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India is incomplete without North East: Purno

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SHILLONG, Aug 09: Member of Parliament from Tura Purno A Sangma Saturday said any discussion on jati, jan jati and jan sampad of India will be incomplete without reference to the North East.
He informed that, as of now, there are 220 ethnic groups in the region, speaking as many dialects, adding that the colourful demographics of the region was impacted by settlement by Austro Asiatics, Tibeto Burmese and Indo Aryans.
He said during the 19th century, like many other parts of the rest of India, North East also became part of the British Empire.

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WHO declares Ebola outbreak an International Health Emergency

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Geneva, Aug 08 (IANS): The World Health Organisation (WHO) Friday declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa as an International Health Emergency.
“A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola,” the WHO said in a statement issued after a two-day meeting here of its emergency committee.
“It was the unanimous view of the committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have been met,” it added.
It noted that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constituted an “extraordinary event” and a public health risk to other countries.

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Adelbert blames govt, people’s ‘greed’ for NGT ban

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SHILLONG, Aug 08: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) Friday held State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma solely responsible for the sufferings of the people in Meghalaya caused by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining, even as he blamed people’s ‘greed’ for the ban.
It also came down heavily against few politicians who are on the fore front fighting for the cause of those affected by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order on banning rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya.

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Newly floated HYC pledges to revive ILP demand

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SHILLONG, Aug 08: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), a newly floated organization formed by mostly former members of the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU), on Friday pledged to revive the demand for the immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state.
This pledged was taken during the oath taking ceremony of the ten leaders comprising the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the HYC held in the city on Friday.

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Iewduh to remain closed on Aug 12

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SHILLONG, Aug 08: Officials of the Hima Mylliem Friday informed that Iewduh (Bara Bazar), one of biggest traditional market in Meghalaya, will remain closed on August 12 in view of the public meeting to announce recent decisions taken by the Hima and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) including ban on selling of illegal liquor.
“The market will remain closed during the hours of joint public meeting of the Hima and the KHADC which would start from 9 am on Tuesday next,” the myntri of Hima Mylliem in charge Market, Kephas Langstieh told reporters at a press conference here on Friday.

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Home guards hold rally to protest ouster, demand answers

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TURA, Aug 08: More than 300 people, most belonging to the Home Guard section and their families, came out in protest against the arbitrary ruling of the government on the termination of their jobs. The rally or protest that started from the offices of the Home Guards ended in the Forest offices demanding either a reinstatement of their jobs or compensation of the livelihoods they have lost.
Women and children joined in the fight for a livelihood for all the displaced in the job cut. On June 25, 2014, 225 men and women received notices from the Forest Department that their services were no longer required. A total of more than 280 unarmed Home Guards lost their jobs in the process of the streamlining within the department.

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Fare hike despite dwindling service angers commuters

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SHILLONG, Aug 08: The passenger fare hike by MUDA (Meghalaya Urban Development Authority) for SPTS (Shillong Public Transport Service) buses and SSPTS (Shillong Supplementary Public Transport Service) maxi taxis have earned huge public ire and rightly so. Passengers said that with no improvement in services they are made to pay more, which is unfair.
By and large it has been seen that whenever passenger fares are hiked in other cities the government there also announces “add-ons” for betterment of public transportation but here the fares have been increased arbitrarily. Most passengers were caught unaware by the new fare hike as they cried foul blaming MUDA for not taking them into confidence.

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