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MDC candidates demand amendment to Sixth Schedule in unison

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SHILLONG, Feb 07: It seems the consensus to amend the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India for strengthening the functioning of the autonomous district council besides bringing transparency and accountability is gaining ground.

This was the common voice of candidates drawn from different political parties on Friday.

KHADC CEM Pynshngainlang N Syiem, “It is high time that we need to amend the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution to ensure that functioning of the district council is strengthened in protecting and preserving the culture and tradition of the indigenous people of the state”.

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106 candidates on 3 days file nomination for KHADC, JHADC MDC election

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SHILLONG, Feb 07: A total of 106 candidates have till Friday, the third day for filing of nomination, filed their nomination for the upcoming district council election to KHADC and JHADC, scheduled for February 24.
74 candidates have filed their nomination for the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) while 32 candidates have filed nomination for Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC), for the MDC Election 2014.

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84 Arunachalee students reach Shillong safely

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Shillong, Feb 07: In a remarkable achievement for the Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong (ASUS), who ran from pillar to post to seek a way out for the students stranded in Arunachal Pradesh due to the prevailing tension after the recent killings along the state’s border with Assam, 84 students on Friday morning reached Shillong safely. 
These students were escorted by security forces from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar to Assam’s  Dibrugarh. The students were ferried in three buses provided by the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST).

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‘Drawing is the language for visually impaired children’

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SHILLONG, Feb 07: We often take the world around us as we see it for granted.  But how is it for one who has never had the ability of sight? We may close our eyes for a few seconds but we still remember the location of objects around us and we can recall images of colours and of familiar faces. For an average sighted person blindness is a terrible misfortune and a disability and not many people know that a child born blind can learn to read, write, draw and even paint. That computers and the Internet can easily be made accessible to a totally blind student and that given the opportunity the visually impaired can work as translators, lawyers, psychologist, language teachers and computer software programmers.
Prof Boguslaw ‘Bob’ Marek, OBE, Department of ELT Typhlomethodology, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lubin, Poland gave an insight into the world of the blind children in his presentation at the Asian Confluence Conference Centre on Thursday evening. Bob is the founder of “Hungry Fingers” – a small organization specializing in designing educational tools which help visually impaired learners understand difficult concepts based on visual experience and spatial relations. He is honoured with the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his English for the visually impaired children. In his talk titled “What colour is the wind?” he spoke about the many challenges and solutions around that is associated with the world of a visually impaired person.

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SC upholds validity of Majithia wage boards

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New Delhi, Feb 07 (IANS): In a morale booster for working journalists and newspaper employees, the Supreme Court (SC) Friday upheld the validity of the Majithia wage boards, observing their recommendations for wage hike are based on genuine considerations.
It also junked newspaper organisations' challenge to the constitutional validity of the working journalists and newspaper employees act.
Justice G.R. Majithia was appointed chairman of the two wage boards for journalists and non-journalists in 2009, and his recommendations for wage hikes for both categories of newspaper employees were notified by the government Nov 11, 2011.

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Meghalaya’s spectacular success in Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan applauded

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SHILLONG, Feb 07: Meghalaya is all set to emerge as the top most performers in the country under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (Total Sanitation Scheme), Government of India, for the year 2012-13. With 768 villages qualifying for Nirmal Gram Puraskars (NGP), pending final verification by the Government of India which will pave the way for most to win the coveted award for total sanitation and open defecation free status.
This came out during the Meghalaya state presentation made in the three days International Conference on Rural Sanitation from February 05- 07 in Jaipur.

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As protests intensify, panel set up to address northeast concerns

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New Delhi, Feb 06 (IANS): As protests continued to rage in the national capital over attacks on people from the northeast, the central government Thursday announced the formation of a committee that will examine the reasons behind such attacks and suggest remedial measures.
The announcement to form the six-member committee came soon after a delegation of leaders from the northeast met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was also present at the meeting.
In the wake of an attack on Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania that has outraged the nation, several parliamentarians, cutting across party lines, also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to take steps to stop discrimination against people from the region.

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