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ILP and militancy dominates 2013

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SHILLONG, Dec 28: The state of Meghalaya has witnessed violence – marred movement over the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, militancy problem in Garo Hills, police casualties and human rights violation besides killings in the name of ‘menshohnoh’  during the year 2013.
The Congress - led coalition state government experienced the worst ever anti-government protest over the demand for immediate implementation of the 140 year old Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873, to contain unabated illegal influx into the state from September.

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CMJ University - Making Meghalaya nosedive on educational front

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Shillong, Dec 28: One of the biggest controversies to hit this year was the CMJ University that shook the state as there are allegations that big political names are also involved in the scam. The episode also shattered the sobriquet of Shillong as the hub of education for North East.
The alleged selling of fake university degrees to students all over the country broke out when former Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary tightened the screw in his capacity as Visitor to the university. The Supreme Court of India has already directed the state government to dissolve the university within three months, also asking the university to explain why it should not be dissolved within the same period, while dismissing a petition filed by its founder Chancellor CM Jha – on whom it is named.

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2013: A year filled with scams

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SHILLONG, Dec 28: Meghalaya was at the centre-stage of big corruptions and scams in the year 2013. If the Congress led UPA government at the centre is known for big national scams like 2G, rail-gate, chopper-gate, commonwealth games, coal block allocation, Antrix Devas deal, fodder scam and the rest of it, Meghalaya, which too is ruled by the Congress led MUA-II government is no better and finds itself in a pretty similar position like its counterpart at the centre. The state has been rocked by a spate of scams this year and brazenly there are many among the political class here who should be prosecuted than breathing open air.
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The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) scam unearthed earlier this year when it was reported procurement of substandard and unhealthy food items for children under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under ICDS. It is alleged that several politicians and bureaucrats are swindling money through child nuts under this scheme. It came to light then through NGOs that state government officials are involved in supplying precooked instant noodles besides fictitious and unknown brands of malted food items, biscuits and milk powder to the children under this scheme.

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Kejriwal to take Metro to reach Ramlila Maidan

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is bitterly against the ubiquitous "VIP culture", will take the Delhi Metro Saturday to reach the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as Delhi's chief minister.
The 45-year-old Kejriwal has also told his six colleagues who will become cabinet ministers to use the public transport -- and invited everyone in the capital and elsewhere to attend the official event.

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LP Schoolteacher Recruitment Scam – another shocker for Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 28: Though this scam broke out in 2011 when marks of candidates were tampered with to favour candidates for appointment of lower primary school teachers in the state, the fallout has taken place this year. The then Justice T Vaiphei, Shillong Bench of Guwahati High Court, directed the CBI to probe into the anomalies in the appointment of assistant teachers. The premier central agency had unearthed political interference, nepotism and tampering of marks of undeserving candidates to favour them getting appointment as assistant teachers in government schools in the state. In its 107 page report, the CBI unearthed that majority of the candidates were given appointment in an irregular manner by changing several details of candidates like marks, experiences and others after applying white fluid on the original marks awarded by the interview boards, whereas the grand total of the score sheets of candidates were also changed similarly.

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Assam militant attack kills four, additional forces move in

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Guwahati, Dec 27 (IANS): At least four people, including three women, were killed when suspected Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants fired indiscriminately at a village in Assam's Karbi Anglong district early Friday, police said.
The Assam government has rushed three companies of additional forces to the affected village.

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Education Scam: Notices to teachers but none for politicians

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Tura, Dec 27: The filing of notices to various teachers, now settled in their jobs allegedly after being recommended by politicians, has been welcomed by most within the state. While this was part of the demand that was put forward by the aggrieved teachers, the non accountability of the people who made the scam possible has been drawing the ire of NGOs and people alike. Now the question on everyone’s lips is that the silence in the case of the politicians is starting to hit on the nerves of everyone.

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