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Is Meghalaya seeking a change of guard

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

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SHILLONG, Feb 11: With electioneering gaining momentum each new day, several responses are emerging from the common man when asked what they expect from the ensuing Assembly elections. The mood of the electorate indicates that the Congress party in the state may face an uphill task in retaining the mandate of the people.
According to a survey carried out by Meghalaya Times in various parts of the city, it has come to light that people are vying for a change but is skeptical at the same whether it is going to be that easy to dethrone Congress from the state.

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Centre funding states irrespective of whoever is ruling: Jaitley

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AGARTALA, Feb 11 (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the Narendra Modi government is providing funds to the states irrespective which party is ruling them, based on Finance Commission’s proposals and stipulated rules and not individual wishes.
Seeking to refute charges of many states including Left-ruled Tripura that the Centre is not providing due funds to the states and curtailing financial support to many central sponsored schemes, he said that the present government provides funds irrespective of all political situations in the state.

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Assam Governor appeals to security forces to help stop poaching

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GUWAHATI, Feb 11 (IANS): Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has asked the law enforcing agencies to help stop incidents of poaching of rhinos in the state’s Kaziranga National Park.
Mukhi, who chaired a law and order review meeting on Saturday, also reviewed the situation in Assam’s Golaghat district and asked the law enforcing agencies to be on their toes to thwart the recurrence of any inter-state border issue.

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Speeding train kills 4 elephants in Assam

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Guwahati, Feb 11 (IANS): At least four elephants were killed and two others injured in Assam after a train hit a herd trying to cross railway tracks, officials said.
The incident took place late Saturday night, P.J. Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said on Sunday.

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Battle for South Shillong seat promises high drama

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SHILLONG, Feb 11: One of the most interesting contests in the upcoming Assembly elections this year is the one for the South Shillong seat and the tug of war between two old rivals in the constituency by way of Sanbor Shullai and Manas Chaudhuri.
Both these leaders have switched their respective political parties with an eye to bag this coveted urban seat in Shillong with the former sitting legislator, Shullai leaving the NCP to join BJP and Chaudhuri leaving the BJP to join Congress.

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CPI-M party office in Bengal leased out to meet expenses

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KOLKATA, Feb 11 (IANS): Reeling under a financial crunch, a local committee of the CPI-M in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, earlier known as the party’s stronghold during the Left Front rule, has leased out a party office building to meet its expenses.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist, leading the Left Front, was voted out of power in West Bengal in 2011, ending its 34-year rule in the state.

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NPP a major force in state, Mukul to lose Ampati and Songsak: Conrad

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TURA, Feb 10: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, according to his arch rival and party president of the NPP, Conrad K Sangma, is set to lose both the Ampati and Songsak seats in the coming elections even as the Tura MP contended that his party had gotten stronger in all constituencies in the state.
Conrad made this statement in front of a huge gathering of NPP supporters at the village of Gokul in the Bajengdoba constituency in North Garo Hills on Saturday.

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