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Garo Hills celebrates National Days peacefully despite militancy menace

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SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya faces a peculiar and ironic situation each year in which Garo Hills having the most number of militant groups have been observing various National Day celebrations without any hitch, but Khasi-Jaintia Hills has been witnessing shutdowns.
Like in other years, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has joined other militant groups from the northeast in calling a general strike or shutdown during this year’s Republic Day celebrations.

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Cannot be Nazis, Govt on ongoing talks with militants

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SHILLONG, Jan 21: The Meghalaya Government Tuesday rubbished accusations of “surrendering to the demands of militants” leveled by the Opposition, with regards to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), and said it “cannot be like Nazis and gas militants.”
“We cannot be like Nazis…We cannot Gas them (militants),” Commissioner Secretary Home, Jophtiaw Lyngdoh said when asked about his views of giving in to militant’s demand as accused by the Opposition, National People’s Party (NPP).

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Singer-Composer Beckington D Shira awarded posthumously

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TURA, Jan 21: Garo Hills best known lyricist, singer and composer Beckington D Shira was given the district award for his contribution to music posthumously on the occasion of 42nd Meghalaya Statehood Day on Tuesday.
Shira’s wife Tisdali B Sangma receiving the award from North Tura MLA Noverfield R Marak thanked the administration. Recalling Shira’s style of music, Tisdali B Sangma, a retired government official, said, “He was a different personality altogether. He composed songs looking at the situation around. One of his compositions, which narrate his journey from Tura to Shillong, was a smash hit”.

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Meghalaya’s MDC election not to have NOTA option

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SHILLONG, Jan 21: Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s direction, Meghalaya government Tuesday said it is yet to take a call on the implementation of the ‘None of the Above (NOTA)’ option in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the forthcoming elections to the two Autonomous District Councils slated on February 24.
It may be mentioned here that in compliance with Supreme Court order issued on September last year, the Election Commission of India has directed the Chief Electoral Officers of all States and Union territories to provide for None of the Above (NOTA) option in EVMs and ballot papers.

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Militants call for 16 – hr General Strike on Republic Day

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SHILLONG, Jan 21: Six outlawed terrorist organizations from the North East India have called for 16 hours general strike to boycott the Republic Day on January 26. The general strike will be effective from 1 am to 5 pm on January 26 in the entire region. 
In a press communiqué on Tuesday, United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA –I) said, “All these years, the people of our region, struggling for freedom and independence, have been boycotting India’s Republic Day with observing the General Strike every year as a symbolic rejectin of India’s Constitution”.

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IIM-K’s double solution to water scarcity and tourism

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SHILLONG, Jan 22: Cherrapunjee may have recorded one of the driest years in 2013 as compared to last 35 years but that may be a thing of the past if the solution of a team from IIM Kozhikode (IIM-K) is implemented in this second wettest place on earth only after Mawsynram – also in Meghalaya.
The solution to the falling rainfall graph in Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra in local language and one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the state, is proposed by a team comprising of four NE students all studying at IIM-K. The team has actually proposed two solutions – (a) restoring ground water in Cherrapunjee and (b) developing tourism in NE. These solutions are part of two national competitions that the IIM-K team has won and for which they were felicitated by none other than the global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company ‘Wipro’.

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UDP asks President to sack Mukul, probe perceived nexus with militants

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SHILLONG, Jan 21: The United Democratic Party (UDP) Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, demanding the Centre to institute an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s links with militants in Garo Hills. The party also demanded that the CM be ‘sacked’ from his office until proven otherwise and also to ensure an impartial probe.
In the letter, the UDP president Dr Donkupar Roy said, “It is pertinent to appoint a thorough enquiry by the CBI on the covert political patronage provided by the government to the militants”.

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