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Matrilineal Meghalaya – “A myth repeated cannot become a reality”

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Matriarchy does not exist in Meghalaya: GIZ

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SHILLONG, Nov 12: The GIZ Gender Analysis on Climate Change Adaptation – North Eastern Region (CCA – NER) Program by Dr. Vijaylakshmi Brara, Associate Professor, Manipur University has outlined an in-depth need for implementation of current strategies for adaptation to climate change while advocating regional cooperation between the North Eastern states.
 The objective of this gender analysis has been to examine, analyze and understand the current CCA sector and situation in the NER (in particular the states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Nagaland) from a gender perspective. “As the needs of both men and women are different, it becomes interestingly important to understand gender differentiation, gender roles, gender acceptance with respect to the North East culture and more specifically in relation to the roles both men and women play in climate change adaptation strategies.

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Poor road construction: CM warns contractors with blacklisting, legal action

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Shillong, Nov 11: Irked by the unsatisfactory quality of construction of roads in some sectors of Garo Hills, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has announced a slew of stringent measures to fix accountability and streamline road construction and other civil works.
While he made it amply clear that very strict measures and penal action is contemplated for the contractors who fail to ensure quality of work and timely execution of civil works, he also focused and stressed on the need for training and capacity building of local labourers both skilled and unskilled and masons and supervisors for better implementation and more effective monitoring of civil works.

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Protesters stage dharna against eviction in NST

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SHILLONG, Nov 11: The alleged illegal settlers who were evicted from the lands where the state government proposes to set up the New Shillong Township (NST) converged at the traffic point near the Meghalaya Secretariat building on Monday to stage a dharna to protest against the callous attitude of the government against them.
The affected people with children in tow backed by social and political activists castigated the government for evicting the settlers from Umsawli and Mawlong-Mawtari areas on Friday afternoon.

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Leprosy resurfacing cases: Meghalaya's name emerges

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SHILLONG, Nov 11: Meghalaya’s dismal health scenario has emerged in the form of Leprosy, this time. This is an alarming signal considering the fact that the disease was not seen around for quite a long time and was under control. The state is however better than many of the regional states but it still has a glaring double digit figure except Manipur which scored single digit cases of the disfiguring disease. According to a national media report, Assam has recorded a staggering 616 cases this year of the chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus, followed by Nagaland (32), Tripura (23), Sikkim (20), Mizoram (18), Arunachal Pradesh (17), Meghalaya (15) and Manipur (six).

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Sweeper posing as IPS officer arrested, possible recruitment scam busted

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SHILLONG, Nov 11: It looks like a ploy taken straight out of a Bollywood movie and also a possible recruitment racket which could have been running for years due to a daring and clever mind and also lack of monitoring and checks by officials.
This came to light on Monday with the arrest of a Shillong Cantonment Board (SCB) employee, Subhash Chakraborty (34), for impersonating as a high ranking police officer. Police recovered several army recruitment forms duly filled in by aspiring candidates from different parts of the city from his possession, besides other incriminating documents.
Briefing reporters, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem said Chakraborty was arrested from Keating road area after a trap was laid.

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Warima Bridge: MLA assures quick redressal, residents to continue agitation

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Williamnagar, Nov 11: The 30 year old incomplete Warima bridge, which has become a relic of the state in terms of non development, took another twist on Monday after the people of Williamnagar restarted their agitation to ensure the bridge was completed as quickly as possible. The citizens of Williamnagar have been at their tether’s end due to the amount of time being taken to complete the bridge, which has already taken three decades.
The bridge has been an example of the state of development within the state, with the lacunae being an all pervasive phenomenon. The bridge was started on December 23, 1984, with the hope that the bridge would help in bridging the gap between Warima and Williamnagar, but it has remained only a distant dream for the town.

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Underprivileged children shine out at 5th State Level Taekwondo Championship

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Shillong, Nov 11: Sometimes the best stories come out from the darkest corners. Shillong too has its own share of dark corners – the slums. Most of the children living in these slums were child labours, illiterate and drop-outs and were raised in tiny rundown shacks with no toilets, running water, electricity or medical care living in families with little income where food is scare and debarred of all their basic rights.
But these slum children are now getting ready to face the world ahead after being enrolled in Shishu Shiksha Ghar (SSG) - an educational centre providing non-formal education along with other needs as per the Rights of the Children.

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