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Students, professionals among affected over ILP stir

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SHILLONG, Nov 01: The Inner Line Permit (ILP) imbroglio is having its effect on the tribal brethren from the state who are living in mainland India pursuing educational courses or earning their livelihood.
These tribals are subject to various uncomfortable questions, tantrums, rebukes et al as they are blaming their own tribesmen back home for the mess in which they find themselves in. Meghalaya Times have come across some students and working professionals who are facing the music of ILP.

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Now KHADC too votes out ILP

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SHILLONG, Oct 31: The Congress party led Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA) at the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Thursday “outrightly-rejected” the resolution moved by oppositions to urge the state government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP), which forced a member to display ‘black flag’ inside the House as a mark of protest.
The resolution on ILP was moved by three MDCs including KHNAM member Adelbert Nongrum, UDP member T.W. Chyne and Independent member Carmel Sohtun during the winter session of the Council held here on Thursday.

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Pro-ILP leaders being booked under MPDA

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SHILLONG, Oct 31: Meghalaya government has booked at least three NGO leaders cum pro-ILP activists under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA). The three are Publicity Secretary and Assistant Publicity secretary of Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Eldie N Lyngdoh and Reginald Thabah respectively, and West Khasi Hills district president of the Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) Arful Kharbani.
The state government, which has taken a tough stance against pro-Inner Line Permit (ILP) protestors in the, has booked these leaders under the anti-terror law to ‘prevent them from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state or to the maintenance of public order or of supplies and services essential to the community’.

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ILP seekers ready to talk to Meghalaya government

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Shillong, Oct 31 (IANS): The Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), one of the 13 groups on protest in Meghalaya, said Thursday night that it was ready to hold talks with the government to break the current stalemate over the Inner Line Permit.
"We extend our willingness to come to the negotiation table and we expect that the government, on its part, will also show its gesture of goodwill by curbing the arrest of our members," FKJGP General Secretary Welbirth Rani said.

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Supreme Court relief for civil servants in transfer-happy Meghalaya Govt

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SHILLONG, Oct 31: The Supreme Court’s (SC) order on Thursday directing Governments to have “fixed tenures for bureaucrats” would have far-reaching effect in transfer-happy State of Meghalaya, but the question is: will this order go the same way as the Supreme Court order of 2006?
The Apex Court in its landmark judgment said that bureaucrats must have fixed tenure to “promote professionalism, efficiency and good governance.” The Court further observed that the “deterioration in the functioning of bureaucracy is due to political interference.”

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Definite link between GNLA and ULFA: EGH SP

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Tura, Oct 31: Militant outfits have been working together since long and have always shared information among them. The same has been common knowledge for long, but no real confirmation has been forthcoming. However, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of East Garo Hills (EGH), JFK Marak, has affirmed the link between the ULFA and GNLA. They two outfits have been sharing training space, knowledge bases as well as their ammunition.

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Declare Sixth Schedule areas “Protected Areas”: KHADC members on influx

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Shillong, Oct 30: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) members demanded that the council should declare the sixth schedule areas as “protected areas” to check inflow of illegal migrants into its jurisdiction even as NGOs are agitating for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state to stop influx.

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