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Meghalaya elementary education lagging behind all India averages

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SHILLONG, Mar 23: Following the recent assertion of nearly a lakh student having dropped out of schools in Meghalaya at the ongoing budget session of the state assembly, the other aspects of education does not look that promising either here in the state.
According to the Education and Literacy Minister Deborah Ch Marak, the main issues that is causing school dropout in the state are the economic condition of the parents, lack of success due to small habitation, poor teaching, domestic and sibling care and migration however a closer look at the other factors that contributes to education in the state further gives an even gloomy picture.

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AMEF cadre surrenders in EGH

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TURA, March 23: A cadre of now almost defunct Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) laid down arms in the town of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills on Thursday in front of a team led by the SP of the district.
The cadre, identified as Raksim Ch Momin (Arikam, 22) was earlier a part of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and had joined the outfit in 2012 as part of its 5th batch and had been a terror in parts of East and South Garo Hills.

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Constituents slap misappropriation slur on Paul Lyngdoh

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SHILLONG, March 22: Residents of Mawprem area have sought action against the Shillong West sitting legislator Paul Lyngdoh for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 55.80 lakh public funds under the SUWP scheme as revealed by an RTI report.
In an FIR submitted to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner KS Kropha who also the chief secretary here on Wednesday, one of the complainants Michael Pakyntein said, “We implore upon you to facilitate necessary investigation into these charges against Paul Lyngdoh and ensure that justice prevails as per the law of the land expeditiously.”

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Pynshngain warns of legal action in absence of payment of royalty

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SHILLONG, March 22: Mawsynram legislator, Pynshngain N Syiem, who was put under suspension from the Congress party has warned the state government not to force the chief of the district council to move court for non-releasing of royalty share.

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76 percent of tribal population ‘landless’ in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, March 22: In spite of the unique land tenure system in the state, 76 percent of Meghalaya’s tribal population are landless as was informed by the Hill State People Democratic Party (HSDPD) legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit here on Wednesday.
Moving a cut motion in the Assembly here, HSPDP chief said, “It has always been claimed that the land tenure system in Meghalaya is peculiar where land belongs to the people, not the government. To me, it is peculiar because it is an irony that only 24 per cent of the households (1, 16,723 households of 4, 85,913 households) own land, whereas 76 per cent (3, 69,190) own no land.”

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