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Ahaia 2013 starts on a solemn note

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Shillong, Dec 09: The Ahaia Winter Festival of West Garo Hills district themed ‘Give peace a chance’ started on a very solemn note on Monday as a tribute to the great departed anti-apartheid leader and messenger of non-violence and peace, Nelson Mandela, at Tura Chandmary Playground with its citizens taking out an inter-faith peace march on the streets of Tura.

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BJP scores 4-0, Congress crushed, AAP stuns Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 08 (IANS): In a "semi-final" verdict ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the BJP Sunday retained Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, snatched Rajasthan from the Congress but was denied a clear win in Delhi by the debutant Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) spectacular showing.
So humiliating was the Congress rout in three places -- in Chhattisgarh alone it put up a fight -- that a somber looking Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the outcome "calls for deep introspection".

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One day for the disabled, Rs 500 per month pension, is it enough

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Tura, Dec 08: The ongoing ‘Badhte Kadam’ programme in state has been an eye opener of sorts for many. Every district in the country has celebrated the program through the same channel and the numbers present were huge, but in the end when the dust settled, there are still very uneasy questions asked. Is really enough being done for these specially abled people? Most think it is not enough.

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Five killed in Jaintia Hills’ rat hole mine

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SHILLONG, Dec 07: Five labourers were crushed to death in a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills District on Friday morning.
The incident took place at around 11.45 AM at a remote mining village, Briwar Rasong, under Saipung Police Station, a senior police official said.
The five labourers were engaged in extracting coal using a makeshift crane from a rat hole coal mine located about 200 meters deep inside the earth’s crust when one of the cables snapped midway sending the crane and the debris on top of them, he said.

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36-hr bandh, night road blockade from Dec 10; picketing on Dec 13

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SHILLONG, Dec 08: Working on their promise of intensifying their agitation once exams of most education institutions are over, the pro ILP groups on Sunday called for 36 hour bandh in Khasi – Jaintia Hills and night road blockade in Garo Hills starting December 10, to be followed by office picketing on December 13.

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TUR to initiate ‘Street corner meeting’ against MPDA, MMPO

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Shillong, Dec 08: Thma-U-Rangli-Juki (TUR), a progressive people's organization, will hold a ‘street corner meeting’ on the draconian Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA) and Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order Act (MMPO) to observe International Human Rights Day on December 10 at Khyndai Lad, Shillong, at 2 pm.
This will kick off the state wide campaign against attacks on people's right to protest and expose the blatant misuse of these black laws by the State Government to silence any form of dissent and the government’s apparent constant illegal infringement on the civil and political liberties of the people of the state.

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State of infrastructure dismally poor despite flow of funds

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SHILLONG, Dec 07: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul Sangma has been assured to look into the demand of a multi-crore special package for the state by the Prime Minister of India recently, immediately after the state government sought Rs. 50,000 corer from the 14th Finance Commission to meet non-plan expenditure and give a thrust to developmental projects in the state.

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