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Northeast parties stitch alliance with NDA

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DIMAPUR (NAGALAND), March 29 (IANS): Eleven major regional parties under the banner of North East Regional Parties Forum (NERPF) Saturday stitched an alliance with the BJP-led NDA for peace and development in the region.
"We (NERPF) have pledged our alliance with the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) to ensure peace and development in the northeastern states. Everybody has witnessed the good work of the previous NDA government in terms of developing our backward region," Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said.

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Centre gives nod to ‘Agreed Text for Settlement’

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SHILLONG, March 28: In a boost to the Garo militant outfit – A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), Government of India has approved the draft ‘Agreed Text for Settlement’, which the outfit had submitted to the government in a tripartite meeting on January 5 last year.
The agreed text for settlement which was forwarded by the state government and the interlocutor P C Haldar was approved by the Union Cabinet during the last week of February.

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Mukul taunts Purno A Sangma as ‘Promise All Sangma’

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Mukul tears into Purno again
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TURA, March 28: The Congress MP election campaign moved to the district headquarters of East Garo Hills (EGH), a recent bastion for the Congress and the constituency of Social Welfare Minister, Deborah C Marak. A crowd of about 3000 gathered in the Rongrenggre HS school field to listen to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya pitch for the Congress candidate, Daryl William Ch Momin. The CM in the interim of the speech taunted the NPP candidate Purno A Sangma by calling him “Promise All Sangma” while also terming the promises made a bluff.
Dr Sangma questioned the promises made by Purno on providing sub divisions and districts. He said, these were not central subjects, but belonged to the state and it was the state’s prerogative.

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MHA receives Meghalaya Govt’s recommendation letter, GNLA lifts ban on campaigning

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SHILLONG/TURA, March 28: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has received the recommendation from the Government of Meghalaya to appoint interlocutor to initiate dialogue with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). Also, the outfit on its part has lifted the temporary ban it had imposed on Congress from campaigning in Garo Hills for the April 9 Lok Sabha election in state.
Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) Director in-charge of North East JPN Singh, Friday informed that the MHA received Meghalaya Government’s recommendation letter on Thursday evening, but due to the many layers that the process goes through, the letter could have been delayed before reaching the concerned officer.

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Tripartite ceasefire agreement with ANVC extended for another year

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SHILLONG, March 28: The tripartite ceasefire agreement signed with the A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) was Friday extended for another one year.
The decision to extend the agreement was taken at a tripartite meeting held between the Ministry of Home Affairs, State Government and leaders of the ANVC in the city here on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, official from the State Home department said, “The centre has decided to extend the tripartite ceasefire agreement with ANVC for another one year.”

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Garo Hills militants withdraw proposed bandh; vow to fight GNLA

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SHILLONG, March 28: Garo Hills based militants Friday withdrew their proposed 12- hr bandh in the entire state following the release of its surrendered cadre.
United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) Chairman Chiindik Marak, on behalf of other four militant groups - LAEF, ASAK, ANCA and ANLCA, informed that they have withdrawn their proposed Meghalaya shut – down as surrendered ANLCA cadre Charles D. Shira was released on Thursday.

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GNLA bars Congress from campaigning in Garo Hills

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Outfit seeks clarification on status of list of mediators
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SHILLONG, March 27: Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has barred the Congress from canvassing for its candidate in the Garo Hills region until Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma clarifies on the status of list of mediators sent by the outfit to the state government for initiating dialogue with the outfit.
The outfit has given three – days ultimatum to the Chief Minister to clarify on the issue after conflicting reports surfaced on the list of mediators.  According to the outfit, while Dr Sangma has stated that his government had already recommended the names of 3 mediators and sent for approval to the Centre to start the process of peace talks, Union Home Ministry Secretary (in-charge North East) Sambhu Singh however denied having any knowledge about it and said that it had not come to his level.

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