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HNLC calls 12-hour shutdown against ‘injustice’ on Feb 16

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SHILLONG, Feb 13: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called for a 12- hour shutdown on February 16 starting from 5am till 5pm in protest against what it has termed as ‘injustice by the government’.
In a press communiqué sent by its publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw on Friday, the HNLC has called this shutdown ‘As a mark of protest against injustices done to our christian brothers and sisters in the national capital, injustice to the drivers on the national highway and delaying of the Mookhep probe report by the Government of Meghalaya.’
Referring to the recent upheaval along the national highway which had led to the torching of government offices and the loss of the life of a security personnel, the HNLC said, “The recent assault of truck drivers and general public in the form of lathi charge by the security forces is sheer violation of human rights.”

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KSU threatens to close Govt sponsored career guidance centres

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SHILLONG, Feb 13: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Friday threatened to close-down all the career guidance centers set-up by the state government by March if several anomalies that were allegedly detected are not addressed and corrected.
A delegation of the KSU (Central Body) led by its president Daniel Khyriem met the State Chief Secretary PBO Warjri here on Friday, apprising him of the discrepancies found in these centers which were set up under the Chief Minster Career Guidance Programme (CMCGP).
“We have decided to close down all the centres operating in the State by the beginning of March next month,” Khyriem told reporters after the meeting here.

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KHADC CEM denies offering Dy Chairman’s post to independent MDC

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SHILLONG, Feb 12: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Adelbert Nongrum on Thursday rejected the allegations made by an independent MDC from Mawhati, James Sylliang, that the CEM had offered him the post of Deputy Chairman of the KHADC.
“We have never made such offer to him (Sylliang),” Nongrum told reporters after a meeting held here on Thursday.
He however said, “Let me set the record straight, it is him (Sylliang) who instead had made an offer to us expressing his desire to associate with the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA).”

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Uma Bharti announces revamping of Brahmaputra Board

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SHILLONG, Feb 11: Union Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti on Wednesday announced the ‘revamping’ and ‘restructuring’ of the ‘Brahmaputra Board’ even as she directed the newly formed committee to submit its suggestions on the new name and shape of the Board, which will represent the sentiments of the entire North East region.
“Today is the last day of the Brahmaputra Board because from tomorrow the new process will start. Within a few months from now, the new name and new life will start and there will be more effective, more sensitive and more fast-tracking of the needs of the people of the NE region,” Bharti said here.

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Govt rejects allegations of misuse of funds in procurement of M-tabs

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SHILLONG, Feb 12: The State government on Thursday rejected the allegation of misusing Rs 6 crores for the purchase of M-tabs under the Chief Minister’s Students Digital Learning Aid Scheme and has termed it as ‘malicious’ and ‘misleading’.
“The unwarranted and baseless allegations made in the reports have thrown the department in poor light, the same of which could have been avoided if a clarification was sought by the newspapers,” a rejoinder issued by the Information of Technology department said here.
It further stated, ‘All the M-Tabs were procured by the IT department through a very transparent tendering process through an All India open bid.’

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Rumblings in ARPA as CEM offers deputy chairman’s post to independent MDC

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SHILLONG, Feb 11:  The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Adelbert Nongrum has allegedly offered the deputy chairman’s chair to an independent MDC, who is presently associated with the Congress led Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA) recently, which has irked the members of the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA).
Sources informed that there is large scale disgruntlement amongst the MDCs from the three constituent parties of the ARPA – Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), after they received information about this step taken by the CEM in offering the post to the Mawhati MDC James Sylliang.

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SC asks NGT to ‘dispose of’ Meghalaya coal mining case expeditiously

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SHILLONG, Feb 09: The Supreme Court (SC) recently dismissed a petition filed by an individual against the order passed by the circuit bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on banning rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya, even as it directed the NGT to ‘dispose of’ the case at the earliest.
The petition was filed by one Lber Laloo in the Court of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu and Judge AK Sikri, seeking relief against the order of banning coal mining by the NGT, on June last year.
In its order passed on February 2, the Supreme Court said, “Since the impugned order (of the NGT) is in the nature of an ‘interim order’, we decline to entertain this appeal. Accordingly, the Civil Appeal is dismissed.”

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