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Video of GNLA’s harsh punishment to villagers surfaces

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TURA, Sept 12: A video taken by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) showing the brutal beatings being given to villagers has surfaced. The beatings were so severe that it only stopped after the villagers being beaten lost consciousness. Reportedly, the video was discovered from the phone of the militant killed in an encounter two days ago near Rongjeng.
The video which was being aired in one of the national channels shows a group of gun toting militants suspected to be of GNLA with sticks beating up a group of villagers for suspicion of being police informers. Supposedly the beatings only stopped after the persons became unconscious. Many canes broke before the persons lost consciousness.

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SMB formula: Dismantle refuse bins to keep Shillong clean

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SHILLONG, Sept 12: Well according to the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) the solution to the growing garbage menace in the city is simple. Remove the refuse bins under its jurisdiction and the city will be clean. What an idea, which reminds one of Idea Cellular phone advertisement “Ullo Banaoing”. The recent such removal was a dustbin located at Laban Last Stop area of the city. But that has not solved the problem in any way since people are dumping their wastes on the roadside now where this bin was earlier located emanating foul stench throughout the day.
The SMB is accused of running away from its responsibilities since doing away with the bins under its jurisdiction will result in not caring much about the cleanliness of the city. The SMB though counters this claim saying that it has refusal vans operating in the city, which people say have died no sooner they were introduced. The lassitude work culture that is ruining this state is best seen here.

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Centre constitutes committee on coal mining ban in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Sept 11: The Union government has constituted a committee to work out an amicable solution into National Green Tribunal (NGT)'s ban on rat hole coal mining in the state even as its first sitting is scheduled on September 15.
NGT’s ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state has been opposed by stakeholders who directly and indirectly are dependent on coal for livelihood.
The committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary of the Centre was constituted by the Prime Minister’s office following a request made by the Meghalaya government for immediate intervention of the union government into the issue.

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2 UALA militants nabbed by police in SWGH

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TURA, Sept 11: Two hardcore cadres of the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) were nabbed in an operation led by Special Weapons and tactics (SWAT) commandoes of South West Garo Hills (SWGH). The two were taking shelter in a village called Rongsangre. Two others from the group were able to flee into the nearby jungles.
The operation led by SWAT took place at about 5 pm on Wednesday. The place of incident is about 55 kms from the town of Tura.

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Ardent demands removal of harijans from Sweeper Lane

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SHILLONG, Sept 11: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Thursday said time has come for the State government to relocate the occupants of Sweeper Lane at Them Iew Mawlong, where the Council is proposing to construct a new market complex.
“The state government should find out ways and means to relocate these people (Harijans) residing in the Sweeper Lane to a place already sanctioned for them,” the Council’s Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit told reporters here on Thursday.

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Newly completed road begins to deteriorate, GSU questions PWD

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TURA, Sept 11: The newly constructed road connecting the Sub Division of Dadengre to the district headquarter of Tura has come under the scanner after the Garo Students’ Union (GSU) raised a complaint of the deteriorating state of the road a few months after its completion. The Union further questioned the Public Works Department (PWD) for the neglect it has shown in ensuring the road came up according to the specifics.
“It is disappointing and shocking that the recently completed black topping and widening of Rongram-Phulbari road up to Ampanggre has already begun to deteriorate. Not even a year has passed since its completion and the potholes on the surface have begun to appear” said Rupa M Marak, the president of GSU Western Zone.

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Govt designing Polo Market on ‘Time Square’ model

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Polo, Wah Umkhrah to get major facelift for tourism
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SHILLONG, Sept 10: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday said his government will be rebuilding the Polo Market based on the model of world- famous New York’s ‘Time Square’.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on the project here, including inspection of the proposed site for construction of the new market shopping complex, he said, “The new Polo market will be design in such a way that it becomes comparable to landmarks in commercial centers like ‘Time Square’ in New York.” The idea is to make the market as attractive and prominent part of the city as the ‘Time Square’, so that Meghalaya gets an impetus in tourism.  
Admitting that the project is ambitious but given the beauty of Shillong, he opined that Shillong needs to be recreated to live up to its name and fame as it is the best hill station in the entire country.

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