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UDP seeks consensus for party’s candidature from Non-Congress parties

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SHILLONG, Nov 06: United Democratic Party (UDP), the largest regional party in Meghalaya, will soon be meeting non - Congress political parties to try and gather support for its party candidature for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election slated early next year.
The party has decided to approach Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), National People’s Party (NPP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in its bid to seek their support for the party’s candidate to defeat Congress MP nominee from Shillong Parliamentary Seat.

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Organization awarded for efforts to stop dynamite, poison during fishing

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SHILLONG, Nov 06: One of the most destructive and potentially dangerous ways of fishing in Meghalaya is using dynamites or poison, however, hope is at sight with an organization from West Khasi Hills working to discourage these kinds of activities.
The Mawthawpdoh Area Rilang Fishery Association (MARFA) from South West Khasi Hills district has been able to convince people from at least 17 villages in the area not to use dynamite and poison during their fishing activities and their persistent appeal has yielded results.

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GNLA assassinates five cops, steals arms and ammunition

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Baghmara/Shillong, Nov 05: A daring ambush by suspected militants on a police escort Gypsy on Tuesday morning resulted in the brutal killing of five police personnel and shock to the entire state. The incident occurred at Bangjakona village under Gasuapara block.
At about 11 am on Tuesday, suspected GNLA militants first threw a grenade at the convoy that was to escort an Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) from Baghmara in Sough Garo Hills to Tura in West Garo Hills. However, when the bomb failed to explode, the militants fired from the nearby jungle at the vehicle, killing everyone on board.

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Dorbar Shnong threatens RTI activists with ostracization for seeking information

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SHILLONG, Nov 05: An RTI activist Tuesday sought police protection after the Dorbar Shnong allegedly threatened to ostracize him for seeking information on a road construction project in the locality, police said.
According to the FIR lodged by the victim, Alaric AS Lyngdoh, the Dorbar Shnong of Laikor Rngi has threatened to ostracize him because he had sought information from the department concerned on the status of a road construction in Laitkor Rngi.
He also alleged that local legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit was present in a special meeting convened by the Dorbar on Tuesday in which they have also allegedly decided to ostracize him.

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The manifold effects of ILP on Meghalaya’s economy

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SHILLONG, Nov 06: With the agitating NGOs announcing fresh agitations for the current week – road blockades for three consecutive nights from Tuesday, this stir has already taken its toll on the state economy. The stir has so far claimed two lives and incurred losses, which the state government has estimated to be around Rs 31 crore. The demand for the introduction of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, has taken an ugly turn affecting almost every sector of the state economy be it education, tourism, market, festivals et al.

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Cops assassination: Did anyone see it coming

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Tura/Shillong, Nov 05: The ambush killing of five police personnel by suspected GNLA militants has shocked the state and got the administration into damage control mode. According to sources, the attack came from a hilltop, when the Gypsy took a turn around a thickly covered bend. If the information is to be believed, more than 40 armed militants shot at the Gypsy, killing everyone on the spot. The killers then managed to walk off with 3 AK rifles and a carbine.
The vehicle was on its way to Tura to bring one Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) back to Baghmara. However, the question on everyone’s lips is whether it was intelligence failure that led to the massacre or whether there were other factors involved?
Initial findings definitely point to an intelligence failure as eye witness accounts said that there were plenty of militants shooting at the Gypsy, so how could the police not have been alerted by such huge movements. The killings do not seem in any way sporadic as the militants were aware of the exact movements of the vehicle. Firstly, they waited for the car to be blindsided and hurled a bomb, which did not explode. Then after the initial surprise attack, they started shooting in the direction of the vehicle.

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Indian mission heads for Mars; among global space leaders

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Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Nov 05 (IANS):  India's first Mars orbiter Tuesday successfully began an ardous 400 million km long journey to Mars, making it the first Asian country and the fourth in the world to undertake a mission to the red planet in the hope of finding methane and minerals.
India's Rs. 450 crore (about $72.9 million) Mars orbiter was successfully placed in orbit by an Indian rocket in what scientists said was a flawless launch.

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