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Tripura girl, whose head swelled to over three times its normal size, dies

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AGARTALA, June 20 (HT): An girl who made international headlines when a rare condition caused her head to swell to more than twice the normal size has died, days before she was to undergo corrective surgery.
Roona Begum’s family said she died Sunday at her home in a village in the remote northeast after complaining of breathlessness.
 “She was otherwise fit and fine. But on Sunday she started having breathing problems and I rang up my husband asking him to come back home,” said Fatima Begum.

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NEHUTA urges Prez to initiate probe allegations of doctored documents

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SHILLONG, June 20: Alleging that documents pertaining to the withdrawal of the Hills Areas Special Allowance (HASA) have been forged and doctored by the administrative heads of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), its faculty has urged the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee to ensure that a probe is initiated into the issue.
‘‘We request you to institute an enquiry against the Vice Chancellor and the registrar for forging the official documents,’’ North Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) president Professor X P Mao said in a letter to the President, who is also the Visitor of the Central University, earlier this week.

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Regional parties withdraw support, leave PDF in disarray

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SHILLONG, June 19: In what may be the last straw for the People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the three major regional parties of Meghalaya have withdrawn their support to the former on Monday.
Accusing the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, PN Syiem of ‘dividing’ and ‘blackmailing’ the regional parties, the United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) said that Syiem has been using the PDF to float a new political party under the name of Peoples Democratic Front.

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No plans to scrap railways in Meghalaya: Railways MoS

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SHILLONG, June 19: In spite of the recent spate of violence and arson cases in opposition to the railway line in Ri Bhoi district of the state, the Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain has informed that the Centre has no plans whatsoever to scrap this railway project in Meghalaya.
“We are not thinking about it (scrapping) now and definitely we are going ahead with the construction,” Gohain informed at the sidelines of a function held in the city here on Monday.

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Meghalaya adopting solutions to baton policing

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SHILLONG, June 20: Known to be pro-active and creative in its approach to tackle the menace of drugs in the state, Meghalaya police is now venturing into creative solutions to address the issue over what many consider as a draconian baton rule.
Apart from its regularly held awareness campaigns in educational institutions, the Sadar Police station this time around is going all out to reach to the masses through the use of IT enabled services, poster and banner campaigns and a bike rally.

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Dark horse Ram Nath Kovind named NDA Presidential candidate

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NEW DELHI, June 19 (IANS): Springing a surprise, the BJP on Monday named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit and a BJP leader, as the ruling NDA’s candidate for the July 17 Presidential election.
“We have decided that Ram Nath Kovind will be the NDA Presidential candidate,” Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said after a nearly two-hour meeting here of the party’s Parliamentary Board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders.

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Rumours rife of Tynsong, Dhar seeking NPP tickets

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SHILLONG, June 19: Meghalaya Congress is up for more trouble with reports of prominent sitting Congress legislators vying for a ticket from the National People’s Party (NPP) surfacing while there is a major paradigm shift of interest of party deserters and individuals alike from the saffron brigade towards other national party like the NPP.
Known to have stood his ground against the party if the need be, Cabinet Minister, Prestone Tynsong’s doing the rounds recently seeking NPP ticket to contest the election and is allegedly communicating with the NPP through another sitting Congress legislator Sniawbhalang Dhar, if the reports of the sources from NPP and Congress is anything to go by with.

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