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Government not a charity shop, says President

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said that rise of hypocrisy in public life was dangerous and noted that government was "not a charity shop".
In his address on the eve of Republic Day, the president said elections do not give any person license to flirt with illusions.
"Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power," the president said.

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Strengthen Indian democracy by participating in democratic elections: Justice Pant

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SHILLONG, Jan 25: Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice PC Pant Saturday administered the 'Voters’ Pledge' as part of National Voters’ Day celebration and urged the people of the state to actively exercise their franchise to have a stronger democracy.
Hundreds of people attending the function organized by the State Election Department held here pledged to uphold the democratic traditions of the country and the dignity of free, fair and peaceful elections and to vote in every election fearlessly without being influenced.

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Tibetan PM-in-exile to tour Arunachal, Meghalaya

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Dharamsala, Jan 25 (IANS): Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay will visit Tibetan settlements in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya Jan 26-Feb 4, it was announced here Saturday.
In between, Sangay will receive Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who will be inaugurating the Tibet Festival in Guwahati Feb 2. Thereafter, he will deliver lectures at the Martin Luther Christian University in Shillong and at the National Law University and Academy in Guwahati Feb 4-5, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) website said.

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India – South Africa join hands on traditional medicine heritage

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SHILLONG, Jan 25: India’s North East and the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya have a rich tradition of Indigenous medicine. There are many plants used in day to day life for nutritional source, as home remedies for small ailments or chronic diseases. These do not need any special training but good enough for preventive and therapeutic use. There is a need to record these home remedies for future scientific verification. With this aim the city based Asian Confluence has organized an interactive session “Conserving Indigenous Knowledge on Traditional Medicine: Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition Practiced in India and South Africa” at its conference centre on the sidelines of a survey visit to Meghalaya by scientists from University of Kwazalu-Natal, Department of Public Health Medicine, Durban, South Africa and Tata Institute of Social sciences (TISS), Mumbai on Friday.

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'Unified Peace Movement' formed to restore normalcy in Garo Hills

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TURA, Jan 25: The much awaited meeting of residents, NGOs, senior citizens and Garo Mother’s Association was held at the Don Bosco School on Saturday. The meeting got an overwhelming response given the seriousness of the situation at hand. The alarming escalation of violence has heavily increased over the years and the deaths of innocents, along with harassment of locals on the pretext of suspicion has had the alarm bells ringing for a long time.
However, this time Civil Societies of the region decided to put their foot down and ask for a permanent solution to come to the fore, and for the militant organizations to come and join the mainstream.

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Meghalaya PWD to meet NHAI officials on deploration of NH-44

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SHILLONG, Jan 25: Reacting to the hue and cry over the deplorable condition of National Highway (NH) – 44, State Public Work Department (PWD) Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar said that the government would soon seek clarification from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on the status of the road.
A delegation which will be led by the Minister would soon meet the NHAI authorities to seek clarification on the status of the NH– 44 by next week for necessary actions.

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NGT raps Meghalaya Govt, says humans beings are not cattle

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SHILLONG, Jan 24: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Friday reprimanded the Meghalaya Government here and directed it to submit the final report about the 15 missing miners from 2012, by April 4 - the next date of hearing of the Tribunal.
“The fate of human beings cannot be that of cattle… The truth must come out,” the Tribunal stated while passing its order here at the Meghalaya High Court.
The Tribunal was chaired by Justice MS Nambiar as the judicial member and Ranjan Chaterjee as the executive member.
Expressing shock, the Tribunal said that the Meghalaya Government and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) “can’t wash their hand off” from finding out the truth about the disappearance of the coal miners in the 2012 coal mishap in South Garo Hills.

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