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Meghalaya farmers jailed by Assam for trespassing released

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SHILLONG, July 12: After spending almost a month in jail of neighbouring Assam, two farmers from Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district who were arrested by Assam police for alleged ‘encroachment’ in disputed Langpih area have been released on bail.
The duo – Skendro and Kwendro Lyngdoh from Mawnai village near Mairang, were released on bail from a district jail on Thursday after signing bonds with the Assam authorities, a family member of the duo told reporters at a press conference held here.

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Meghalaya’s 1st ever Jackfruit Festival a hit

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Shillong, July 12: The two – day ‘Jackfruit festival’ in Williamnagar, organized for the first time in Meghalaya, concluded successfully on Friday.
The event witnessed huge crowd with many bringing their biggest jackfruits to enter into “Biggest Jackfruit Competition”. A total of 90 big jackfruits were brought from all over Garo Hills to the festival. The biggest Jackfruit award was won by Collin Marak from Upper Rongjeng, who brought a jackfruit weighing 29 kgs. The runner up was Starlin Marak whose jackfruit weighed 26.7 kgs.

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Meghalaya 1st ever 'Jackfruit Festival' begins

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Shillong, July 11: The 1st Jackfruit Festival was on Thursday inaugurated by Meghalaya Minister for Social Welfare and local MLA, Deborah C Marak amidst huge gathering at Parade ground, Williamnagar. The festival is the first of its kind in the State was organized under the aegis of the Meghalaya Integrated Basin Development & Livelihood Promotion Programme in collaboration with the District Administration.

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Meghalaya’s population growth higher than national average: Hek

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Shillong, July 11: Meghalaya population growth has been higher than the national growth in the alst decade. This was informed by Minister for Health and Family Welfare A. L. Hek on Thursday here while speaking at a function to observe the World Population Day under the there “Small Family Happy Family”.
The programme was organized by the Directorate of Health Services, Meghalaya wherein Hek was present as the Chief Guest.

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More trouble for AR: Legal notice served to DGAR

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SHILLONG, July 11: An Advocate of the Meghalaya High Court P Nongbri on Thursday served a legal notice to the Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) asking the latter to take necessary action within 15 days against alleged irregularities in the process of floating tender wherein the work was offer to a non-eligible firm from North India sidelining deserving local firms from the region.

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Petrol bomb, stone pelting marks night blockade

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SHILLONG, July 11: Miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the truck in Umsning near the SBI office, pelted stones at an ambulance and security personnel on the first day of the two days night road-blockade on Thursday called by the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF).
Ri-Bhoi Deputy Commissioner Akash Deep informed that miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a truck near the SBI office in Umsning and pelted stones in some areas. As a result, the truck went down a deep gorge, seriously injuring the driver and the handyman. Both of them were rushed to the Nongpoh Civil hospital for medical treatment.

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MPs, MLAs will be disqualified on date of conviction: SC

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New Delhi, July 10 (PTI): In a landmark judgment that may lead to decriminalization of politics, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts.
The Apex Court also made it clear that MPs, MLAs and MLCs would stand disqualified on the date of conviction.
Mentionably, an analysis, by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), of affidavits declared by MPs and legislators shows that around 30 percent of 4,807 lawmakers have criminal cases against them.
The court said Parliament has exceeded its powers by enacting the provision (Section 8(4) of the Representation of Peoples Act) that gives a convicted lawmaker the power to remain in office on the ground that appeals have been filed and pending.

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