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HYC demands scrapping de-recognition of Khasi language as compulsory subject

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SHILLONG, Aug 18: In light of the state’s efforts to get the Khasi language included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, the newly floated Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) on Monday demanded the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) to immediately scrap its decision to derecognize Khasi as a compulsory subject at the higher secondary level of schooling.
The decision was taken at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the Council which was held on Monday.
 “We express our strong reservation and protest the notification issued by MBOSE on September last year to derecognize Khasi (Modern Indian Language) as a compulsory subject in the higher secondary schools in the state,” HYC general secretary Robertjune Kharjahrin said.

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2 dacoits handed over to police by locals

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TURA, Aug 18: Two dacoits, who were involved in a botched kidnapping attempt case in the Jangrapara area near Tikrikilla were caught by the locals after one of the residents of Jangrapara identified the duo and alerted the locals in the village of Rongram. While one dacoit was lynched during the kidnapping attempt, four others managed to escape. The incident happened in the village of Rongram, about 15 kms from the town of Tura, West Garo Hills (WGH).

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ANCA gang leader arrested in Goalpara after evading police net

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Tura, Aug 17: The Assam police Saturday arrested two militants allegedly belonging to A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) from near Agia. One of the arrested has been identified as William S Sangma, the self styled leader of the group. The two were arrested along with another woman. The second militant has been identified as Jiten Lyandoh (25).
According to reports, Sangma had been in hiding in Assam after the heat exerted by the Meghalaya police. He had supposedly gone to Shillong and then escaped after two of the group, along with the brother of William, were arrested from a night bus in Mawiong, near Shillong.

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Govt directs petrol outlets to install CCTV cameras, indefinite strike called off

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SHILLONG, Aug 16: The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all the 11 districts of Meghalaya have been asked to direct all the petrol outlets in their respective districts to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
In a bid to thwart the nefarious intentions of armed dacoits, the state government has also assured intensified patrolling by armed police personnel in areas close to petrol outlets.
These moves have led to the Assam based Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) calling off its proposed indefinite strike.

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HNLC ready for bilateral ceasefire with Meghalaya Govt

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Shillong, Aug 17: Expressing its desire to abjure armed struggle for peace to prevail in the state, proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has asked Government of Meghalaya (GoM) to first bring the outfit under a bilateral ceasefire.
“If the GoM is really serious about offering rehabilitation packages to the HNLC then it should chalk up with strategies to come under a Bilateral ceasefire (with the outfit). Peace process can only start with the advent of a bilateral ceasefire,” HNLC Publicity Secretary Saiñkupar Nongtraw said in a press communiqué issued on Sunday here.

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Holy War to bring peace in Garo Hills begins

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Tura, Aug 17: The mega initiative for peace in Garo Hills in particular and Meghalaya in general, Shalom Meghalaya with its motto, ‘Peace is the way for a better world’ was inaugurated here on Sunday at MP Stadium by Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Rt Rev John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati and President, Social Concern, North Eastern Bishops Council.
In his message of ‘Stop Violence, Resist Injustice’ the chief guest said that violence is senseless which does no good to anyone and resisting violence through violence is not the solution. Violence only retards the growth of society and has multiple negative effects he added. He further said that resistance to injustice and change can be brought about only through education of the youth and treating them with equality and respect.

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Agent jailed for creating duplicate bank accounts of beneficiaries

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TURA, Aug 16: In a delayed news, an agent of the State Bank of India (SBI) working in the Nidanpur Mini branch, Zahidul Islam, was arrested on July 31, 2014, after allegations of duplicate bank accounts he had created in the name of women beneficiaries in the remote village. While he managed to secure bail in the case on August 6, the SBI has stated that it is awaiting information on the case before further action can be taken.

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