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NSDA assures Meghalaya support in skill development programmes

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Shillong, Nov 15: Meghalaya got an assurance of support from the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) for implementation of skill development programmes in the state on Friday. The assurance came following a meeting between Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and NSDA chairman S Ramadorai in Shillong wherein the latter assured support in skill development and that would give ‘value-added jobs’.

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BSF rescues coal exporter from clutches of Garo militants

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SHILLONG, Nov 14: The Border Security Forces (BSF) on Thursday rescued a coal exporter who was abducted by suspected Garo militants from Indo-Bangladesh border in South Garo Hills (SGH) District of the state.
The coal businessman was identified as Janking Marak from Lower Gasuapara village of the district.
He was rescued from the zero line of the International border in Gasuapara, BSF officials said.
They said the BSF intercepted four militants who were abducting the victim. However, when challenged by the BSF, the militants fled and left behind the victim.

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Pynshngainlang Syiem to continue as KHADC CEM

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Shillong, Nov 14: Outrightly rejecting any move to dethrone Pynshngainlang Syiem as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President, Dr DD Lapang Thursday said “We cannot afford to have differences at this juncture”.
He explained that with MDC elections just a couple of months from now changing of leadership in the KHADC does not arise. He said this after the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting held on Thursday night while showing his support to Syiem’s leadership.

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HNLC condemns eviction by MUDA, warns Ampareen

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Shillong, Nov 14: The proscribed HNLC on Thursday strongly condemned the eviction drive conducted by MUDA at Umsawli and Mawlong Umtari recently and also warned the Urban Affairs Minister Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh with dire consequences.
In a press communiqué issued to media houses on Thursday, Publicity Secretary of HNLC, Saiñkupar Nongtraw said, “The MUDA should be termed as Meghalaya Unconstitutional Destroying Authority (MUDA)” adding that traditionally MUDA is not the owner of the Hynñiewtrep Land.

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Nongkrem Dance sans Rice Beer flocked by thousands

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SHILLONG, Nov 14: The ‘Ka Pomblang Nongkrem’ Festival ended amidst a sea of people from various villages in the area and several foreign and domestic tourists flocking to the courtyard of the grand Iing Sad here to witness the oldest traditional ritual of the festival which ended the Nongkrem Dance on Thursday.
Significant in its presentation, the festival of Pomblang Nongkrem or Nongkrem dance is basically a harvest festival of the Khyrim Syiemship (state) usually held for five days.

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Meteor landing creates panic in Garo Hills

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Tura, Nov 14: A meteor fall in the areas bordering Bangladesh created panic amongst residents of the Garo Hills region. The meteor, which fell inside Bangladesh, lighted up the night sky at about 10:30 pm on Wednesday, and was watched by almost everyone present during the event in the Garo Hills region. The meteor fell close to Dumnikura BOP, in the Sherpur district of Bangladesh, adjacent to the international border and the impact was heard even 40 kms away from the blast radius.
Dumnikura is a border outpost in South Garo Hills and is also very close to where the five police personnel were killed last week.

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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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