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Tech, commerce to power Indian Railways in future

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New Delhi, July 08 (IANS): Bullet trains are set to become a reality in India with the first service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government sought to run Indian Railways - one of the world's largest - like a "commercial enterprise but serve like a welfare organization".
In the Railway Budget presented to Parliament on Tuesday, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda unveiled many new measures to make Indian Railways, which runs about 20,000 trains and ferries 23 million passengers daily, a modern, efficient and commercially viable utility.
He presented proposals, subject to Parliamentary approval, for introduction of 58 new trains, paperless office in five years, digital reservation charts, wi-fi in select stations and trains, wake-up call for passengers, separate freight terminals, office-on-wheels for business travelers, more money for cleanliness and safety, food courts at stations, expansion of rail tourism and better connectivity in hilly areas and northeastern states.

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9 ASAK cadres nabbed in Williamnagar, arms and ammunition recovered

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WILLIAMNAGAR, July 08: In a major boost to police morale in East Garo Hills (EGH), 9 cadres of the A’chik Songna Achakpakiga Kotok (ASAK) were nabbed on Tuesday by the police from the towns of Williamnagar and Rongjeng and a small amount of arms and ammunition were also recovered from them. Interestingly, two of the 9 ASAK cadre caught were Area Commanders of the outfit.
Superintendent of Police (SP) of EGH Davies Marak said, “We received a tip-off about the presence of three members of the outfit near the Williamnagar Forest Gate. Our team went and nabbed one of them from the spot. Upon interrogation, he revealed that there were another two cadres in the Williamnagar Bazar area who were possibly serving demand notes. They too were nabbed”.

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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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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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29 - MDC delegation to demand adequate security for villagers in disputed areas

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KHADC’s ultimatum to State Govt, MDCs to agitate if demands not met
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SHILLONG, July 08: Twenty-nine members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (KHADC) Tuesday unanimously decided to soon meet the Congress led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government to demanding urgent need to provide adequate security to the villages living in the disputed border areas with Assam, even as they resolved to visit all border areas falling under Council’s jurisdiction.
The decision was taken at an all party meeting which was attended by the members from the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) and Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA) held at the chamber of the KHADC CEM Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Tuesday here.

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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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