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Lyngdoh opens Pandora’s Box on illegal coal mining

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SHILLONG, April 19: Congress MLA from Umroi George Bankyntiew Lyngdoh has questioned how a ‘bunch of crooks’ keeps outsmarting the state government while claiming that illegal coal mining operations are taking place in South West Khasi Hills district, leading to leakage of revenue from the transportation of extracted coal.
Moving a call attention motion during the Budget session here on Thursday, Lyngdoh drew the attention of the state government to the alleged rampant illegal coal mining reported in South West Khasi Hills District even as he expressed concern over five points which include illegal rat-hole mining, forcing of children to work as coal labourers, negative impact of mining on the environment, overloading of coal trucks and circulation of fake challans.

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No illegal mining in Meghalaya: Conrad

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SHILLONG, April 19: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has maintained that there is no illegal mining that is going on in Meghalaya.
“There was reassessment done for the coal because we have seen transportation is taking place but illegal mining is not going on in the state,” Conrad said after the assembly session on Thursday.

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Silent protest: Media fraternity shouts out against attack on one of their own

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SHILLONG, April 19: The silent protest taken out by the journalistic fraternity along the streets of Shillong on Thursday spoke volumes about unity of the media which came out in strong condemnation against an attack on one of their own.
This silent march which was organized by the Shillong Press Club (SPC) was replete with banners and posters, condemning the petrol bomb attack at the residence of the Editor of The Shillong Times, Patricia Mukhim which was carried out by unknown miscreants on Tuesday night.

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Proposal raised for post mortem facilities in govt health centres

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SHILLONG, April 19: The possibility of government health centres such as Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Public Health Centres (CHCs) being given the facilities to conduct post mortem examinations will be examined by the state government.
Replying in the Assembly here on Thursday, Home Minister James K Sangma said, “We will examine the proposal with the Health Department for exploring the possibility of having more medical staff to extend this facility at the CHC and PHC level.”

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Assam playing for time in border dispute issue: Mukul

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SHILLONG, April 19: While the solution to the decade old Assam-Meghalaya boundary row remains elusive, former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday said that that for the past five years Assam is buying time to study Meghalaya’s claim over the areas of difference, despite the state government submitting the document to Assam in 2013.

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All religious beliefs as good as Tripura CM’s views: Javed Akhtar

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MUMBAI, April 19 (IANS): Writer Javed Akhtar on Thursday took a jibe at Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb for saying that the Internet existed during the time of Mahabharata.

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MDA to push for re – opening of Balat LCS

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SHILLONG, April 19: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is pushing the Centre to ensure that the Land Custom Station (LCS) at Balat is once again made operational as per information provided by State Home Minister, James K Sangma on Thursday.
Replying in the Assembly here, James informed that the 10th bilateral meeting between India and Bangladesh held in New Delhi has agreed to examine re-opening of the Balat LCS.

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