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Bangladesh keen on recouping mortal remains of its martyrs

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SHILLONG, Jan 29: The Bangladesh Government has expressed its keen interest in transporting the mortal remains of Bangladeshi martyrs of 1971 war who were buried in India to their families in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi High Commissioner to India informed here on Wednesday.
“We are working on a project where some of the mortal remains those which we can identify we can transport to their families, it will have huge emotional impact on the people of Bangladesh,” Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq A Karim told reporters here.

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Rhythm of the hills echoes from Betasing

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TURA, Jan 29: An atmosphere of complete festivity gripped South West Garo Hills’ Betasing Block with the start of the 'Rhythm of the Hills' three day extravaganza. The region is home to number of tribes like Garos, Bodos, Koch-Rajbongshis and the Rabhas who have been living in harmony for centuries. The festival aims at promotion of the many dance forms of the Garos and other indigenous people of the region.
Apt to the theme, the inaugural session demonstrated the rich cultural diversity of Garo hills. The rare and exotic dance forms of different communities were displayed during the event. To showcase the different cultures and traditions of the region, more than 1500 people converged.

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Public anger forces BDO to release payments

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Tura, Jan 28: A Block Development Officer (BDO) in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills on Tuesday gave up to public pressure and released the funds meant for MGNREGA, which was pending since September last year.
The BDO of Dadenggre, Thera Marak, had to face the ire of angry villagers, as they had not received the payment for the works completed under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

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UDP dares Mukul to move Court on politician – militant nexus

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SHILLONG, Jan 28: Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Tuesday reiterated its stand demanding the chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma to step down alleging the latter has occupied the post with aid from the militant and an independent inquiry must be instituted into the politician – militant nexus even as it said that the CM is welcome to drag them to Court.
 “We will pressurize the centre to institute an independent inquiry because Dr Mukul Sangma became the chief minister by default with the aid of the militants and the government should be dismissed forthwith,” UDP legislator from Nongthymmai, Jemino Mawthoh, told reporters at a press conference here on Tuesday.

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Wansuk Syiem to be re-elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed

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SHILLONG, Jan 28: Incumbent Rajya Sabha MP Wansuk Syiem is likely to be re-elected unopposed to the Upper House of parliament during the February 7 elections as the Opposition parties like the United Democratic Party (UDP), NPP and others will not be nominating any candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from  the state.
Lack of number in the state assembly is one of the biggest reasons for the opposition not putting up any candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll.

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ASP killed in encounter, 7 explosives recovered

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GUWAHATI, Jan 28: At least two people including a top police official were killed and five others injured in gun fight with anti-talk faction group of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at a remote area in Sonitpur district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on Tuesday morning.
The incident took place at the remote Langladangi area near Batashipur in Sonitpur district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

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Rhythm of the hills: A festival of indigenous dance, music and culture

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TURA, Jan 28: A three day cultural extravaganza is set to rock the district of South West Garo Hills from Wednesday. Aptly titled, ‘Rhythm of the Hills’, the event will kick start in the village of Betasing, about 10 kms from the district headquarter.
The three day event will showcase the indigenous culture of Garo hills vis-à-vis demonstrate dances from the region.
The gala event will be inaugurated by Arts and Culture Minister Clement Marak. The Governor of Meghalaya, Dr KK Paul and Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma will attend the closing ceremony on January 31.

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