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Congress dissidents employ new strategies, gain ground

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Shillong, Aug 07: Though the delegation of Congress leaders from Meghalaya comprising of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Dr. D.D. Lapang, Shillong MP Vincent H. Pala, Ministers Prestone Tynsong and H.D. R. Lyngdoh and former Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly M.M. Danggo, met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, on the pretext of National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining but the meaning of this meeting is being deduced in a whole different manner.

This meeting takes on more significance when the dissidence in the Congress fold in Meghalaya is taken into account. Reportedly, the meeting was to apprise the President about the dissidence in state Congress camp and seek his assistance to gain ground at New Delhi.

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Cong leaders ask President to ‘exempt’ Meghalaya from Coal mining ban

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SHILLONG, Aug 07: A delegation of Congress leaders from Meghalaya met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, seeking his immediate intervention to issue notification under 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule exempting the State’s three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) from NGT’s ban on coal mining as he has the powers to exempt or modify the application of Acts of Parliament on these ADCs.

The delegation including the President of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Dr. D.D. Lapang, Meghalaya MPs Wansuk Syiem (Rajya Sabha) and Vincent H. Pala (Lok Sabha), Ministers Prestone Tynsong and H.D. R. Lyngdoh and the former Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly M.M. Danggo submitted a memorandum pertaining to the recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning Rat Hole coal mining in state that has so far supported the livelihood of mine owners, truck owners, workers and transport industries.

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After women, children new target of militants

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TURA, Aug 07: The kidnapping of a lady school teacher from the vicinity of Resubelpara in the North Garo Hills (NGH) has been widely condemned by all within the region. While the fire of the anger is yet to subside, reports of militants stooping even further have just surfaced. According to information received from sources, an eight year old boy was kidnapped from his house in Dainadubi in NGH on July 30, 2014 - just a day after the woman was kidnapped and released!

In another shocker, a five year old girl was also taken by a group of militants from around the same place on April 12. Both cases happened in the border between Assam and Meghalaya.

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Dawn to dusk bandh passes off peacefully

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SHILLONG, Aug 06: Wednesday’s statewide ‘dawn to dusk’ bandh called by the State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Owners’, Miners and Dealers’ Forum (SCCCOMDF) in protest against the state government’s failure to submit it reports on the extracted coal lying in the depots throughout Meghalaya passed off peacefully without any reports of untoward incident.
In spite of state government urging people of the state to denounce the bandh call, a major chunk of the local populace chose to remain indoors even as most business establishments and educational institutions remained closed for the day.
While government offices functioned as normal, a number of banks and financial institutions downed their shutters for the day.

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NPP demands NIA probe into ANVC(B) – ISI nexus

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SHILLONG, AUG 07: The National People’s Party (NPP) on Thursday demanded Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma to immediately ask for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the recent allegations made by him on the A’chik National Volunteer Council – Breakaway [ANVC(B)] having links with the Inter – Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.

 “If these statements are being based on irrefutable and reliable intelligence and if the Chief Minister is really and genuinely concerned about such links, then the Chief Minister should immediately ask for an NIA probe to investigate the matter so that appropriate action can be taken instead of offering mere lip service,” NPP legislator and spokesperson James K Sangma said in a statement issued here on Thursday.

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Maitshaphrang Movement serves 2 - week ultimatum for framing Marriage Act rules

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SHILLONG, Aug 07: The Maitshaphrang Movement (MSM) on Thursday said it would soon stage an ‘indefinite hunger strike’ and has set a deadline of two weeks for the Meghalaya government to frame the rules for the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act passed in 2012.

“We demand the government to immediately frame the necessary rules for the implementation of the Marriage Act which was passed by State Legislature two years ago within two months,” Maitshaprang convener Michael Syiem told reporters at a press conference here on Thursday.

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Another UTP escapes, this time from Williamnagar Civil Hospital

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Tura, Aug 06: Another Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) on Wednesday made a daring escape under the nose of police. An under trial prisoner Bishnu M. Sangma managed to escape from a government hospital in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills (EGH). He was in judicial custody in Williamnagar district jail.
Bishnu, an alleged Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadre, was arrested during an operation against the outfit at Mikilsimgre village, about 19 km from Williamnagar on June 23 last. He was incidentally the sentry on watch for the outfit during the operation but had dozed off.

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