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Guv calls on teachers to build character and acumen of children

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2015-09-04 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 03:  For the first time ever, the Governor of Meghalaya, V. Shanmuganathan met with the Principals of Colleges and Higher Secondary School of Shillong city on the eve of Teachers’ Day at Raj Bhavan, Shillong on Thursday.
Lauding the teachers, the Governor said, “Even in dire circumstances, our teachers have rendered invaluable service towards individual, social and national growth. Let us therefore accord due respect to our teachers, as has been India’s own tradition. Today more than ever, a great responsibility rests with Teachers in regard to building the character and acumen of the children and youth of India.”

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2 extortionists lynched in NGH

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2015-09-04 04:00

Staff Reporter
TURA, Sept 03: Continuing the saga of lynching of extortionists in the Garo Hills region, two dacoits of a group of four were surrounded and later killed by an angry mob in the village of Dokongsi, about 140 kms from the town of Tura.
The incident happened at about 7 pm on Wednesday night near Kharkutta in North Garo Hills (NGH) district.

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Self styled Nokma in trouble for illegal sale of land

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2015-09-04 03:59

Staff Reporter
TURA, Sept 03: The Boldamgre illegal land sale case which had kept the whole Garo Hills region on tenterhooks after the self appointed Nokma, Olsin Ch Marak sold land belonging to the Aking to non tribals saw further development on Thursday after an FIR was filed against the Nokma for the illegal sale.
However, the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has expressed unhappiness at the delay in Marak’s arrest while also seeking eviction of those that bought the land illegally.

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Megha-LAMP launched to improve family income

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2015-09-04 03:59

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 03: The Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (Megha-LAMP), a project to improve family incomes and quality of life in rural areas of the mountainous state of Meghalaya, was launched on Thursday by Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma.
Speaking at the launch of the project at Yojana Bhavan, Main Secretariat, Shillong, Dr. Sangma said that his government is trying to fulfil its constitutional obligations to empower people so that they can take care of their social needs and basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter.

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Team India conquer Lanka after 22 years

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:56

Visitors win 3rd Test by 117 runs, Mathews’s 7th Test hundred in vain

Colombo: India on Tuesday claimed an away Test series win against Sri Lanka after 22 years as they clinched the decisive third match by 117 runs for a 2-1 triumph on the fifth day at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground here.
In pursuit of 386 runs for victory on the final day, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 268 in their second innings despite strong resistance from captain Angelo Mathews (110) and Kusal Perera (70).
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up figures of 4-69 and was ably supported by pacer Ishant Sharma (3-32). The win marked India’s first away Test series victory since 2011 when they defeated the West Indies. It was also Virat Kohli’s first series triumph as captain of the Test team. And it was the third time that India have won a Test series after losing the first match. Ashwin took 21 wickets to be declared the Man-of-the-Series. Ishant also became only the fourth Indian pacer after stalwarts Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan to bag 200 Test wickets.
Cheteshwar Pujara was declared the Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten 145 that propelled India to 312 in the first innings. Resuming the day at 67/3, the islanders were put under relentless pressure from the very beginning, especially with Ishant bowling his heart out. At the other end, Umesh Yadav reaped the reward as he got right-hander Kaushal Silva caught while trying to pull a bouncer. He only succeeded to hand it to Pujara at short mid-wicket.
Lahiru Thirimanne was peppered with short balls and swinging deliveries that jumped off good length but the left-hander weathered the early storm and supported his skipper well. Their 33-run partnership was ended by Ashwin, who succeeded in foxing Thirimanne by a looping delivery. The left-hander closed the face of the bat but the ball managed to fly off the leading edge. Lokesh Rahul grabbed it brilliantly at silly point.
Mathews was joined by Perera. They were defiant at times, but the two wickets gave India the upper hand as the hosts went into lunch at 134/5.
At the post-lunch session, the partnership between Mathews and Perera flourished, igniting hopes of a possible draw for the hosts.
Sri Lanka were in attacking mode as Perera latched onto any loose ball that came his way. Perera went after leg-spinner Amit Mishra, hitting him to the boundary twice in an over. All-rounder Stuart Binny also suffered considerable punishment. The tourists finally broke the 135-run partnership as a rush of blood prompted Perera to reverse-sweep Ashwin but the miscued shot found Rohit Sharma at point.
But in the final session, the Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing as the resilient Mathews fell prey to Ishant. (IANS)

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Winning in Lanka after 22 years a magnificent milestone: Kohli

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:56

Colombo: An elated Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that clinching an away series against Sri Lanka after 22 years is a “magnificent milestone”.
India, who beat the hosts by 117 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on Tuesday, staged a strong comeback from being 0-1 down to win two back-to-back Tests and pocket the three-match series 2-1.
“Feels nice, especially with such a young team, early in our careers, it is a magnificent milestone winning here for the first time in 22 years,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after bagging his first Test series as captain.
The skipper said it was tough coming back in the series and lauded the efforts of even those players who were in the squad but did not feature in the crucial third game.
“Being 0-1 down was never easy. I was told it has never been done (winning away from home) so we created a bit of history. Even the guys who haven’t played, guys like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Varun (Aaron) and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), a senior, who has run around and helped everyone,” said Kohli who missed out with the bat in both innings.
The 26-year-old added that everyone played their part in the win and also praised players like Cheteshwar Pujara who came into the side as a replacement and then grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
“The attitude has been brilliant and you mentioned Pujara came in after someone was injured and he saw it as an opportunity and played well. That is why we are playing the kind of cricket we are playing. There are areas we want to improve on, and now that the series is over we can count the number of sessions where we did not play well.
“Overall, very proud of the boys,” he concluded. (IANS)

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Ishant suspended for one Test, to miss SA opener at Mohali

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:55

Colombo: India’s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was on Tuesday suspended for one Test match for breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct during the third cricket Test against Sri Lanka where he got into repeated altercations with opposition players.
Ishant will thus miss India’s first Test against South Africa at Mohali from November 5.
Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal has been handed a suspension sentence of one ODI for making deliberate physical contact with Ishant while Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad were fined 50 percent of their match fees.
“In a separate incident, which happened in the first over of Sri Lanka’s second innings, Sharma was handed two Suspension Points for giving a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga”, the ICC said in a statement, hours after India clinched a historic Test series win.
Sharma was charged under Article 2.1.7, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”.
“This was the third time that Sharma been found guilty of giving the dismissed batsman a send-off during this series. Therefore, he has been suspended for his next match and will miss India’s first Test against South Africa in Mohali from 5 November,” the release stated.
If Sharma commits a further breach of Article 2.1.7 within 12 months, it will amount to his fourth offence and, as such, he will face an imposition of eight Suspension Points or a suspension for a fixed period of time ranging between the equivalent of eight Suspension Points and one year.
Two Suspension Points in the Code equates to a suspension from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, to be applied to the subsequent international matches in which the player sanctioned is most likely to participate in. (PTI)

Ishant joins 200-Test wickets club

Colombo: Playing a pivotal role in India’s 2-1 series win against Sri Lanka, pace spearhead Ishant Sharma  on Tuesday joined the 200 Test wickets-club after taking the key scalp of centurion Angelo Mathews. Bagging eight wickets in the third and final Test, including a fifer in the first innings, Ishant joined an elite company of Indian fast bowlers including Kapil Dev (434), Zaheer Khan (311) and Javagal Srinath (236).
Getting the dangerous Mathews (110) back in the pavilion after skipper Virat Kohli took the second new ball, Ishant broke Lankan resistance to enable his team register a 117-run win.
Ishant, who bagged 13 wickets in three matches, also became a part of the Indian side that won on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years. It was also Kohli’s first series win as Test captain. The lanky-pacer, who turns 27 on Wednesday also became only the 11th bowler to claim 200 Test victims under 27 years of age. (PTI)

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Real blame United for failure to complete deal

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:54

MADRID: Real Madrid have blamed Manchester United for their failure to sign Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before midnight transfer deadline and said they did everything needed to complete the transaction.
De Gea faces an uncertain future after the deal to join Real, which included Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas moving to the English club, was scuppered when the paperwork did not arrive at the Spanish league in time and the data was not entered into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) as required.
Real said in a statement on their website (www.realmadrid.com) today the bureaucratic snafu, which prompted widespread ridicule on social media, was not their fault and detailed exhaustively how and why the necessary documents were not ready until it was too late.
United had not initiated talks on a possible De Gea transfer until yesterday morning, the statement said. After initial agreement was reached, Real said they sent the contracts to United at 1:39 pm. Spanish time (1709 IST).
Eight hours later they were sent back with “small modifications”, which Real said they immediately accepted. Real then sent the contracts signed by De Gea and Navas back to United for their signature at 0302 IST, 28 minutes before the deadline.
United entered the details of De Gea’s transfer into TMS at exactly midnight Spanish time but did not register the Navas deal and by then it was too late for Real to access the system.
TMS gave them a last chance to register the deal around half an hour later and Real also sent the documents to the Spanish league even though they knew the deadline had passed.
“Real Madrid did everything necessary, and at all times, to complete these two transfers,” Real’s statement concluded.
The Spanish league did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for United said they had no immediate response to Real’s statement.
FIFA rules state that players can be registered only during one of two annual transfer periods — the other is in January — with the exception being if their contract has expired before the end of a registration period.
For a player to transfer to another country, their new club and his previous club have to submit certain information and documentation to the TMS.
The system then generates an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) which allows the player’s registration to be switched from one country to another.
Asked today about the failed transfer, a FIFA spokesperson said: “Up until now, we do not appear to have been contacted by either of the parties in this matter. “Please understand that as a result we cannot comment on a hypothetical scenario.”
As things stand, De Gea, whose deal with United expires at the end of the season when he can leave for free, could find himself out in the cold, at least until the end of the year when the market opens again.
As the transfer saga rumbled on, United coach Louis van Gaal left the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper out of the squad for the Premier League club’s opening games of the season, with Argentina international Sergio Romero playing instead.
Real want De Gea as a long-term replacement for his Spain team mate Iker Casillas, the former club captain who joined Porto in July.
De Gea was selected last week for Spain’s forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia although coach Vicente del Bosque hinted that he could lose his place in the squad if his club situation remained unresolved.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid say De Gea transfer problem not their fault.  Real Madrid said today they had done everything necessary to complete the transfer of goalkeeper David De Gea from Manchester United before deadline. The Spain goalkeeper was facing an uncertain future after the transfer paperwork apparently failed to arrive at the Spanish league by yesterday’s deadline, media reports said, but Real said in a statement that the delay was not their fault. (REUTERS)

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US and Swiss prosecutors to speak on corruption probes

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:54

BERNE: The United States and Swiss Attorneys General will both speak about their investigations into soccer corruption, which have rocked FIFA, at an event in Zurich this month, the Swiss attorney general’s office said today.
US attorney general Loretta Lynch and her Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber will hold a joint news conference on September 14, Lauber’s office said in a statement. FIFA was thrown into turmoil on May 27 when 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from FIFA, were indicted in the US on bribery, money-laundering and wire-fraud charges involving more than 150 million dollars in payments.
Seven of those accused were arrested by Swiss police in a dawn raid on a luxury Zurich hotel two days before the FIFA Congress where Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as president.
The Swiss investigation is focusing on the decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, made at the Congress in Zurich on December 2, 2010.
“The focus will be on the two separate criminal proceedings,” said the Swiss attorney general’s office in its statement.
Four days after being re-elected, Blatter made a shock announcement in which he said he would resign. His successor will be chosen at an extraordinary FIFA Congress on February 26.
Last month, Reuters reported that the Swiss investigation had hit some roadblocks, according to US and European sources familiar with the matter. Barriers to progress included reduced levels of collaboration with US authorities who are conducting a parallel probe that is much more advanced, and an increasing acknowledgment by prosecutors in Berne that their powers under Swiss law were constrained in this kind of case. (REUTERS)

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Anand draws with Aronian; remains joint eighth

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:54

St Louis (USA): Former world champion Viswanathan Anand did not have a change in fortunes as he played out his sixth draw in a row, signing peace with tournament leader Levon Aronian of Armenia in the eighth and penultimate round of the Sinquefield Cup chess meet.
Having lost two and drawn six, Anand is certain to lose some rating points even if he wins his last round game against reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
For the first time, the round did not produce a single decisive games with all games ending peacefully. Carlsen was the closest to victory against American Hikaru Nakamura but the Norwegian has been struggling with his form tremendously in the last few games. It was a major slip that saw Nakamura survive a near-hopeless position.
With just one round remaining in the super tournament, Aronian is sitting pretty eying his first major title this year. The Armenian with 5.5 points, enjoys a full point lead over nearest rivals Anish Giri of Holland, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Alexander Grischuk of Russia and Carlsen who all have 4.5 points apiece.
Nakamura and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria share the sixth spot on four points each, a point ahead of Fabiano Caruana of United States and Anand who have three points in their kitty. Wesley So, with 2.5 points is at the bottom of the tables.
In the second half, Anand’s most difficult game was supposedly against in-form Aronian but it turned out to be an easy game in the end. Playing the black side of an English opening Anand faced little difficulty once Aronian made an erroneous 16th move when a pawn capture by the queen might have given a tangible advantage.
As it turned out, Anand quickly neutralised, exchanging a queens and reaching an endgame where there was minimal pressure but the Indian had an extra pawn to boast off. Aronian decided against further risks and repeated, reaching a draw in 31 moves.
Carlsen was unlucky not to go closer to Aronian. Former world champion Garry Kasparov spent a lot of time in the venue today and he disclosed he had analysed the middle game of Carlsen’s game with the Norwegian when he was training him some years back. (PTI)

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Meghalaya Shooting Championship 2015 held

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:53

GUWAHATI: The Shooting Association of Meghalaya (SAM) conducted the 1st State shooting championship 2015 on August 30 at Guwahati Sports shooting range as preparation for the upcoming North East Zonal Shooting Championship to be held at Imphal, Manipur in September under the National Rifle Association of India.
The competition was conducted as per the governing rules and as laid down by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and in the events of 10 meter and 25 meter.
In the 10 meter .177 pistol senior men category, the 1st position was bagged by Bijoy Dutta with a score of 364 points, 2nd position was taken by John Thanoujam with a score of 361 and 3rd position by Mangtinlal with  a score of 360 points.
W. Kharkongor was unable to complete the required number of shots .
In the 25 meter .22 standard pistol,  John Thanoujam scored 256 points and in the 25 meter .32 center fire he scored 253 after losing 10 points due to time delay of 1 second.
The sweltering heat of Guwahati took its toll on the shooters.
But this was done in anticipation of the Zonal to be held at Imphal which shares a similar temperature like Guwahati. The competition was judged by International ISSF judge Mr. Dhiraj Kalita and referee was Mr. Gurung.

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Sports UPDATE

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:53

ISL champs Atletico de Kolkata begin pre-season training in Spain
Segovia/Kolkata: Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) began their month-long pre-season training at Segovia in Spain, the franchise announced on Tuesday. The champions of the inaugural edition of ISL will train at Los Angeles de San Rafael ground in El Espinar before the second season of the tournament begins on October 3. Atletico de Kolkata will play their first practice match against Gimnastica Segoviana CF, a Spanish U-19 team on Thursday, the franchise said in a release. This year ATK have signed Portugal’s Helder Postiga as their marquee player and have roped in Canadian forward Iain Hume from franchise Kerala Blasters to boost their squad. (IANS)
Sports ministry recognises yoga as sports discipline
New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Tuesday decided to recognise yoga as a sports discipline and put it in priority category. “It has further been decided to recognise yoga as a sports discipline and to place it in the priority category,” a ministry release said. The ministry reviewed the categorisation of various disciplines and also revised the scale of financial assistance admissible to each category, which was further conveyed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and all National Sports Federations. Also, based on the past performance in major international events, it was also decided to upgrade fencing from others to general category. It was also decided to place university sports in the priority category. (UNI)
IOA chief ‘disappointed’ after HC takes away award
New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran has expressed his disappointment after being stripped of the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar by the Delhi High Court. Ramachandran was conferred the honour in 2011 during his time as patron of the Squash Rackets Federation of India because he claimed to have spent Rs 7.5 crore over a period of 10 years to run the Squash and Triathlon Academy in Tamil Nadu. But a two-judge bench concluded in a 53-page judgement on Monday that the selection and process of verification was questionable. The court was acting  on a petition filed by a group of former squash players in 2013. Ramachandran, who is also the president of the World Squash Federation, is the brother of current International Cricket Council chairman and former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief N. Srinivasan. (ians)
Delhi Dynamos FC sign Spanish goalkeeper Toni Doblas
New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos FC on Tuesday signed Spanish goalkeeper Toni Doblas for the second season of the Hero Indian Super League beginning next month. An experienced goalkeeper, 35-year-old Doblas has played for top clubs like Real Betis, Napoli and Zaragoza. He is strong in the air and has an impressive foot-work. He is known for his skills when defending free kicks. Having won the Coppa Italia with Napoli and Copa del Rey with Betis, Doblas brings on board invaluable experience and a winning mentality that can be crucial for Dynamos in their ISL season 2 campaign. On Doblas’ signing, Delhi Dynamos FC president Prashant Agarwal said, “We are delighted to have signed Toni for this season. I’m sure his confidence and composure at the back will do wonders for the team.” (PTI)
AIFF India U-19 eyes first win in Asian football event
Vasco: After going down fighting in their last away match, AIFF India U-19 side are confident of their first win when they lock horns with Felda United of Malaysia in the Asian Champions Trophy here on Wednesday. The hosts have a single point from their first two away matches against Felda United and Chonburi FC (Thailand) and need to win the encounter at Tilak Maidan to keep their hopes of progressing further in the tournament alive. Frenz United, also from Malaysia, is the fourth team in the group. The team has been training hard at the Trinity Ground in Benaulim to identify and plug gaps in their play and correct mistakes they committed in their last two away matches.The tournament started on August 19 in Malaysia. The teams will play on home and away basis and the top two from the group stage will progress to the knock-out rounds. India started their campaign with a goalless draw against Felda United, which enabled them to earn one point. (PTI)
Record entries for National Inter-District Junior Athletics
Visakhapatnam: The Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) ambitious grassroots programme – the National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet (NID-JAM) – has received record entries this year. The AFI has received 3,884 entries which includes 2,074 male and 1210 female athletes for both the Under-16 and U-14 age groups. Around 600 coaches will be accompanying the teams. The event is scheduled to be held at the Diamond Jubilee Outdoor Stadium here from September 5 to 7. A AFI team will be spotting young talent at the for the National Youth Camp on the basis of their performance. The tournament will feature 30 events in both track and field. (IANS)

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Thailand arrests main suspect in Bangkok blast case

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:51

Bangkok: A second foreign national believed to be the “primary suspect” in Thailand’s deadliest bombing at a Brahma temple here has been arrested at a checkpost on the Cambodian border, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Tuesday.
General Prayut said the male suspect was apprehended while trying to cross the border at Ban Pa Rai in Thailand’s Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo province.
“It’s true. He has been arrested at Sa Kaeo checkpoint,” Prayut said, adding, “We are interrogating him. He is a main suspect and a foreigner.” The Premier did not disclose the nationality of the man.
The person is reportedly being flown by helicopter to Bangkok. According to media reports, the man is the one seen in CCTV footage on August 17 wearing a yellow shirt and leaving a backpack reportedly containing the bomb behind at the shrine, a popular tourist attraction. Twenty persons were killed in the blast and more than a 100 hurt. Nation paper quoted Taskforce Major General Srisak Poonprasit as saying that the suspect was spotted by a joint patrol unit of troops and police trying to sneak across the border in Ban Dong Ngu village in Tambon Parai of Aranyaprathet district to Cambodia.
The suspect was found walking with a black backpack in the border forest area. The patrol unit recognised the suspect’s face as being similar to the man seen on the CCTVs, the paper said.
Thai police expanded their investigation into the attack yesterday, seizing explosives from a suburban apartment building and warning that the group they are pursuing had been preparing “quite a lot of bombs”.
Thai police on Saturday arrested the first suspect in the case, an unidentified foreigner. The arrested man was carrying a fake Turkish passport but his identity remained unclear as Turkish diplomats said they did not believe he was a Turk.
Yet two weeks after the attack, the authorities have remained vague on the possible motives of the perpetrators. (PTI)

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Malaysia reviewing French proposal for Rafale fighter jets

Shillong Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:51

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is reviewing a proposal from France to buy Rafale fighter jets but any decision would depend on how affordable the aircraft are, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Tuesday. Malaysia, which wants to replace its fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighters, is said to be looking at the Rafale, Boeing’s F/A-18, Swedish firm Saab’s Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon. French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, is said to be in talks with Malaysia to supply 16 of the multi-role combat jets. “It’s too soon to announce anything about it,” Hishammuddin told a joint news conference with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the Malaysian capital.
“It’s part and parcel of the industry and it’s a proposal we look at and I have been very transparent with the Malaysian public that it’s a question of affordability,” he added, when asked about Malaysia’s interest in the fighter jet. A Malaysian decision had been expected this year, but aviation industry executives have warned that fiscal troubles stemming from lower prices for oil and commodities could lead to delays in placing the order. Hishammuddin also said he had no discussions with his French counterpart on the procurement of Mistral helicopter carriers, which the French are trying to sell. France last year suspended the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia, after coming under pressure from its Western allies over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis. (PTI)

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Ardent drops MUDA building byelaws issue

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:29

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 01: A group of MDCs and NGOs led by the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Tuesday decided to give up on the issue of the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) building byelaws in order to end the current confusion created in the minds of the people.
According to the group, they have decided to withdraw from the issue and instead give a chance to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to resolve and address the various problems faced by the people.
The decision was taken after the recent statements made by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, PN Syiem and other NGOs against the move taken by the group to resolve the issue.

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Banking operations to be severely hit in Wednesday strike

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:29

CHENNAI/AGARTALA/BENGALURU/KOLKATA, Sept 01 (IANS): Banking and insurance operations in India will come to a grinding halt on Wednesday with around half a million employees going on strike in protest against the centre’s economic and labour policies, said union leaders.
“Across the country around 500,000 bankers - workers and officers - would be participating in the strike. Around 75,000 branches will not work tomorrow (Wednesday),” All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIEBA) general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam said.

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SKRS opposes ‘alternative measure’ to empower traditional heads

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:28

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 01: The Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong (SKRH) on Tuesday expressed its opposition to the new draft bill proposed by the state government as an alternative measure to empower the traditional heads of the Khasi Jaintia hills.
“We unanimously decided to strongly oppose the new draft bill to replace the ordinance proposed by the state government,” SKNSBH secretary RL Blah said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

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First ever total hip surgery performed at Tura Civil Hospital

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:27

Staff Reporter
TURA, Sept 01: In what is the first in the Garo Hills region and possibly the first within the state run government hospitals, a 60-year-old woman from Rongram in West Garo Hills (WGH) successfully underwent a total hip replacement surgery at Tura Civil Hospital (TCH).
“It is a complicated surgery. The patient had a pathological fracture of the hipbone. The procedure was performed with replacement of polyethylene cup and artificial socket, neck and head, known as cemented total hip replacement”, said the orthopedic surgeon who conducted the surgery Adrian R Marak along with orthopedic surgeon Chester R. Marak, medical officer Suzarine R Marak and Moloy Hajong.

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“I am short … I am fat … I am sexy”: NESFAS Chairman

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:27

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 01: “I am short… I am fat… I am sexy” were my response for an interview at a spot United Nations interview” said North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) Chairman, Phrang Roy recounting the words that got him the job and also broke the ice with 50 young minds from various departments of NEHU.
The session, organised by the Department of Sociology, NEHU and Chaired by Dr. A.K Nongkynrih, Professor of Sociology is aimed to update the students that come from various parts of not just Meghalaya, but all the North East of India.

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Governor soon to approve VABs

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2015-09-02 04:26

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 01: The Village Administration Bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) are likely to become Acts with the Governor assuring to give his approval to the same very soon.
Addressing pressmen after meeting the Governor V Shanmuganathan on the issue here on Tuesday, District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister HDR Lyngdoh and the Chief Executive member (CEM) of the KHADC PN Syiem said that they were assured by the Governor that he will soon give his assent to the VABs.

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