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Centre constitutes committee on coal mining ban in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Sept 11: The Union government has constituted a committee to work out an amicable solution into National Green Tribunal (NGT)'s ban on rat hole coal mining in the state even as its first sitting is scheduled on September 15.
NGT’s ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state has been opposed by stakeholders who directly and indirectly are dependent on coal for livelihood.
The committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary of the Centre was constituted by the Prime Minister’s office following a request made by the Meghalaya government for immediate intervention of the union government into the issue.

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Newly completed road begins to deteriorate, GSU questions PWD

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TURA, Sept 11: The newly constructed road connecting the Sub Division of Dadengre to the district headquarter of Tura has come under the scanner after the Garo Students’ Union (GSU) raised a complaint of the deteriorating state of the road a few months after its completion. The Union further questioned the Public Works Department (PWD) for the neglect it has shown in ensuring the road came up according to the specifics.
“It is disappointing and shocking that the recently completed black topping and widening of Rongram-Phulbari road up to Ampanggre has already begun to deteriorate. Not even a year has passed since its completion and the potholes on the surface have begun to appear” said Rupa M Marak, the president of GSU Western Zone.

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Govt designing Polo Market on ‘Time Square’ model

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Polo, Wah Umkhrah to get major facelift for tourism
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SHILLONG, Sept 10: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday said his government will be rebuilding the Polo Market based on the model of world- famous New York’s ‘Time Square’.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on the project here, including inspection of the proposed site for construction of the new market shopping complex, he said, “The new Polo market will be design in such a way that it becomes comparable to landmarks in commercial centers like ‘Time Square’ in New York.” The idea is to make the market as attractive and prominent part of the city as the ‘Time Square’, so that Meghalaya gets an impetus in tourism.  
Admitting that the project is ambitious but given the beauty of Shillong, he opined that Shillong needs to be recreated to live up to its name and fame as it is the best hill station in the entire country.

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NEHUTA serves one – week ultimatum to Varsity administration

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SHILLONG, Sept 10: The North Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) Wednesday served one week ultimatum to University’s authority to convene an emergent Executive Council (EC) and redress the various anomalies in promotion of teachers.
“We demand the Vice Chancellor and Chairman of EC to convene an emergent executive council (EC),” said the NEHUTA in an open letter signed by over 200 teachers.
The NEHUTA has given one week deadline to NEHU authority to reply to the open letter.

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2 UALA militants nabbed by police in SWGH

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TURA, Sept 11: Two hardcore cadres of the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) were nabbed in an operation led by Special Weapons and tactics (SWAT) commandoes of South West Garo Hills (SWGH). The two were taking shelter in a village called Rongsangre. Two others from the group were able to flee into the nearby jungles.
The operation led by SWAT took place at about 5 pm on Wednesday. The place of incident is about 55 kms from the town of Tura.

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KHNAM to convene special meeting to iron out differences between UDP and HSPDP

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SHILLONG, Sept 10: In the wake of the present crisis in KHADC, the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) acting as a mediator Wednesday invited its two coalition partners – HSPDP and UDP to come to the negotiating table and end all misunderstandings.
The KHNAM, Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) are coalition partners under the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
The decision of the KHNAM came a day after HSPDP refused the proposal of UDP to oust the present Council’s Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit.

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Hawkers to continue business on over-bridge despite collapse risk

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SHILLONG, Sept 10: Over 70 hawkers under the banner of the Synjuk Ki Nongdie Jain Motphran (SKNJM) Wednesday decided to continue their business operation on the over bridge, which the government has declared unsafe.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, SKNJM president S Wanniang said, “We have decided not to vacate our business from the bridge till the time the government allots a proper place for us.”

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