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Lucky Draw decides winner for Jowai - Central

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Shillong, Feb 27: For the first time in the history of Meghalaya, especially in Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC), there was a tie between two candidates contesting for the MDC election 2014, the result of which were declared on Thursday. The winner was finally decided using  lucky draw, making the political proverb – every vote counts – extremely relevant and true here. 
The case is from Jowai - Central constituency wherein a tie was recorded between the Congress candidate Awhai Andrew Shullai and his nearest rival Kitboklang Nongtdu (UDP) when both polled 2,315 votes each.

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Regional parties for post – poll alliance in KHADC

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SHILLONG, Feb 27: With the Congress managing to win only 10 seats, the regional political parties are likely to go for post-poll alliance to form the new Executive Committee in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
Earlier, these regional political parties have expressed their desire to have non-Congress ruling parties in the District Councils.
The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Party (KHNAM) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) have managed to win quite a number of seats in KHADC, the result of which was declared on Thursday.

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Loss of green cover: militancy widening the scope of deforestation

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TURA, Feb 27: The loss of forest cover in the Garo Hills has been a concern for all within the region. With massive forest loss being evident, a new discovery of the reason for the loss of forests points to the hands of militant organizations and their fear which has in a big way depleted forests within Garo Hills.
The belts all around Williamnagar - Tura road, the NH62 and NH51 have taken a huge beating with hectares of prime forests being depleted as people have cut them down. The clearance of forests has been to an extent due to the fear that militants of the region would take shelter wherever there is forest protection.

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Prayer meeting held amidst educational institutions shutdown

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SHILLONG, Feb 26: A prayer meeting was Wednesday held at the Cathedral Church in the city even as hundreds of schools and educational institutions under the Catholic Church remained closed to oppose the recent anti-Pope report.
Thousands of members of the church besides students from different parts of the state attended the prayer meeting organized by the Catholic Pastoral Parish Council and the Catholic Association of Khasi-Jaintia Hills.

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Curfew in 25 Assam villages following clash

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Guwahati, Feb 27 (IANS): Indefinite curfew was Thursday clamped in 25 villages in Assam's Darrang district after 13 people were injured in a clash between two groups, officials said.
Darrang Deputy Commissioner M.S. Manivannan said curfew was imposed in 25 villages to stop any deterioration of the situation.

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Reality bites Garo Hills as dual voters found

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Tura, Feb 26: With the clamour for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) set to restart, the FKJGP team of Phulbari unearthed a massive finding in Phulbari. The finding pointed to the presence of dual voters (people who have voting rights in two states with voter IDs) in the region with one even becoming the General Secretary of a VEC!
The FKJGP submitted a memo the office of the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, with their findings as well as provided details to the press. According to the submission, there were plenty of dual voters who were residing in the state and benefiting from the use of their IDs in both states.

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KSU respects Kharmawphlang’s decision to join HNLC

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SHILLONG, Feb 26: Even as the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) said that the decision of its vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang to join the proscribed outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is a loss for the students’ body but nonetheless it respects and welcomes his decision.
KSU also said that one of the reasons that led Kharmawphlang and other youths to take up armed struggle is because the political leaders no longer have “voices” to speak up and take up issues for the welfare of the indigenous people of the state.

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