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GNLA releases Naga M Sangma after six days

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SHILLONG, Feb 05: 39 – year – old Naga M Sangma was on Wednesday released by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) after being held captive for six days.
Naga, brother of Independent legislator Samuel Sangma from Baghmara, South Garo Hills, was released after his family allegedly paid -off the demanded ransom of Rs 20 lakh.
Naga is a coal exporter to Bangladesh. GNLA militants had abducted Naga on the night of January 30 last from his house at Gasuapara in South Garo hills.

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Vendors turn civil junction into an open bin

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SHILLONG, Feb 05: The rising number of illegal vendors in the city and the incapability of the civic authorities to control them may turn really ugly if not nipped in the bud at the right time. Every new day their numbers are rising as these illegal “encroachers” are literally occupying all nooks and corners of the city whereas the authorities are brazenly seeing their presence swelling right under their nose. That the city has turned into an urban slum cannot be ruled out as these vendors are not only creeping into every space available but also litters the area where they operate.

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We want Genuine Autonomy not separation from China: Tibetan PM

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Shillong, Feb 04: Prime Minister of Tibetan government in Exile, Lobsang Sangay, Tuesday iterated that Tibet does not want freedom from China but seeks ‘Genuine Autonomy’.
Explaining the reason for this, he said, “Tibetans in Tibet are suffering due Chinese repression, economic marginalization, environmental destruction, social discrimination, cultural assimilation and others. The situation is very painful, and the Tibetans have become frustrated.”

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KHNAM asks NGOs to keep fighting for ILP

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SHILLONG, Feb 04: Alleging the Congress-led MUA-II government for adopting delaying tactic on the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP), the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Party (KHNAM) Tuesday appealed to the 13 pressure groups not to be misled by the state government on the issue.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting held here on Tuesday, KHNAM president Pyndapborthiaw Saibon said, “The present government led by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is adopting a delay tactic on the issue (ILP) and the NGOs should not fall into any trap that the government is attempting to reign in.”

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India should play a vital role in resolving Tibet issue: Sangay

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‘Dalai Lama to return to Tibet soon’
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Shillong, Feb 04: The Tibetan government in exile Tuesday asked India to play an active role in resolving the Tibet issue with China, as it is in India’s interest.
“India has a very important role to play in Tibet. We are geographically connected and environmentally vital for India as well as South and South East Asia,” asserted the Prime Minister of Tibetan government in Exile, Lobsang Sangay.
According to him, Tibet is called as the ‘third pole’ having the third highest ice reservoir in the world after Antarctica and Arctic. Unlike Antarctica and Arctic where the melted ice gets immersed into the ocean, when the ice melts in Tibet, it forms into fresh water which in turn provides drinking water to more than one billion people in Asia.

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MeECL contractors assaulted by ANVC(B) militants, one abducted

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TURA, Feb 04: Two contractors with the MeECL, Luther Marak and Manseng Marak who went to Sasatgre for the rural lighting program were at first beaten up and then looted by suspected ANVC(B) militants.
The fate of Luther Marak is still uncertain as he was taken by the cadres, while Manseng was left for dead. The incident happened on Monday when the two were at their task of scouting information on their work.
The two had gone on a visit to the area as they were supposed to work on the rural electrification program. While they were there, two ANVC(B) cadres with AK 47s suddenly came out form the jungle and held them at gun point. They asked them to pay a ransom of Rs 10 lakh or they would be kidnapped. They negotiated with the group and brought the amount to Rs 1 lakh.

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Woman purportedly beaten to death by husband

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TURA, Feb 04: The trials of women under domestic violence continued with another woman allegedly beaten to death by her husband and then kept for a few days in house before he tried to cremate her. It was only when the guardians of the victim heard of her death that they were able to rush to the spot and quickly stop evidence from being destroyed.
According to the version of the family of the victim, Susan Kurbah from Shillong was beaten to death by her husband Mithilesh Thakur. He then allegedly kept the body in his house for a few days deciding what needed to be done. The family rushed from Shillong to Tura overnight, after the son of the victim called his grandmother to inform of his mother’s death on January 31 last.

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