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WKH bases grievance redress mechanism on Whatsapp

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SHILLONG, April 19: The District Administration of West Khasi Hills (WKH) has made use of the popular android application ‘Whatsapp’ for wide reach of its grievance redress mechanism, taking advantage of the prevalence of smart phones and internet connectivity amongst the masses.
Informing this on Wednesday, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), WKH, Arunkumar Kembhavi said, “These days a majority of the people have smart phones and WhatsApp. The citizen having any complaints may drop a text message, an audio message or a video message on WhatApp to this special BSNL number +91 94363 94363.”
The complaints may pertain to delay in obtaining various certificates, localities not getting electricity, water, non removal of garbage and such. If any citizen comes across a poor quality mid day meal being served in any government school, they may attach a photo of the meal and send it to the number.

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Government extends ceasefire with NSCN-R, NSCN-NK till 2018

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NEW DELHI, April 18 (IANS): The government has extended the ceasefire with two Naga armed groups namely the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Reformation (NSCN-R) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN-Nekpao-Kithovi (NSCN-NK) till April 27, 2018 as was announced on Tuesday.
The decision was taken during a meeting between Home Ministry officials and the Ceasefire Supervisory Board of both the Naga factions here.

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Teachers in trouble for involving minors in rally

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SHILLONG, April 18: The involvement of minors in the protest rally that was recently sponsored by the Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) has invited action from the part of the district administration of East Khasi Hills with Deputy Commissioner (DC), PS Dkhar serving the association a show cause notice on Tuesday.
“It was found that your association had utilized minor children (who are not the members) in the rally which is a clear violation of the terms and conditions and thus liable for prosecution under section 188 IPC,” Dkhar said in his show cause to MSSASA general secretary HM Marbaniang on April 13.

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Syiem terms UDP pull – out as meaningless

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SHILLONG, April 18: The announcement that the United Democratic Party (UDP) has withdrawn support to the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) is ‘meaningless’ according to CEM, PN Syiem who pointed out that the party’s MDCs are yet to resign from the EC.
“I have received a letter from the UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh informing about the party’s decision to withdraw support to the PDF. However it is meaningless because till now none of its MDCs have resigned,” Syiem said here on Tuesday.

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SSA teachers call off indefinite strike, to stage black flag week

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SHILLONG, April 18: Meghalaya’s SSA teachers have opted for a week – long black flag protest as opposed to the indefinite strike they had announced earlier which would have seriously hampered the functioning of over 5000 SSA schools throughout the state.
Apart from this week - long black flag protest, the teachers, under the banner of the Meghalaya SSA Schools Association (MSSASA) have also threatened to intensify their agitation by staging a three-day hunger strike from April 26.

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UDP eying 2018 polls in withdrawing support to PDF: Syiem

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SHILLONG, April 18: The withdrawing of support by the United Democratic Party (UDP) to the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) has been made to weaken the MDCs in the coalition as it fears the outcome of the 2018 state polls, according to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Pynshngain N Syiem.
“The decision to withdraw support to the PDF is a political agenda of the UDP because many of the MDCs in the ruling will give a tough fight to its leaders in 2018,” Syiem said here on Tuesday.

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Amidst misappropriation charges, All Saints’ Principal steps down

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SHILLONG, April 18: Following charges of fund misappropriation on the non-teaching staff by the Secretary, Diocese Church of North East India, Donald Ingty recently, the incumbent principal of All Saint’s Diocesan HS School, P Lyngdoh who was due for a farewell at the end of this month has been asked to step down from his position immediately.
Lyngdoh has since moved out in compliance of the order, sources informed Meghalaya Times while adding that the principal has now been replaced by his daughter in a ‘temporary arrangement’ until a ‘suitable and qualified’ candidate is appointed to the post of principal.

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