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UTP gives cops the slip, shot after escape

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SHILLONG, Mar 02: An Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) was shot on the leg after he had escaped from the premises of Court in the city hereon Monday.
The incident happened at around 11.30 am when the police escort team had brought around 28 UTPs to be produced before the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).

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Adelbert moves Supreme Court in contempt case

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SHILLONG, Mar 02: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Monday informed that he had filed an appeal before the Supreme Court on the contempt case registered against him by the Meghalaya High Court.

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Maitshaphrang Movement demands rules for Marriage Act, to fast indefinitely

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SHILLONG, Mar 02: The Maitshaphrang Movement on Monday has announced an indefinite hunger strike which is to start from March 9, as a mark of protest against what it has termed as the state government’s delay in framing the rules for the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act passed in 2012 and thereby make it effective in the state.
“The indefinite hunger strike will be launched the same day the budget session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will start as a move to protest against the state government’s inability to come up with the rules of the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act,” Maitshaphrang Convener Michael Syiem told reporters here on Monday.

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GNLA hits out at NGO, police for inaction in witchcraft killings

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TURA, Mar 01: The shocking murders of five villagers, including a woman, allegedly for practicing witchcraft has sent the whole Garo Hills region into a frenzy. While the police have arrested four people including the headman of the village in Rongram block, about 18 kms from the town of Tura, there still has been a lot of doubt on what exactly happened on the fateful day.
The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Sunday came out condemning the act of the mob, while also taking a crack at the police and the Garo Students’ Union (GSU) for not helping the family of the victims when required.

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Militants attack petrol pump at Shallang, injure two

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SHILLONG, Mar 02: Two people were injured on Monday morning after militants hurled a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, police said.
The incident occurred at around 6.15 a.m. when unidentified Garo militants lobbed the crude bomb at the Indian Oil petrol pump injuring two workers - Amresh Kumar and Mejentis Sangma.

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Imposition of administrative rule is government’s prerogative: PDF

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SHILLONG, Mar 01: The People’s Democratic Forum (PDF), a component of the opposition alliance in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Sunday said the onus lies with the state government whether to impose administrator’s rule in the Council or not.
Both ruling All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) and PDF are presently having equal numbers (15-15).
“With the present political tie between the ruling and opposition sides, it depends on the state government to decide whether it will impose administrator’s rule or not in the KHADC,” PDF parliamentary party leader Process T Sawkmie said here.

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Jaitley avoids 'big bang' to present budget of promise, inclusion

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New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS): Falling just short of big bang reforms called for by his own economic survey, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday presented a Rs.17.78 lakh crore (nearly $300 billion) national budget for the next fiscal that seeks to put more money in the hands of the average citizen, tackle the menace of black money more effectively and end an era of "scam, scandal and corruption".
In his 93-minute budget speech in the Lok Sabha, the finance minister said a new law on black money stashed abroad will call for an imprisonment of up to 10 years on its perpetrators with a penalty of 300 percent, while another proposed legislation will clamp down on benami property in India with both confiscation and prosecution.

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