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NGOs accuse state govt of politicizing new C&RD blocks

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SHILLONG, Feb 14: Two NGOs of the state namely the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) and Federation of Khasi-Jaintia & Garo People (FKJGP) have alleged that the state government is indulging in bias as it is speeding up the inauguration of new C&RD blocks in areas with Congress legislators while ignoring others with representatives from other political parties.
This allegation was made before the Community & Rural Development (C&RD) Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar here on Tuesday even as the two NGOs lamented the delay in the inauguration of the highly anticipated Mawlai C&RD block.

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One hurt in Assam – Meghalaya border clash

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TURA, Feb 14: A clash between a group of Assam residents and villagers from Meghalaya left one resident of the state with injuries even as three motorcycles were gutted by angry villagers in a late night incident near the Assam-Meghalaya border.

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Students to be spared from load shedding during exams

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SHILLONG, Feb 14: State Power Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar has assured the student community of the state that they will be spared from load shedding during their examinations while citing the ‘good position’ of the power sector in Meghalaya.
“The power scenario is okay now,” Dhar said here on Tuesday while adding, “There will be no power cuts anymore and I assure that students preparing for their upcoming examinations will not get affected by load shedding.”

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Rijiju triggers row, says Hindu population falling in India

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NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (IANS): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday triggered a row saying the Hindu population in India was shrinking while minorities were flourishing, inviting flak from the opposition.
“Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around,” Rijiju tweeted, apparently referring to Pakistan where minorities, including Hindus, often allege that they were facing persecution.

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Pro Nongstoin road groups move court against KHADC

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SHILLONG, Feb 14: The groups in favour of a two lane road project in Nongstoin have filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) asking the court to direct the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the project.
These pro two lane groups under the banner of the Joint Action Committee on Two-Lanes Road Nongstoin (JACTLRN), in the PIL have accused the KHADC of derailing the project causing gross injustice to inhabitants of Nongstoin-Mawthabah areas.

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Valentine’s Day with a difference in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Feb 14 (IANS): It was a Valentine’s Day with a difference in Meghalaya, thanks to Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) group for launching a relatable social media and sticker campaign to open up discussion on notions of consent, safety, pleasure, equality and respect.
The campaign was aimed at creating awareness on consent at a time when sexual assault of various forms, ranging from sexual harassment at the work place, rapes, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence, are on the rise in this matrilineal state of Meghalaya.

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UDP backs proposal for cargo trains in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Feb 13: While expressing its opposition to the introduction of passenger trains in Meghalaya in the absence of a strong mechanism to prevent influx into the state, the United Democratic Party has expressed its agreement with moves to bring in freight trains into the state which will bring down the cost of essential commodities which presently is high due to the cost incurred in bringing them into the state by road.

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