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Rs 13 crore demanded from coke factory owner a day before IED blast

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Shillong, Feb 21:

Suspected members of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) had allegedly demanded a whooping amount of Rs 13 crore from the owner of the coke factory, a day before triggering an IED blast at the factory site at Nonglangpar, Shallang in West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.

Mining disaster could have been prevented: Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awardee

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SHILLONG, January 5, 2018: Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awardee, Brian Dermot Kharpran Daly, said on Friday that coal mining disaster in Meghalaya could have been prevented if the state mining policy was in place.

Good news for teachers! Meghalaya HC orders equal pay, benefits in schools, colleges

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SHILLONG, November 29, 2018: “We must remember that teachers are the backbone of the society and it is through their contribution, dedication and hard work which has moulded us to become what we are today; be it a Judge, a Minister, a Lawyer, a Doctor or an IAS Officer etc., and that, we can never forget”

In a huge relief to many teachers in the state, the Meghalaya High Court has held that both government school and college teachers as well as deficit/adhoc/aided are equally qualified and giving equal service, and they are entitled to equal pay, pension and other benefits.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice SR Sen was considering the writ petitions filed by the Meghalaya College Teachers Association raising the issue of denial of pension to the deficit/adhoc/aided college teachers serving in the state.

It observed that if pension is extended only to teachers of government college keeping aside the teachers of government deficit/adhoc/ aided colleges is nothing but arbitrary, discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India and the Directive Principles of
State Policy.

In its judgment, the bench observed: “Government should remember that teachers should not
be considered as beggars, they are one of the most respected citizens of the country and the backbone of the society. It is also known to all of us that in different parts of the world, teachers are respected and well paid.”

Though government has got the power to make a policy but such policy should not go against the common people’s interest. We all know that the retired teachers and employees of the government deficit/adhoc/aided colleges suffer due to non-availability of the pension and live a very uncomfortable inhumane life, some even die due to starvation and cannot get proper treatment due to financial
constraints.”

The bench added that equal pay for equal work is mandatory and the government cannot shut their eyes on the miserable life condition of the teachers due to non-availability of proper/adequate pension and other benefits. We always see very often teachers sitting on Dharna and claiming their rights for adequate salary, pension and other benefits, but no one has the time to think for those depressed and oppressed class of teachers which is really unfortunate and is a shame for all of us, it said.

The bench disposed of the writ petitions by issuing several directions to the state for addressing
the miserable service conditions of the teachers.

With Live Law inputs

Special Investigation Team set up to probe MPSC petrol bomb attack

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By Our Reporter | Shillong, July 18, 2018: 

A week after the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) building came under attack from unknown miscreants, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up to probe into the incident and the motive behind the petrol bomb attack.

Meghalaya NGOs form Forum to fight Corruption & Favoritism

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TURA | DEC 4, 2019:

In a bid to fight the menace of corruption, various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of Phulbari area decided to form a forum with an aim to provide a greater voice against such cases in West Garo Hills (WGH).

Meghalaya | CAB will usher radicalized militancy in Northeast India: GSU

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TURA | DEC 5, 2019:

The Central government have been appealed by the Garo Students’ Union (GSU) on Thursday, as not to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Parliament in order to thwart a more “radicalised militancy in the northeastern states”.

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