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Robert opposes peace parleys with militant groups, says surrender should be individual

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SHILLONG, Aug 21: Former Meghalaya Home Minister RG Lyngdoh on Thursday said that he is advocating more on ‘individuals’ to come over-ground rather than the idea of extending ‘peace parleys’ to any militant group as this will never help in resolving the insurgency problem in the state.
“I have always made my stand clear on the issue that it must be individual surrenders and these must not be recognized as a group. Individuals must take the decision to join the mainstream not groups,” Lyngdoh said.

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More than 31,000 BPL households to be affected by coal mining ban

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Public meeting on NGT ban held at New Nongstoin
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NONGSTOIN, Aug 21: More than 31,000 BPL households in West Khasi and South West Khasi Hills will be immensely affected by ban on coal mining and will also lead to starvation if the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order continues in the state, said RS Sohshang of the Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong, West Khasi Hills District in a public meeting organized by the Joint Action Committee West and South West Khasi Hills Coal Miner and Exporter Association held on Thursday.
The public meeting was held at New Nongstoin playground to discuss the effects of NGT ban on the lives of coal miners, traders and other related businessmen of the region.

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‘Operation Hill Storm’ dismantles important camps of GNLA

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SHILLONG, Aug 20: Meghalaya police has managed to successfully locate and dismantle four camps of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in Durama Hills under its three – month long ‘Operation Hill Storm’.
Operation Hill Storm was launched on July 11, 2014, to flush out the militants and also occupy the interior areas on a continual basis to deny a 'comfort zone' to GNLA and ULFA militants in this area. It has completed one month of launch, and continue for another two more months. The operations were conducted by Meghalaya Police along with CoBRA and other central forces deployed in the five districts of the Garo Hills region of the state.

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‘Entry’ and ‘Exit’ points identified in Khasi – Jaintia Hills

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SHILLONG, Aug 20: The Committee constituted by Meghalaya government Wednesday said it would submit its report and recommendations on the locations for setting up the proposed “entry” and “exit” points to check and regulate the inflow of immigrants into state within the stipulated time fixed by the government.
The committee constituted by the state government on July last was directed to complete the task within two months time.

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HNLC demands appointment of interlocutor, blames Lapang for previous failures

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SHILLONG, Aug 20: Reaffirming its readiness for unconditional peace talks, proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Wednesday demanded Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma to appoint an interlocutor to initiate the peace process with the outfit.
In a press statement, HNLC Publicity Secretary, Saiñkupar Nongtraw said, “The HNLC is ready for peace talks within the ambit of Constitution of India or outside the Constitution as per requirements. More or less the HNLC is ready for unconditional peace talks. The Government of Meghalaya should try to adopt a practical approach, instead of giving statements in the media. If the honourable CM Dr Mukul Sangma is really committed to his words, then he should try to appoint an Interlocutor to initiate the peace process with the HNLC”.

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Flood situation in Garo Hills remains grim, 57 villages affected

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TURA, Aug 20: The incessant rains over the past week, which are yet to die down, have once again raised the scepter of floods becoming a reality in Garo Hills. Flooding, which mainly affects two development blocks of West Garo Hills (WHG), has this year again made major inroads into agricultural land, though there has been no report of human displacement yet.
At least 57 villages are been affected by flood in Selsella and Tikrikilla development blocks. The river Brahmaputra and Jinjiram flows through plain belt areas of Garo Hills and the increasing flooding of the Brahmaputra in the upper reaches of Assam has had a cascading effect on the level of the river in Meghalaya.

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Reviving northeast's heritage fabrics: Meghalaya designer Daniel Syiem

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SHILLONG, Aug 20 (IANS): Meghalaya's leading designer Daniel Syiem, who has wowed fashion connoisseurs at top-notch fashion events in the country, takes inspiration from the rich culture of his home state and says his motto is to make traditional fabrics mainstream.
"I am very inspired by my rich culture and tradition. Also, my collections are deeply inspired by the beauty of my state and I interpret it for the global audience," Syiem said in an interview.
"I believe in revamping craft to infuse new life into it and giving it a unique design aesthetic while retaining the traditional flavour," added the designer, who runs a fashion house in collaboration with his friend, Janessaline Mary Pyngrope, since 2011 with the same motto.

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