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Peace Settlement: What happens now after the breakup of GNLA

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Tura, Feb 17: The recent announcement made by the breakaway faction of the GNLA, namely A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) formerly GNLA – F, of coming out of the shadow of the Sohan D Shira led GNLA, has come as a body blow to ongoing peace settlement process. While early indicators have been coming through that the GNLA was also keen to come overboard, the news of the outfit’s breakup means the process has to restart once again.
The more critical part of the process has been the suggestion that the Reding T Sangma led group has also added factions of the ANVC (B) and UALA along with it. The consortium of groups would mean that the Rimpu Marak led ANVC (B) too has broken up with one part willing for talks while the other still wants to continue the fight for Garoland. The other group in the consortium, UALA has not given any indication as to where they want to be.

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Special cell, helpline launched for northeast people

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS): The Delhi Police Saturday announced the setting up of a special cell and a helpline for northeast people here.
The helpline - 1093 - will have five lines in the police control room and promises to "immediately" redress the grievances of the northeast people.

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President's rule in Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS): The union cabinet Saturday decided to impose president's rule in Delhi following the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers Friday. The assembly will now be kept in suspended animation.
Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung had earlier recommended that Delhi be placed under president's rule by keeping the legislature under suspended animation.

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Meghalaya’s social enterprises to benefit from World Bank fund

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SHILLONG, Feb 15: The social enterprises in Meghalaya will get a major fillip, alongside those in neighboring Assam and Mizoram, courtesy the World Bank funding of over USD 1million for implementing innovative service delivery approaches in these northeastern states. The global funding agency announced the launch of the 2014 India Development Marketplace (DM) and called for proposals to access these funds to benefit social organizations.

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President calls for eradicating leprosy

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday called for integrated leprosy services in geographically focused areas to eradicate the disease while Vice President Hamid Ansari urged for generating awareness about its misconceptions.
They were speaking at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where Mukherjee presented the International Gandhi Award for 2013 to Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Zhang Guocheng from China for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy.

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Rift in Garo Hills outfits, region holds its breath

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Tura, Feb 15: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has made an expose that its former finance secretary, Reding T Sangma was demoted for breaking the rules of the outfit. The expose comes after the announcement of Reding T Sangma on the creation of a new outfit, breaking away from the erstwhile GNLA and adding fear that the peace settlement may need more thought.

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Kejriwal resigns over Janlokpal bill; sets stage for national role

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New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS): Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeated” his party’s attempts to introduce its signal Jan Lokpal bill, which the Aam Admi Pary (AAP) says was meant to curb corruption in high places.

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