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CSWO alleges cover up of rape cases in Garo Hills

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: While expressing surprise over the low number of reported rape cases in Garo Hills, the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) has alleged that this could be because these crimes are being covered up.
In a release issued on Friday, CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing said, “This could be that cases are being hushed up by certain  Maharis in Garo Hills and those who are of the know should please report these cases as these are social crimes and need to be reported and not hushed up.”

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SWGH moves towards separation of Judiciary from Executive

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AMPATI, Feb 24: In a move that will ensure complete separation of Judiciary from the Executive in South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and Chief Justice of Meghalaya Justice Dinesh Maheshwari jointly inaugurated the District & Sessions Court in the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises and also laid the foundation stone for construction of a permanent District Court complex at Ampati on Friday.
They also inaugurated the Lok Adalat being held in the premises on the occasion and also inspected the proceedings of the Lok Adalat. Earlier the Chief Minister, Chief Justice and other dignitaries also planted saplings at the site of the permanent court complex.

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Pynshngain urges Guv to expedite Council Bills

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: A request for expedition of a number of Bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council was made to the Governor of Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit when a delegation of the ruling Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) in the Council paid him a courtesy visit on Friday.
This PDF delegation of the PDF, led by the Chief Executive Member (CEM), PN Syiem also informed the Governor that at present, there are at least 10 Bills passed by the Council which are pending for approval till date.

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Meghalaya to again amend excise rules, scrap old liquor licenses

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SHILLONG, Feb 23: Following a directive issued by the Supreme Court of India whereby governments have been told not to grant licenses for the sale of liquor along national and state highways, the Government of Meghalaya will soon amend its own excise rules such that this is in conformity with this new directive.
The Apex court in its order passed in December last year had directed all states and union territories that no shop for the sale of liquor shall be visible or situated within a distance of 500 meters of national or state highways from April 1.

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BSF to convert BOPs into tourist destinations

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: The Border Security Force (BSF) is proposing the conversion of two Border Out Posts (BOPs) into tourist destinations so as to give the common man an opportunity to learn the nuances of border management and also provide recreational services.
Informing this on Friday, the BSF Meghalaya Frontier Inspector General (IG) PK Dubey said, “We have selected two BOPs namely Dawki in West Jaintia Hills and Kilapara in West Garo Hills for border tourism in Meghalaya.”

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Rhododendron Trek route to promote healthy living

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: Aimed, in part, at promoting healthy lifestyles amongst the residents of Shillong and those from outside, the Department of Forests and Environment opened up Rhododendron trek route in Shillong on Friday.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Meghalaya,  C. Budnah while inaugurating the Rhododendron trekking route at 2 ½ Mile, Upper Shillong said that the trekking route was an old horse road used by the British to travel 2 ½ mile to Sangmein.
School children from various schools participated in a trek that was organized on the day. The trekking route which has many beautiful Rhododendron flowering trees attracts nature lovers and children to feel tranquility and serenity in pristine nature.

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Sharmila’s PRAJA vows to remove AFSPA, redraft ILP

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IMPHAL, Feb 23 (IANS): Irom Sharmila’s People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) on Thursday released its manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections here on Thursday, promising that it will work for the revocation of AFSPA and will redraft the Inner Line Permit system.
Manipur is scheduled to go to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8.

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