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MePDCL seeks 89% hike in distribution tariff

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SHILLONG, March 13: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday informed the House that the Meghalaya Public Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) - an entity of the MeECL – has filed a ‘distribution tariff petition’ – with a proposed increase of 89 per cent hike.
“The MePDCL has proposed an increase of only 89 per cent and 500 per cent in its distribution tariff petition filed for the financial year 2014-2015 filed in accordance with the Act and Regulations,” Dr Sangma said while replying to a Call Attention moved by GNC Chokpot legislator Clifford Marak based on the Meghalaya Times report titled ‘Consumers demand immediate roll back of proposed power tariff hike’ published on February 13, 2014, during the ongoing Assembly’s Budget Session here.

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Governor approves Ardent’s Executive Committee for KHADC

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SHILLONG, March 13: Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul on Thursday approved the list of Executive Members (EMs) submitted by the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) Chairman and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit.
The list of EMs of KHADC was submitted by Basaiawmoit last week immediately after the election of the KHADC Chairperson. However, as the list had to get the assent of the Governor, Basaiawmoit could not form his Executive Committee (EC).

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MLA anguished over deprivation of ‘Red Beacon’

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SHILLONG, March 13: Stressing that the rank of Chief Secretary is below the rank of a legislator, Chokpot legislator Clifford R Marak Thursday sought explanation on how the top bureaucrats were allowed to use ‘Red Beacon’ whereas elected legislators were left out of its purview.
Moving his motion on the red beacons provided to Chairperson of MPSC and Chief Secretary during the ongoing Budget Session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly here, Marak questioned whether elected legislators are below the rank of Chief Secretary and other bureaucrats.

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Mondal disallows motion on Education scam

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SHILLONG, March 12: Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal Wednesday disallowed Opposition’s motion seeking to discuss the Education scam and the dismissal of the 246 teachers who were alleged to have been appointed through the backdoor saying the issue is sub-judice as cases are still pending in the court of law.
Meghalaya government recently issued termination of service letters to 246 teachers who were alleged to have been appointed on the recommendation of politicians. The termination followed the recommendation of the High Level Scrutiny Committee (HLSC) to terminate the services of these teachers of the different lower primary schools of the state.

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PA Sangma to file nomination on March 21

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TURA, March 13: The National People’s Party (NPP) kick-started their campaign for retaining the Tura MP seat with a meeting held at the residence of the NPP leader which was attended by sitting Tura MP, Agatha Sangma and former RS member Thomas Sangma along with members of the party to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming elections slated for April 09.
The National People’s Party (NPP) officially chalked out its campaign strategy for the upcoming April 09 Lok Sabha polls on Thursday.

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Mukul defends Governor’s address, admits militancy has become an industry

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SHILLONG, March 12: Defending the Governor Address on ‘Law and Order situation in the state being under control’, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday candidly informed the House that it was done with the intent to send a positive message to the people of the state.
Replying to debate on Governor's address during the ongoing Budget Session, Dr Sangma said, “We do not want to discourage the people of the state, we wanted to send a positive signal.”

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Shillong roads are worst violator of IRC guidelines in the country

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SHILLONG, March 12: The lack of zebra crossings in the city’s roads has become a matter of serious concern for pedestrians, and with the ever increasing number of vehicles the no-demarcation of pedestrian zones in roads is telling upon them as movement conflict between pedestrians and vehicles is a common sight in the city. Nowhere in the city’s roads can anyone find any zebra crossings as they have vanished with each resurfacing as the state authorities never bothered to mark the pedestrian crossing. The sight of trapped students, parents, guardians, office-goers and the rest of it is a sorry sight mostly visible during the morning and evening bustle.

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