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Nagaland Governor refutes ‘political vendetta’ report

 Correspondent

Kohima, June 19, 2014: Nagaland Governor Dr. Ashwani Kumar has refuted reports in Times of India and Outlookindia.com which said the former has alleged that the move to replace the Governors appointed during the UPA rule has a political vendetta. He termed the reports concocted and absolutely false.

The public relations officer of the Governor Dominic Yazokie has in a statement claimed Dr Kumar has not made any such statement anywhere, to any person or representative of media. The statement appeals all media organizations are requested to immediately stop publicity of this mischievous and controversial statement attributed to the Governor of Nagaland.

“The totally unfounded quote appears to be in violation of the primary ethics of journalism. It may be an attempt of vested interests to malign and sully reputations and create conflict between democratic
structures of Government”, the statement added. 

Kidnapped bank manager rescued in Meghalaya

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Shillong, June 18, 2014: The manager of a rural branch of the state bank of India in Meghalaya has been rescued two days after his kidnapping by armed militants. Police said the release on Wednesday morning was possible after exchange of fire with his kidnappers in West Garo Hills district. 

Militants had lifted Ampati branch manager Arvind Kumar, but freed his driver unharmed. Security forces launched search operation after the driver informed incident to police.

Police did not say which group kidnapped the bank manager. The militants suspected to have planned to demand huge ransom against his release.

Militants lift bank manager in Meghalaya

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Shillong, June 17, 2014: Militants kidnapped a bank manage at gun point in Garo Hills district of Meghalaya on Monday, police said on Tuesday.

They said armed militants sprang infront of vehicle of the bank official and took him away. The driver was not touched.

The manager of Ampati branch of State Bank of India has been identified as Kumar. The driver informed the incident to police who launched search to track him down.

Police suspected militants of the GNLA responsible for the incident. They believed the manager is being held to ransom. 

Guwahati Press Club honours Abdul Majid as Guest of the Month

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Guwahati, June 16, 2014: Veteran actor-director Abdul Majid was invited as Guest of the Month at the Guwahati Press Club (GPC) on Monday. He interacted with the journalists in the afternoon programme.

Majid was born in Jorhat in 1931 and he started his carrier in theatres in 1950 at his home town. Till date, he has performed in over two hundred plays staged in different parts of eastern India.

Majid started his career in celluloid through ‘Ronga Police’ in 1957. He has also directed several movies including ‘Maram Trishna’, ‘Chameli Memsaab’, ‘Banahangsha’, ‘Bonjui’, ‘Ponakon’, ‘Uttarkaal’.

Chameli Memsaab, for which Dr Bhupen Hazarika won the national award for music direction, was awarded with Rajat Kamal in 23rdrd National Film Festival (of India) as the best film in Assamese Language. 

Majid was honoured as the best director in the multilingual drama Competition held in New Delhi in 1971. He was awarded with best director’s award for Assamese television serial ‘Naamghoria’. Assam government conferred Bisnu Prashad Rabha Award on him in 1996 while he was also honoured by Asom Sahitya Sabha as well as the Assam Tribune group. 

‘Salvation Army’ breaks up, new body formed

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Aizawl, June 16, 2014: The Salvation Army, a major Christian denomination in India, has suffered a jolt after its Eastern Territory faced split. The breakaway laymen have formed ‘Salvation Army Church’ – a new church order set up in Mizoram.

A leader of the splinter group said the decision to come up with a new group was taken at a conference in Kolasib town. A committee has been set up to work out modalities and future courses of action.

Sources said the split became inevitable following long draw internal dispute over issues relating to reformation. The news church order would have its headquarter in Aizawl, Mizoram state capital.

The breakup in eastern territory would impinge on the Salvation Army in Mizoram, Assam and Manipur. An estimated 300,000 member strong Salvation Army has six territories in India and has its national headquarter in Kolkata.

It mainly works to help out distress and addicted people. It is running nine hospitals and over 100 schools in India. 

Fire devastates colony in Nagaland

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Kohima, June 13, 2014: A devastating fire razed a colony of poor people at Dimapur in Nagaland. Some 150 families left homeless as their homes gutted at Rio colony in the district town on Friday night.

Families affected are mostly daily wage earners and small-time traders, officials said. No casualties were reported in the incident.

Eight fire tenders and volunteers put off the blaze after hours of try. The district administration has provided temporary shelter and relief to the homeless residents. 

Malaria takes many casualties in Tripura villages

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Agartala, June 12, 2014: Many casualties reported as malaria has taken an epidemic proportion in tribal villages of Dhalai district in Tripura. State’s health minister Badal Choudhury has on Thursday confirmed 17 deaths and around 250 in hospitals in the district.

Unofficial sources put the figure higher than official account presented by the minister Choudhury who is going to the affected localities on Friday. A health alert has been sounded in Dhalai district where doctors and health employees were directed not to go on leave.

Health department has despatched medical teams to the malaria hit areas. The rural hospitals are overcrowded with the patients in Ganddachara and Longtarai Valley subdivisions of the district.

The authorities are contemplating to press helicopters in service to transport patients from the remote hamlets. Most of the victims are children and women. 

Meghalaya to set up special courts

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Shillong, June 12, 2014: Meghalaya government would set up special courts to reduce heap of pending cases and ensure speedy trial. It has introduced a bill in state assembly prelude to implementing the decision.

State officials said the bill presented on Wednesday is aimed at creating special courts throughout the state. Deputy Chief Minister, in-charge of Law, Rowell Lyngdoh introduced The Meghalaya Special Courts Bill 2014 during the re-assembled budget session. 

The object and reasons of the Bill said that it had become necessary to have special courts to deal with cases exclusively allotted to it for speedy trial as normal courts were overloaded. The state government thought of setting up special courts in wake of brutal killing of a woman by Garo National Liberation Army militants. 

Zeliang raises issues of oil and gas

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New Delhi, June 11, 2014: Nagaland Chief Minister T.R Zeliang demanded more efforts to expedite exploration of oil and gas in his state. He made the demand at the meeting with Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday.

Zeliang was accompanied by the state Home Minister Y. Patton and Power Minister Neiba Kronu They discussed with the Union Minister the issues pertaining exploration and production of oil and gas in the state.

Zeliang told Pradhan that proper utilisation of natural minerals would help Nagaland achieve all round development including becoming self reliant in power generation.

The Minister assured him that the Northeast India is a focus area of the NDA Government and it will continue to play an important role in securing energy needs of the country. 

Anup Chetia’s return to India anytime

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Guwahati, June 10, 2014: Founder leader and general secretary of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) who is languishing in a Bangladesh jail despite end of his conviction period may return to India anytime. Highly placed sources said a final decision over his repatriation to Assam will be taken after Bangladesh premier returns from her current visit in China.

Mr Chetia has so far spent 17 years in jail though his sentence term ended in February 2005 after his arrest in Dhaka in 1997. He was tried by a Bangladesh court on charges of entering country without valid document and under arms act for possessing few small arms.

After end of his jail term he applied for a political asylum in Bangladesh on plea that he faces threat on life if sent to India. But the underground leader changed his mind last year and sought repatriation to home country.  

Bangladesh earlier handed over several ULFA leaders to India in shadow of secrecy and these leaders are now engaged in final phase of peace dialogue with India government interlocutors. The leaders also putting pressure on government to secure release of Anup Chetia to strengthen peace process within framework of the Indian Constitution.  

Sources added Bangladesh home minister, his deputy and senior officials of the ministry recently discussed Chetia’s plea for his volunteer repatriation to India. Days are now counted over release to Indian authorities expectedly through a border point in Meghalaya state. 

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