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Star Cement: Taking customers and dealers for a ride

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Tura, Oct 06: The budding cement industry in the state has been hailed as a revolution that would have changed the way of life for most people. However, paying taxes seems to be the least of its concerns as data shows. Star Cement, one of the biggest cement manufacturers of the North East, has not only been piggy back riding on the back of the government for tax sops, it has also been asking dealers to pay for taxes that are skewed, which in the end has been hitting the end customer as well.

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Has Hek committed a ‘Masood’ in medical seats allocation

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SHILLONG, Oct 06: The recent allotment of medical seats to students under the state quota in medical colleges across the country has earned ire from the student community and others. A unique Meghalaya type phenomenon as students who have scored lower marks in their higher secondary examination are allotted medical berths in top prestigious medical colleges in the country whereas those who have topped the chart are made to hunt for seats elsewhere. This is the true and shameless story of Meghalaya which is trying to create cream out of a bunch of low scoring back benchers in classroom. What precedence it is going to set for the future of this state where the health scenario is dismally poor and the least talked about education the better it is.

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Social activists ask Meghalaya Govt to conduct AIA for projects

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SHILLONG, Oct 05: Concerned social activists asked the Meghalaya government on the need to adhere to National Green Tribunal (NGT) directives to conduct an ‘Accumulative Impact Assessment (AIA)’ on any projects and factories proposed to be set up in the state.

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Air festival 2013 enthralls people of Shillong

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Shillong, Oct 05: The people of Shillong were enthralled at the Air festival organized by the Eastern Air Command, Upper Shillong, on Saturday. This was part of the 81st anniversary celebrations of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The chief guest on the occasion was Air Chief Marshal R K Sharma, AVSM, VM Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief EAC IAF and Chitralekha Sharma. The highlight of the show was fly past and air display by Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Skydiving by the Akashganga - India’s first sky diving team, Slithering operations by The Garud Commando Force , Fly past by Micro light aircraft , Aero modeling free flight by the air wing of National Cadet Corps(NCC)and Air Force Band Display.

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Stir announced: Night Road Blockade from Oct 7-9

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SHILLONG, Oct 05: As the ‘deadlock’ between State government and NGOs continues, the people and the state have been at the receiving end of this brunt due to the adamant attitude shown from both the sides.
Intensifying their stir, the ten pro ILP pressure groups on Saturday announced another round of agitation by calling for a three-day ‘night road-blockade’ from Monday next, as a move to pressurize the state government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to thwart the inflow of illegal influx into the state.

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Shillong student bags national-level journalism award

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Shillong, Oct 05: Ayushman Baruah, an alumnus of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong (Mass Media department, batch 2006) has won the prestigious 15th annual PoleStar Awards in a grand awards ceremony held in ITC Sheraton Park Hotel, Chennai on October 4 last. The chief guest for the occasion was Executive Director, Tata Sons, R. Gopalakrishnan.
The PoleStar Awards is arguably the highest award in journalism as far as business and technology journalism is concerned.                         

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Upheaval in Meghalaya Assembly over rejection of Adjournment Motion on ILP

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• Opposition gheraoes Speaker, stages walk out •
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Shillong, Oct 04: For the first time in the history of Meghalaya, Opposition bench members gheraoed the Speaker of State Legislative Assembly- AT Mondal - not once but twice, banged his table before staging a walkout!
The incident was the fallout of Mondal refusing to allow the Adjournment Motion on ‘Inner Line Permit (ILP) and subsequent breakdown of Law and Order in state’ moved by the Opposition Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) to be taken up on Friday, the first day of the Autumn Session.

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