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Height of callousness

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While the MeECL has been trying to wash its hands off accidents caused due to its laziness, the above picture should make it clear as to what the MeECL holds for the value of human life. These open wires have been kept lying like this for more than 2 years now. The picture was taken during the recently concluded "Rhythm of the Hills" programme where thousands attended by the droves. Thankfully no incident did take place, but is it not better safe than sorry.


 

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1 GNLA(F) cadre killed in South Garo Hills

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TURA, Feb 09: The fight against militancy continued for the South Garo Hills police with two operations to bust out militancy within the region. While the first took place close to the district headquarter of Baghmara, the second one was closer to the heartland of Chokpot, about 40 kms from Baghmara. In the ensuing gunfight, one GNLA cadre was killed and arms and ammunition recovered.

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Sikkim first state in India with 100 percent sanitation coverage

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Gangtok, Feb 09 (IANS): In a country ranked poorly on the health and environment front, Sikkim has done remarkably well to become India's first state with 100 percent sanitation coverage, according to a report of the drinking water and sanitation ministry.
Sikkim, one of the eight northeastern states nestled prettily in the eastern Himalayas, ranked first among the 28 states and seven union territories in terms of sanitation coverage for both urban and rural areas in households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres. With 610,577 residents (2011 census), Sikkim is India's least populated and second smallest state in area after Goa.

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Rampant deforrestation worrisome for Garo Hills

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TURA, Feb 08: The incessant cutting of trees within the Garo Hills region has set the alarm bells ringing for most of the intelligentsia of the region. While most have spoken out against the practise which in the modern day seems out of place, ground reality has been driving the practice harder and harder meaning the loss of forest cover as people struggle to make do with the little they are able to from the forests.
The impact of deforestation is already being felt with the diminishing water table and the drying up of perennial streams. The worst impacted region has been the West and East Garo Hills region wherein hectares of forests are being lost as alternatives have not been found which can sustain the rural populace.

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Illegal hooking: Culprit for low voltage in Plain Belt areas

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Tura, Feb 09: The problem of low voltage within the plain belt region of Garo Hills, including Phulbari, Chibinang, Tikrikilla, Bhaitbari amongst others has been an ongoing issue for the last three years. The problem started even when the MLA from Phulbari was the then Power Minister, AT Mondal, and has continued since. While the region is home to most farming activities, residents allege that the problem is being overlooked as the linemen earn illegal cash through providing generator lines from electricity meant for domestic lines.

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Congress uses India as their private property: Modi

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GUWAHATI, Feb 08: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Congress saying that Congress uses India as their private property.
"India is not the personal property of Congress. Who did Congress ask before deciding to give away your land," Modi said.
Modi also attacked India’s Prime Minister saying, "He is the MP of Rajya Sabha representing Assam. Assam has been choosing PM's for the past 23 years and Assam has invested heavily in him. But he could not do anything for the region for the past two decades. If the PM can't do anything for his constituency, what will he do for the country," Modi said.

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Public demands opening of farmers' market at Chibinang

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TURA, Feb 08: While most of the Garo Hills region has been clamouring for infrastructure to support its farming practises, the Farmer’s Market at Chibinang is at the other end of the spectrum. The farmer's market at Chibinang in West Garo Hills, about 120 km from Tura was launched with much fanfare, however even after the whole market was set up, it remains bereft of the one thing it needs most, the people.
The infrastructure which feels like a ghost structure already has not been allocated to the people of the area. This has drawn a lot of very sharp criticism. The public has raised its anger against the property, which has remained without any use, whatsoever.

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