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Boosting border economy among top priorities for Rijiju

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SHILLONG, Dec 19: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday said setting up of proper Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) will have unimaginable impact in the lives of the people living in the Indo-Bangla border.
“I want to have proper integrated check posts where custom, forests, banking everything will be there and it is going to have unimaginable impact in the lives of the people around the periphery,” Rijiju said. He also informed that the proposed ICP in Dawki will be third in the country.
According to Rijiju, the initiative is to transform the economy of the region.

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Rijiju presses Meghalaya to complete Indo-Bangla border fencing 

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SHILLONG, Dec 19: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that the state government needs to put in extra efforts to finish the process of land acquisition to pave the way for the completion of the remaining unfenced areas along the Indo-Bangla border.
 ”I admit there are issues with the state government and I hope with extra efforts they can finish the process of land acquisition after which the border fencing will be done,” Rijiju said.
Meghalaya shares a total of 445 kilometers of international border with Bangladesh even as the MoS informed that out of this, only 80 kms remains unfenced.

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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi gets bail in Pakistan

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Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS): Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, was granted bail Thursday by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad.
The Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) prosecutor disagreed with the bail plea.
However, Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi, appeared before the court and sought bail for his client.
The court has directed Lakhvi to pay surety bonds worth Pakistani Rs.500,000 before he can be released on bail.
Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged with planning and helping to carry out the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks which left at least 166 people dead.
The six other terrorists facing trial in Adiala Jail in Pakistan for their alleged involvement in the carnage are Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid.

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Court ruling on headmen is contrary to law: MIPRL

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SHILLONG, Dec 18: In the wake of the court ruling on December 16 which stopped headmen from issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs), the Movement for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood (MIPRL) – Meghalaya, has lambasted the said ruling and has stated that it is contrary to law.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the vice chairman and spokesperson of (MIPRL) Erwin K. Syiem Sutnga said, ‘Contrary to the observations made in the said ruling, in law, the office of Headman is equated as an Officer of the District Council who is to carry on the administration of the autonomous District as decided in U Prellyshon Lyngdoh Nongrum Vs. Executive Committee, District Council, United Khasi-Jaintia Hills, Shillong, AIR 1969 A&N. 139 ILR (1969) 21 Assam 370.’

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Khasi subject as an elective threatens the language’s very existence: Daniel Khyriem

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SHILLONG, Dec 19: The president of the Khasi Students Union (KSU), Daniel Khyriem on Friday said that the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) decision to make Khasi (MIL) a compulsory elective subject is a threat to the very existence of the language.
The KSU has demanded the state government to immediately scrap the notification issued by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) to make Khasi (MIL) a compulsory elective subject.
“We strongly demand the immediate scrapping of the notification issued by the MBOSE in the interest of the students’ fraternity and for preserving the indigenous language-Khasi,” Khyriem said here.

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Teen assault case: 2nd FIR admitted by WGH police

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TURA, Dec 18: A day after police refused to admit an FIR in the case of the snatching away of phones of two residents of the Circuit House area during the assault of three teens by two allegedly drunk policemen, the same was admitted on Thursday in the Tura Police Station. The incident has already begun to spark widespread alarm, with many questioning the veracity of the claims of the police.
One of the victims of the assault, Tangkame R Sangma (19) confirmed the admittance of the additional FIR on Thursday after the same was refused on Wednesday. She, along with her 16 year old brother and another 16 year old teen were allegedly beaten up by two drunken cops. The incident happened at about 3 pm on Tuesday.

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Govt mooting cable car, rain museum in Cherrapunjee: Prestone

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SHILLONG, Dec 18: The creation of a rain museum at Cherrapunjee and a cable car service from Cherrapunjee to Mawsynram are some of the initiatives that the government is contemplating. This was informed by the C & RD Minister, Prestone Tynsong at the inaugural day of the Sohra Indigenous Festival 2014, held at Sa- I-Mika Park, Sohra on Thursday.
These initiatives, according to Tynsong are mooted to upscale the tourism sector of the region. The initiatives will be a part of the state government’s endeavour so as to retain and preserve the name and glory of Cherrapunjee as the heaviest area of rainfall in the world with the hope that Cherrapunjee will develop and prosper in future through the plans and initiatives to be taken up by the government. Tynsong also called upon the private businessman for partnership to make this goal a reality.  

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