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Students’ favor e-tablets, parents and guardians differ

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SHILLONG, Nov 14: The distribution of e-tablets to 11,000 students of standard XII by the state government under its ambitious Digital Learning Aid for Students scheme recently and repeated distribution of such tablets has earned in-depth response from the student, teaching fraternity and parents. With such IT aids set to cover 25,000 students in the state with a literacy rate of 75.5% this is the first time that any state government in this region have taken such an initiative to empower students and leverage IT dependency as Meghalaya is the only example as other regional states are contemplating to introduce such tablets.

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Special Multi-Task Force to counter militancy in Garo Hills: Mukul

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SHILLONG, Nov 13: The state government on Wednesday decided to raise a “Special Multi-Task Force” to counter militancy, especially in the five Garo hills districts of the state.  
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma informed reporters on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting that it has become necessary for the state government to re-strategize its support and investment required to strengthen the police organization.

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College building with only boundary wall cost Rs 40 lakhs in Selsella

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Tura, Nov 13: In another shocker for the education system in the Garo Hills region, a proposed college in Selsella, which was sanctioned a while back, has used up about 35 lakhs of its near 40 lakh sanction with nothing but a retaining wall to show for the effort. The information was brought to light through an RTI done by the AYWO team, led by its Social Welfare Secretary, Maxbirth G Momin. The team submitted a memo requesting for an immediate enquiry into the matter to the DC of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi.

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Three kidnapped by suspected GNLA militants near Tikrikilla

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Tura, Nov 12: The spate of kidnappings in the plain belt of the West Garo Hills continued with three more small time traders kidnapped suspected by armed GNLA militants while they were on their way to the weekly market in Tebrongre, near Tikrikilla Monday morning. The incident comes in the wake of recent killings by various militant groups, which has left a huge mark on the security of the region and put further pressure on the police force.

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ANVC (B) boldly claims of attacking GNLA camp

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Shillong, Nov 13: The ANVC (B) militants attacked the GNLA-ULFA camp located at Rongmil Chiring in South Garo hills at 3 pm on Wednesday. A statement issued by the ANVC (B) said out of the ten GNLA militants, five of them were at the camp of whom three are seriously injured.
The statement claimed that the five GNLA militants moved towards Gandigri village earlier to kill one civilian and create chaos and distraction to the ongoing operation by the security agencies against them. The ANVC)B) said the militants went with two AKs and two Insas rifles which were snatched from the BSF personnel last week.

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Green Channel Counter: still a new concept for many customers

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SHILLONG, Nov 13: The cap on money transfer over State Bank of India counters has taken many by surprise despite the fact that the country’s largest Public Sector bank has launched “Green Channel Counter” (or GCC) facility on the occasion of State Bank Day on July 1, 2010. This facility, an innovative initiative, was introduced by SBI to make paperless transactions like deposits, withdrawal and remittances to commemorate the bank’s 204th birth anniversary and won it the “Best Customer Initiative” Award at IBA Banking Technology Awards – 2010.

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After CM’s warning, will the infrastructure scenario in Garo Hills change

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Tura, Nov 12: The warning message sent out by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul M Sangma, has come as a welcome change for the people of the region, with people of the region now hoping that change is in the offing. Most roads of the region lie in the state of ruin, with not only the main, but arterial roads too affected by poor road making and corruption.

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