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Inter-school athletics meet from April 29

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:29

SHILLONG: The District Level Inter School Athletics Meet 2014 for boys and girls will be held between April 29 and May 1 at Don Bosco Mini Stadium, Laitumkhrah, organised by the office of the East Khasi Hills District Sports Officer.

The athletic meet will have three age categories – under-14, under-16 and above-16.

There will be a march past competition for the best contingent, boys and girls.

Screening will be conducted on April 23-24 from 9:00am at the office of the DSO for the U-14s and U-16s. There will be no screening for the above-16s, but only those up to Class 12 will be allowed to participate.

Those taking part in the U-16 events must be born on or after June 1 1998, while those in the U-14 category must be born on or after June 1 2000.

U-14 events: 100m, 600m, long jump, shot put 4kg (boys) and 3kg (girls).

U-16 events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 2000m, long jump, high jump, shot put 5kg (boys) and 4kg (girls), discus 1kg.

Above-16 events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 3000m (girls), 5000m (boys), long jump, high jump, shot put 6kg (boys) and 4kg (girls), discus 1.5kg (boys) and 1kg (girls), javelin 800gm (boys) and 600gm (girls), 4x100m and 4x400m relay.

Entry forms can be obtained from the office of the DSO during office hours and the last date of submission is April 21.

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SSA inter-club transfers

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:29

SHILLONG: The inter-club transfer of footballers of the Shillong Sports Association will begin on April 10, according to the SSA’s Honorary Secretary B Diengdoh on Tuesday. Transfer forms are available at the SSA office from April 10-22 and must be submitted between April 25-30.

Any club from which a player wishes a transfer from should submit their replies by May 5, failing which it will be deemed that the club has no objection to the transfer.

Signing of the transferred players in the SSA register will be done on May 9-15 (except May 11) between 3:00pm-5:00pm.

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Rangdajied vs Sporting Clube today

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:28

SHILLONG: Rangdajied United FC will take on Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League match at the JN Stadium, Polo, on Wednesday.

The match will begin at 5:00pm according to the official I-League schedule or 5:30pm according to Rangdajied’s absentee media manager.

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Assam – Meghalaya to check militant movements across border

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:57

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 01: Meghalaya and Assam have agreed to check the movements of militants during the ensuing Parliamentary elections in both the states besides coordinating on other issues to ensure free and fair polling.
Meghalaya goes to poll on April 9 for the two Lok Sabha seats- Shillong and Tura - while the elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 7, 12 and 24.
Besides providing logistic support especially in the borders between the two states, the meeting of Meghalaya and Assam election, Home department and police officials, held at Pinewood hotel in Shillong on Tuesday also agreed to beef up security besides checking movement of militant groups along the inter-state border.

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Raped victim’s MMS made

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:54

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 01: Two youths were arrested by police for allegedly raping a lady and filming the act through a mobile phone (MMS) at Syntu Ksiar, Jowai the district headquarter of West Jaintia hills district on Sunday. The arrested have been identified as Chanki Laloo (23) and Franky Suchiang (22) and the arrest was made on Monday before they could attempt to misuse the video clipping, police said.

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Campaign analysis: Tough fight on the cards

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:53

Staff Reporter
TURA, April 01: Ten days into the ongoing campaign for the Lok Sabha seat of Tura have passed with the two teams in the fray travelling all around the Garo Hills region to seek votes for the April 9th polling. Both NPP and the Congress have been going all guns blazing due to the paucity of time, with none looking to give an inch to the other. Accusations and counter accusations have come thick and fast and after a week of progress in campaigns, things still seem far from being decided. The two candidates in the fray, former Lok Sabha Speaker and NPP Supremo Purno A Sangma and Congress’ green horn Daryl Momin have looked to win, albeit in contrasting styles.

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Police – UALA militants exchange, demand notes recovered

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:51

Staff Reporter
TURA, April 01: The West Garo Hills (WGH) police, on Monday evening, had an exchange of fire with militants from the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA). The incident happened at a place called Chidaogre near Babadam about 15 kms from the town of Tura. However, there were no casualties reported from either side.

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Shillong clasped by wretched road conditions

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 05:50

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 01: Road conditions in the city and state at large are in a terrible condition. The capital Shillong, which has not seen topping of its roads since “ages”, is crying for bitumen resurfacing whereas elsewhere in the state lives were lost in the recent past for want of better roads.
No sooner the road alongside the Wah Sukhlur stream leading to Laban Last Stop junction was resurfaced in the recent past, the roadsides were dug out again for laying wires, pipes etc. Such is the condition that the irresponsible authorities have left the “drain” type dug roadsides for over a month for the pedestrians and residents to combat with this village type appearances here.

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‘Be careful of your weapons, militants may snatch them’

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-04-01 05:55

Assam – Meghalaya meet on election preparedness today
Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 31: Sounding an Red Alert, Meghalaya government has issued directives to paramilitary forces deployed in the militant-hit Garo Hills region to be extra careful of their weapons lest they be snatched by militants.
An official from the home department informed, “Security forces deployed in militancy infested Garo hills region have been asked to remain alert and watchful of their weapons as they are prone to be snatched by militants.”

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UALA turns down GNLA's proposal for unification of militant groups

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-04-01 05:54

Staff Reporter
TURA, March 31:  The United National Liberation Army (UALA) on Monday directly turned down a proposal for the unification of all insurgent groups within the Garo Hills region, an idea floated recently by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
The GNLA had on Saturday come out with the idea of all the insurgent groups coming together under the banner of a Garo United Liberation Front (GULF) to ensure the movement for a seperate Garoland gained a proper direction.

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Centre gives nod to ‘Agreed Text for Settlement’

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-03-29 09:21

Staff Reporter
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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Tripartite ceasefire agreement with ANVC extended for another year

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-03-29 09:21

Staff Reporter
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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Mukul taunts Purno A Sangma as ‘Promise All Sangma’

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-03-29 09:20

Mukul tears into Purno again
Staff Reporter
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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Garo Hills militants withdraw proposed bandh; vow to fight GNLA

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-03-29 09:20

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

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-03-29 09:19

Staff Reporter
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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GNLA bars Congress from campaigning in Garo Hills

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-03-28 06:53

Outfit seeks clarification on status of list of mediators
Staff Reporter
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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KHADC to stop issuing trading license to non-tribals, cancel existing ones

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-03-28 06:53

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 27: In a bid to address the challenges related to unemployment and influx, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Thursday took a tough stand by deciding not to issue fresh trading licenses besides licenses on those trades which indigenous people are capable of taking up would also be cancelled.
Addressing pressmen on Thursday, KHADC Executive Member (EM) in-charge of trade Latiplang Kharkongor, who is also a KHNAM MDC from Nongthymmai informed that the Council has decided to stop issuing of fresh trading licenses to non-tribals to protect local interests in trade and labour.

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Voice of people is more powerful than a grenade or AKs: Purno

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-03-28 06:52

NPP Supremo bats for Garoland, asks outfits to shun violence
Staff Reporter
TURA, March 27: The National People’s Party (NPP) election bandwagon moved to the East Garo Hills (EGH) region with former Lok Sabha Speaker and Tura candidate Purno Agitok Sangma asserting the need for creation of a Garoland state carved out of Meghalaya but without the use of guns and bloodshed.
He stressed the importance of dialogue and the democratic process for the voice of the people to be heard if Garoland was to become a reality.  He stressed, "The voice of the people is more powerful than a grenade or AKs. I seek your vote for Garoland. Your fight for creation of Garoland by guerrilla movement is not correct. Be a voice for the A'chik and eschew violence. I will lead the fight and ensure that Garoland is created". He asked all militant groups to come forward to raise their voice through other means other than violence.

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Mukul plays pro-tribal card to garner votes

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-03-28 06:52

Staff Reporter
TURA, March 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday highlighted the “secular” and the pro-tribal ideology of the Congress to strike an emotional chord with the people of South Garo Hills.
Addressing a rally at Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH) to drum up support for Daryl William Ch Momin, the Congress candidate from Tura Parliamentary seat, Dr Sangma said, “The indigenous communities do not enjoy their rights in Tripura and Assam, but in Meghalaya the Congress has ensured the rights of the Garos.”

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Independent legislator Rophul S Marak on GNLA hit list

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-03-27 07:46

Tokyo clarifies his stand, says he is not connected with ASAK
Staff Reporter
TURA, March 26: Independent legislator from Rongara – Siju Constituency in South Garo Hills Rophul S Marak’s name has reached the hit list of the dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
This was revealed by Mingran T Sangma on Tuesday at Tura while interacting with journalists. Mingran has been indicted by GNLA to be one of the main persons behind the formation of militant outfit ASAK (A’chik Songna An’chakgipa Kotok).
Mingran listed number of people, which includes the whole ASAK team, as well as MLA Rophul S Marak who are now the targets of GNLA.
According to him, the GNLA is set to wipe out ASAK and any of its supporters for breaking up from the group itself. He alleged the recent killing of Servison R Sangma in Williamnagar, which the GNLA team had said was accidental, was not accidental at all. He alleged the killing had been thought off and planned accordingly.

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