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Withdrawing special category status will cost BJP in 2019: Mukul

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SHILLONG, Oct 02: The former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for withdrawing the special category status from Meghalaya.
“Are they experts to know the problems of the northeast overnight that they had to withdraw the special category status of the region,” Dr. Sangma had said here on Tuesday.
Accusing the NDA of being insensitive to the needs of the people of the region, Dr. Sangma said, “Every state will be affected by anti-people agenda of the BJP government.”

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Boy killed, nine injured in Bengal blast

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Kolkata, Oct 02 (IANS): An eight-year-old boy was killed and at least nine persons were injured when a crude bomb exploded in Dumdum in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday, police said.
Deceased boy Bibhash Gosh's mother was among those injured who were admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital.
The blast around 9 a.m. outside a shop in Nagerbazar area ripped through nearby shops, shattered windowpanes of houses and damaged a walkway, eyewitnesses said.
Ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party blamed each other for the blast.

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Almost 1.5 lakh children given MV vaccine in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Oct 02: Health and Family Welfare Department, Secretary, Pravin Bakshi informed that a total of 1,40,577 children in  Meghalaya have been vaccinated for Measles-Rubella till October 1 with East Jaintia Hills clocking the most impressive coverage figures of 41% immunization.
Five districts had done a soft launch for Measles-Rubella Campaign on September 24; all the 11 districts jointly launched the campaign on October 1.

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Entrepreneur treads the unbeaten path, uses knowledge of Aloe Vera to carve niche for himself

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SHILLONG, Oct 02: What started as a plunge into uncertainty has turned into a path that many can certainly rely on for their future.
Layland Marak is an entrepreneur from  Ganolgre  village  under  the Rongram  Community  and  Rural Development (C&RD) Block, West Garo Hills, who is engaged in a unique business of  processing  and  sale  of  Aloe  Vera products through a Self Helped Group (SHG) named Chizingjang.
Aloe vera is a tropical plant which is widely known for the range of health benefits it offers. Layland is considered a pioneer by the people of his village and is attributed to be the driving force behind the Chizingjang SHG and its aloe vera business.

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World's first full-scale Hyperloop passenger capsule unveiled

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San Francisco, Oct 02 (IANS): US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) on Tuesday unveiled its first full-scale transportation capsule at Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, which will be ready for passengers in 2019.
The 32-metre "Quintero One" passenger capsule will be delivered to HyperloopTT's research and development centre in Toulouse, France, for additional assembly and integration into the system before it is used on one of the first commercial tracks, the company said in a statement.

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BJP using regional parties to keep Congress out of power in Meghalaya: Mukul

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SHILLONG, Oct 02: The Leader of the Opposition in Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of using the state’s regional parties to ensure that the Congress is kept out of power in Meghalaya.
Dr. Sangma went as far as to say that the incumbent Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma who is also the national president of the National People’s Party (NPP) is a ‘nominee’ of the BJP. In this regard, Dr. Sangma said that the alliance of the NPP and the state’s regional parties will be a short lived one.

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CIC asks for explanation from SGH Horti over RTI reply delay

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TURA, Oct 02: The Chief Information Commissioner, PB Warjri has sought answers from the Horticulture department of South Garo Hills, to show cause as to why the department should not be penalized for failing to provide answers to the RTI sought by the AYWO.
The AYWO had filed a complaint with the CIC after being given the run around by the department for close to 6 months with multiple attempts to seek information being nullified due to the officers unwilling to provide the reply to them. The department had even threatened to file a case against the NGO for seeking an RTI on various schemes.

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