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Meghalaya CM’s vehicle meets with accident

TNT - Fri, 2016-02-12 01:46
SHILLONG: The vehicle of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma met with an accident today at around 1:30pm at 3rd Mile, Upper Shillong. Initial reports suggest that one Mahindra Maxx-tourist vehicle (ML-04A-3374) driven by Jeskalur L Mawdoh (25 years) dashed against the Honda Accord (ML-01-0001) driven by P Lyngdoh with the Chief Minister as …
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SAG 2016: Nepal holds India 0-0 to enter women’s football final

TNT - Fri, 2016-02-12 00:31
SHILLONG: Nepal booked their place in the final of the 12th South Asian Games women’s football event after holding defending champions India to a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. Nepal is at the top of the table with seven points while India is placed third. They had beaten Bangladesh 2-0 …
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Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India

TNT - Fri, 2016-02-12 00:26
NEW DELHI: Facebook had cut off its Free Basics service for India three days after the country’s telecom watchdog said no to discriminatory pricing of data content. “Free Basics is no longer available to people in India,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail statement. No further comment was offered. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India …
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Shillong Chamber Choir with their mind blowing mashup!

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 23:56
So the Shillong Chamber Choir released yet another video of their latest performance in Mumbai, which is brilliant, to say the least. This time, they did a crazy mashup of ABBA’s Voulez Vouz, Disco Deewane from Student of the Year, and Aap Jaisa Koi from the film Qurbani. Here, check it out:
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Meghalaya: Hardcore GNLA civilian cadres nabbed

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 23:30
TURA: South Garo Hills police have arrested three hard core GNLA civilian cadres from Siju Wathre area under Nongal PS limits. The arrested cadres have been identified as Kancha alias Raj; Hinen and Limbu. They are working under Rakkam, Finance Secretary of GNLA under Nongalbibra area. They were actively involved in providing vital information to …
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Himanta wants to come back to Cong: Gogoi

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 20:58
GUWAHATI: Himanta Biswa Sarma is in touch with AICC leadership to come back to the ruling party if Tarun Gogoi is to be believed. Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Thursday, the Assam Chief Minister revealed that the former Cabinet minister has been talking to Congress leadership in New Delhi for his second coming. ALSO …
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Tripura: IPFT candidate’s daughter raped, stir continues for rape accused’s arrest

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 19:58
AGARTALA: Resentment prevailed at Sabroom of Tripura’s South District centering the rape of a minor girl by a CPI (M) cadre. The rape survivor is known to be the daughter of Binoy Tripura, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) candidate for Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council. At this, IPFT workers on Thursday gheraoed Sabroom …
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Designing their music: Exclusive Interview with Blueprint Dives

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 19:15
Introducing the band who made a flicker after releasing its debut single and whose inspiration comes from the extreme metal giants Extols, led to the formation of a band known as Blueprint Dives. They are a four piece progressive metal band from Shillong. These guys were recently seen glittering in a show called ‘Empowering the …
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Two villagers killed for practising witchcraft in Assam

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 18:52
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured by a village mob in a suspected case of witch-hunting at a remote Amdudi Mazgaon hamlet under Baithalangsho police station in Karbi Anglong district. The body of one of the two persons was fished out by police from a nearby river on Wednesday. Agitated villagers attacked Rajen …
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Meet this 19-year-old innovator from Lakhimpur, Assam

TNT - Thu, 2016-02-11 18:51
A boy named Dhruba Jyoti Kakati from village no. 1, Morisuti, Pathalipahar, which is 45 kms away from North Lakhimpur, Assam has completed 5 different innovations useful to mankind. He completed his HS from North Lakhimpur College and now is a student at Biswanath College of Agriculture , Assam. From his childhood, his love for …
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BJP chief pledges to stop infiltration from B’desh

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:53

Guwahati: The BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday promised to stop infiltration to Assam from Bangladesh across the border and facilitate all-encompassing development of the state if the BJP is voted to power in the state after the coming Assembly polls.
Addressing two rallies in Assam – at Kokrajhar and Nagaon – Amit Shah stated that illegal migrants from Bangladesh had robbed the indigenous youth of Assam of livelihood options besides posing threat to the identity of the sons of the soil.
“A BJP government in Assam will ensure no more illegal migration from Bangladesh by securing the border,” Shah said and accused the ruling Congress party in Assam of encouraging illegal migration from Bangladesh. Shah addressed a party workers’ rally in Nagaon and the celebration of 14th Bodoland Day in Kokrajhar organized by BJP’s ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) that is in power in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTC).
Promising uniform and all-encompassing development of every nook and corer of the state, he fired a broadside at Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam for retarding the pace of development in the state. He accused chief minister Gogoi of running a corrupt government.
“Assam is rich in natural resources, efficient work forces and great tourism potential. Yet the state is lagging behind in all fronts, be it unavailability of power, roads, safe drinking water or basic health care in rural areas. Even the one-horned rhino that attracts so many tourists to Assam could not be protected by the present Congress government as about 100 rhinos have been poached in the last three years. Number of unemployed has increased from 9 lakhs to 23 lakhs in the last 15 years” he said.
Addressing the rally in Kokrajhar, Shah pledged the BJP-led NDA government would grant more than the Rs 1000 crore development fund demanded by the ruling BPF for the BTC areas.
He appealed to the people of Bodoland areas in Assam to facilitate a BJP-BPF (Bodoland People’s Front) government in Assam for the sake of development.
Meanwhile, chief minister Tarun Gogoi rebutted allegations made by Amit Shah saying, “If my government is corrupt why the BJP has allowed one of my former ministers (Himanta Bishwa Sharma) to join their party. If the BJP loves Assam so much, then why the special status of the state has been done away with by the BJP in the Centre.”

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Rs 10 cr sanctioned as immediate relief earthquake victims of Manipur

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:53

Imphal: The Manipur government on Wednesday  sanctioned Rs 10 crore as immediate relief for the January 4 earthquake which led to loss of ten lives.
Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore said Rs 4 lakhs had been provided to the Deputy Commissioners concerned for each victim. Out of the 120 persons injured, many were given assistance, he said. All DCs were also instructed to immediately provide Rs one lakh in the hill districts to those whose houses were completely destroyed. In the valley district Rs 90,000 will be provided, he said.
Nabakishore appealed to all victime, to provide details of losses to the concerned DC so that a final report can be prepared. So far complete information for government buildings had been received. Altogether 416 government buildings were damaged, including 247 schools, he confirmed.
The total number of houses damaged of private individuals were 3218.
The Chief Secretary said the government had sought report of an entire village shifting. Villagers of Kabui Khullen Part I, Tamenglong district–the epicentre–had vacated their houses as cracks appeared in the middle of their houses and there is a strong possibility of the entire village being washed away due to rain.
The CS said the government will provide help to the villagers in settling up in a new area.
The 6.8 Richter scale quake which damaged the Imphal market complex and other market areas, had led to a serious crisis. All women vendors in the women’s market complex had started sitting in the buildings which were declared unsafe as there is no alternative. The CS said Rs 2 crores had been sanctioned for construction of temporary market.
The Planning and Development Authority (PDA) and Department of Urban and Housing (MAHUD) will take up the work to construct temporary market sheds, he added.
Nabakishore also appealed to all to strictly adhere to the building by laws . He further said damages were reported from the Nepali Basti, Senapati district where houses were not properly constructed. (UNI)

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Assam govt may subsidise imported life saving drugs

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:52

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday said the state government may consider giving subsidies on imported life saving medicines, including those on which customs duty exemptions were recently withdrawn by the Centre. “Our main aim is to give relief to common man.
We will definitely try to provide some subsidy on those medicines, whose prices have gone up recently,” Gogoi told reporters here. He, however, did not elaborate on the subsidy the state government wants to give to people. Criticising the policy decision of the Centre, Gogoi said the move will adversely affect the poor people. “This is a very silly move.  The decision is anti-poor, ant
i-common man. Since the present NDA government came to power, prices of the life saving drugs are on rise. Where is the Aam Aadmi in their agenda?” asked the Chief Minister.
In the last week of January, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) issued a notification withdrawing exemption of levy of basic customs duty on as many as 74 life saving drugs.
The medicines, on which customs duty was imposed, include the ones used for treating kidney stones, cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy, life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, bone diseases, antibiotic to treat infections.
Besides, drugs used for bacterial infections, leukemia, anesthetic medication, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus cells, allergies, arthritis, lupus and ulcerative colitis might also see spurt in prices. Also, drugs used in blood dilating medicine or for treating menopause, glaucoma, anogenital warts, poisoning by a chemical or pesticide, growth failure in children and adults, who lack natural growth hormone, would also attract customs duty. (PTI)

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Ruthvika stuns Sindhu

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:51
12th SAG: India makes clean sweep in badminton

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa pose with their gold
medals after beating Mannesha Kukapalli and N Sikki
Reddy in the women’ doubles during the 12th South
Asian Games in the city on Wednesday

SHILLONG: Ruthvika Shivani Gadde created the biggest upset of the badminton event at the 12th South Asian Games on Wednesday, stunning world No. 12 P V Sindhu in straight sets in the final of the women’s singles to clinch the gold medal even as India made a clean sweep bagging seven gold and five silver medals in the multinational event. Shivani, who made it to the final riding on a comfortable 21-5, 21-5 win over Nepal’s Nangsal Tamang, eased past the experienced Sindhu 21-11 in the first game. The second set brought the best out of both shuttlers, and despite trailing at one stage, Shivani rallied to take the set 22- 20 to create history. Emotions were flying high as the 131-ranked shuttler rejoiced her feat with almost teary eyes. “It’s my biggest achievement till now. I have never even beaten her in a single set till now. Very happy with what I have achieved here,” an elated Shivani said. The young Shivani dreams of breaking into the world top 5 someday. In an all India affair in the finals, India pocketed four more gold medals to take its badminton gold tally to a whopping seven. In women’s doubles, the famed pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa eased past Mannesha Kukapalli and N Sikki Reddy without much fuss to bag the yellow metal. Though the higher ranked doubles duo was guilty of giving the opponents a chance to comeback in the second half, it did not have much impact on the final result which was 21-9, 21-17 in favour of Gutta/ Ponnappa. In men’s singles K Srikanth rallied from a game down to beat HS Prannoy 11-21, 21-14, 21-6. After the initial hiccup, India’s topranked shuttler among the men took control of the proceedings to register a comfortable 2-1 win and claim the gold. The men’s doubles pair of Manu Atri and Sumeeth Reddy also beat fellow Indians, Akshay Devalkar and Pranav Jerry Chopra 21-18, 21-17 to bag the top honours in their category. Devalkar and Chopra had put up a good shown in the second game and were leading 13-10 at one time but squandered the advantage and the match eventually. Chopra and Sikki Reddy won the mixed doubles competition after overcoming a strong challenge from Manu Atri and Ponnappa who went down 30-29, 21- 17. The epic first game was the longest of the event. The finals thus brought to an end what was a smooth sail for India both in the team’s and individual events. Remarkably, the Indians did not even drop a set until the final day when HS Prannoy trailed to Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias in the first men’s singles semifinal of the day. In the round of four, Sri lanka’s Sachin Dias put up a spirited show but eventually succumbed to Prannoy who edged past 14-21, 21- 13, 21-16. The women’s doubles pair of Maneesha Kukapalli and N Sikki Reddy was also put to test by the Lankan duo of Achini Rathnasiri and Upuli Sumanthika who bagged the first game 21-12. The Indian pair, however, came back strong to take the next two sets 21-15, 21- 16 to reach the finals. Pakistan pairing of Kashif and Rizwan fought in what was one of the longest games of the event eventually going down to Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Jerry Chopra 22-24, 16-21.

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Unexpected victory, says Ruthvika

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:48

SHILLONG: Eighteen year old Ruthvika Shivani Gadde was elated at her “unexpected victory” over P V Sindhu at the 12th South Asian Games here on Wednesday. “Beating P V sindhu is the biggest achievement in my life and I was literally into happy tears. This is the first win against her. I have played with her few times; however, this win will give me a lot of confidence and will help me in future”. When asked about her expectation before facing Sindhu in the final, the eighteen year old replied, “I didn’t expect much from this game, I just wanted to play my game without thinking \about the results.” The badminton event of the 12th South Asian Games concluded on Wednesday,

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India end on a high as TT event concludes

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:48

SHILLONG: G Sathiyan and Devesh Karia made light work of Anthony Amalraj and Sanil Shetty in the final of the table tennis men’s doubles at the 12th South Asian Games 2016 here on Wednesday morning. The win denied Amalraj his third gold medal of the tournament. Amalraj was looking for his third gold medal of the tournament, but the national singles champion and his partner were taken down by the young pairing of Sathiyan/Karia in straight games, 11-1, 11,8, 11-6 at the JN Indoor Sports Hall. Earlier, Manika Batra and Pooja Sahasrabudhe were crowned champions of the women’s doubles after they defeated Mouma Das and K Shamini 11-7, 13-11, 11-5. In the finals, which were an all-Indian affair, two more gold and two silver were added to the host nation’s kitty. Bronze medals were awarded to the losing semifinalists. In the women’s category, bronze was won by Nabita Shrestha and Elina Maharjan of Nepal and Ishara Madhurangi and Erandi Warusawithana of Sri Lanka. Both bronzes in the men’s category went to pairs from Sri Lanka – Rohan Sirisena/Chameern Ginge and Udaya Ranasinghe/ Nirmala Jayasinghe. Later in the day, an enthralling women’s singles table tennis final saw veteran Mouma Das beat national champion Manika Batra 4-3 in a grueling seven-game encounter. In the men’s final, Sathiyan took the first game 11- 6, before Amalraj equalised with the exact same score in the second. The eventual gold medal winner was leading 8-6 in the third when Sathiyan injured his hand during play and needed medical attention. He soldiered on and lost the third game 11-6 and it was 2-2 in the fourth when, after further medical aid, he was forced to concede. Rohan Sirisena and Udaya Ranasinghe (both of Sri Lanka) were awarded bronze as losing semifinalists.

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Pakistan looks to India to promote TT

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:47

SHILLONG: Pakistan’s paddlers are looking up to India to promote table tennis in their country. “Pakistan is not as strong in table tennis as India. We are looking to India to help us in promoting this game,” Pakistan player Rahila Kashif told IANS as she watched the women’s doubles final between the Indian pairs of Mouma DasKumaresan Shamini and Manika Batra-Pooja Sahasrabudhe here on Wednesday. “The federations of both countries (Table Tennis Federation of India and Pakistan Table Tennis Federation) should also conduct friendly matches to help us in promoting table tennis. “Top table tennis players from India like Mouma Das, Anthony Amalaraj and others should come to Pakistan to coach our junior teams,” Khashif added. Lamenting that Pakistan have not been able to produce good table tennis players, the 39-year-old said, “I have been playing for the last 25 years as there are no fresh players to replace us.” (IANS)

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India’s golden run continues unabated in SAG

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:46
Hosts beat Maldives 3-2 in men’s football to qualify for semis

GUWAHATI: India’s remarkable domination went uncontested for the fifth successive day as shooters, wushu players and trackand-field athletes annihilated competition to sweep most of the gold up for grabs on the fifth day of the 12th South Asian Games here on Wednesday. With a whopping 194 medals, including 117 gold, 61 silver and 16 bronze medals, in the kitty, India sat pretty at the top of the table. Following the hosts in the second place were Sri Lanka with an overall count of 133 (24 gold, 46 silver and 63 bronze medals). The story was no different on the tennis courts in Guwahati with the Indians picking up all the gold medals on offer on the fourth and penultimate day of the event . The local favourites won gold in women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles to completely dominate the event at the All Assam Tennis Association Grounds here. In the men’s doubles, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Prasanth defeated Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh 6-3 6-4 to give the country the first gold and silver of the day. Ankita Rana then won the second gold for Indian in women’s singles in another all-Indian final. Raina easily beat Prerna Bhambri 6-1 6-0 in the final. Meanwhile, India managed to scrap through Maldives 3-2 in a round match of football at the ongoing 12th South Asian Games. India had lost to Sri Lanka 0-1 in their opening match on February 6. (PTI)

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India blank Sri Lanka 3-0 to reach SAG hockey finals

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:45

GUWAHATI: Gaganpreet Singh struck twice as Indian men’s hockey team spanked Sri Lanka 3-0 to set up a mouth-watering clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals of the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) here on Monday. Gagandeep Singh (11th minute) produced a superb field goal to earn the first blood for India but it was Gaganpreet (34th, 64th) who showed his skills, converting two penalty corners to inflict a crushing defeat on the islanders. Early in the day, Pakistan mauled Bangladesh 6-0 to enter the summit clash. Umar (2nd minute), Shah (7th), Qadir MA (34th), Rehman (43rd, 65th) and Abbas (58th) were the scorers for Pakistan. The Indian hockey team had lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in the last edition of the Games in Dhaka in 2010 and the hosts will look to regain their glory at the M Tayebulla Hockey Stadium pitch. (PTI)

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Indian shooters bag three Golds at SAG

Shillong Times - Thu, 2016-02-11 10:45

GUWAHATI: The Indian shooting contingent got off to a winning start at the South Asian Games (SAG) by grabbing three of the four gold medals on offer at the shooting event here on Wednesday. Rio 2016 Olympics bound top Indian woman Air Rifle specialist Apurvi Chandela won the gold easily in her 10-metre event. Apurvi bagged a double when she teamed up with Pooja Ghatkar and Elizabeth Susan Koshy to win the team gold in the event. The other gold medal came in the men’s 50m Pistol team event which was won by the trio of Omkar Singh, Prakash Nanjappa and Om Prakash. In the women’s 10m Air Rifle event, India bagged the top three places in qualifying with Apurvi shooting 419.8, Pooja 417.7 and Elizabeth 411 respectively to reach the final. Their combined score of 1248.5 for the team gold was way out of reach of the second placed Sri Lanka who shot a total of 1218.4. In the men’s 50m Pistol, the Indian trio of Omkar, Prakash and Om Prakash ensured the team won gold with a combined total of 1622. (IANS)

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