bring back the members of the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) who have alleged join the Khasi rebel group – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to mainstream.
The statement came following reports that the KSU’s vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang has resigned from the Union to join the HNLC followed by a statement of HNLC confirming the joining of 13 other KSU members besides Kharmawphlang to its fold.

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‘ANVC(B) targeted due to its accommodative attitude’

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Shillong, Feb 20: ANVC(B) has claimed that it is being targeted by GNLA and security agencies because it is sheltering deserters from GNLA, UALA, LAEF, PLF and others who wanted ‘Peace’.
In a press communiqué, ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary Doang Shira said, “It must be noted that deserters from GNLA, UALA, LAEF, PLF and others form part of ANVC(B). These cadres joined us for a Peaceful cause. They are still hunted by their members. ANVC(B) is facing the wrath as it has provided a platform for all these cadres who joined us for a cause.”

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Parliament's nod to Telangana, PM promises Seemandhra special status

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New Delhi/Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS): Telangana is all set to born as the 29th state in India as parliament Thursday gave its approval to divide Andhra Pradesh, triggering celebrations across Telangana but gloom in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions.
Amid unprecedented bedlam, which even forced the Congress party members to form a protective ring before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he spoke, the Rajya Sabha passed, by voice vote, the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill.
Meeting the demands of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and clearing the decks for the passage of the bill, the prime minister, whose speech was not inaudible among slogan-shouting by anti-Telangana MPs, announced a package for Seemandhra, as the two other regions are collectively called.

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Feb 24 declared ‘Paid Holiday’ in Khasi – Jaintia Hills

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Shillong, Feb 20: The Governor of Meghalaya has declared February 24, 2014, as ‘paid holiday’ in the six Khasi – Jaintia Hills districts on account of election to Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).
February 24 holiday will effective in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri – Bhoi, East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills. 

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Kharmawphlang with us, convert ILP into human rights issue: HNLC to NGOs

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SHILLONG, Feb 19: The banned Khasi militant outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Wednesday confirmed that KSU leader and 13 other youths have joined the outfit even as it appealed to the pro - ILP NGOs to expand the Inner Line Permit (ILP) struggle into a human rights issue.
KSU vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang has allegedly tendered his resignation letter to the president of the Union, Daniel Khyriem, stating that the step was to send a strong message to the state government that there is a need to protect the indigenous people.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “The outfit welcomes the stand taken by Frederick Kharmawphlang and 13 others under his leadership to join the Council. These youths were victims of the Indian political system, they were hunted by the police department for many months as if they were terrorists, just because they supported the implementation of ILP.”

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