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Bodos to go on indefinite hunger strike over Bodoland

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KOKRAJHAR, March 02 (IANS): Several Bodo communities of Assam will go on an indefinite hunger strike starting March 10, followed by road and rail blockades, as part of their campaign for a separate Bodoland.
The mass hunger strike, led by the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive), would be organised in several parts of the Bodo Territorial Area Districts — Chirang, Kokrajhar, Udalguri and Baksa.
“The indefinite mass hunger strike from March 10, 2017, will be organised followed by 24 hours national highway and railway blockade in the last week of March,” said a joint statement issued by ABSU (P), NDFB (S) and People Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) on Thursday.

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Sanbor cites contempt of court, mulls legal action against Defense authorities

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SHILLONG, March 02: Opining that the Defense authority here is in contempt of a Gauhati High Court order passed in 2007, NCP legislator, Sanbor Shullai is now contemplating to file a PIL on the matter of encroachment of land in Lawsohtun.
The decision was taken based on February 23, 2007 Judgment of the Guahati High Court on a PIL filed on the matter which had directed that-”no construction work shall be carried out by the Army authority in the area in question (Lawsohtun)”.

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Dancers demand inclusion in school curriculum

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SHILLONG, March 02: The All Meghalaya Dancers Association (AMDA) has sought inclusion of dance and singing in the curriculum of schools in the state and has demanded that the State Government extends support to it.
AMDA has also demanded the introduction of special financial assistance for promotion of talented dancers and singers from across the state during a protest staged at the parking lot near the Additional Secretariat on Thursday.
AMDA opines that it is high time that the state government considers supporting young and talented dancers and singers rather than spending huge amounts of money only on festivals.

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Central Govt is our last hope for peace: HNLC

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SHILLONG, Mar 01: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is now solely depending on the Central Government for any peace talks even as it has blamed the State Government of resorting to attempts to scuttle these talks, something that, according to the Council, the state government has become adept at.
“The government of Meghalaya is an expert in sabotaging peace talks and breaking them apart. It is evident in the occurrence of political activities,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

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PHE, SCB served deadline to address water scarcity

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SHILLONG, March 02: The Assembly Committee on Subordinate Legislation has served a 10-day deadline to the PHE and SCB to address the problem of scarcity of water supply faced by the residents in the city.
Senior officials of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) and elected ward members of the Shillong Cantonment Board (SCB) were summoned by the committee during a meeting convened by its chairman Sanbor Shullai held here on Thursday.

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Child trafficking-accused Bengal BJP leader held near Nepal border

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SILIGURI, March 01 (IANS): BJP leader Juhi Chowdhury, suspected to be involved in the sensational child trafficking racket in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, was arrested on Tuesday night close to the India-Nepal border in Darjeeling district by CID sleuths, police said.
Chowdhury, who was on the run for the last few days after her name was linked to the case involving trafficking of at least 17 children, was picked up from Batasi area under Kharibari police station in Siliguri sub-division, said Special Superintendent (north), CID, Ajay Prasad.

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AAP slams MUDA claims of state of JNNURM buses

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SHILLONG, Mar 01: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Meghalaya Unit has blamed the MUDA of a blatant lie after the latter had claimed that 19 buses funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) are presently defective.
Citing the number of buses which, according to it are being ‘dumped’ in various places in and around the city, the AAP said that these numbers provided by MUDA are a ‘blatant lie’.

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