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Meghalaya and modified automobiles - an age-old love affair

Shillong, July 25 (IANS) There is an endless splendour of natural beauty that would strike you on a visit to Meghalaya. Thick pine forests, green hills, countless waterfalls gushing down the slopes, low-hanging clouds and the like. One, however, also cannot miss the passion of the ordinary people -- their love for potted plants, for instance. Or modified cars. Spotting a Maruti-800 conve...

2 days ago
Meghalaya CM launches grassroots football programme

Shillong, July 22 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma officially launched a statewide football grassroots development programme 'Mission Football' amid much fanfare at the packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. Mission Football is a pet project of the chief minister for developing a sustainable infrastructure for the sport in all the 11 districts of the state which ha...

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Millennium Development Goals-2015 only partially achieved: CAG

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) With a countrywide average of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of 39 deaths per 1,000 live births and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 167 per 1,00,000 live births, the country only partially achieved the Millennium Development Goals-2015 under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the CAG has said. The partial achievement was far from the targets set under the F...

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Meghalaya to launch grassroots football development programme

Shillong, July 21 (IANS) A state government-backed football grassroots development programme will be launched with an exhibition match between the north-eastern players and their rest of India counterparts at the floodlit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. A 'pet project' of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, the gala event where all state government dignitaries are expected ...

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4,472 Haj pilgrims will go from northeast

Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) A total of 4,472 pilgrims from the northeastern states are set to go to Saudi Arabia for Haj this year, it was announced on Friday. Haj Committee chairman Nekibur Zaman said the first batch would leave Guwahati on July 24 for Medina. The pilgrimage would continue till July 31. Daily 600 pilgrims will travel to Medina from Guwahati in two batches. For the ...

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4,472 Haaj pilgrims will go from northeast

Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) A total of 4,472 pilgrims from northeastern states are set to go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year, it was announced on Friday. Hajj Committee chairman Nekibur Zaman said the first batch would leave Guwahati on July 24 for Medina. The pilgrimage would continue till July 31. Daily 600 pilgrims will travel to Medina from Guwahati in two batches. For the fi...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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Why India needs to count its broken toilets

In 2016, as many as 96.5 per cent of rural elementary government schools had toilets, but more than one in four (27.79 per cent) were dysfunctional or locked, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). Only about 68.7 per cent of schools had working toilet facilities for students. In 2016, the ASER survey was conducted in 589 of 619 rural districts, and...

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16 states register 100% voting in presidential poll

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Sixteen states and a union territory registered 100 per cent polling in presidential election, official figures released here said on Tuesday. The lowest percentage of 86.67 per cent in the Monday voting was registered by Meghalaya while it was 95 per cent for Mizoram. The states with 100 per cent polling are Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Ch...

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Eight Meghalaya MLAs don't cast vote in presidential poll

Shillong, July 17 (IANS) Eight legislators in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly abstained from voting in Monday's presidential election, an election official said. According to Congress legislator Kennedy Khyriem, senior party leader and state minister Martin M. Danggo was amongst those who could not cast his vote, as he is undergoing treatment in a Chennai hospital, while Parliamentary S...

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50 per cent of human rights complaints from J&K: RTI

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir accounted for 49.5 per cent of the human rights violation complaints against the armed forces between 2012 and 2016, revealed an RTI reply. Meanwhile, the state's share in the monetary relief recommended was a mere three per cent, it said. A total of 186 complaints were received between 2012 and January 2016 from seven states, said the ...

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Now an algorithm-based system to facilitate organ transplants

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Aiming to ease the process of finding the right organ donors in India, a medical assistance start-up has developed an algorithm-based system to facilitate donor exchanges for organ transplants. The algorithm is ready and available. The patient's family has to submit the patient details and the pairing will be done. We are addressing liver patients first, as the ...

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Cattle smuggling from India harms Bangladesh dairy industry: BGB

Shillong, July 15 (IANS) The Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on Saturday asked its Indian counterpart, the Border Security Force (BSF) to stop cattle smuggling as it is harming their dairy industry. It is a fact that cattle are being smuggled from India to Bangladesh. We have agreed and identified that cattle by itself cannot walk. It is understandable that both countries' nationals are i...

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Data from India helps Bangladesh prepare for floods, but Assam reels

As the monsoon begins, some parts of Bangladesh are already flooded, and the Brahmaputra and Ganga rivers are expected to burst their banks sooner rather than later. But the people are now more aware of potential disasters thanks to improved flood forecasting and monitoring systems. 'We made a forecast for the ongoing flood in the Surma-Kushiyara basin prior to June 30, and now we are fo...

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India-Bangladesh border talks begin in Meghalaya

Shillong, July 12 (IANS) India and Bangladesh on Wednesday began a four-day dialogue on border issues, with Dhaka complaining about illegal killings of Bangladeshis and illegal entry of Indians into Bangladesh. A 23-member delegation of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) led by Additional Director General M. Zahid Hasan arrived here in Meghalaya. U.C. Sarangi, the Inspector General of th...

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Italian speleologist set to explore Meghalaya's caves

Lindau (Germany), July 11 (IANS) Noted Italian geologist and cave explorer Francesco Sauro, who has led successful expeditions to one of the world's oldest cave systems in Venezuela's Tepui mountains, is gearing up to explore the lost world in India's Meghalaya, which harbours some of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world. Sauro, a speleologist, who has close to 20 years of c...

14 days ago
Andhra, Telangana, Gujarat best in ease of doing business: NITI CEO

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat are the three best-performing states in ease of doing business, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday. One the other hand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam fare worst in the rankings, he told reporters here. Kant presented the rankings based on key development and social indicators across states and union territorie...

14 days ago
Jailed Meghalaya MLA on House panels; women, child activists object

Shillong, July 10 (IANS) Meghalaya legislator Julius Dorphang, accused of raping a minor, has been appointed as member of two assembly panels, evoking strong opposition from a women's group. The Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Monday appealed to Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal to re-look into the appointment of Dorphang as a member of the Committee of Privi...

14 days ago
Jailed Meghalaya MLA appointed to assembly panels

Shillong, July 10 (IANS) Meghalaya legislator Julius Dorphang, accused of raping a minor girl, has been appointed a member of two assembly panels, evoking a strong opposition from a women's group. Dorphang, who is lodged in Shillong jail and facing trial in the case of raping a 14-year-old girl, was appointed a member of the Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Subordinate Legisl...

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Northeast traders embrace GST despite digital challenges

Agartala/Guwahati, July 8 (IANS) Amid confusion and initial reluctance, traders in the northeast seem to have finally accepted the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and officials are hopeful that teething troubles will be resolved soon. The Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER), the Northeast Chapter of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and...

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