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Meghalaya officer tenders apology in assembly

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SHILLONG, March 23 (IANS): A senior Meghalaya official was on Thursday reprimanded before the 60-member state assembly for breaching the privilege of an Independent legislator, John Leslee K. Sangma.
“I openly and sincerely apologise to the Independent member, members of the Privilege Committee and members of the House,” Zenithsky J. Sangma, who stood at the Bar of the House, said.
Before Zenithksy was produced at the Bar of the House, opposition National People’s Party legislator James K. Sangma, who staged a walkout from the House, said: “On a matter of principle, I do not agree with the method of reprimanding the officer and I do not wish to be part of this proceeding. I would like to excuse myself from the proceeding.”

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Govt to conduct house visits on uranium issue

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SHILLONG, March 23: Reiterating its stand on uranium mining, the state government today agreed to conduct a House-visit to the 1500 boreholes drilled for exploratory mining by the UCIL in areas under South West Khasi Hills District.
“We will proceed with this and find out the fact and accordingly articulate the matter to the Centre based on our firm stand,” Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma told the Assembly here on Thursday.

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Meghalaya operating with over 500 faulty power transformers

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SHILLONG, March 23: Over 500 transformers across the eleven districts of the state are damaged even as the state government assured to examine the demand for setting up of workshops for expediting speedy of their repairing and replacement.

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Meghalaya elementary education lagging behind all India averages

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SHILLONG, Mar 23: Following the recent assertion of nearly a lakh student having dropped out of schools in Meghalaya at the ongoing budget session of the state assembly, the other aspects of education does not look that promising either here in the state.
According to the Education and Literacy Minister Deborah Ch Marak, the main issues that is causing school dropout in the state are the economic condition of the parents, lack of success due to small habitation, poor teaching, domestic and sibling care and migration however a closer look at the other factors that contributes to education in the state further gives an even gloomy picture.

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James opposed to humiliation of public servants

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SHILLONG, March 23: Opposition National People’s Party (NPP) legislator James K Sangma has expressed his opposition against “archaic and humiliating” punishment of public servants.
The opposition chief whip, had also staged a walk-out from the Assembly on Thursday as a mark of disapproving the reprimanding of a senior government official in the bar of the House in the Assembly.

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Larsing Ming Sawyan Appointed Chairman of Development Committee

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SHILLONG, March 23: In line with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation, the All India Football Federation has formed a new Development Committee with AIFF Vice-President Larsing Ming Sawyan as its Chairman.
The Development Committee will oversee all development-related activities of the AIFF, including the State FA Development Plan, Coach Development Programme, Grassroots and Youth Development Programmes, and others.
Besides Sawyan, Subhash Chopra, Ghulam Rabbani, Deepak Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Joydeep Mukherjea, Yesu Patel and Menla Ethenpa are the others on the Committee.

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Constituents slap misappropriation slur on Paul Lyngdoh

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SHILLONG, March 22: Residents of Mawprem area have sought action against the Shillong West sitting legislator Paul Lyngdoh for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 55.80 lakh public funds under the SUWP scheme as revealed by an RTI report.
In an FIR submitted to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner KS Kropha who also the chief secretary here on Wednesday, one of the complainants Michael Pakyntein said, “We implore upon you to facilitate necessary investigation into these charges against Paul Lyngdoh and ensure that justice prevails as per the law of the land expeditiously.”

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