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Sangma briefs Modi on political situation in northeast

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Shillong, May 12 (IANS): National People's Party supremo P.A. Sangma Monday met BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gujarat and apprised him of the political situation and economic problems in the northeastern states.
"I have briefed him on the political situation in our northeastern states and on the need to improve the economic development in our region to ensure a peaceful atmosphere," Sangma said over phone from Gandhinagar.
"During my meeting with Modi I have stressed on the need to further improve bilateral relations with Bangladesh or Myanmar to boost economic and trade investment in the region," the former Lok Sabha Speaker said.

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Kidnapping spree plunges plain belt into hysteria

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One released, another attempt foiled
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Tura, May 11: The growing menace of kidnappings within the plain belt of West Garo Hills (WGH) continues unabated with increasing numbers being reported from the area. There have been three people abducted in just two days.
On Saturday, 3 residents of Chibinang were kidnapped at gun point from a village called Tojongre when they went for their weekly market trade. On Sunday, a kidnapping bid was foiled by the Phulbari police after 3 kidnappers took another at gun point. The increasing frequency of kidnappings has left the residents of the region fearing for the worst.

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ANVC(B) toughens stand for camp in Khasi Hills

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Shillong, May 11: Taking a tough stand ANVC(B) has declared that it will not withdraw its demand for a camp in Khasi Hills. The outfit has also dared the opposing groups to come to Garo dominated areas to put forth their demand.
“ANVC(B) will not step back in its demand for a camp in Khasi Hills. No camp in Khasi Hills will mean no-solution. ANVC(B) is firm in its demand to have a camp in Khasi Hills,” the outfit’s publicity secretary Doang Shira said in a press communiqué on Sunday here.

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Tura Torture case: Impulse NGO to prepare detailed report, CSWO sees bigger angle

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Tura, May 10: The Impulse NGO Network has taken a strong note of the alleged torture of 12 girls here by the activists. The network is preparing a detailed case study and is taking up the matter with State and National Commission for Women.
They are pitching that bail should not be granted to the five accused activists involved in the case and compensation rights for the girls be given.
Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO network Shillong, said, “Impulse case info centre is preparing a detailed report based on the information available. We are collecting all relevant data and contacting the victims and their families. We will document and analyze the case thoroughly”.

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Satan worship: 5 teens arrested

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Tura, May 11: After the ban on devil worship announced by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, five teens were arrested on Saturday for defying the ban. The five who hailed from the Ringregittim area of the town were arrested from the Upper Chandmary locality at about 10:30 am.

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Rain Water Harvesting to alleviate water shortage in Meghalaya

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Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Shillong, May 11: In the wake of power crisis that left the city crippled for the past few weeks and the rains that have just seemed to start seriously, people in Meghalaya, especially in Shillong city, have been suffering due to acute water shortage. The dependence of residents on the bountiful monsoon, which the state is endowed with, has put them in a quandary during dry months.
Despite the problem of water scarcity being pretty endemic, most here are still aloof to the work ‘rain water harvesting’.
Although this is embedded in the local culture, with most old Assam-type houses having some sort of mechanism that collected the rainwater that fell on the roofs to be used for household purposes, but this practice is dying out with more and more RCC buildings with cement roofs being built.

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NGOs, Traditional heads, residents oppose ANVC(B) camp in Khasi Hills

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SHILLONG, May 10: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People –South West Khasi Hills District (FKJGP-SWKD) Saturday, citing a recent survey conducted, said majority of the villages in the district have expressed strong reservation against the proposed move of the state government to set up a designated camp for the cadres of a Garo based rebel outfit in the area.
The survey was conducted by a high level committee of the FKJGP-SWKHD which submitted its report in a meeting held at Mawkyrwat on Saturday.

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