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Electricity crisis: Time to bank on wind and solar power

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Tura, May 03: The current crisis of electricity within the state has been blamed on the poor rainfall within the state. Meghalaya, once rich in forest reserves and natural water, now faces an acute shortage of both. While uninhibited forest depletion has impacted the water cycle within the state, people have now begun to question as to whether the vision should now not change to wind and solar energy. With fossil fuels set to last about another 40 years at the current rate, Garo Hills now says that the dependency has to change.
It is common knowledge that for the production of environment friendly electricity, the focus has to move to wind and solar, two sources of energy that has no way of getting depleted until Armageddon. With Meghalaya being a state which has enough of wind and sun, the sector is very viable for the residents of the state.

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Throttlerz bikers exhilarate Shillongites with daredevilry

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SHILLONG, May 03: Getting a dose of adrenaline raising professional stunts, Shillongites were on Saturday left gasping for more as stunt bikers Biju and Sathyaraj –members of the “Throttlerz”- performed breath-taking stunts from slides, wheelies to stoppies performed on KTM bikes at the Polo parking lot here.
Throttlerz is 16 members professionally managed stunt team from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and has been into stunting for the past four years. Biju and Sathyaraj are the main stunt riders of Throttlerz team.
Hundreds of people, especially bikes lovers, were treated to freestyle stunts performed by the two experts.
The team members arrived in Shillong as part of their bike stunt show performed as tie-up with the KTM Company. The team had earlier performed shows for other two-wheelers brands.

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Robbers make heist during load shedding from SBI Barapani

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SHILLONG, May 02: Taking advantage of darkness due to load shedding robbers on Thursday night broke into the Barapani (Umiam) branch of State Bank of India (SBI) and got away with Rs 1.6 lakh. Though the robbers could have gotten away with a much bigger booty, but they could not break open the safe in which Rs 69.69 lakh were stashed.
Ri Bhoi District SP CVS Reddy informed that the robbery took place under the cover of darkness during the load shedding hours in Umiam area and the heist was well planned as the robbers came equipped with all the paraphernalia required to carry out the act.

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MPSCB transferred to Forest and Environment department

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SHILLONG, May 02: The State government Friday approved the transfer of Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MPSCB) from the administrative control of the Public Health and Engineering (PHE) department to Forest and Environment department.
 “The Cabinet has approved the transfer of administrative control of the MSPCB from the PHE department to the Forest and Environment department,” Forest Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.

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Another prostitution racket busted in West Garo Hills

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Tura, May 02: A week after a prostitution racket was busted by women NGOs of Tura, the team got hold of another five sex workers from the same town. While two of the girls are from the town of Tura, West Garo Hills, three are from out of town. The current bust makes a total of about 10 sex-workers apprehended within a week. The worrying factor in all the busts have been the age of the girls involved – some of whom are only 14-15 years old.

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Government approves proposal to create corpus fund for MeECL

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SHILLONG, May 02: Meghalaya government Friday approved the proposal to create a corpus fund to help the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to come out from its losses even as the latter was directed to submit a complete report on its business and financial management plan to the government.
“We have decided to create a corpus fund which will be available for MeECL and its different entities including distribution, transmission and generation companies so that they will have access to easy funds and thereby make profit and pass on profit for the overall strategy of creating a turn around,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told reporters after a cabinet meeting held here on Friday.

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Twin blasts in train kill one, injure 14 in Chennai

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Chennai, May 01 (IANS): A young woman working in an IT company was killed and 14 people were injured Thursday when two bombs exploded on a train as it entered the Chennai Central station, police said.
The low intensity explosions in quick succession occurred in two adjacent coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati express train around 7.15 a.m., triggering mayhem on May Day at the busy station.
Many fled in panic and the wounded cried out in pain, as the young woman lay dead. Two of the wounded suffered serious injuries.

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