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Efforts to make ANVC(B) part of peace process

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SHILLONG, Jan 23: The breakaway faction of the ANVC styled as the ANVC(B) led by its chairman Rimpu Marak has been asked by the Union and the state governments to furnish details about the strength of its cadres’ and arms inventory soon so the outfit can be part of the final settlement for peace which will be signed and executed soon.
Senior home department officials said that the ANVC(B) leader Rimpu R Marak has been communicated this message during the tripartite meeting held between the state, centre governments, the ANVC and ANVC(B) on Thursday.

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AAP floats unit in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Jan 23: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) is contemplating to put up candidates in Meghalaya for the upcoming district council and Lok Sabha elections. The AAP has appointed CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing as one of the three state coordinators along with twelve other members for enrolment drive in all the districts of the state.
“We have constituted the preparatory committee in the state in order to organize the district committees of AAP in Meghalaya,” AAP National Executive Member in-charge of North Eastern States Camp, Habung Payeng, told reporters on Thursday.

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Politico - Militant nexus: Senior Cong leaders come to Mukul’s defense

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‘Nexus with militants’ slur on Mukul is like kite flying’

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SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya Chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma finally found respite on Wednesday when his senior party colleagues and former chief minister Salseng C Marak and the Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent Pala stoutly defended him by saying that the allegation of the chief minister having a nexus with the militant outfit ANVC(B) is some sort of kite flying.
Dr Sangma has been under attack from the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) ever since the ANVC(B) political secretary Ajaju Marak, who has reportedly left the organization, revealed that the chief minister had used them to catapult himself to the post of the chief minister during the last Assembly term.

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Support pours in for amputee, MeECL still tight lipped

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TURA, Jan 22: Support for the 5 year old who lost his limbs in an accidental electrocution has been pouring in from all quarters of the Garo Hills region with NGOs and citizens alike, making efforts to contact the family. The boy, Chidam Marak, had his hands amputated after the freak accident while relieving himself in front of an open transformer last year.
However, the MeECL, whose negligence led to the accident, is yet to answer to the request of the Deputy Commissioner to contribute to the rehabilitation of the boy.
A resident of Tura, Emphong Sangma, upon hearing of the incident said, “This is really sad and we need to ensure that the boy gets the best chance to live a normal life. I will definitely contribute to help with the efforts”.
Chengkal Marak and J M Marak of North Garo Hills also promised their part. Chengkal said, “We have been moved by the plight of the boy and me and my friends will definitely help”.

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Public address systems should promote local language

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SHILLONG, Jan 23: The public address system or loud speakers that are largely seen in various parts of the city are an informative tool to alert the masses with information concerning them. But what is disturbing is the playing of music before and after every announcement. Though playing music is not objectionable in any way but what is needed is to play perhaps local language music or promote an upcoming talent, who are literally unheard in this big world of commercial publicity, through this medium.

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May act legally against Purno for militant remark: Meghalaya CM

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Shillong, Jan 22 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday hinted at taking legal action against former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Sangma for accusing him of being the "common chairman" of three militant outfits in the state.
"I am afraid that I may be compelled to move to the court of law to seek redressal on defamation against him (Purno Sangma)," Dr Sangma told journalists.
The chief minister termed the National People's Party (NPP) chief's allegations as a sign of "desperation" and "frustration" after having failed to make an impression in last year's assembly polls, where the NPP won only two seats.
"He should respect the mandate of the people," the CM said.

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AICC leader reviews Meghalaya’s aspiring LS candidates ‘winnability’ factor

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SHILLONG, Jan 22: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary in-charge of Meghalaya Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho Wednesday held a review meeting in the city to seek opinions from State Congress leaders and functionaries before the finalization of the candidates from the Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election.
During the meeting, Sadho met all the Congress legislators, leaders of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), District Congress Committees (DCCs), Mahilas and Youth Congress besides candidates for the party ticket.
It may be mentioned here that four Congress leaders including incumbent MP Vincent H Pala have applied for the party ticket from Shillong Parliamentary seat, while nine aspirants including Sports Minister Zenith Sangma have sought for the party ticket from the Tura Parliamentary seat.

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