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Meghalaya geared up to ensure ‘fair’ and ‘error free’ ADC election

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SHILLONG, Feb 22: To ensure ‘fair’ and ‘error free’ conduct of the upcoming district council elections in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) slated to be held on February 24, over 5900 polling officers and 5200 police personnel have been deputed in the six Khasi – Jaintia Hills districts.
Additionally, the state government has also asked the Border Security Forces (BSF) to seal and intensify patrolling along the international border with Bangladesh besides special emphasis has also been given on the militancy infested areas.

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Education Dept to terminate services of 246 LP teachers by Feb end

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SHILLONG, Feb 21: Meghalaya government has directed the education department to terminate the services of all the Lower Primary (L.P.) school teachers whose appointments were found tainted.
 “The Law department has directed the Education department to terminate the services of over 246 lower primary schoolteachers who were appointed in 2010,” official sources informed here on Friday.
Sources said that the education department is already in the process of preparing to issue termination notices to the 246 tainted teachers.

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Catholic educational institutions to remain closed on Feb 26

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Shillong, Feb 21: All Catholic schools and Colleges in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills will remain closed for one day on February 26 as a mark of protest over a report in one vernacular newspaper which maligns Pope Francis, the universal head of the Catholic Church, by falsely accusing him of all sorts of sexual misconduct.

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Northeastern lichens may yield drug against breast cancer

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Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS): Abundant in the lush hills of northeast India, a variety of plant-like organisms called lichens may hold the key to a potential drug against breast cancer that affects one in 28 women in India, according to a discovery by scientists here.
Attached to rocks and tree trunks and seen on the ground, these dual organisms are made up of a symbiotic association of fungus and algae and are known reservoirs of dyes and drugs.

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Include NE in syllabus, enact Anti Racism Act: NESO to Centre

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SHILLONG, Feb 21: The North East Students Organization (NESO) has sought Central nod to include the North East in the syllabus of schools under all State Boards and Central Boards besides demanding enactment of a stringent law against racial discrimination.
A delegation of the organization led by its Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa, who is also the former chief of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), met the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in his office chamber in New Delhi on Thursday last.

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HANM calls for office picketing on Feb 25-26

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SHILLONG, Feb 21: The Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) Friday called for a two-day office picketing on February 25 and 26, as a mark to intensify their protest demanding for the immediate release of the West Khasi Hills District president Arphul Kharbani who was booked under Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).

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Parliament's nod to Telangana, PM promises Seemandhra special status

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New Delhi/Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS): Telangana is all set to born as the 29th state in India as parliament Thursday gave its approval to divide Andhra Pradesh, triggering celebrations across Telangana but gloom in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions.
Amid unprecedented bedlam, which even forced the Congress party members to form a protective ring before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he spoke, the Rajya Sabha passed, by voice vote, the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill.
Meeting the demands of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and clearing the decks for the passage of the bill, the prime minister, whose speech was not inaudible among slogan-shouting by anti-Telangana MPs, announced a package for Seemandhra, as the two other regions are collectively called.

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