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Boithang nominated for ‘Fans Player of the Year’ by FPAI

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Shillong, April 10: Shillong Lajong Football Club’s Boithang Haokip has been nominated in the category of “Fans Player Of The Year Award 2014”, in the Football Players Association Of India (FPAI) Awards 2014 to be held on April 29 at the Park Hotel in Kolkata.
The annual award program is organised by the Football Players Association Of India and the 6th edition of the award ceremony will be hosted by Kolkata for the third time.

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MP election peaceful, total voter turnout around 66%

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SHILLONG, April 09: Of the total 15.67 lakh voters, around 66 percent turned-out on Wednesday to cast their votes to elect the new members for the 16th Lok Sabha from Meghalaya two parliamentary constituencies – Shillong and Tura, an increase by two percent from last MP election.
The conduct of election also passed off peacefully despite the 12-hour bandh call by proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Khasi and Jaintia hills and heightened militants activities in the five districts of Garo hills.
Polling in all the 2562 polling booths across Meghalaya was held from 7 am to 5 pm.
“Around 66 percent voters turnout has been recorded but the percentage is likely to change once poll reports from far-flung areas of the state pours in,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Naik told reporters here.

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9 EVMs replaced, elephant herd obstructs SO, blank firing reported

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Shillong, April 09: Nine malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were replaced during the voting process for the two Lok Sabha (LS) seats in Meghalaya on Wednesday. However, State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Naik said that polling in the booths where the EVMs were replaced was smooth and commenced immediately.
Naik informed that before the EVMs were sent to the polling stations the election department detected 47 malfunctioning EVMs and when the mock polls were conducted 14 malfunctioning EVMs were detected.

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Meghalaya set to seal the fate of its Parliamentarians today

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SHILLONG, April 08: Ten candidates are in fray for the two parliamentary seats- Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha seat- in Meghalaya even as security has been tightened to counter the 12 hours boycott call given by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Khasi and Jaintia hills on Wednesday, the day the state goes for polling in the second phase of the Lok Sabha Election 2014.
40 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in different places to assist the state government to conduct free, fair and fearless election.
If the militancy infested Garo hills is matter of concern to the election department for smooth conduct of voting on Wednesday, Khasi and Jaintia hills too now needs special attention as the HNLC has given 5 am to 5 pm bandh call to derail voting that starts from 7 am to 5 pm on Wednesday.

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Congress lodges complaint against Purno on “Chairman of militants’ tag for Mukul

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Tura, April 09: The Indian National Congress (INC) on the last day of campaigning lodged a complaint against the National People’s Party (NPP) leader and Tura seat contestant, Purno A Sangma for calling the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma ‘Chairman of all militant groups’ on April 7 last. The party decided to lodge a complaint owing to the fact that the statement was made repeatedly in all of the election rallies of veteran leader.
In a letter to the Election Commission of India, the Congress team raised the issue.

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Tura LS votes with a vengeance, 8% increase in voter turnout

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Tura, April 09: Voting began for the Tura Lok Sabha (LS) constituency at 7 am as per schedule and ended sharp at five with the region reporting a total voter turnout of 75 percent. While in 2009 the voting turnout was 67 percent, the current election saw an 8 percent increase, with female voters outnumbering the males in most. Throughout the region, barring a case of blank firing by some militants from the South Garo Hills area, the voting remained incident free. Overall, a total of 6 EVMs malfunctioned (one in North Garo Hills and 5 in West Garo Hills) and were quickly replaced to ensure voting came up to speed.

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Do what you can: Erring polling officials to Election Commission

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22 cases of officials abstaining from Poll duty
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SHILLONG, April 08: As many as 22 cases of polling personnel including Presiding Officers abstaining from poll duty have been detected in Garo Hills, even as stringent action have been issued against such officers by the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills District on Tuesday.
Six of them were produced by police before the Tura Returning Officer as they were designated the crucial duty of Presiding Officer and they had failed both to attend training as well as actual election duty, District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

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