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ICAR-NEH Celebrates its 38th Foundation Day

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SHILLONG, Jan 09: The ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya on Wednesday celebrated its 38th Foundation Day at ICAR Institute, Barapani. The Institute stated its journey on January 9, 1975 from a rented house at Laban (Amrit Bhavan) in Shillong.
“Though we are deficient in major areas of various crop productions in the region; our strength lies in taking benefits of tribal farmer-led innovative farming technologies”, said Director ICAR-RC-NEH- Umiam, Meghalaya, S.V. Ngachan, during his foundation day speech.

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Meghalaya Govt approves ‘Settlement Agreement’ with ANVC

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SHILLONG, Jan 08: Following the peace-talks with the Garo hills-based militant outfit –A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), Meghalaya government Tuesday approved the ‘settlement-agreement’ even as it added that the demand for expansion of powers would also be extended to the other two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the Khasi and Jaintia hills region of the state.
Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, “We have approved the settlement agreement.”

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‘Flying Squad’ to check “money and muscle power” during election

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SHILLONG, Jan 08: In order to keep a tab on the use of “money and muscle power” during the upcoming Meghalaya Assembly election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to deploy “flying squad” in different districts.
“To ensure holding of a ‘free, fair, peaceful election without compromise’, we would appoint flying squads to monitor movement of ‘money and use of muscle’ power during the voting, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, VS Sampath, told reporters here on Tuesday.

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NCPCR pulls up labour department on child labor

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SHILLONG, Jan 08: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Tuesday warned the state labour departments that strong action would be taken against it if it fails to protect the rights of children after children were found to be working in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills district.
The labour department has earned the ire of the Commission member for keeping a report of the Tata Institute of Social Studies in cold storage which reported children working in seven coal depots in Jaintia Hills.

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Ad hoc teachers’ salaries enhanced

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SHILLONG, Jan 08: Living up to its promises, the state government on Tuesday approved the proposal for the enhancement of salaries of the teachers of both the ad hoc secondary schools and higher secondary schools in the state.
Earlier, last year, the state government had enhanced the salaries of both ad hoc lower primary teachers in 1225 schools and ad hoc upper primary teachers in 844 schools in the state.
“With this decision in place, the government has fulfilled its promises towards the teaching community in the state,” Education Minister Dr RC Laloo told reporters after the Cabinet meeting here.

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