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Holding of Public Rally today becomes bone of contention

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SHILLONG, May 28: A show of strength is currently being seen between the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) and the district administration of East Khasi Hills (EKH) district with regard to the HYC’s proposed Rally to be held on Friday at the Kiang Nongbah Memorial, Civil Hospital, Shillong.
While the HYC is all set to hold this rally in protest against what it has termed as the state government’s failure to pass the Village Administration Bills of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills, Shillong has promulgated an order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting the holding of public rally.

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Maitshaphrang Movement demands ‘secret ballot’ system for electing Rangbah Shnong

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SHILLONG, May 28: Maitshaphrang Movement on Thursday sought for introduction of a ‘secret ballot’ system of voting in elections of a Rangbah Shnong citing that the present recommendation on the Village Administration Bill (VAB) of the KHADC will not in any way empower the traditional institutions.
Addressing pressmen here on Thursday, the movement’s convener Michael Syiem said, “The system of election of Rangbah Shnong should be made through secret ballot as this will ensure that devolution of powers to the people are not taken away.”

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Court restrains media from publishing news on bandh, blockade, boycott

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SHILLONG, May 27: Observing the consequences of the calling of bandhs in the state, the Meghalaya High Court on Wednesday directed both the print and electronic media to refrain from publishing any statements issued by Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) or any other organizations.
In its order issued here on Wednesday, the Court said, “We direct that the statements of HNLC or any organization which may disturb the even tempo of day-to-day public life and cause violation of Fundamental rights of citizens in particular under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India relating to strike, Bandh, Hartal, Road Blockade and holding of Rallies with unlawful design shall not be issued by any of the print and electronic media.”

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9 injured in Tura blast, GNLA hand suspected

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TURA, May 27: Tura went into panic mode after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with a timer, suspected to have been triggered by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), lead to injury of 9 people, including 3 women, in the heart of the town. The blast happened on Wednesday at about 10:55 am near the shop Mahabir Trade Agency, causing extensive damage to the shop as well as commodities within the shop.
The injured were immediately taken to the Tura Civil Hospital, where they are said to be out of danger, with only one admitted for further care. Three of the injured worked in the hardware store that was the focus of the attack, while a contractor, who was present at the shop at the time of the blast, also sustained injuries.

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Adelbert turns down HDR’s appeal to call off hunger strike

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SHILLONG, May 28: State government on Thursday appealed to the former KHADC Chief Adelbert Nongrum and his group to withdraw their ongoing indefinite hunger strike in view of the assured steps taken to approve the Village Administration Bills, passed by KHADC and JHADC, which the latter refused.
“In view of the positive developments and the assured steps taken, I appeal to you to kindly consider withdrawal of your indefinite hunger strike in the larger public interest of the people of the state,” the government said in a letter handed over to Adelbert by District Council Affairs Minister H D R Lyngdoh.

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Govt concedes to pressure, agrees to pass VA Bill after ‘rectification’

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SHILLONG, May 27: The ball is now in the court of the two district councils - KHADC and JHADC, after the state government on Wednesday decided to send their Village Administration (VA) Bills for the Governor’s assent once the ‘minor defects’ are corrected.
Subsequent to this decision, the government has also appealed to the former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Adelbert Nongrum and his co-agitators who are staging their ongoing hunger strike protest since May 16 to withdraw the same.

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Excellence in the face of adversity

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SHILLONG, May 27: As American Statesman Colin Powell once said, ‘Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.’ There may be no better example of this than Dimpi Medhi and W. Gunita Devi, both of whom have excelled in the SSLC examinations, the results of which were announced on May 25 last.

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