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City markets stagger under inflation, commodities going beyond commoners’ reach

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SHILLONG, Sept 17: Inflation may have dropped below 4 percent of late but it has not been able to bring down the high prices of vegetables, fishes and other essentials. With potatoes being sold at over Rs 30 per kg in various markets of Shillong, the ongoing rise in prices has literally made holes in commoners’ pockets, who are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
There are many who opine that with the change in the union government, they are expecting some amount of respite from the inflation but instead it has gone from bad to worse.

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Ardent to reveal reasons for upheaval in ARPA during Public Meeting

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SHILLONG, Sept 16: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Tuesday said he would go ahead with the public rally as the people deserve to know the reasons behind the turmoil in the council even as he expressed willingness to accept the conditions of the UDP provided it is constructive.
 “I don’t have any difficulty in working under certain precondition if they are for the benefit of the indigenous people of the state,” Basaiawmoit told reporters while announcing that he would go ahead with the public rally proposed to be held on September 19.

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Mukul unearths glitches by banks, dysfuntional ICU

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TURA, Sept 16: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday held a review meeting with Deputy Commissioners, DRDA, Medical, PWD, PHE and other line departments of all the five districts of Garo Hills at Tura Circuit House. He was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in-charge C & RD and IPR Rophul S Marak and Parliamentary Secretary in-charge Water Resources Ashahel D Shira.
During the review meeting, Dr Sangma came upon certain glitches by banks in disbursing seed money to partners under the state's flagship Women Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion scheme. He urged the banks to rectify the mistakes within a stipulated time span through effective measures.

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Ardent should behave as a leader of a coalition, UDP

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SHILLONG, Sept 15: Softening its demand, the United Democratic Party (UDP), on Monday suggested the incumbent Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent M Basaiawmoit to behave as a leader of the coalition All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA).
 “As a leader of the Executive Committee (EC), Basaiawmoit should also at the same time behave as a leader of the coalition ARPA,” UDP Chief Donkupar Roy told reporters after a meeting of party’s political affair committee (PAC) held on Monday night.

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KHADC Dy Chairman against govt’s move to acquire more land for NST

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SHILLONG, Sept 16: The Deputy Chairman of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Pyniaid Sing Syiem Tuesday expressed protest against State government’s move to acquire more land for developing the New Shillong Township (NST) in Mawdiangdiang-Mawkasiang.
“I am very much against the move of the government to acquire more land in Mawdiangdiang-Mawkasiang for developing the New Shillong Township,” Syiem said in his letter to the Urban Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday.

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ARPA to continue, Ardent’s fate yet unclear

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SHILLONG, Sept 15: Even as the regional parties making up the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) failed to resolve the matter pertaining to the call for a change of leadership of the ARPA, they have decided to work together till the term of the alliance ends.
After the meeting convened by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) on Monday which saw the participation of the leaders of Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) and United Democratic Party (UDP), KHNAM general secretary Batkupar Wahlang said, “All the three regional parties have decided to work together under the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) till the end of its term.”

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GNLA reiterates demand for Garoland demand, says Sohan’s fleeing story fabricated

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TURA, Sept 15: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Monday has reiterated its demand for a separate Garoland state while also indicating that the return of their Commander in Chief (C-In-C) would not augur well for the Meghalaya Police after reports of Shira escaping India to Bangladesh, fearing operations against the outfit.
“I never left my ground from a fight and my return will surely serve a big blow to the Meghalaya Police. Garoland is our goal and if required, all of us in GNLA will shed blood for it,” said Sohan D. Shira in a statement issued by GNLA senior cadre, Savio Marak.

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