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Mukul bats for involving traditional bodies in NPR implementation

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SHILLONG, July 19: With Meghalaya all set to get on with the nationwide exercise of implementing the National Population Registration (NPR), Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday exhorted on the need to include the local traditional bodies in the process apart from mass mobilization to ensure its successful implementation in the state. 
Speaking at the presentation function on NPR here, Dr Sangma said, “The role of the traditional bodies is very important in the process of verifying the credential of both citizen and non-citizens of the state.”

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Staffs at Telegram Department sad, nostalgic on closure of service

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SHILLONG, July 19: Like all over the country, the staffs of the Telegram department here in Shillong are sad and nostalgic that the Telegram service has come to an end after almost 160 years of service.
There are 19 staffs who were handling the service here although the service was “rarely” used except by the Government departments occasionally. “During the past 5-6 years the use of telegram service came down and was used occasionally by Government employees,” the lone Telepgrahist, C Shotun, said.

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Man Cheats Death: Miracle Surgery at NEIGRIHMS

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Shillong, July 18: In a miraculous feat, team of doctors in NEIGRIHMS successfully operated upon a driver to remove an iron rod from his abdomen.
On Thursday, a 30 years old male was brought to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) casualty at the wee hours, at around 6.30 AM, after he was injured in a major road traffic accident.
The accident occurred at around 1.30 AM in Jowai, when a Bolero Jeep collided head on with a truck coming from opposite direction. The victim was the driver of the Bolero Jeep, wherein an iron rod, about 3 feet long and L-shaped with 6 inches thickness, had pierced his abdomen. The iron rod had perforated through the front and was sticking out from the back of the victim. 

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Ampati – Purakhasia road to be completed next year sans German technology

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Tura, July 18: The newly created district of South West Garo Hills, with its headquarters at Ampati is expected to change the way infrastructure is handled within the Garo Hills region. While Ampati has been trying to take stock of development that is required for the new district, a road project to connect Purakhasia with Ampati is currently underway.
The road between these two small towns has been in a dilapidated state since a very long time and may finally get better by the beginning of next year. However, the USP of the said road is not its connectivity, but boast of the road being made using German technology.

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Government clears Rs.600 crore for railways projects in NE

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New Delhi, July 18 (IANS): The government Thursday approved an additional Rs.400 crore to complete three rail projects in the northeastern region before March 2014.
The three critical rail projects are the Harmati-Naharlagun project to provide the first rail connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh; the Dudhnoi-Mehdipathar project to connect Meghalaya; and the Rangapura-North Lakhimpur gauge conversion project.
The Railways ministry has committed that the first trial runs will begin on these lines in January 2014.
The finance ministry will also provide upto Rs.200 crore for two more projects -- the Lunching-Slichar gauge conversion and the Bogibeel bridge, said an official release here.

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Resolve boundary dispute with Assam or face agitation: HSPDP

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SHILLONG, July 18: Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) – one of the oldest regional political parties in the region, on Thursday threatened to take its own course of action while demanding speedy solution to end the age-old boundary dispute with neighbouring Assam besides effective mechanism to counter unregulated influx into the state.
The general meeting of the party held here on Thursday expressed concern over the failure of the Meghalaya government to address and resolve the two issues concerning the state citing that there is lack seriousness from its end.

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No quota for faculty posts in specialty courses: SC

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New Delhi, July 18 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that there can be no reservation in appointment for faculty posts in speciality and super speciality courses in medical colleges including the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said it cannot take a contrary view expressed in 1992 by a nine-judge bench in the Indra Sawhney case, also known as the Mandal case, that there could be no compromise with merit at the super speciality stage.

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