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Road linking Tripura with Bangladesh to be developed

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Agartala, Jan 18 (IANS): A 51-km four-lane road will be developed to enable carriage of people and material for northeast India via Bangladesh, a visiting Bangladeshi minister said here Sunday.
According to Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, the road, to be built as a jointly-funded project, will link Tripura's capital city of Agartala with Bangladesh's Ashuganj river port.
"Bangladesh has undertaken an ambitious Rs.1,608 crore project to develop the highways between Agartala and Ashuganj port," the minister told reporters, adding that "of the Rs.1,608 crore, Rs.1,578 crore would be provided by the Indian government to expand and improve the highways".

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Grievances of MeECL employees still hanging fire

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SHILLONG, Jan 18: The employees of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), under the banner of the All Meghalaya State Electricity Board Employees Staff Union on Monday have pointed out that the demands and grievances which they had submitted to the MeECL management have not been resolved even though it has been almost a year since the same has been submitted to the management.
According to the general secretary of the Union, TM Sangma, the Union had held a meeting with all the unit leaders on August 23, 2014 at the HRD Hall of the MeECL, Lumjingshai, Shillong after which it was decided to place a number of grievances and demands before the MeECL management.

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Assam cabinet to be reshuffled before Jan 21

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GUWAHATI, Jan 17: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) had given the green signal to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to reshuffle his cabinet before January 21, a top official of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) revealed on Saturday.
The Assam CM had instructed his cabinet ministers to attend a crucial meeting on January 19 at his government residence in Koinadhara outskirts of Guwahati in this regard.

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Meghalaya Contractors, suppliers to drag Income tax dept to court

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SHILLONG, Jan 16: The All Meghalaya Contractor & Supplier Association (AMCSA) on Friday said that it will take the State Income Tax Department to court even as it alleged that the latter had directed the Scheduled Tribe contractors to pay for applying for Exemption Certificates (ECs).
“We have decided to seek the intervention of the Court into the matter relating to the direction of the department to pay for the Exemption Certificate,” AMCSA general secretary BL Nongbri said in a statement issued here on Friday.

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NGOs flag illegal transport of coal in Garo Hills

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Tura, Jan 17: The use of the Songsak-Mendipathar road in East and North Garo Hills by coal trucks has forced two NGOs of Rongjeng to voice protest against the same on Saturday. The trucks which ply along the route mainly at night are alleged to be in complete violation of the guidelines set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and both NGOs have sought the immediate intervention of the District Administration into the matter.
The All Achik Youth Forum (AAYF), Rongjeng unit along with the NH62 Save Mission Committee also alleged that the trucks are using the route without the necessary forms, after they set off from both West Khasi Hills (WKH) and South Garo Hills (SGH).

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Meghalaya Chiefs approach NCST on High Court judgement against headmen

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SHILLONG, Jan 16:  In the backdrop of the Meghalaya High Court ruling prohibiting local headmen in the state from issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and ‘interfering with administration’, the Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM) on Friday sought the opinion of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) in this judgement.
In a letter to the NCST chairman, Rameshwar Oraon, the chairman of the GCCM, John F Kharshiing wrote, ‘We sincerely request the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to kindly provide its opinion as to the observations of Justice S R Sen, High Court of Meghalaya’.

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Nokmas propose constitution of Regional Councils in all Laskar – Elaka

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SHILLONG, Jan 16: The Council of Nokmas – Garo Hills Districts (CoN-GHD) on Friday decided to propose that the State Government consider the constitution of Regional Councils in all the Laskar- Elaka in the proposed amendments to the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
“We propose the constitution of one Regional Council in every Laskar-Elaka in line with the Garo Hills Districts (Constitution of Village Councils) Act 1958,” CoN general secretary Charles G Momin said at a press conference held in the city.
Informing that there are a total of 80 Laskar Elakas having around 1400 nokmas, he said,”Out of 1400, 1300 nokmas are from the A’king land.”

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