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BJP pledges to make Meghalaya a top ranking state

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SHILLONG, April 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party envisions Meghalaya as one of the top ranking states in the country ad in this regard, it is coming up with a vision document on how to achieve this goal.
“We are going to have a vision document for Meghalaya which will talk about how to make Meghalaya one of the front ranking states in next five to ten years,” BJP leader, Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday.

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No pre poll alliances for BJP in 2018 polls

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SHILLONG, April 21: Attempting to capture as many seats as possible in the upcoming 2018 elections in Meghalaya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be fielding candidates in all the 60 assembly seats that will be up for grabs in the said elections.
“We are preparing to fight from all the 60 seats in Meghalaya and we are determined to fight the elections alone,” Assam Finance Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said after the party’s 5th SEC meeting held in the city here on Friday.

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Allegations of fund misuse in GHADC work

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TURA, April 21: The first whiff of a scam in works being executed under the aegis of the NPP led Garo Hills Progressive Alliance (GHPA) surfaced on Friday with allegations of funds being misused in the construction of a Rest House in the town of Mahendraganj in South West Garo Hills (SWGH).
The then opposition MDC and Boldamgre representative, Stevie Marak on Friday raised the issue on social media alleging that Rs 74 lakhs had been withdrawn, allegedly by the MDC from Mahendraganj, who sought to show an already constructed building as something that has been done by them.

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Have extra political will: says Modi, asks civil servants to change working style

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New Delhi, April 21 (IANS): Asserting that he had "extra" political will to carry out reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that with changing dynamics the government too needs to change its role from being a regulator to an enabler.
Addressing bureaucrats on Civil Services Day here, Modi lamented that the "colonial legacy of hierarchy" continues to be an issue and warned bureaucrats that use of social media should not compromise anonymity of the civil services.
"The push for reforms comes from political leadership but the perform angle is determined by civil servants, while transformation is enabled by people's participation," he said.

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SC to decide validity of law linking Aadhaar with Pan card

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New Delhi, April 21 (IANS): AThe Supreme Court on Friday decided to examine the constitutional validity of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act that mandates linking of Aadhaar number with the Pan card.
A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that they would hear the matter on Tuesday even as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi stoutly defended the government decision to link Pan (Permanent Account Number) card with Aadhaar number.
Section 139AA, inserted by the Finance Act, 2017, mandates Aadhaar number for getting a Pan card, for continued validity of existing Pan card and also for filing Income Tax returns.

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Shillong’s lawyers torch proposed amendment bill

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SHILLONG, April 21: Along with the rest of the country, lawyers of the Shillong Bar Association (SBA) on Friday burnt copies of the “The proposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017” of the Law Commission.
Around one hundred lawyers assembled outside the Shillong Bar Association premises and burnt the copies of the recommendation and the Bill of the Law Commission as a mark protest.

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Ampareen bats for closer link between bureaucracy and politicians

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SHILLONG, April 21: Batting for more cohesion between the bureaucracy and politicians, the Meghalaya Minister for Information and Public Relations, Dr. M Ampareen Lyngdoh has pointed out that only under such a cohesive atmosphere can bring about effective public service delivery.
In this regard, while speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural session of an event held at Pinewood Hotel here on Friday to mark Civil Services Day, 2017, Lyngdoh, while stressing on ensuring accountability at both political and bureaucratic level, she exhorted the civil servants to fight against all odds and break barriers for good governance.

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