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Mahari compromise document in possession, accused absconding

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Baghmara, Dec 20: The ugly scepter of compromise in cases of rape by ‘Maharis’ reared its head once again after the document which was signed by the accused in the Baghmara rape case came into the possession of a local NGO. In the meantime, while a case of rape was formally filed against the accused Rikrak N Sangma on Thursday, he immediately fled before he could be formally arrested.

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A story of inspiration: 52-yr old tennis player from MLP

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Tura, Dec 20: For some age is only a number. For them the number never really catches up with the spirit to learn and achieve. When the mind is willing great things can be achieved. Meet Sunstar B Marak, a Major in the 4th MLP battalion, only 52 years young, who overcame a debilitating paralysis of the limbs and learnt to play tennis at the ripe young age of 47. He even competed in the recent Lawn Tennis tournament held in the month of December in Shillong and even took a game off the first ranked player of the state!

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2 dead, 28 seriously injured in road mishap at Shallang

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Nongstoin, Dec 19: Two persons were killed and 28 others seriously injured when a truck carrying coal laborers overturned and fell into a gorge at Shallang, West Khasi Hills.
The incident happened on Wednesday evening, at about 4.30 p.m., when the truck, bearing registration No. AS 13C- 0656, overturned and fall into a gorge behind Shallang Police Station.

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Meghalaya’s first Choir Festival for peace, joy and reconciliationa

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SHILLONG, Dec 19: The Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) would hold a Choir Festival on December 23 at the State Central Library to usher in the festive season with the message of hope, joy and reconciliation.
This is the first time that a festival of this kind is being held and at least five choirs from the northeast would participate in the festival, which includes the Mizo Presbyterian choir, Serenity choir, Kerigma choir and Ameu Usou and the choir
The headlining act would be done by the Shillong Chamber Choir.

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HNLC calls for 12-hr bandh on Monday

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Shillong, Dec 19: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called for a 12 hour bandh on December 23. The bandh has been called to protest the arrest of Pro – Inner Line Permit (ILP) activists and also to demand for their immediate and unconditional release.
The bandh will be effective from 6 am to 6 pm.
Announcing this through a press communiqué on Thursday, HNLC Publicity Secretary Saiñkupar Nongtraw, said, “The central command of the HNLC in its emergent meeting held on December 18 has expressed resentment over the blind arrests made by the Police department, in which many youths are lodged inside the jail due to false implications against them.”

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Where the drums have forgotten to beat

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Tura, Dec 19: The season of Christmas is well and truly amongst our midst and the excitement is palpable for celebrations that will take more than a week to complete. However, one thing that is conspicuous by its absence is the sound of drums of celebrations that always accompanies the prelude to the Christmas season in the Garo Hills region. Gone are the days when young people would flock arms in arms and sing Christmas Carols and indigenous songs in praise of Jesus and welcome His coming into the world.

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Parliament passes landmark Lokpal bill to tackle corruption

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS): Parliament finally passed a sweeping anti-corruption bill on Wednesday which Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh described as "a historic and landmark step" to fight corruption in the country.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) was the lone dissenter while other parties gave their approval to the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2011.
The Rajya Sabha adopted the amended bill Tuesday and it came to the Lok Sabha Wednesday for a final yes.
"It is a historic and landmark step," Manmohan Singh told reporters after the Lok Sabha passed it amidst din.

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