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Japan serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-east: Hiramatsu

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Shillong, Nov 14 (IANS): Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu on Wednesday said that Japan is serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-eastern states by building roads and bridges.
"We aim to support the development of this region by connecting not only the intra-regional links within the north-east, but also the links between the north-east and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar," he said.

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Conrad non – committal on independent inquiry into Agnes’ assault

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SHILLONG, Nov 15: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has remained non – committal while responding to questions regarding the institution of an independent inquiry into the attack on social activist Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma in coal-rich East Jaintia Hills District.
When asked about the matter at the sidelines of a function here on Wednesday, Conrad said that the State Cabinet will first discuss the issue, which, he admitted is a serious one. Agnes and Amita received severe head injuries after they were attacked by a group of 30-40 people suspected to be the mining mafia at Tuber Sohshrieh in coal-rich district of East Jaintia Hills on November 8.

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Performance of MeECL once again called to question

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SHILLONG, Nov 14: The performance of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has not gone down well with the Public Accounts Committee of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly which has stated that the Corporation is still functioning in the style of the erstwhile Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB).
Addressing media after summoning the officials of the power department during a meeting held here on Wednesday, PAC chairman Charles Pyngrope said even though the erstwhile MeSEB has been broken into three different entities – distribution, generation and transmission, there has been no tangible results on the ground.

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Transport dept given three months to show how will recover over Rs 152 crores

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SHILLONG, Nov 14: The state’s transport department has been given a period of three months to show what has been done to recover Rs 152.56 crore of revenue lost.
This directive was given by the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which had taken serious note of the CAG report for year ended March 31, 2017 which clearly indicated the lapses in the department leading to revenue loss of Rs 152.56 crore.

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Tikrikilla AYC raises issue of illegal land transfer

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TURA, Nov 14: The Achik Youth Council (AYC), TIkrikilla has raised the issue of illegal tribal land transfer in the town of Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills (WGH) into non tribal names – all with the tacit support of many and in direct contravention of the state’s land Act.
“From numerous surveys it was founded that many tribal lands were illegally and secretly transferred to non tribals with the help of various people who acted as middlemen.

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