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Morigaon district admn prohibits victory procession

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 10:20

Morigaon: The Morigaon District Administration in Assam has promulgated prohibitory order prohibiting victory procession and rally in the district after declaration of Assembly election results on May 19.
The prohibitory order will come into force with immediate effect and continue to remain in force until further notice, a press release issued by the district administration said.
The order issued ex parte was promulgated under Section 144 Cr P C prohibiting any kind of procession rally and victory procession rally in the district without prior permission from the competent authority and route permit. The order has been imposed in view of apprehension of breach of public peace and tranquility due to victory procession or rally by winning candidates resulting in inconvenience to public. (PTI)

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Pakistan objects to Geospatial Bill, India couldn't care less

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:18

New Delhi/Islamabad, May 17 (IANS): Hours after Islamabad expressed its "serious concern" to the UN over the Indian government's proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, New Delhi dismissed the concerns and said "Islamabad has no locus standi on this issue".
Under the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, anyone distributing a map that the Indian government deems to be "wrong" could be liable for a billion-rupee fine and jail time.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India's "incorrect and legally untenable" official map, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, displays the Pakistani side of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India.

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Education Scam: High Court allows filing of addl affidavit

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:18

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, May 17: The Meghalaya High Court on Tuesday allowed filing of additional affidavit on the matter related to the infamous 2009-education job scam unearthed by CBI.
A hearing was conducted here on Tuesday on the petition filed by the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) president Agnes Kharshiing seeking the court’s intervention into the inaction of state police on FIRs filed relating to job scam.

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NESO puts conditions in updating NRC

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:18

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SHILLONG, May 17: The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) has opined that the updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is currently under operation in Assam, should also be conducted in the whole north eastern region, with 1951 being the last updated year and 1971 be the base year.
The decision was taken at the executive council meeting of the NESO held at Guwahati on Tuesday, to discuss the various pending issues with the centre government.
The major issues discussed were on those related to illegal infiltration.

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Only JACATAM can make demands on behalf of teachers

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:17

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SHILLONG, May 17: Taking serious note of FAMASSTA seeking enhancement of salaries of all adhoc teachers in the state, a joint meeting of adhoc teachers associations on Tuesday declared that no single organization is authorize to make any demand on their behalf except for JACATAM, which is fighting for provincialization of teachers’ services.
The matter has been viewed with serious concern at the joint meeting which included Khasi Jainita Higher Secondary Adhoc Teacher’s Association (KJHSATA), Meghalaya Upper Primary School Teachers’ Association (MUPSTA), All Meghalaya Adhoc Lower Primary School Association (AMALPSA) and Federation of All Meghalaya Adhoc Secondary School Teachers’ Association (FAMASSTA).

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BSNL to setup over 540 mobile towers NE circle-I

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-05-18 05:16

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SHILLONG, May 17: State – owned BSNL will be setting up over 540 mobile towers in North East Telecom Circle - I which comprise of Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram to improve the network connectivity.
Speaking on the occasion of World Telecom Day here on Tuesday, BSNL Circle-I chief general manager (CGM) Kamal Kumar Saxena said 200 sites spread across the three states under the circle have been identified for the setting up of the new mobile towers.

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Tripura: Foundation stone for Indo-Bangla railway project to be laid on May 27

TNT - Wed, 2016-05-18 01:23
AGARTALA: The foundation stone for the India-Bangladesh railway project is expected to be laid on May 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay the foundation stone for the project, official sources said. On the similar day, he would flag off passenger train service of Agartala-Sealdah, Agartala-Silchar including Manipur and Mizoram through remote control …
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Meghalaya village transforms itself from brewing liquor to tea

TNT - Wed, 2016-05-18 00:48
When Barsimaluguri became Northeast India’s first smart village it brought due recognition towards the hidden parts of the Northeastern region. Many parts of this beautiful but contested part of India brings surprises for many and indigenous ideas which charter a new course. Where there is a will there is way and along the lines of …
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Tripura:Did the State Govt go ‘easy’ on the ATTF chief Ranjit Debbarma’s case ?

TNT - Wed, 2016-05-18 00:11
In what maybe seen as a shocking lapse on the part of the Tripura state police the state has failed to nail the ATTF chief on as many as 13 charges including that of Mass Killing,abduction and Arms act. Satyabrata Dutta ,the additional judge has acquitted the ATTF Supremo of all charges .It also maybe …
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Five Indian cars fails the NCAP crash safety test

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 23:45
Scoring zero in an exam we can still have the level of confidence in doing better the next time, failure is the pillar of success. Sadly it would not imply the same for cars on the roads, one wrong move and it may be life or death. We are all living in an era where …
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Exclusive interview with Rupert Lynrah, fashion designer from Shillong

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 23:30
Rupert Lynrah is an upcoming designer from Shillong who will be showcasing his collection at the North East India Fashion Week. Here is an exclusive interview with the designer. TNT: Give us an introduction. Tell us something about yourself and your background. RL: My name is Rupert Lynrah. I am a designer from Shillong, Meghalaya.  …
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Superstitions: A curse for modern Meghalaya

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 22:31
SHILLONG: Superstition kills! This very notion which is still very much prevalent in certain pockets of the state has for the past few years instilled a sense of insecurity, the act of which has dragged the term ‘Democracy’ to ‘Demon-crazy’. It may be reminded that issue of Witch hunting or ‘Men ai Ksuid’ plagued the …
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Tripura: After two years, 7 gets jail term for publicly torturing a woman

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 21:58
AGARTALA: A local court convicted seven persons for beating a woman in public by tying her to a pillar at Tata Kalibari in West Tripura District two years back. Soma Majumder (Debnath) was tortured inhumanly tying her to a pillar at Tata Kalibari on October 6 in 2014 by few people including women of the same area. They …
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Conference to promote Northeast tourism ongoing in Meghalaya

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 19:55
SHILLONG: Meghalaya is hosting the International Conference on Advancements in Tourism and Hospitality Marketing (ATHMCON-2016) at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong. The conference will conclude on Wednesday. The delegate will discuss and deliberate  upon issues such as sustainable methods and ways to develop and market tourism in the Northeast region. The conference is …
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Rap metal band from Assam, Ambush all set to release their debut music video

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 19:49
Karbi Anglong has produced many finest musicians in recent period. The band that began with farming to buy their dream instruments has succeeded to come a long way since its inception. Yes, the rap metal band Ambush from Karbi Anglong is all set to release their debut official video Bleeding Anglong. And it’s obvious that …
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Arunachal Pradesh: 36 member team heads to National Karate Championship, 2016

TNT - Tue, 2016-05-17 19:23
ITANAGAR: The Karate Association of India Sub-Junior, Cadet, Junior and U-21 year National Karate Championship, 2016 is scheduled to be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium (New Delhi) from May 20 to 22. A 36-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh accompanied by three officials will be leaving for New Delhi to participate in the championship. WKF certified …
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Millions vote in Kerala; Chandy, Left confident

Shillong Times - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:31

Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly 13 million people had voted by Monday afternoon in Kerala to pick a new assembly, with both the Congress and the Left insisting they were on the road to victory.
Long queues formed outside polling centres across the state right from 7 a.m. despite rains, with officials saying that 43.88 percent of the 26 million voters had exercised their franchise by 1 p.m.
The balloting, to elect 140 legislators, will end at 6 p.m.
As brisk voting continued, both Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and CPI-M veteran V.S. Achuthanandan asserted that their coalitions were set to win the electoral battle.
Chandy said after casting his vote that he was confident the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) would retain its majority in the assembly.
“We are certain the people will give us one more chance,” Chandy told the media at his hometown Puthupally near Kottayam.
Added Congress leader and former chief minister A.K. Antony: “For the first time in the state a ruling party is going to retain power. While the Left will remain in the opposition, the BJP won’t win any seat.”
The main opponent to the UDF is the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
Marxist leader Achuthanandan, contesting from Malampuzha in Palakkad district, met voters one last time before returning to Alappuzha to cast his vote.
“There is a slight rain and this is a good omen,” he said. “There is a huge wave in our favour. We are heading for a landslide victory… People are going to show the exit door to Chandy.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to enter the Kerala assembly for the first time.
State BJP president Kummanem Rajasekheran, contesting in Vatiyoorkavu in the state capital, said things were looking very bright for the BJP.
“There is a strong opposition to both the Left and the Congress.
That’s why we are hugely confident this time,” he said.
Kannur, considered a Marxist bastion, recorded 47.61 per cent turnout followed by Kottayam (45.59). Thiruvananthapuram’s polling percentage was put at 36.14.
Kerala has 2,60,19,284 voters. A total of 1,203 contestants, including 109 women, are in the fray. (IANS)

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Punjab CM evasive on various issues, says AAP

Shillong Times - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:30

Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was “evasive and non-committal” on various issues like scams, corruption and suicides by farmers in the state.
“He was evasive and non-committal on most issues like the food grain scam, corruption, suicides by farmers and the mafia rule,” senior AAP leader and Punjab affairs incharge Sanjay Singh told the media here after a brief meeting with Badal outside the chief minister’s residence.
Sanjay Singh was part of the AAP delegation that met Badal, who walked out of his official residence in Chandigarh’s upscale Sector 2 amid unprecedented security to meet the delegation members.
On the other hand, Badal said most issues raised by the AAP were under the purview of the central government.
Earlier, nearly 15,000 AAP activists gathered at the Dussehra Ground near Phase 7 in Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh, as part of their proposed march towards Badal’s Chandigarh residence.
However, the AAP activists were stopped at the Mohali-Chandigarh border by the Chandigarh Police.
Later, the delegation of AAP leaders, including Sanjay Singh, state convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, was escorted by police to meet acting Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Badal.
The delegation met Solanki at the Punjab Raj Bhavan here before their meeting with Badal.
Security in and around Chandigarh was tightened on Monday ahead of the AAP protest against the Punjab government’s alleged failure to probe the Rs.12,000 crore food grain scam and curb the menace of drugs, mafia and corruption.
The area around the official residences of the chief minister and his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was barricaded by Chandigarh Police since Monday morning. Scores of police personnel, many of them in anti-riot gear, were also deployed.
Chandigarh Police personnel were also deployed around the Haryana and Punjab Raj Bhavans.Security was also increased at all entry points to Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, to stop the AAP activists from moving close to the VIP residences.
The chief minister had cancelled all his official engagements for Monday to receive AAP leaders who wished to protest outside his official residence.The Punjab assembly elections are likely to be held in February next year. (IANS)

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Court sends Home Ministry official to 5-day CBI custody

Shillong Times - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:29

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday sent to five- day CBI custody an under secretary in the Union Home Ministry in connection with a case against him of allegedly dishonestly issuing FCRA notices to several NGOs for financial gains.
Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar allowed the probe agency to quiz Anand Joshi, who was arrested on Sunday from west Delhi, in its custody till May 20. Seeking Joshi’s custody, CBI argued that files relating to several NGOs had gone missing from the Home Ministry and they were recovered from his house and he was not supposed to take them away. It contended that he was neither cooperating in the probe nor disclosing relevant facts and his custodial interrogation was required to find out how those files came to his house. CBI alleged in court that Joshi had been issuing notices dishonestly to a large number of NGOs/ societies registered under the FCRA 2010, which have been receiving significant amount of foreign contributions, in an arbitrary manner.
It said some of these organisations are Care India, Snehalya Charitable Trust, Indian HIV/AIDS Alliance and All India Primary Teachers Federation and alleged that the representatives of some of these organisations were called and Joshi demanded and obtained illegal gratification. It further said when the CBI team had gone to his house, he not present there and even his mobile phone was switched off from May 11 to May 15 and he had left his house leaving a false letter behind. The custody plea, however, was opposed by Joshi’s counsel who said his mobile was not switched off and he had lost his phone in Ujjain and in his 24 years long career he was not even issued an office memo.
Joshi was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly gave unconvincing answers to the questions posed by a team of Special Crime division of the CBI, including those related to disappearance of files related to Sabrang Trust of activist Teesta Setalvad.
Joshi, who had disappeared on the morning of May 11 from his home in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, was yesterday picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning. (PTI)

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Sushil moves High Court to secure Rio berth

Shillong Times - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:28

New Delhi: Left with no other option, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar moved the Delhi High Court with a plea to direct the Wrestling Federation of India to conduct a selection trial to decide who will represent India in men’s 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Games.
Sources claimed the HC could hear the matter on Tuesday.
“We had no option but to take the matter to the court as Sushil wants a chance to undergo a trial,” a source close to Sushil said.
After his name did not figure in India’s Rio preparatory camp, Sushil on Monday suffered yet another setback as Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ruled out intervention in the selection battle for the Rio Olympics, saying that the matter is for the WFI to decide.
With the WFI reluctant to conduct trails in 74kg to decide who between Sushil and Narsingh Pancham Yadav would eventually represent India at the Rio Olympics, the former world champion had taken the matter to the doorsteps of the Prime Minister’s Office. He, though, is yet to get a response.
He had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, Indian Olympic Association, WFI and the fans.
Even the WFI had sought the Sport Ministry’s intervention to resolve the raging furore but Sonowal on Monday made it clear that “Government has nothing to do with it and the Federation, which is an autonomous body, is the final authority.”
As a last resort, the 32-year-old wrestler has finally moved the court.
According to the rules, a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler and, thus, it was expected that a trial would be held in the contentious 74kg category to chose between Sushil and Narsingh.
WFI has been giving hints that it is not too keen on holding the trial in 74kg division, fearing demands from other wrestlers in the remaining seven weight categories India has earned quotas for Rio Games.
Even as Sushil’s letter was lying with the PMO, WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had said that the federation would wait for the government to give directions on the matter.
Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial.  Sushil has also argued that the government has spent a substantial amount of money on his training and even the federation has been asking him to keep practising.
“If it was already decided that the athlete winning the quota place would be the one going to Rio Games, then WFI should have told me and also my name should have been omitted from the Sports Ministry’s TOP scheme.
“Then I would not have worked so hard in the last one year and also the government should not have wasted so much money and time on my training in India as well as abroad,” Sushil had said. The WFI is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday. (PTI)

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