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SMB deauthorizes Umsohsun parking collector on charges of corruption

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License cancelled for overcharging parking fee
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SHILLONG, May 21: The office of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) has revoked the authorization to collect parking fees of an authorized collector of SMB parking lot, Umsohsun and is contemplating to file a defamation suit against him for charging higher than the specified parking rates.

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Meghalaya Chief Secretary to contest conviction in coal scam case

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NEW DELHI, May 21 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Secretary K.S. Kropha, who was convicted in a coal block allocation case, on Sunday said he would file an appeal in a higher court.
“I am waiting for the copy of the judgment and will decide accordingly to appeal in the higher court,” Kropha said.
On Friday, a special CBI court convicted former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and coal ministry officials K.C. Samria and Kropha in the allocation of Thesgora B/Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL).

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Japan to build war museum in Manipur

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Imphal, May 21 (IANS): Japan's Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said that Japan will build a war museum at Maibam Lokpa Ching in Manipur's Bishenpur district.
Maibam Lokpa Ching is a historical place where the British and the Japanese fought during the Second World War. About 70,000 Japanese soldiers laid down their lives in the Imphal and Kohima battles, which are regarded as the fiercest, from March to June 1944.

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The purple Delight of the city – Jacaranda In bloom

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SHILLONG, May 21: The jacaranda trees are in full bloom in the city and it is a delightful sight not only under the summer blue sky but also on car tops, paths, lawns, grasses, footpaths, and roads, as the purple layer of Jacaranda flowers covers it.   The strong wind blowing the purple and dense terminal clusters of lavender-blue, lightly fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers is pulling the young, old, tourists alike. The soft, delicate, fernlike, deciduous spreading foliage are in full bloom in various parts of the city earning the attention of each passerby and their camera lens.

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CM rubbishes HNLC claims, orders probe

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SHILLONG, May 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Sunday rubbished the allegation leveled against him of seeking support of the banned militant outfit, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in the upcoming 2018 state elections as false, fabricated and malicious and has ordered a probe on the statement made by the HNLC.
“The statement of the HNLC claiming that the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is sending any feelers to the HNLC is false, fabricated and malicious,” the chief minister said.

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Disbanded ANVC-B reiterates transparency on rehabilitation packages

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SHILLONG, May 21:  While tall claims about the government’s commitment towards good governance and curbing down militancy echoes as and when the opportunity fits, the ground reality depicts otherwise.
From ghosts sericulture workers, now the government is up against yet another allegation which segregates the commitment claims and the real will to clear the region of militancy to a larger extent.
Once dreadful but now disbanded, the A’chik National Volunteer Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B), on Sunday alleged corruption and foul play as far as giving out the rehabilitation package is concerned with the leadership rejecting the government’s claim of providing rehabilitation packages to 18 of its former cadres.

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EC picks up gauntlet on EVMs, hacking challenge from June 3

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NEW DELHI, May 20 (IANS): The Election Commission on Saturday announced it will hold a hacking challenge from June 3 to prove that its electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with or hacked and came out with a framework of conditions under which this will be done.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the challenge will be open to national and state parties which took part in the recent elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur and who claimed the EVMs were tampered despite technical and administrative safeguards of the poll panel.

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