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Zenith announces Rs 151 crore International Cultural Centre to promote talent

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SHILLONG, June 21: The State Arts and Culture Department on Saturday organized a concert to celebrate ‘World Music Day’ at U Soso Tham Auditorium which featured an array of musical genres ranging from traditional folklore to jazz, blues, rock and slow metal performed by local artists. Also, State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M Sangma announced Rs 151 crore for setting up International Cultural Centre to promote local talent.
Besides being a treat to the music lovers of the city, the concert was also aimed at showcasing and preserving the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the three tribes of the state – Khasi, Jaintia and Garo through competition organized in various categories which was taken part in by solo artists and bands from across the state.

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Rail fares, freight rates hiked; opposition slams 'anti-poor' move

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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The NDA government Friday raised the railway passenger fares by 14.2 percent in all classes and freight rates by 6.5 percent effective from June 25, a decision strongly slammed by opposition parties who termed the move anti-poor and one that would lead to inflation.
The new passenger fares and freight rates aimed at mobilising resources for the cash-strapped Indian Railways come just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned countrymen to get ready for some "bitter medicine" needed to revive the economy and ahead of the full railway budget next month.
The railway ministry said the revision of rates was done as part of the interim budget presented by the previous UPA-II government, but not implemented because of the 10-phase Lok Sabha elections spread over April-May.

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Another minor raped in Plain Belt, accused apprehended by police

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TURA, June 20: The Plain Belt area of West Garo Hills (WGH) has come into focus once again with the rape of another minor. The incident happened on June 16 - three days before it actually came to light in New Bhaitbari area which falls under the Selsella block. Just two weeks prior, another 8 year old had been raped about 30 kilometers from the area.
This time the victim was a girl a little over 9 years old – and the accused in the case is her uncle. New Bhaitbari is about 60 kilometers from the WGH headquarters Tura.
Ataur Rehman (32) was apprehended by the Phulbari Police Thursday after he allegedly raped his niece.

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Meghalaya Govt to examine need for declaring Garo Hills as ‘disturbed area’

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SHILLONG, June 19: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday informed that the government will examine the need to declare certain areas in the five districts of Garo Hills as ‘disturbed areas’.
Expressing his unwillingness to immediately delve into the issue, Dr. Sangma, while briefing the press after a Cabinet Meeting on Thursday said, “All those aspects will be jointly examined by all concerned. So far, we are not ruling out anything on the matter, as of now we will not talk about that but we will look into those aspects.”

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Sanbor Shullai reiterates importance of Dorbar Shnongs in KHADC checking

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SHILLONG, June 20: In the wake of recent allegation leveled by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Executive Member (EM) Latiplang Kharkongor that he had interrupted a checking drive conducted by the Council on June 17, Meghalaya Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai Friday clarified that KHADC has to take into consideration the cooperation of the Dorbar Shnongs while conducting such checking drives on trading license which is mandated in the Trading by Non-Tribal Regulation Act.
Narrating the details of the events that had occurred on June 17 last, Shullai said, “On that day, when I was on my way home, I saw the officials conducting the checking drive and had only enquired from them whether the Dorbar Shnong had been informed or not. I had not stopped them. In fact I was suggesting to the enforcement officials the need to inform the Dorbar Shnong regarding such activity within the area.”

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GCCM proposes Tribunal to codify customary laws and rights

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SHILLONG, June 20: The Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM) has emphasized the need for setting up of a permanent ‘Tribunal’ to look into all issues related to the codification of customary laws and rights of the different chiefdoms (Himas) under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
 “We urge the State government and the KHADC to urgently consider the setting up of a permanent Tribunal to look into the issues relating to the codification of customary laws and rights of the people in the region,” GCCM chairman John F Kharshiing told reporters at a news conference held here on Friday.

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GNLA claims kidnap-rescue drama orchestrated by police, denies involvement

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Tura, June 19: Taking the whole rescue of the State Bank of India (SBI) manager, Arvind Kumar to a whole new level, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Thursday alleged that the whole episode was a well thought out plan to malign the name of the outfit. Denying any involvement in the kidnap drama, GNLA senior cadre Savio Ch Marak said the episode was orchestrated completely by the police, who managed everything.
Taking strong exception to the rescue of the Kumar, Savio said “The Tura police held the GNLA responsible in the kidnapping of a bank official of Ampati and later rescuing him safely. The whole episode was nothing but a planned drama staged by the SP, West Garo Hills, Mukesh Singh and the Additional SP, Bruno Sangma”.

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