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NSCN-K 'Finance Secretary' arrested in Meghalaya

Shillong, Nov 19 (IANS) Inovi Avika Assumi, the Finance Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), has been arrested here, an official said on Sunday. Acting on a tip, Meghalaya Police and Assam Rifles troopers raided Assumi's hideout at Demseiniong area on Saturday night. He was an accused in an extortion racket. We were informed about his presenc...

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Indian Army to conduct joint exercise with Myanmar

Umroi (Meghalaya), Nov 18 (IANS) Indian and Myanmar armies will conduct their maiden joint exercise in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya, an army official said on Saturday. The five-day exercise slated to start on November 20 will be held at the newly-inaugurated state-of-the-art Joint Training Node at Umroi Cantonment, about 25 km from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya. ...

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Meghalaya employees to get revised payscales

Shillong, Nov 18 (IANS) The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government has announced new payscales for over 11 lakh employees, including school and college teachers, besides 23,000 pensioners. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced the revision late on Friday after the cabinet deliberated on the Fifth Meghalaya Pay Commission recommendations. The lowest grade staffer ...

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EC asks Tripura officials to be ready for February polls

Agartala, Nov 17 (IANS) An Election Commission (EC) team that visited Tripura on Thursday and Friday asked the state officials to make all preparations in place for the next assembly polls, due in February next year. A four-member EC team arrived here on Thursday and held a series of meetings for two days. The EC team asked the state officials to make ready all preparations for the comin...

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Meghalaya legislator withdraw support to Congress government

Shillong, Nov 16 (IANS) Independent legislator Robinus Syngkon on Thursday withdrawn support to the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government ahead of the assembly elections next year. I have withdrawn support to the Mukul Sangma-led government since I have lost confidence in him, Syngkon said. Moreover, he described that his experience in the government has always been u...

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Top Meghalaya hospital denies issuing advisory against non-veg food items

Shillong, Nov 16 (IANS) The government-owned North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on Thursday denied issuing any advisory to stop non-vegetarian food items in the hospital. The denial came a day after Meghalaya's opposition Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) wrote to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda condemn...

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Why stop non-veg food sale at hospital, asks Meghalaya party

Shillong, Nov 15 (IANS) Meghalaya's opposition Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Wednesday voiced concern at stopping of sale of non-vegetarian food at the government-owned North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS). In a letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda, HSPDP legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit s...

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Garos threaten massive agitation for 'Garoland'

Tura (Meghalaya), Nov 15 (IANS) The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) on Wednesday threatened to launch a massive democratic agitation to put pressure on the central and state governments to set up a Garoland, to be carved out of Garo areas in Assam and Meghalaya. The GHSMC -- a conglomeration of several Garo organisations including the Garo National Council (GNC), a regional p...

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Create jobs for NE women to stop trafficking: NCW chair

Shillong, Nov 14 (IANS) National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma on Tuesday stressed the need to create employment opportunities for women from the northeastern states to restrict trafficking of women. False dreams given by traffickers, the internet, financial weakness of the family and no mean to sustain their livelihood in their homes is fuelling trafficking of wome...

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Meghalaya Governor to decide on fate of 17 MLAs

Shillong, Nov 14 (IANS) All eyes are on the Raj Bhavan that is to take a call on whether 17 Meghalaya legislators who quit as Parliamentary Secretaries after the High Court last week struck down a state law providing for such appointments can be disqualified as members of the state Assembly. A Raj Bhavan official said that Governor Ganga Prasad is waiting for the reference of the state g...

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Northeast to get India's first air dispensary: DONER Minister

New Delhi/Guwahati, Nov 13 (IANS) The northeast region will get India's first Air Dispensary, Minister of Development of North East Region (DONER) Jitendra Singh said on Monday. For the air dispensary, which will be based in a helicopter, the government has contributed Rs 25 crore as initial funding. For quite a few months, the DoNER Ministry had been exploring the idea of introd...

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EC holds meeting with poll panel officials of three states

New Delhi/Agartala, Nov 13 (IANS) The Election Commission on Monday held a meeting here with Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to take stock of preparations for the February 2018 assembly elections in these states, a Tripura official said. EC officials apprised the three CEOs on the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines at all polling station...

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Former Meghalaya Parliamentary Secretaries say they cannot be disqualified

Shillong, Nov 13 (IANS) At least 10 Meghalaya legislators who quit as Parliamentary Secretaries after the High Court struck down a state law providing for such appointments have said there is no ground for their disqualification as members of the Assembly. On November 9, the Meghalaya High Court had held invalid the state law providing for appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries, but le...

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Aiming to make Haj process online, transparent: Naqvi

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) The government has been working to make the entire Haj process online to bring in transparency and convenience for the pilgrims, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday. The minister, who announced here the process for Haj 2018, said the announcement had been made one month in advance to give more time for preparations. People can apply for Haj ...

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Ex-terror outfit chief arrested for sedition in Tripura

Agartala, Nov 12 (IANS) Outlawed All Tripura Tiger Force's former chief Ranjit Debbarma, who was pushed back by Bangladesh security forces into India four years ago, has been arrested on sedition charges, police said on Sunday. Debbarma was arrested from his house at Sidhai in western Tripura late on Saturday on the charge of sedition and well as in connection with some cases pending at ...

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AIR to launch its services on Amazon's Echo Dot

Shillong, Nov 11 (IANS) All India Radio (AIR) Director General Fayyaz Sheheryar on Saturday announced that the government-owned broadcaster will have its services on Amazon's Echo Dot in the next three-to-six months' time. Amazon Echo (shortened and referred to as Echo) is a brand of smart speakers developed by Amazon.com. The devices connect to the voice-controlled intelligent personal ...

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Approach NCM, SC tells petitioner seeking minority status for Hindus

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) The Supreme court on Friday asked a PIL petitioner seeking that Hindus be declared as minority community in eight states to approach the National Commission for Minorities. The bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi permitted PIL petitioner and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay withdraw his petition and approach the NCM as he urged the court to declare that Hindus...

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Agatha Sangma to contest 2018 assembly elections

Shillong, Nov 10 (IANS) Former MP Agatha K. Sangma will contest the 2018 Meghalaya assembly elections on a National People's Party (NPP) ticket, an official said on Friday. On Thursday night, the NPP released its first list of 24 candidates for the 60 assembly seats in the state. Agatha, who has been elected twice to the Lok Sabha and is daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. ...

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Meghalaya HC strikes down Parliamentary Secretaries Act, incumbents resign

Shillong, Nov 10 (IANS) The Meghalaya High Court on Thursday held invalid the state law providing for appointment of parliamentary secretaries in the state, but left it to the Governor to determine the disqualification of the post-holders from the assembly. The verdict by a division bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Ved Prakash Vaish came on a PIL filed by state reside...

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Meghalaya HC strikes down Parliamentary Secretaries Act

Shillong, Nov 9 (IANS) The Meghalaya High Court on Thursday held invalid the state law providing for appointment of parliamentary secretaries in the state, but left it to the Governor to determine the disqualification of the post-holders from the assembly. The verdict by a division bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Ved Prakash Vaish came on a PIL filed by state residen...

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