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President calls for eradicating leprosy

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday called for integrated leprosy services in geographically focused areas to eradicate the disease while Vice President Hamid Ansari urged for generating awareness about its misconceptions.
They were speaking at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where Mukherjee presented the International Gandhi Award for 2013 to Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Zhang Guocheng from China for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy.

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President's rule in Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS): The union cabinet Saturday decided to impose president's rule in Delhi following the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers Friday. The assembly will now be kept in suspended animation.
Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung had earlier recommended that Delhi be placed under president's rule by keeping the legislature under suspended animation.

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Meghalaya’s social enterprises to benefit from World Bank fund

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SHILLONG, Feb 15: The social enterprises in Meghalaya will get a major fillip, alongside those in neighboring Assam and Mizoram, courtesy the World Bank funding of over USD 1million for implementing innovative service delivery approaches in these northeastern states. The global funding agency announced the launch of the 2014 India Development Marketplace (DM) and called for proposals to access these funds to benefit social organizations.

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Land at Re 1 per square feet: CSWO submits its reply

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SHILLONG, Feb 14: CSWO on Friday replied to the affidavits before the Court as part of the legal proceedings in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the Meghalaya Government’s decision to allot land to bureaucrats at a token fee of Re 1 per square feet.
Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) has taken the Meghalaya Government and others to the Court for allotting the land to the Civil servants at New Shillong at the outskirts of the city.

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Rift in Garo Hills outfits, region holds its breath

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Tura, Feb 15: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has made an expose that its former finance secretary, Reding T Sangma was demoted for breaking the rules of the outfit. The expose comes after the announcement of Reding T Sangma on the creation of a new outfit, breaking away from the erstwhile GNLA and adding fear that the peace settlement may need more thought.

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Kejriwal resigns over Janlokpal bill; sets stage for national role

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New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS): Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeated” his party’s attempts to introduce its signal Jan Lokpal bill, which the Aam Admi Pary (AAP) says was meant to curb corruption in high places.

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‘Our textbooks needs to be updated with these hooliganism’

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SHILLONG, Feb 14: The ongoing ruckus in the Indian parliament that saw the use of black pepper, brandishing knives, uprooting microphones, meting blows and punches among MPs has earned some thought provoking reactions from the commoners here among whom many will be casting their votes for the first time. The rowdiness by the elected MPs inside the parliament over Telengana statehood has portrayed how low the ruling congress led coalition government can go buttressing people’s voices forcefully just to earn vote-banks at the cost of the dignity and decorum by which the parliament of a country functions, said many of these respondents who are equally upset like their counterparts elsewhere in the country. They even said that the parliament is an institution where the people’s representatives should debate and discuss issues but of late particularly under the congress rule, these institutions have reached their lowest ebb as there is no care or respect for the disciplinary rules and politesse by them.

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