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Respite for Marten, Shillong to soon get new dumping site

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SHILLONG, Jan 07: With the existing and only dumping site at Marten already overloaded, Shillong will soon have a new dumping site, the land for which has already been acquired in the New Shillong Township (NST) area.
“Land has been acquired at Umsawli village for construction of the new dumping ground in view of the fact that the existing dumping ground at Marten is already overburden,” State Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh told reporters after a review meeting held here on Wednesday.

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Construction of Meghalaya’s ‘Times Square’ to begin this year

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SHILLONG, Jan 07: Construction of the much touted Meghalaya’s ‘Times Square’ or the new Polo Market Shopping Complex is likely to begin within this year. The ambitious Rs. 21 crore project of State government is expected to transform and give a massive facelift to the Polo area besides becoming one the prime tourists’ attraction site.
National Building Construction Company (NBCC), the project implementing agency, has completed the final plan and is ready with the final presentation.

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R’jwathri – A unique Vedic Retreat Centre in the making

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SHILLONG, Jan 07: The Temple Ghat in Pandu at Guwahati is dotted with shrines, temples and ashrams of historic era. The name Pandu derives its name from the Pandavas of Mahabharata fame. The historical name of this place is Pandunath Village. According to the official website of Shri Shri Pandunath Devalaya it is believed that Lord Vishnu killed two demons, Madhu and Kaitava, at the present site of Pandunath Temple and Varah Avatar of Lord Vishnu has taken the rupa of the Pandunath as a shila (rock form).
The scriptures note that in Dwapar Yuga, the Pandavas during their Agyatwas (exile) has visited this place and consecrated six idols of Lord Ganesha with the help of Lord Vishwakarma. The Pandavas also took a bath here which is now known as Pandu Ghat. From there the brothers proceeded to the Holy Shrine of Kamakhya Devi Temple.

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GHADC gets another 6 months extension

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SHILLONG, Jan 06: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday decided to wait for the Centre to approve the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution by extending the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for another six months.
This is the fourth time that the state government has decided to extend the term of the GHADC.
Earlier, in December last year, the state government had decided to approve a one month extension of the term of the GHADC to enable the District Council Affairs (DCA) department to complete the process of elections.

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Tripura voters' gender ratio pips national average

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Agartala, Jan 07 (IANS): With 964 females to 1,000 males in the voters list, Tripura's gender ratio is much higher than the national average of 640 per 1,000.
According to political analysts, in the country's lone left-ruled state, representation of women in local government bodies and other elected institutions was also better than in many states of India. The gender ratio among voters is consistently narrowing in Tripura, where tribals constitute a third of the 3.7 million population.
"The gender ratio in Tripura was 933 females to 1,000 males during the 2004 Lok Sabha polls. It increased to 954 in 2009 and has gone up further to 963 before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections," Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal said.
The gender ratio has further risen to 964 in the final electoral rolls that were published Monday, he said.

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Keshari Nath Tripathi sworn in as new Governor of Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Jan 06: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was sworn in as Meghalaya Governor at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice (acting) Uma Nath Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan which was attended by Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, his cabinet colleagues besides senior government officials.
Tripathi, also a veteran BJP leader became the 14th Governor of the State and he replaced Krishan Kant Paul, who was transferred to Uttarakhand as the Governor of that state.

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NGT ban hikes IMFL prices in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Jan 06: With an aim to increase state revenue by Rs. 21.84 crores, the Meghalaya Government on Tuesday has decided to increase the excise slab on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).
After the new revision, general brand which was Rs 551 will now cost Rs 663 per case, deluxe brand which was at Rs 556 will cost Rs 675 per case and premium brand has been increased from Rs 900 to Rs 1138 and super premium from Rs 1282 to Rs 1539 per case.

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