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Hundreds of thousands vote in India's fifth phase of polls

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Panaji/Agartala/Gangtok/Guwahati, April 12 (IANS): Hundreds of thousands cast their vote Saturday in four states in the fifth phase of elections, marking the halfway mark in India's 10-phase staggered polling.
Till now, over 170 million people have cast their vote across the country in 111 constituencies to choose from more than 1,500 candidates in the elections that began April 7 and will end May 12. Counting takes place May 16.
On Saturday, balloting took place in three constituencies of Assam, two seats of Goa, Tripura's second Lok Sabha constituency and Sikkim's lone parliamentary constituency. Sikkim also saw assembly elections.

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Sumar Sing Sawian, Wansuk Myrthong, MLCU awarded ‘Achievers Award 2014’

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SHILLONG, April 12: Noted author, columnist and former PTI bureau chief  Sumar Sing Sawian, mountaineer  Wansuk Myrthong and Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) were among the ten awardees who were awarded the “Achievers Award 2014” at the 22nd anniversary of the Eastern Panaroma magazine at the state convention center on Saturday.
The ten awardees were awarded for their outstanding contributions in the social, economic, cultural development of the society in North East Region.

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Mendipathar minor rape: Maharis try compromise, NGOs stand by girl

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Resubelpara, April 11: After suffering five years at the mercy of a pedophile teacher and house owner, the 11 year old minor is now being put to the test by the Maharis of the accused Periglesh Momin, a 47 year old teacher, who has been arrested after a complaint against him of rape of the girl in question. The minor was a domestic helper in his house as well a student in his school. The rape has sent shockwave given the age of the girl as well as the length of the crime. Seemingly unaware of the fact, the ‘Maharis’ of the accused Friday sought the victim to try and seek a ‘compromise’.
The eleven year old girl has been in trauma since the rape was discovered. The combined NGOs of the North Garo Hills (NGH) region met the victim to lend their support to the victim on Friday. They were shocked at the fact that in a case as big as rape, the Maharis had been seeking a compromise.

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CRPF – Public clash in North Garo Hills

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SHILLONG, April 11: The personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Friday clashed with the public on Friday when the former attacked the people of a village in North Garo Hills (NGH) District when they were on their way to the police station to handover a Sub-Inspector of the CRPF for allegedly misbehaving with a lady.
The public had assaulted SI Jagdish Singh of D Coy, 152 Bn, CRPF Camp Indoor Stadium, North Garo Hills when he had gone to house of one MD Fidha Hussain on Friday afternoon.

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Restoring back the shelter

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Villagers repair and patch up the roof of a house in Damdloka village of South Garo Hills, which was damaged during the thunderstorm recently. The heavy thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds damaged several villages in the district blowing away rooftops and uprooting trees and plantations.


 

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Village Dorbar debars PDS benefit to women

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SHILLONG, April 11: Despite of state government’s effort to implement the ‘Food Security Act’ in the State, traditional heads of a village in East Khasi Hills District has allegedly taken a decision to refuse the Public Distribution System (PDS) to its women folk which led a women NGO to seek the immediate intervention of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
The village dorbar (traditional institution) of Kynroh Nonglyer under Sohiong Syiemship led by its sordar Kwit Kyrsian and secretary Faithstar Nongtri has decided not to disburse PDS to the women folk which is a direct violation of their right to food, Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) president Agnes Kharshiing said in a letter to KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit here on Friday.

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Human trafficking in Garo Hills, number of cases escalate

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Tura, April 11: The rescue of two girls two days ago from near the Assam - Meghalaya border by vigilant villagers of the area have now opened a can of worms to the growing fear of human trafficking in the Garo Hills region. The region which has been haunted by the sceptre of under development over the last four decades has been prone to the  trafficking racket for a very long time, but it is only recently that a few of these cases are coming to the forefront.
What makes trafficking easy in the area is the lure of big money that is promised by the ruthless criminals, whose network is beyond the scope of the common man. Given the fact that money distribution in the Garo society has been uneven, the poor of the region have been resorting to underhand means to earn their livelihood. While the men have taken to the jungles to earn their share, the vulnerable women are fast falling prey to the lure of trafficking.

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