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2 killed, many injured in lightning strike near Phulbari

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TURA, June 24: Two residents of Meghalaya, who were in a boat on the River Brahmaputra, were killed when a lightning struck the boat they were travelling in. The same incident also led to many others being injured with most of them being transferred to Guwahati in Assam in critical state.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at about 3 PM near the village of Dawakandi in South Salmara district in Assam.
According to locals, the group was travelling in a boat on the river when the incident occurred. The injured were immediately rushed to the Phulbari CHC where they were tended to. However, the alleged late arrival of doctors within the CHC, as stated by locals, led to at least one of the injured dying after being brought to the hospital.

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Rampant overcharging by tourist vehicles at Police Bazar

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SHILLONG, June 24: At the backdrop of lack of any regulation from the district administration or government, the wings of the tourist vehicles have extended so far that they are now arbitrarily charging whatever they like from passengers in the city. Passengers complained that the rates of the four seater tourist vehicles have jumped to Rs. 390 per person from Rs. 300 whereas the Tata Sumo variants have increased their rates to Rs. 240 from Rs. 170. However, authorities from the state government deny having revised passenger fares in recent times.

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Railway network to expand in Garo Hills

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SHILLONG, June 24: Meghalaya Deputy Speaker and senior politician Timothy D Shira has informed that the survey for the construction of a railway line stretching across the Brahmaputra River from Dhubri through a 15 km long bridge from Assam connecting Resubelpara, the headquarters of North Garo Hills in Meghalaya, and expanding across the International border and connecting states like Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur is underway.

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Women scribe molested in female compartment of train

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TURA, June 24: A travelling woman scribe, who was on an assignment to a remote location, was molested while inside a women’s compartment of a train traveling towards Chirang district in Assam.
The shocking incident occurred in the women’s compartment of the Manas Rhino Express, when the scribe, who was resting while getting to her destination, was at first groped by men who forced themselves into the compartment and abused, all this while the other women passengers looked the other way. The incident occurred on June 22 while a complaint on the incident was filed the next day at Bongaigaon.

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Bindo tells Punjabis at Them Mawlong Hat not to fight a ‘losing battle’

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SHILLONG, June 24: Senior UDP leader and veteran politician, Bindo M Lanong on Sunday stated that the Akali Dal delegation from Punjab, the local Harijan Body and others concerned supporting the Harijan Community of Them Mawlong Hat Colony should better see reason to accept the relocation and rehabilitation proposals of the government and amicably resolve the conflict with local NGOs, once and for all, rather than continue fighting a ‘losing battle’.

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City school underperforming due to teachers fiddling on smart phones

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SHILLONG, June 24: A city based deficit pattern higher secondary school has gone off its own record and is now being caught for several anomalies. According to sources, teachers of Laban Boys’ Higher Secondary School are hardly taking their classes while spending their time in “useless activities”. It has come to light that students up to standard VI are suffering for want of classroom coaching whereas there is no concern from the side of the teaching fraternity of the said school.

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His pleas unheard, UP minister himself starts work on road

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Lucknow, June 23 (IANS): In a major embarrassment to the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, senior Cabinet Minister and Suhaildev Bahujan Samaj Party (SBSP) President Om Prakash Rajbhar on Saturday took up labour work for construction work of a road outside his house in Fatehpur Khonda village of Varanasi.
Sporting a yellow turban, symbolic of his party, the miffed Backward Classes Welfare and Disabled People Development Minister started leveling the road and clearing the mud, accusing the state government of doing nothing to his request, made six months ago, for construction of a road outside his house in the village.

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