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Village Dorbar debars PDS benefit to women

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SHILLONG, April 11: Despite of state government’s effort to implement the ‘Food Security Act’ in the State, traditional heads of a village in East Khasi Hills District has allegedly taken a decision to refuse the Public Distribution System (PDS) to its women folk which led a women NGO to seek the immediate intervention of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
The village dorbar (traditional institution) of Kynroh Nonglyer under Sohiong Syiemship led by its sordar Kwit Kyrsian and secretary Faithstar Nongtri has decided not to disburse PDS to the women folk which is a direct violation of their right to food, Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) president Agnes Kharshiing said in a letter to KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit here on Friday.

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CRPF – Public clash in North Garo Hills

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SHILLONG, April 11: The personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Friday clashed with the public on Friday when the former attacked the people of a village in North Garo Hills (NGH) District when they were on their way to the police station to handover a Sub-Inspector of the CRPF for allegedly misbehaving with a lady.
The public had assaulted SI Jagdish Singh of D Coy, 152 Bn, CRPF Camp Indoor Stadium, North Garo Hills when he had gone to house of one MD Fidha Hussain on Friday afternoon.

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Fissures in HSPDP becomes evident, Hoping Stone stands with Fenela

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SHILLONG, April 10: The division within the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) over the decision to terminate Fenela Lyngdoh Nonglait, niece of the party’s supremo Hoping Stone Lyngdoh, from the party membership for supporting United Democratic Party (UDP) MP nominee Paul Lyngdoh became apparent with the veteran party leader said he was not aware about it and the decision did not have his approval.
The HSPDP had decided to support Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit instead of Paul Lyngdoh, whose party is part of the North East Regional Forum, as its party vice president Ardent Basaiawmoit had publicly stated that the UDP candidate would lose the election.

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Principal turns minor student into sex slave, rapes her for five years

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Resubelapara, April 10: In one of the most heinous crimes against a minor, the Principal of a school is accused of raping his maid, who was also a student of his school, continually over a period of more than five years.
The eleven year old child who is now under the care of the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) is eleven years old and was allegedly raped by one Periglesh Momin, a teacher in the Khardang Babupara Non Government Lower Primary School since she was six years old.

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Human trafficking in Garo Hills, number of cases escalate

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Tura, April 11: The rescue of two girls two days ago from near the Assam - Meghalaya border by vigilant villagers of the area have now opened a can of worms to the growing fear of human trafficking in the Garo Hills region. The region which has been haunted by the sceptre of under development over the last four decades has been prone to the  trafficking racket for a very long time, but it is only recently that a few of these cases are coming to the forefront.
What makes trafficking easy in the area is the lure of big money that is promised by the ruthless criminals, whose network is beyond the scope of the common man. Given the fact that money distribution in the Garo society has been uneven, the poor of the region have been resorting to underhand means to earn their livelihood. While the men have taken to the jungles to earn their share, the vulnerable women are fast falling prey to the lure of trafficking.

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Rapists do not deserve death, boys commit mistakes: Mulayam

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Moradabad, April 10 (IANS): In remarks that raised a storm, Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said the death penalty in rape cases was "unfair" as boys make "mistakes".
At a Lok Sabha election rally in Moradabad, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told the gathering that if his party leads the government at the Centre, he would change the law.
"Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jaati hain to iska ye matlab nahin ki phaansi de di jaye (Boys do make such mistakes but that does not mean that they should be sent to the gallows)," he said.

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Meghalaya’s records total voter turnout of 69.03% for MP election

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SHILLONG, April 10: The State registered a total turnout of voters for the Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha seats during Tuesday’s parliamentary election up to 69.03 percent even as the EVMs have been sealed and are kept inside the strong rooms under tight security.
“The overall turnout of voters is 69.03 per cent, five per cent more than the 2009 parliamentary election which was only 64 per cent,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Prashant Naik told reporters here.

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