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Abducted traders rescued, ULFA militant killed in encounter

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TURA, June 26: Acting swiftly after the kidnapping of four traders on Wednesday morning from the Dadenggre area, the police personnel of West Garo Hills (WGH) got into action mode and rescued the four in the early hours of Thursday morning. The four were rescued unharmed from the clutches of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) from a remote location in WGH, in the process killing one in the resultant encounter that lasted for more than 20 minutes.

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CEM defends KHADC move to protect Mawpat forest

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SHILLONG, June 26: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM), Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, has alleged that the Congress led opposition in the Council is undermining the efforts of the Executive Committee (EC) to turn the forest at Mawpat into a protected area.
Stating that the forest at Mawpat does not belong to the Syiem of Mylliem or the EC of the KHADC and that they are just the guardians and custodians of the same, the CEM added that the EC has not done anything wrong by declaring the forest a protected area.

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Map of KHADC jurisdiction demanded to solve border problems

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SHILLONG, June 25: In the backdrop of the age old and unresolved boundary dispute with neigbouring Assam, opposition members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Wednesday emphasized the need to have a categorical boundary map for the Council by urging the different Himas to prepare maps of their respective jurisdictions.
 “Most of the Himas and Raids under the Council’s jurisdiction do not have maps and the time has come for the Council to direct them to sketch their own maps which will act as strong documents to prove their rights over their own lands,” Leader of Opposition Pynsngainlang N Syiem, also the former Chief Executive Member (CEM), said while participating in a motion during the Budget Session of the KHADC on Wednesday.

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Poultry farm polluting water source of 10 villages in Ri – Bhoi

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KHADC to initiate punitive measures after Inquiry Committee report
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SHILLONG, June 25: Opposition Mawhati Independent MDC James Sylliang on Wednesday said that the pollution of a drinking water source by a poultry farming company has affected ten villages in Ri Bhoi district even as the Executive Committee assured to take action once the report of the inquiry committee instituted to probe into the matter is submitted by next month.
Initiating the discussion on the motion during the Budget Session of the Council, Sylliang said, “Umtrew River is one of the main sources of drinking water for many villages but the unscientific poultry farming of the firm may become the cause of many a health hazard for the local people of villages.”

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Parents urged to monitor Children behavior, activities

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Int’l Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking observed at Belbari
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AMPATI, June 26: “Students must be aware of the ill-effects of drugs as well as alcoholic drinks and keep away from them at any cost and parents must monitor their children’s behavior and activities at all times to ensure that they do not get into such habits” asserted Deputy Commissioner (DC), South West Garo Hills (SWGH), Ram Singh, while speaking as one of the resource persons during the observation of International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking organized by Social Welfare department at Garudachal Vidyapeeth Secondary School, Belbari on Thursday.
The day was marked by a slogan writing competition, games, presentation of prayer and patriotic songs and brief talks on the subject by the district officials.

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Heptulla assures support to minority communities in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, June 25: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla said that the BJP led NDA government of Narendra Modi will pay special attention to the north eastern states even as she felt that integration and strengthening of ties between different communities in the region can be achieved by undertaking different economic activities.
Heptulla told Meghalaya’s unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) delegation comprising NPP legislator James Sangma, former State Finance Minister Conrad Sangma and former State Transport Minister Manirul Islam Sarkar on Wednesday that one of her ministry’s objectives is to ensure the integration between the different communities which she felt can be achieved through economic activities and interdependence.

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4 more traders kidnapped in the plain belt, GNLA hand suspected

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TURA, June 25: The kidnapping spree within the Garo Hills region is continuing unabated with the latest being four small time traders allegedly kidnapped by suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants at about 7 am on Wednesday morning. The four who were traveling together to the weekly bazaar near the town of Dadenggre, were kidnapped by armed militants from the Kantanagre area, under the Dadengre Police Station. Police suspects the hand of GNLA in the kidnap.

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