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Casualties of violence: Damas cement factory shut down since unrest

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TURA, July 16: The recent violence in Garo Hills has affected the lives of many who were in the line of fire. While the administration has been looking to ensure things did not get out of hand, negotiating for a safe environment for all, one part of Garo Hills has been affected badly due to the incessant noises. The Damas cement factory, which is the only industry of any note, has been shut down since the problems started.

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Inner Line Permit ‘outdated’ in present global order

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Dr. Samit Chowdhury
GUWAHATI, July 16: The nomenclature of an individual citizen have been re-defined to a global citizen by the present era of borderless economy and globalization. However, in midst of such hyper-myopic views and perceptions, a section of the members of the civil society is conscious and as well as anxious in restoring the culture and customs, ethos of the local inhabitants by imposing or demanding an “Inner line Permit” for the outsiders.

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Meghalaya Water Policy: Moving at snail’s pace

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SHILLONG, July 15: Despite the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) last year stating that twenty-eight out of the thirty-one water bodies in six districts of Meghalaya are highly contaminated and “unfit to drink”, the Meghalaya government does not seem to be in any particular hurry to come out with its much awaited “Water Policy.”
Last year, one of the major rivers of the state – River Kynshi was reportedly polluted so much that it has affected the aquatic lives in the river. Similar case was also reported way back in 2007 when the River Lukha in Jaintia hills changed its colour to blue, killing thousands of fishes and other aquatic lives.

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Students bring waste from across India to Shillong as lesson

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SHILLONG, July 15: Hundreds of school students from across India on Monday brought garbage from their respective home states and dumped it joyfully here at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Convention centre.
But the students are not here to litter, but to demonstrate how these waste could be reused in household items, while they participate at the three-day PEAS National Conference on Environment.
“I have brought used soft drink bottles, cans, newspapers, wrappers,” Arvut Phuangkham, a Thai student studying in Kiddies Corner School said.

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Assam – Meghalaya peace meet held; trade through border haats proposed

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TURA, July 15: An inter – state meeting was held in the DRDA hall in Tura between NGOs and traders of the two states. The meeting was held to look at a solution as well coming to terms with the tragedies of the past three weeks which left 13 dead and some more injured.
The meeting was attended by the GSU, AYWO, FAF, Mother’s Union, ADE, FKJGP and ASWA representing the NGOs of West Garo Hills along with the Church representatives. From Assam, the AAMSU came along with the Labour Union, the Traders Union, the Fish Traders Union and all those who had some links with the place. Noverfield R Marak, the MLA from North Tura was amongst the prominent names present.

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ANVC(B) wants Sohan to be part of Peace pact

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SHILLONG, July 15: The ANVC(B) has expressed its willingness to bring on-board GNLA C-in-C Sohan D Shira for the signing of peace pact to ensure long lasting in Garo Hills.
“We would like to convey our willingness to bring aboard Sohan to mainstream with support from the society through the peaceful initiative, making them part of the peace pact,” Doang D Shira, the Publicity secretary of ANVC(B), said in a press communiqué here, adding “This could change the whole scenario in Garo Hills”.

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SI Nurul Islam: A temporary appointee and class 10 pass

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SHILLONG, July 14: Fugitive Meghalaya police Sub Inspector (SI), Nurul Islam, accused of rape, was a temporary appointee and had just passed his class 10 board exams, an information sought under the  Right To Information (RTI) has revealed.
According to the service records of Islam, that dates back to August 6, 1983, the absconding cop was first enlisted as a “temporary appointee” as a constable.
Islam also registered himself as a resident of South Salmara in Dhubri district of Assam. The sub-inspector’s educational qualification is just “HSLC passed 3rd division,” according to the information sought by social activists, Agnes Kharshiing, who is also the President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO.)

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