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Battle for South Shillong seat promises high drama

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SHILLONG, Feb 11: One of the most interesting contests in the upcoming Assembly elections this year is the one for the South Shillong seat and the tug of war between two old rivals in the constituency by way of Sanbor Shullai and Manas Chaudhuri.
Both these leaders have switched their respective political parties with an eye to bag this coveted urban seat in Shillong with the former sitting legislator, Shullai leaving the NCP to join BJP and Chaudhuri leaving the BJP to join Congress.

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Assam Governor appeals to security forces to help stop poaching

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GUWAHATI, Feb 11 (IANS): Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has asked the law enforcing agencies to help stop incidents of poaching of rhinos in the state’s Kaziranga National Park.
Mukhi, who chaired a law and order review meeting on Saturday, also reviewed the situation in Assam’s Golaghat district and asked the law enforcing agencies to be on their toes to thwart the recurrence of any inter-state border issue.

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Speeding train kills 4 elephants in Assam

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Guwahati, Feb 11 (IANS): At least four elephants were killed and two others injured in Assam after a train hit a herd trying to cross railway tracks, officials said.
The incident took place late Saturday night, P.J. Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said on Sunday.

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Rowell Lyngdoh set to be oldest contender in 2018 polls

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SHILLONG, Feb 10: Rowell Lyngdoh, 79, is an old warhorse of Meghalaya politics who has seen Meghalaya politics transform and develop since its inception in 1972, first from the HSPDP camp for about a decade, and thereafter from the Congress camp, till date. A die-hard Congressman, former Deputy Chief Minister, Rowell Lyngdoh takes pride in having “built” the national party in West Khasi Hills during the eighties. Today, after so many years being in Congress he has switched over his allegiance to National People’s Party (NPP).
As  Meghalaya election draws near, and the scrutiny of candidates are over according to the report of the office of Chief electoral officer,  Rowell Lyngdoh at 79 years, is the oldest candidate to contest in the ensuing MLA Election 2018 from Mawkyrwat (ST) Assembly Constituency of South West Khasi Hills District.

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CPI-M party office in Bengal leased out to meet expenses

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KOLKATA, Feb 11 (IANS): Reeling under a financial crunch, a local committee of the CPI-M in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, earlier known as the party’s stronghold during the Left Front rule, has leased out a party office building to meet its expenses.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist, leading the Left Front, was voted out of power in West Bengal in 2011, ending its 34-year rule in the state.

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NPP a major force in state, Mukul to lose Ampati and Songsak: Conrad

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TURA, Feb 10: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, according to his arch rival and party president of the NPP, Conrad K Sangma, is set to lose both the Ampati and Songsak seats in the coming elections even as the Tura MP contended that his party had gotten stronger in all constituencies in the state.
Conrad made this statement in front of a huge gathering of NPP supporters at the village of Gokul in the Bajengdoba constituency in North Garo Hills on Saturday.

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Former MLA’s house gutted in fire

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TURA, Feb 10: The house of the former MLA of Rongjeng, Desang Sangma, was completely gutted in a fire allegedly caused by an electrical short circuit on Saturday morning.
The incident took place at about 6:15 pm. The fire continued for some time as the Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) were unable to get there from Rongjeng and had to wait for the vehicle to come from Williamnagar, about 50 kms away by which time the entire building had been gutted.

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