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HNLC cautions surrendered cadres against creating trouble

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SHILLONG, Feb 02: The banned Khasi militant outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday asked the surrendered members of the outfit (SHNLC) to refrain from politicizing a case relating to a land dispute in Jaintia Hills. It also threatened to intervene into the matter if concerned government authority fails to take up the matter seriously.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “We demand the leaders of the SHNLC to refrain from politicizing the case and ensure their cadres don’t cross their limits, otherwise the outfit will not take any responsibility.”

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Peace Rally in Meghalaya demands end to racism

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SHILLONG, Feb 02: “Beneath the armor of skin and bone and mind, most of our colours are amazingly the same”, “Don’t treat us like Alien in our own Home”, “What is wrong in my hair colour”– some of the slogans reflected on the placards displayed by the students who took to the city-streets in protest against the recent brutal assault and murder of an Arunachalee student over his hairstyle in South Delhi.
Hundreds of students drawn from the different states of the North East studying in Shillong took out a Peace Rally here on Sunday, demanding the Centre to put an end to racism and discrimination against students from the region who are studying in mainland India.

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Meghalaya’s first Padmashree Silverine Swer no more

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SHILLONG, Feb 01: Meghalaya’s first Padmashree awardee, 103 year-old Silverine Swer passed away at her residence in the city on Saturday morning.
Swer, who was also acknowledged to be one of the oldest voters in Meghalaya, passed away at about 10.40 am at her residence in Riatsamthiah here.
"She did not eat well for the past two weeks. She became very weak and today morning she passed away peacefully. Doctors declared her dead," her relatives said here.

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Paltry secondary education, skill development programs preventing youths from competing jobs

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Meghalaya’s education system focuses on rote learning
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SHILLONG, Feb 01: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) had carried out a descriptive study of the human capital scenario in Meghalaya before sanctioning a loan amount of $100 million to enhance the employability of Meghalaya’s youth by improving the quality and delivery of its skill development and secondary education programs. This study is an eye-opener and cannot get lost in the sea of this hefty amount if put to good use can change the face of the state.
The ADB has relied upon the findings of organisation like National Skill Development Corporation whose recent skills-gap analysis shows that there is scope for absorbing skilled workers of different levels in sectors such as handloom, handicraft, horticulture, fruit processing, hospitality, construction, healthcare, mining, and IT and IT-enabled services within Meghalaya. “Given their fluency in English, the workers of Meghalaya can potentially look for jobs in hospitality, retail services, healthcare, IT and IT-enabled services, and as airport/ airline staff outside the state as well,” said the summary information report on the project.

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Accidental electrocution case – MeECL still silent

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TURA, Feb 02: The accidental electrocution case of a five year old boy has led to a lot of moral support from NGOs of the Garo Hills region. However, it was only two days ago that some serious amount of money was promised and donated to the child after a meeting of the NGOs of the region in the office West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pravin Bakshi.
The boy, Chidam Marak, was electrocuted while relieving himself in front of an open transformer and lost both his arms after the incident. The report of the electrocution and the amputation led the DC to take up the matter as well as provide an interim relief of Rs 50,000 for the treatment of the child. A magisterial enquiry was ordered to establish responsibility for the accident after Bakshi spoke to the Chief Minister on the issue.

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Angry villagers beat the pulp out of UALA militants

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Shillong, Feb 01: Two United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) cadres, who attempted to extort money from a villager, faced the wrath of the entire village and thrashed before being handed over to the police.
The incident took place at about 5 pm on Saturday at Darengre village under Dobasipara Beat House in West Garo Hills.
The two militants had gone to the house of one Isak N Marak in Darengre village for extortion, but they were given a sound thrashing by the public there, who are now frustrated with the never ending extortion spree by militants who now do not spare even poor farmers.

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Meghalaya finally has its own SDRF

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SHILLONG, Feb 01: After long overdue, Meghalaya Saturday got its special force to tackle disaster situations after two companies of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) of Meghalaya completed their training under the aegis of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Guwahati.
The training for the two companies consisting of 100 personnel was conducted by a twenty- special trainer’s team of the NDRF at Central Training Institute of the Civil Defence and Home Guard at Mawdiangdiang in the city.

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