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India, US achieve 'breakthrough' in civil n-deal

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): India and the United States Sunday reached "a breakthrough" on issues holding up their civil nuclear cooperation and agreed to move towards commercial cooperation of their landmark civil nuclear deal that was initialled by the then leaders of the two countries on July 18, 2005.
US President Barack Obama said at his joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their summit-level talks here that the two countries had reached breakthrough on two pending issues on the nuclear deal. Modi said that, six years after the deal was formallly signed, the two countries have were "moving towards commerical cooperation.."

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The Child Soldiers of Meghalaya

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TURA, Jan 25: The surrender of the three cadres of the Achik National Liberation Army (ANLA) on Saturday has once again raised the issue of the use of minors by various militant outfits. While all the outfits deny recruitment of underage people, ground reality points to their being used as rampant, with even hard core surrendered militants being barely out of their teens.
Two of the three militants that surrendered on Saturday in the East Garo Hills (EGH) region were 17 and 18 years of age and had joined the outfit more than a year ago, meaning they were below 18 when they joined. Even the third, allegedly 19 years of age, may have joined the outfit before he had turned 18.

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HYC, headmen flag discrepancies in Village Administration Bill

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SHILLONG, Jan 24: A consultative meeting convened by the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) with the several headmen on Saturday made a number of suggestions which they opine need to be incorporated in the Khasi Hills District (Village Administration) Bill, 2014, passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) last year.
Addressing pressmen after the meeting, HYC general secretary Robertjune Kharjahrin said, “There are various discrepancies found in the Council’s Bill which needs to be looked into by the KHADC.”

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“Govt is playing the hide and seek game”: HNLC

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SHILLONG, Jan 24: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Saturday accused the Government of Meghalaya (GOM) of playing ‘a game of hide and seek’ with regard to the negations for peace with the outfit.
In a press communiqué issued on Saturday, the Publicity Secretary of the HNLC, Sainkupar Nongtraw, said that the HNLC had time and again reminded the GOM about the proposed peace process. Nongtraw said that since the month of August 2014 the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had laid emphasis to call militant groups to the negotiation table thereby giving peace a chance, Nongtraw said that when the HNLC expressed its willingness to cooperate, statements were issued that the GOM would appoint an interlocutor to carry forward the process. He however lamented that after all this has been done, “Now the CM comes up with statements that only surrender is an option.”

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Old guard makes way as GNLA shuffles area comands

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TURA, Jan 25: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), the biggest and the most potent of all the militant outfits operating out of the Garo Hills region seems to have undergone a transformation if police sources are to be believed with changes in the various commands in the region. While some of the commanders have only been shuffled, police sources claim that some of the old guard may have given way for others.
The GNLA is led by its commander in chief, Sohan D Shira and has been left without its chairman, Champion Sangma, who allegedly resigned recently.

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HNLC upholds Republic Day bandh call

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SHILLONG, Jan 24: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Saturday has upheld its call for a 24 – hour ‘total shutdown’ throughout the Khasi – Jaintia hills as a mark of its protest against the celebration of Republic Day even as it termed the Saraswati Puja on the day as a ‘co-incidence’.
In a press communiqué issued on Saturday, the Publicity Secretary of the HNLC, Sainkupar Nongtraw clarified that the HNLC will not disrupt any kind of religious ceremony while terming the Saraswati puja observed on January 26 as ‘a co incidence’.
Nongtraw also pointed out that the state of Assam, being a Hindu majority state will also witness republic day boycott including other NE states.

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KHADC CEM ready to apologize, urges public to refrain from violence

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SHILLONG, Jan 23: Four days ahead of his appearance before the Meghalaya High Court, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Friday said he is ready apologize before the judiciary and appealed to the public to refrain from any violence while urging them to respect the law.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Nongrum said, “I am willing and ready to even tender my apology if there are words that have might slipped from my side, which might have also hurt the judiciary.”
He also maintained that he will speak on the truth on the day of his appearance before the Court.

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