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Dhubri trader’s driver abducted by militants in Garo hills

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TURA, July 13: Continuing the unrelenting spree of kidnappings in the Garo Hills region, the driver of a trader from Dhubri who was on his way to Dalu was kidnapped by a group of militants. The incident happened at about 8 am on Sunday morning, between Baromile and Kherapara when an armed group of militants in a car and a bike stopped them and took the driver of the car, leaving the owner of the vehicle alone. The place of incident is about 25 kms from the town of Tura.
Ansar Ali, the 35 year old driver of Faruk Hussain of Dhubri was on his way to Dalu from Dhubri when he was stopped by the armed militant group.
The Superintendent of Police (SP), West Garo Hills (WGH) Mukesh Singh said, "The militants stopped their vehicle and abducted the driver. The trader was allowed to go."

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Baghmara struggles in absence of water, banking for almost a month

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Power scene shows no improvement in SGH
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BAGHMARA, July 13: The problems of water, electricity as well as banking have been causing a lot of anger within the town of Baghmara besides the whole South Garo Hills (SGH) district. While banking in the region has been down for almost a month now, water problems have been plaguing the town for the past two years. Residents complained that it has been more than a month since some areas have got potable drinking water released from the PHE as the pump remains non-functional. Residents have also complained that the electricity has become what the locals term ‘disco lights’ - coming and going in equal measure!
“Salaried people have not been able to draw their money from the account as the only bank in the town remains non-functional due to link problems,” said Tokyo R Marak, a resident of Baghmara. “The problem is not only with the link problem, but also with the staff who are rude and don’t answer questions when asked,” he added.

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NGOs clarify stance on ILP and ‘comprehensive mechanism’ to check influx

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SHILLONG, July 12: The thirteen pro – ILP NGOs on Saturday stated that the ‘comprehensive mechanism’ proposed by them to the state government is not in any way a modified Inner Line Permit (ILP) even as they maintained that their stand on the demand for the implementation of the ILP still stands till date.
 “The comprehensive mechanism proposed by the NGOs (on April 29) is not a modified Inner Line Permit (ILP) or the original ILP,” Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president Daniel Khyriem told reporters at the sidelines of a meeting held in the city on Saturday. According to him, since the ILP is an Act, it cannot be modified but it can only be amended.

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Tura girls’ torture reflects stark moral policing, vigilantism disregarding law; police at fault: Report

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SHILLONG, July 11: The assault case against 12 girls who were allegedly branded as ‘sex workers’ by women activists in Tura, West Garo Hills (WGH) District was found to be a stark case of ‘moral policing’ and ‘vigilantism’ disregarding the law, the report of the inquiry committee constituted by the Meghalaya State Women Commission (MSWC) revealed on Friday.
 “It is very much a stark case of moral policing and vigilantism disregarding the law and duping the administration, police and public besides violating human rights,” MSWC chairperson Theilin Phanbuh said while quoting the findings of the report which was submitted to the State Government recently for necessary action.

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NGOs rope in traditional institutions to address problem of influx

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SHILLONG, July 12: The thirteen pro – ILP NGOs on Saturday decided to rope-in the traditional institutions by seeking their cooperation and support for the implementation of the proposed comprehensive mechanism to tackle and address the issue on influx and illegal immigration into the state.
A meeting was convened by the NGOs with the traditional institutions in the city here on the matter which over 60 representatives from different Dorbar Shnongs attended.
During the meeting, the traditional heads were also given a period of one month to submit their views and suggestions on how to improve and strengthen the comprehensive mechanism.

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Subansiri project to help North East: V.K. Singh

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Guwahati, July 12 (IANS) Protests against the 2,000 MW lower Subansiri hydroelectric power project were "unjustified" as the project will help Assam and the northeastern states tide over the power crisis, DoNER Minister Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh said here Saturday.
"Power is a priority sector. However, there are issues with some power projects in the region. There is propaganda at work against the projects," he told media persons.
"I have seen that most of the projects here are run-of-the-river projects and my own assessment is that it is not going to cause any danger," he said.

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GNLA camp run-over, one militant killed, arms and ammunition seized

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WILLIAMNAGAR, July 11: The fight between the police of Garo Hills and the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) continued in the East Garo Hills (EGH) district with a camp of the militant outfit being attacked early Friday morning. A team of SWAT and COBRA commandoes of the district attacked the camp reportedly on information that a large group of militants were present in Adugre, about 20 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar.
A few weeks ago, police had attacked a camp in the area, though that did not result in any casualties for either side and not much was recovered. This time the attack was in a place called Rongchek, Adugre.

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