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GNLA denies Rophul name on hit list, asks Mingran to mend ways

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-04-05 08:54

Staff Reporter
Tura, April 04: A week after a former cadre of the GNLA, Mingran T Sangma, sensationally alleged that the GNLA had set up a hit list of people, the outfit Friday denied any form of hit lists to eliminate anyone. The alleged hit list had contained the names of the Rongara-Siju MLA Rophul S Marak, along with a former ANVC member, Tokyo R Marak. Incidentally, BInen Sangma, a name on the hit list is someone the GNLA does not even know, so the likelihood of him being the target, according to the release was non-existent.

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Ethical Voting campaign moves across Garo Hills on war footing

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-04-05 08:51

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 04: An interactive and awareness as well a rural outreach programme under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) plan on ethical voting was Friday held at Rongram, 15 kilometers from Tura, West Garo Hills. The programme, being conducted in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha election in state, was followed by an interactive youth awareness campaign at Tura Don Bosco College and a road-show on ethical voting at Araimile. The programmes are part of the three day SVEEP campaign on ethical voting being held at different locations on April 4, 5 and 7.
The SVEEP campaign on ethical voting is aimed at creating consciousness among the electorates of the region on ethical voting and the importance of exercising one’s franchise.

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Meghalaya a model state of Peace: Faleiro

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:25

‘Pala is eloquent testimony of best parliamentarian’
Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 03: Calling Meghalaya a model state of peace, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of North Eastern region Luizinho Faleiro Thursday urged people not to let the ‘Gujarat-model’ to disrupt or invade into the state’s distinctive and unique culture, tradition, peace and harmony.

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Williamnagar shuts down to condemn attacks on store owners

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:24

SP assures more support for market
Staff Reporter
Williamnagar, April 03: The town of Williamnagar came to a boil after consecutive days of terror from militants trying to intimidate the people of the town to give in to its demands. All shops remained closed for the second consecutive day with angry residents asking the East Garo Hills District Administration for more protection against militants. The various market associations met both the Deputy Commissioner (DC) as well as the Superintendent of Police (SP) one day after a wine store owner was shot in the leg after he had not acceded to the diktat of militants.
“The market has remained closed since the incident as we wanted the Administration to take stock of the situation. We want more security for our lives as these attacks have been getting more and more regular. This is the district headquarter for that matter, so if the police cannot secure the headquarter we shudder to think what is happening in the interiors”, said Grething R Marak, the Secretary of the Williamnagar United Merchants Association (WUMA).

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LAEF cautions against excesses of GNLA

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:23

Staff Reporter
Tura, April 03:  The tete-a-tete between the GNLA and other groups grew some more with the LAEF Thursday threatening that it would retaliate in kind and not be an innocent bystander if the GNLA continued with its normal stand of eliminating all that were against it.

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MPCC hired Pawan Hans chopper to ferry Mukul in GH

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:21

Staff Reporter
Shillong, April 03: The Election Commission has clarified that the Pawan Hans helicopter being used by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma has been requisitioned by the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), thereby not affecting the state exchequer.
Tura Lok Sabha parliamentary seat Returning Officer Pravin Bakshi informed the Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Prashant Naik that the Pawan Hans Limited Dauphin N3 helicopter used by Dr Sangma for campaigning in Garo Hills (GH) was de-hired after taking NOC from concerned authority of Meghalaya government and hired by MPCC and was utilized on March 25, 27, 28, 29 30, and April 1, 2, and 3.

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Construction company Manager abducted by unidentified miscreants

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:20

Staff Reporter
Tura, April 03: In another case of a huge security lapse within a fledgling construction company which has been given the contract to build the upcoming Inter State Bus Terminus in Tura had a huge setback. The manager of the company was kidnapped late Wednesday night from his makeshift house at Chasingre. Surprisingly, the whole incident took place right under the nose of four security guards, who heard nothing about the incident till the manager was taken.
One Rakesh Pandey of Rajasthan was the manager of the construction site. According to sources, two people on bikes came to his house armed with two 9mm pistols came to the company’s office premises and knocked on the door of the manager’s quarter at about 12:10 am on Thursday morning. When he opened the door, the two overpowered him and whisked him away.

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Israeli poet strikes poetic sentiments of Shillong

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:18

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 03: Dr Diti Ronen, famed poet from Israel, enthralled the audience with a reading of her poems at the Asian Confluence Centre on Wednesday. An “Evening of Poems” organized by the centre in collaboration with Shillong Poetry Society also featured a large number of local poets who read out their poetry.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Diti is also a theatre researcher besides being a poet. She teaches cultural policy and arts management in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and advises on these subjects to Governmental offices, municipalities, arts funding organizations and to cultural and artistic institutions. Ronen studied theatre in Tel Aviv University and received her PhD degree on her theory of the acting selves. She is deeply involved in the Israeli cultural scene.

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Five militant outfits unite to form A’chik Revolutionary Front

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:29

Staff Reporter
TURA, April 02: The various underground groups have formed a new outfit christened ‘A’chik Revolutionary Front (ARF)’ on Tuesday to raise voice of Garo People against prevailing menace unleashed by various militant groups in the name of separate Garo State and to initiate speedy peace-settlement in accordance with yearning of separate Garo State for the Garos.

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Wine store owner shot by suspected ANVC(B) militants

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:28

Demand pads of new groups used for extortion
Staff Reporter
WILLIAMNAGAR, April 02: One wine store owner was shot in the leg one day after a grenade was thrown at another in the town of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH) on Wednesday. The wine store owner, identified as Sunil Sangma, was shot in the leg by two suspected A’chik National Volunteers Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B) militants at about 1:30 pm at the main market.
Interestingly, the militants did not use the name of ANVC (B) to serve demand notes, but used the names of newer groups like ANLA, ATF and the newly formed Matchadu Matchabet!

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Public helicopters cannot be used by political parties under MCC

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:28

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 02: State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Prashant Naik Wednesday said the provisions in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) prohibits the use of public helicopters by political parties even as he ruled out any violation against MCC in the appointment process to vacant posts in the Agriculture department of the State government.
“The department is waiting for reports from the Returning Officers with regards to alleged use of public helicopters by political parties,” Naik told reporters here.

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ANLA militant killed by mob

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:28

Staff Reporter
Baghmara, April 02: In another case of public ire against the growing wrath of militancy in the region, one cadre from the A’chik National Liberation Army (ANLA) was killed after he and his aide shot at three people in the leg in the crowded Jadi Market at about 8:30 am on Wednesday morning.
The incident happened in the town of Jadigittim, about 35 kms from the town of Baghmara, headquarter of South Garo Hills, during the weekly bazaar.

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HNLC supports Khasi National Awakening Day, blames Govt for influx

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:27

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 02: Proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Wednesday blamed the State government’s failure for the increased inflow of outsiders in the state and called upon the indigenous tribals to protect and preserve the land and its identity.
Supporting the upcoming Khasi National Awakening Day scheduled on April 4, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said the day should be observed by everybody and realize the need to protect and preserve the identity and culture of the land.

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Meeting on ethical voting urges all to choose wisely

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:25

Staff Reporter
Tura, April 02: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, who is also the Returning Officer of the Tura seat, met with senior citizens, church elders, NGOs, civil society institutions, youth organizations to encourage all to ensure a free and fair election as well to ensure voting is done ethically.
The Election Commission of India has put a lot of emphasis on ethical and informed voting free from influences pertaining to caste, creed and religion and community orientation to ensure free and fair elections. The campaign for ethical and informed voting under SVEEP programme is to appeal to voters not to be swayed by inducements, false promises and appeals that are corrupt and communal in nature.

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Windies crush Pakistan to enter semis

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:32

DHAKA: Defending champions West Indies pummelled Pakistan by 84 runs to set up the World Twenty20 clash against Sri Lanka, here on Tuesday.

Dwayne Bravo (46) and skipper Darren Sammy (42 not out) pulverised a decent bowling attack in the final three overs as West Indies put up an impressive 166 for six and then shot out the opposition for a meagre 82 in 17.5 overs.

It was the biggest win for the Caribbean side in the Twenty20 format.

Leg-spinner Samuel Badree (3-10 in 4 overs) showed why he is so highly-rated as he decimated the Pakistan top order with a controlled effort, mixing the skidders with his googlies.

Sunil Narine (3-16) was too good for the middle and lower order as none of the top-eight crossed 20.

Pakistan lost the momentum in the last three overs when Sammy and Bravo scored 59 runs. After this, West Indies fielders led by Chris Gayle also created relentless pressure on the Pakistan batsmen.

While chasing, Pakistan got off to the worst possible start when left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie bowled a brilliant bowl first up. It was a sharp inswinging delivery to Ahmed Shehzad (0) which hit him right on the toe of his front foot and umpire Ian Gould adjudged him leg before.

Badree made it two-down in the very next over when Shehzad’s opening partner Kamran Akmal (0) did not reach to the pitch of the delivery and Bravo took a simple catch at mid-off.

The match was as good as over when Umar Akmal (1) was fooled by Badree’s googly as Ramdin complete the stumping. It was 9/3 and Pakistan were down in the dumps.

It only got worse when Shoaib Malik (2) stepped out only to miss a Badree delivery and Ramdin got his second stumping of the night. At the end of the Powerplay, Pakistan were out of the match with the scoreboard reading 13/4.

Sammy rightly bowled out Badree in one spell and he had fantastic figures of 4-0-10-3 to show for his effort.

When Narine came in at the start of the 10th over, Pakistan skipper Hafeez was already batting in Test mode, having scrapped around for 31 deliveries for only 19 in the process.

Earlier, a late blitz from Bravo and Sammy helped the defending champions put up a fighting total.

Bravo smashed 46 off only 26 balls as he took the attack back to the Pakistan camp with his imperious hitting. He struck two fours and four huge sixes.

He was well-supported by Sammy, whose entertaining cameo of 42 was equally important as it helped West Indies reach a decent total after they were tottering on 81/5.

Sammy struck five fours and two sixes in only 20 balls as the last three overs produced an unbelievable 59 runs. The turning point in the West Indies innings was the 18th and 19th overs, bowled by the seasoned duo of Umar Gul (0-29) and Saeed Ajmal (0-41), which produced 45 runs in all. (PTI)

Brief scores:

WI: 166/6, 20 overs (Da Bravo 46, D Sammy 42*; M Hafeez 1-15)

Pak: 82/10, 17.5 overs (M Hafeez 19; S Badree 3-10, S Narine 3-16)

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Australia register consolation win

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:31

DHAKA: A bruised and battered Australia took a consolation win by thrashing hosts Bangladesh by seven wickets to round off their disappointing World Twenty20 campaign here on Tuesday.

Openers Aaron Finch (71) and David Warner (48) set the foundation for Australia’s win with a quick 98-run opening partnership while chasing a competitive 153 for five set by Bangladesh in their last Group 2 league match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Finch’s blistering half-century came off 45 balls and had seven hits to the fence and four over it, while Warner faced 35 balls for his 48-run knock and struck five fours and three huge sixes. They shared 98 runs in 11.2 overs that took the game away from Bangladesh.

The duo tore apart Bangladesh’s bowling attack with their power hitting. Except for debutant Taskin Ahmed, the other bowlers of the home team conceded over eight runs an over.

While Hossain picked up Finch and Warner’s wickets, Ahmed was rewarded for his fine bowling as he cleaned up Glenn Maxwell to finish with figures of one for 24 from four overs.

Cameron White was unbeaten on 18, while captain George Bailey (11 not out) finished off Australia’s chase in style, clobbering Hossain for a four and six as Australia made 158 for three in 17.3 overs.

With both Australia and Bangladesh out of the semifinal reckoning, this was an inconsequential match.

But having lost to India, West Indies and Pakistan in their earlier group matches, a lot of pride was at stake for Australia and Bangladesh as both teams were desperate to register their first victory in the showpiece event.

Earlier, opting to bat, Bangladesh witnessed a wobbly start before Shakib Al-Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim shared a 112-run third-wicket partnership to take the hosts out of trouble. (PTI)

Brief scores:

Ban: 153/5, 20 overs (S Al Hasan 66, M Rahim 47; N Coulter-Nile 2-17)

Aus: 158/3, 17.3 overs (A Finch 71, D Warner 48; AA Hossain 2-30)

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Bullseye: Khliehriat hosts archery event

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:31

SHILLONG: The first ever Coaching Camp cum Inter School archery tournament for East Jaintia Hills was held at Teilang Playground, Khliehriat, between March 18-29, organised by the District Sports Officer for West and East Jaintia Hills.

The camp was led by archery coach Valareen Shylla between March 18-27, with the tournament held on the final two days.

A total of 70 boys and girls took part over the course of the event.

The tournament was held over a distance of 30 metres (Indian Round) in an inter-school format (both team and individual) and open category (individual only).

Inter-school results:

Girls team round: 1st Khliehriat Higher Sec School, 2nd Dkhiah East Sec School, 3rd Ambrose Memorial Sec School

Boys team round: 1st Dkhiah Presbyterian Sec School, 2nd Khliehriat Higher Sec School, 3rd Dkhiah East Sec School

Girls individual round: 1st Wonderful Tariang (Iawpynkat LPUP School), 2nd Batskhem Tlang (Dkhiah Presbyterian Sec School), 3rd Manisha Dkhar (Khliehriat Higher Sec School)

Boys individual round: 1st Skhemthik Salahe (Dkhiah Presbyterian Sec School), 2nd Thombor Syntem (Khliehriat Higher Sec School), 3rd Emlang Dkhar (Khliehriat Higher Sec School)

Open category results:

Girls: 1st Delight Phawa, 2nd Wanmini Nongsiej, 3rd Kermika Dhar

Boys: 1st Heplang Bareh, 2nd Sumarbha Bareh, 3rd Determine Phawa

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EKH U-12 football starts today

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:30

SHILLONG: The East Khasi Hills District Level Under-12 Football Tournament for boys and girls will run from April 2-4 at Third Ground, Polo.

The tournament will be contested between eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams in a knock-out format.

The first round will be held on April 2, with the semifinals on the following day, capped off with the two finals on April 4.

Kick-off in the first match on Wednesday will be at 9:00am.

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Inter-school athletics meet from April 29

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:30

SHILLONG: The District Level Inter School Athletics Meet 2014 for boys and girls will be held between April 29 and May 1 at Don Bosco Mini Stadium, Laitumkhrah, organised by the office of the East Khasi Hills District Sports Officer.

The athletic meet will have three age categories – under-14, under-16 and above-16.

There will be a march past competition for the best contingent, boys and girls.

Screening will be conducted on April 23-24 from 9:00am at the office of the DSO for the U-14s and U-16s. There will be no screening for the above-16s, but only those up to Class 12 will be allowed to participate.

Those taking part in the U-16 events must be born on or after June 1 1998, while those in the U-14 category must be born on or after June 1 2000.

U-14 events: 100m, 600m, long jump, shot put 4kg (boys) and 3kg (girls).

U-16 events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 2000m, long jump, high jump, shot put 5kg (boys) and 4kg (girls), discus 1kg.

Above-16 events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 3000m (girls), 5000m (boys), long jump, high jump, shot put 6kg (boys) and 4kg (girls), discus 1.5kg (boys) and 1kg (girls), javelin 800gm (boys) and 600gm (girls), 4x100m and 4x400m relay.

Entry forms can be obtained from the office of the DSO during office hours and the last date of submission is April 21.

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Phlang Mawsyrpat reach semis

Shillong Times - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:30

SHILLONG: Phlang Mawsyrpat Lade FC became the second team to qualify for the semifinals of the 1st Meghalaya Invitation Local Football Tournament, organised by the Pay For Right Youth and Cultural Club, at Malki Ground on Tuesday.

In an engaging contest, the players of Phlang Mawsyrpat won the last-eight contest 3-0.

They will take on Demseiniong SC, who qualified for the last-four on Monday, in the semifinal round.

The next quarterfinal will be betwen Nohron FC and Mawlai Kynton Massar Frenz Utd at 3:00pm.

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