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Workers Power, TUR warn of agitation if demands remain unfulfilled

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SHILLONG, June 24: Workers Power along with TUR has threatened to resort to various constitutional means of agitation to make the government take notice of the various demands including increasing the minimum wage to Rs. 350 for unskilled workers and Rs. 462 for skilled workers.
Workers Power – a federation of 13 plus workers unions from across Meghalaya, along with Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) had submitted a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister with additional charge of Labour, Prestone Tynsong on May 10, 2018, highlighting the fact that Meghalaya has the lowest minimum wage in India inspite of the fact that the cost of living and inflation in the State is higher than most other states in the country. Moreover, the schedule of employment in Meghalaya does not reflect the reality of working conditions, whereas workers are denied their statutory rights like PF, Health facility through ESI, Paid Leave. Also, many of the establishments employ contract workers through Labour Contractors, even though the work is perennial and regular in Nature.

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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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Police arrests five more in Karbi Anglong lynching incident

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GUWAHATI, June 24: Assam police arrested five more persons in connection with the Karbi Anglong lynching of two youth artists Nilotpal Das and Abhijit Nath at Panjuri village under Dokmoka police station in the hill district on June 8 evening.
According to the reports, police have arrested five persons for their alleged involvement in the lynching incident.
The arrested persons were identified Phukan Lekthe, Ratneswar Terang, Babu Singnar, Perez Timung and Peter Engti.
Police has so far arrested 41 persons in connection with the lynching incident.

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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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Tree cut down in city to ensure safety

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SHILLONG, June 23: In a quick precautionary measure, authorities in the state capital have ordered immediate cutting down of a tree posing threat to pedestrians and motorists at IGP – Khyndailad area here. 
Staff of the forest department swung into action after receiving a complaint about a branch of a tree hanging precariously over the road. Later, the tree, which was standing infront of the State Bank of India, Shillong Branch was also identified as weak, which the department decided to cut down.

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