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BSF faces illegal tree felling slur

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Tura, Jan 16: A resident of South Garo Hills, Jeffrin Sangma has filed a complaint against a Border Security Force (BSF) Border Outpost (BOP) in Netri on allegations of illegal tree felling from a forest area in South Garo Hills.
While details of the case are yet to completely emerge, the Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills, Anand Mishra confirmed on Monday that a complaint had been filed at the Baghmara police station though he was not fully aware of the contents till the filing of this report.

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BJP will show communal colour to capture votes: Zenith

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SHILLONG, Jan 16: A day After BJP leader Ram Madhav held closed door meetings with RSS leaders and Meghalaya BJP leaders, the Congress in Meghalaya has reacted in saying that the saffron party will lead a communal campaign in its bid to capture power in the state post the 2018 elections here.
Senior Congress leader and Cabinet Minister in Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s cabinet Zenith Sangma reacted to the visit of the former member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and said “BJP has other agendas otherwise why have they have got special attention for Meghalaya all of a sudden?”

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State government moots legalization of wine making

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SHILLONG, Jan 16: As one of its attempts to boost the tourism sector in the state, the Government of Meghalaya is mooting the legalization of wine making here.
“We will study (the long-pending proposal for legalization) as the pros and cons will have to be examined before reaching a conclusion,” Minister in-charge Excise Zenith Sangma informed here on Monday.
Stating that due consultation with the law department is required, Sangma said, “Such exercise is needed because the excise department is connected with rules and laws.”

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Coal mining on in violation to NGT orders; CSWO

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SHILLONG, Jan 15: Despite the National Green Tribunal, (NGT) ban on coal mining in Meghalaya, reports have emerged of coal still being dug up in clear violation of the NGT ban especially in coal rich areas in East Jaintia Hills.
 “ In most areas in the East Jaintia Hills District, there is rampant mining especially in areas falling under Elaka Nongkhlieh and Elaka Sutnga,” claimed Civil Society Women Organization,(CSWO).

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KHADC to seek clarification on VAB: CEM

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SHILLONG, Jan 16: With its KHAD (Village Administration) Bill, 2015 still pending with the Governor, V Shanmuganathan, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will soon seek a clarification on the status of this important bill.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the ruling People Democratic Forum (PDF) in the KHADC held here on Monday, after the Governor and state government had allegedly kept quiet on the matter.

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Manipur CM should resign for failure to end blockade: Javadekar

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Imphal, Jan 15 (IANS): Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday demanded resignation of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh for his failure to end the ongoing economic blockade which has affected availability of essential commodities in the region.
Javadekar was interacting with the media at the local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office during his visit here to hold discussions for short-listing candidates for the ensuing assembly elections.

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Striking the right chords to woo voters

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Tura, Jan 15 : As part of the Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) to maximize enrolment and enhance participation in the electoral process, a voter awareness programme was held alongside the Lecture and demonstration on classical music by World’s leading Jazz Saxophonist , George Brooks from USA at Tura District Auditorium.
The programme was organized by the Centre of Excellence in Indian and Western Music along with the department of Art and Culture.

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