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Meghalaya looking to boost its border trade with Bangladesh

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AMPATI, July 08: Border trade and development of border areas with Bangladesh are set to get a huge boost with the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma announcing a slew of measures that are set to transform the socio-economic development of the rural parts of the state.
The CM visited the villages of Zikzak, Ampati, Betasing in the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) and Rongram in West Garo Hills (WGH) 1to explain his ideas for the growth of the region.
“Our government has designed a model to ensure promotion of livelihood, encourage entrepreneurs and provide market opportunity with neighboring Bangladesh. The government is working out modalities to tap different opportunities for promotion of rural economy and growth,” Dr Sangma informed.

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Activist turned militant Fredrick Kharmawphlang asserts modified ILP a ‘Conspiracy’

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SHILLONG, July 07: Former vice president of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) turned militant, Frederick Kharmawphlang, on Monday termed the proposed modified Inner Line Permit (ILP) as nothing but a “conspiracy” to create disunity, misunderstanding, groupism and hatred, even as he blamed the state government for the present crisis within the KSU.
The statement issued by the former student leader who had earlier this year joined the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) came a day after leaders of the KSU in Ri Bhoi district resigned from the primary membership of the Union.
In the statement issued on Monday, Kharmawphlang said, “The so called modified ILP is nothing but a conspiracy to create disunity.”

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MDCs unite on security issue of people in border areas

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SHILLONG, July 07: The proposed ultimatum to be served to the Government of Meghalaya to take adequate measures for the safety and security of the villagers residing in Block-II along the inter-State border of Meghalaya and Assam will be discussed in a meeting of Members of District Council (MDCs) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) cutting across party lines on Tuesday.
During the recently concluded Re-Assembled Budget Session of the KHADC, Mawhati MDC James Sylliang brought a motion on the problems faced by the Khasis residing in Block-II due to harassment by Karbi militants.

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Four injured in Assam blasts

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Guwahati, July 06 (IANS): At least four people were injured Sunday when suspected Bodo insurgents triggered two grenade blasts in Chirang district of Assam, police said.
Cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks with the government lobbed a grenade in Deokurapar and another at the Ballamguri bus stand area in Chirang, about 250 km from the state's main city Guwahati and part of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts.

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Another trader kidnapped near Dalu, family yet to lodge complaint

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TURA, July 07: The spree of kidnappings in Garo Hills, which has now become the norm rather than an exception, continues with another trader being kidnapped from the Dalu region on Saturday. The trader Adil Karim (name changed) was kidnapped while he was returning from the market after collecting cashew bags for his employee and was taken at gun point by his captors.
Police sources have confirmed the abduction from Pushinagre, about 75 kms from the district headquarters of Tura. Karim, who hails from Mankachar in the Dhubri district of Assam, was abducted late afternoon by unidentified militants from the area which falls under the Dalu Police Station and is close to the border town of Purakhasia.

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Timber smugglers enjoying patronage of officials : FKJGP

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TURA, July 07: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) on Monday took up the fight against illegal timber smuggling in earnest. The Federation stated that it has been getting information on a regular basis about the movement of timber and alleged patronage of forest officials in the act in spite of the Supreme Court ruling against the movement of forest products after sunset and before sunrise.
“We would like to bring to your notice the failure of the government and the concerned departments in curbing the rampant illegal felling of trees from the forests of Garo Hills and the smuggling of the same to the neighbouring state of Assam by some smugglers who are allegedly working in cohesion with the local authorities,” said Pritam Marak, the president of the FKJGP, Garo Hills Zone.

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Job card holders in Selsella claim corruption, less payment

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TURA, July 06: The Selsella block has been the biggest headache in the entire West Garo Hills (WGH) district in terms of allegations and counter allegations coming through from almost all VECs of the block. Cases of dual card holders, illegal appointments of VEC secretary and presidents and proxy voting have been coming through thick and fast. This time though, members of VEC Silkata filed a complaint against the president and secretary, along with the General Secretary (GS) for withholding money due to the MGNREGS card holders for jobs they had done.
Interestingly, this time even deceased job card holders were among the people paid for jobs!

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