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Meghalaya Water Policy: Moving at snail’s pace

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SHILLONG, July 15: Despite the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) last year stating that twenty-eight out of the thirty-one water bodies in six districts of Meghalaya are highly contaminated and “unfit to drink”, the Meghalaya government does not seem to be in any particular hurry to come out with its much awaited “Water Policy.”
Last year, one of the major rivers of the state – River Kynshi was reportedly polluted so much that it has affected the aquatic lives in the river. Similar case was also reported way back in 2007 when the River Lukha in Jaintia hills changed its colour to blue, killing thousands of fishes and other aquatic lives.

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ANVC(B) wants Sohan to be part of Peace pact

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SHILLONG, July 15: The ANVC(B) has expressed its willingness to bring on-board GNLA C-in-C Sohan D Shira for the signing of peace pact to ensure long lasting in Garo Hills.
“We would like to convey our willingness to bring aboard Sohan to mainstream with support from the society through the peaceful initiative, making them part of the peace pact,” Doang D Shira, the Publicity secretary of ANVC(B), said in a press communiqué here, adding “This could change the whole scenario in Garo Hills”.

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SI Nurul Islam: A temporary appointee and class 10 pass

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SHILLONG, July 14: Fugitive Meghalaya police Sub Inspector (SI), Nurul Islam, accused of rape, was a temporary appointee and had just passed his class 10 board exams, an information sought under the  Right To Information (RTI) has revealed.
According to the service records of Islam, that dates back to August 6, 1983, the absconding cop was first enlisted as a “temporary appointee” as a constable.
Islam also registered himself as a resident of South Salmara in Dhubri district of Assam. The sub-inspector’s educational qualification is just “HSLC passed 3rd division,” according to the information sought by social activists, Agnes Kharshiing, who is also the President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO.)

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Mizoram has huge oil reserves, to be tapped

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AIZAWL, July 14: A geologist from Mizoram Dr Lallenmawia has informed that Mizoram falls under category number one or 'proven commercial productivity zone' which roughly estimates there could be about 170 million metric tonnes of untapped crude reserves. The oil reserve could be even more and, if tapped, the state would witness an economic boom to the extent of earning a sobriquet of Kuwait of the Northeast India, the geologist said.

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Students bring waste from across India to Shillong as lesson

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SHILLONG, July 15: Hundreds of school students from across India on Monday brought garbage from their respective home states and dumped it joyfully here at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Convention centre.
But the students are not here to litter, but to demonstrate how these waste could be reused in household items, while they participate at the three-day PEAS National Conference on Environment.
“I have brought used soft drink bottles, cans, newspapers, wrappers,” Arvut Phuangkham, a Thai student studying in Kiddies Corner School said.

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NEC claims completion of an incomplete road

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Tura, July 14: The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) has been a scheme which was supposed to provide a lifeline to connect remote villages to the mainstream. However, most of these roads within the Garo Hills region have not been completed to provide for an all weather lifeline to the people. The situation in Balipara, close to the Tikrikilla town has been a case in point, with the contractors (NEC) claiming completion of the road, whereas the ground reality is completely otherwise. The All India Garo Union (AIGU) pointed out anomalies to the story of the road.

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Curfew and economic blockade lifted in West Garo Hills

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TURA, July 13: The West Garo Hills District Administration on Saturday announced the lifting of curfew from the region. Almost simultaneously, the economic blockade set up by the people of Mankachar and Hatsingimari was also withdrawn.
West Garo Hills DC Pravin Bakshi made the announcements and said things were getting back to normal which was a very good sign. Bakshi said, “In view of the bettering of relations and the reduction of violence we have announced a withdrawal of the curfew as it had been affecting the movement of the buses in the night. We reviewed the situation and are happy with the current state of affairs. We thereby decided to withdraw the curfew that has been imposed since the June 21.”

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