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Mendipathar Railway station flagged off, Meghalaya joins the railway map of India

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TURA, Nov 29:  The state of Meghalaya joined the rest of the country through the ‘flagging off’ of the Mendipathar railway station by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, although it was done through video conferencing. The town of Mendipathar joined in the celebrations along with the rest of the state, with a host of dignitaries attending the historic event.
The festive atmosphere in the town was amplified by the thought that the first station in the state happened to be in the sleepy town of Mendipathar. The rest of the district joined in the celebrations along with the headquarters Resubelpara and other villagers from the region. The station is situated about 100 kms from the town of Tura.

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Banks advised to scan accounts for Al-Qaida links

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SHILLONG, Nov 29: In view of terror organization Al-Qaida’s sanctions list, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its notification dated November 27 addressed to the Chief Executive Officers of all Primary (Urban) Cooperative Banks, State and Central Cooperative Banks has advised that banks are required to update the list of individuals / entities as circulated by RBI and before opening any new account, it should be ensured that the name of the proposed customer does not appear in the said list.
Banks have also been directed to scan all existing accounts to ensure that no account is held by or linked to any of the entities or individuals included in the list.

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11 year old boy killed in Manipur blast

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IMPHAL, Nov 29: An 11-year-old boy was killed in a powerful bomb explosion at a paddy field near 40 Assam Rifles post and Lilong Police Station early on Saturday in Manipur.
Officials said 11 year old Makakmayum Wahajuddin who is a resident of Lilong Turel Ahanbi, was killed in the blast that took place at Sagol Loukol at around 9:30 am. Lilong, a town in Thoubal district, is located about 15 km from Manipur capital Imphal.
Police believe that the bomb was planted by militants to target security personnel.

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Govt spends Rs 515.44 lakhs per day on government servants

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: The State Government of Meghalaya has spent a whooping Rs. 515.44 lakhs on a daily basis on government servants during the year 2013 – 14 as per what the Chief Minister of the state Dr Mukul Sangma said in the Assembly on Friday.
Replying during the Question Hour on Friday, Dr Sangma said that a bio-metric access control system has been put in place in the Secretariat to improve the work culture there even as he added that this system gives accurate data on attendance, late arrival and early departure of government employees in the Secretariat which enables accurate deduction of their monthly salaries.

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AIGU urges for inclusion of Garo in 8th Schedule

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SHILLONG, Nov 29: In the backdrop of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly reaching a consensus in the House to push for the inclusion of the Khasi language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, the All India Garo Union (AIGU) has urged the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma to also move for the inclusion of Garo language in the same.
In a letter sent on Friday, the president of AIGU, Elbath Marak said that in view of the resolution taken recently on Thursday in the winter session of the Assembly wherein a consensus was reached in the House for the inclusion of Khasi language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, another major language spoken in the state, Garo, should also be moved for inclusion in the 8th Schedule.

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Rajnath expresses concern over Islamist terrorism

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Guwahati, Nov 29 (IANS): Islamist terrorism has touched the Indian subcontinent and it is a matter of concern for the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here Saturday.
Expressing concern that youth are joining the Islamic State (IS), he said some misguided youth of the country are joining the international terrorist outfit IS.
He was inaugurating the 49th All India DGPs and IGPs Conference in Guwahati.

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Central Acts and policies hindering State Education Policy

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: Education related Acts and policies seem to be coming in the way of the state government of Meghalaya’s efforts to implement its own State Education Policy. This is what can be surmised from what the Deputy Chief Minister in charge Education RC Laloo said on Friday in the Assembly.
Laloo, while replying to a supplementary question raised by HSPDP legislator KP Pangniang during the question hour in the Assembly on Friday, said that the existence of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has compelled the state government to make modifications to its Education Policy.

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