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2013: A year filled with scams

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SHILLONG, Dec 28: Meghalaya was at the centre-stage of big corruptions and scams in the year 2013. If the Congress led UPA government at the centre is known for big national scams like 2G, rail-gate, chopper-gate, commonwealth games, coal block allocation, Antrix Devas deal, fodder scam and the rest of it, Meghalaya, which too is ruled by the Congress led MUA-II government is no better and finds itself in a pretty similar position like its counterpart at the centre. The state has been rocked by a spate of scams this year and brazenly there are many among the political class here who should be prosecuted than breathing open air.
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The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) scam unearthed earlier this year when it was reported procurement of substandard and unhealthy food items for children under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under ICDS. It is alleged that several politicians and bureaucrats are swindling money through child nuts under this scheme. It came to light then through NGOs that state government officials are involved in supplying precooked instant noodles besides fictitious and unknown brands of malted food items, biscuits and milk powder to the children under this scheme.

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Assam militant attack kills four, additional forces move in

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Guwahati, Dec 27 (IANS): At least four people, including three women, were killed when suspected Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants fired indiscriminately at a village in Assam's Karbi Anglong district early Friday, police said.
The Assam government has rushed three companies of additional forces to the affected village.

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Education Scam: Notices to teachers but none for politicians

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Tura, Dec 27: The filing of notices to various teachers, now settled in their jobs allegedly after being recommended by politicians, has been welcomed by most within the state. While this was part of the demand that was put forward by the aggrieved teachers, the non accountability of the people who made the scam possible has been drawing the ire of NGOs and people alike. Now the question on everyone’s lips is that the silence in the case of the politicians is starting to hit on the nerves of everyone.

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Weak NE would mean weak India: CM

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SHILLONG, Dec 23: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Monday said that “a weak North East would mean a weak India” and said new policies are required to take the region forward towards development.
The Chief Minister inaugurating MindRocks, a youth summit, said that a lot of programmes and policies were designed for the North East (NE) “without enough knowledge” and understanding of the region and its people’s aspirations.
“Most of the policies and programmes designed for the region were framed without enough knowledge and understanding of the region,” he said.

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Kejriwal to take Metro to reach Ramlila Maidan

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is bitterly against the ubiquitous "VIP culture", will take the Delhi Metro Saturday to reach the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as Delhi's chief minister.
The 45-year-old Kejriwal has also told his six colleagues who will become cabinet ministers to use the public transport -- and invited everyone in the capital and elsewhere to attend the official event.

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Nogolpara celebrates post Christmas with Song Kristan Competition

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Resubelpara, Dec 27: One day after the celebration of Christmas, the town of Dainadubi in North Garo Hills celebrated with the presentation of a Song Kristan dance and song festival. The colourful festival celebrated the various dance and song forms of the Garo Hills region and was attended by more than 5000 people who gathered in the Nogolpara Club field to witness the various artists in action.

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AAP set to rule Delhi, Kejriwal to be CM

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New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS): AAP founder leader Arvind Kejriwal was Monday set to be Delhi's Chief Minister after announcing that his party will form a government with Congress backing to end a fortnight-long deadlock.
Kejriwal, 45, met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and staked his claim to assume office. Without specifying a date, he said he and his ministers would take oath at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan in the heart of Delhi.

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