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Charantala Kali Puja cum Mela celebrates golden jubilee

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Tura, April 22: The three day annual Charantala Kali Puja cum Mela completed its grand golden jubilee Tuesday in the village of Babedpara, about 50 kms from the district headquarter of Tura, West Garo Hills. The annual Puja was first initiated in the year 1965 and has continued unabated since then, with every year bringing even more devotees. This year alone, a total of more than 10 lakh devotees came and prayed to the Goddess Kali, in whose name the temple was built – Charantala Kali Temple.

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Inquiry to be instituted into ‘ghost appointments’

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SHILLONG, April 22: The State government Tuesday said it is in the process of completing the database of all its employees as part of implementing the Employees & Pensioners Database in the state even as it would institute an inquiry to unearth any alleged ‘ghost appointments’ in the different government departments.
Speaking to reporters, Meghalaya Additional Chief Secretary BK Deb Varma said, “The process of preparing of the database of all the employees will be completed within three months.”

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National Green Tribunal bans Rat-Hole mining in Meghalaya

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Shillong, April 21: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered stopping and banning rat-hole mining across the entire Meghalaya immediately, terming it ‘illegal and unscientific’, and asked the State Director General of Police (DGP) to submit a compliance report of the order to the Tribunal by May 19, 2014.
The order was passed on April 17, 2014, by the NGT Principal Bench, New Delhi, Comprising of Justice Dr P Jyothimani (Judicial Member), Justice MS Nambiar (Judicial Member), and Expert Members Dr GK Pandey, Dr PC Mishra and Ranjan Chatterjee, in the case ‘All Dimasa Students Union Dima Hasao Dist. Committee versus State of Meghalaya & Ors’.
Though the petitioners had only highlighted the rat-hole mining in Jaintia Hills and its adverse effect to the surroundings, the Tribunal contended that such activity should be stopped all over the state in the interest of people of the area and also people working in the mines for their safety as also for the protection of environment.

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TUR vows to fight against land grabbing

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SHILLONG, April 21: Thma u Rangli Juki (TUR) leader Angela Rangad Monday said the organization’s fight against land grabbing and setting up of the New Shillong Township (NST) will continue even as land right activist Ramesh Sharma said people are losing lands to industrialization, mining, urbanization and land grabbing.
Addressing a meeting on ‘urban development, townships and displacement’ organized by TUR on Monday, Rangad asserted, “We will not accept any model of development which is based on land grabbing.”

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Court orders removal of high tension wires from public places

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SHILLONG, April 21: The Meghalaya High Court has issued direction to the Meghalaya government and the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd (MeECL) to remove high tension electric wire lines from public places and also pay adequate compensation to the family of late Anita Sangma who died of electrocution.
The order was passed by the High Court said the directions must be adhered to within two months.
The order passed by the High Court is seen as a landmark judgment that would ensure public safety.

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Sewage spills in Tura Super Market

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Vendors and shoppers shut nose, TMB promises to rectify
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Tura, April 21: Stench emanating from an overflowing sewage tank right in the heart of the town of Tura has made life stinky for vendors and shoppers in the Tura Super Market. The market happens to be the heart of the people of the region with major commerce happening within its fold. Shopkeepers and customers have complained that the tank is so small that even after clearance; it only takes a week to flood. The situation has become so grim that shops have shut themselves down due to the unbearable stench that emanates from within.

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Look East Policy conclave recommends ‘way forward’ for Look South Aspect

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SHILLONG, April 21: Local tour operators from the northeastern region, individuals and organizations active at policy-making and operational levels in the field of trade, industry, transport, tourism, hospitality and especially Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development participated in a daylong roundtable discussion titled “India’s Look East Policy: Strengthening the Look South Aspect: Exploring win-win synergies through Indo - Bangladesh Border Trade and Tourism” here on Monday. The conclave was organized by Asian Confluence at its conference hall and was supported by Directorate of Commerce and Industry, Meghalaya Government.

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