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Election dates released for three N-E States

The Assembly Election 2018 for three Northeast States which includes Meghalaya and Nagaland will be on 27th February while in Tripura will go on polls on 18th February. The counting of votes and results for all three states will be declared on the same day i.e. on 3rd March 2018.The polling date was announced by Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Jyoti in New Delhi.

 Electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper trail (VVPAT) will be used in the Assembly Elections in Meghalaya, Tripura, and Nagaland. 

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HNYF demands setting up of SSLC Centre in Mawhati

The Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF) Northern Region has demanded from the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) to set up SSLC examination centre at Mawhati area in Ri Bhoi District. 

HYNF-NR President Marcus Marten while speaking to media person said that the Union want the board to consider in setting up a centre in Mawhati area for students appearing the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination. After a meeting, Marten said that the board had assured to consider the proposal next year. The Union demand to set up centre at Mawhati because of the fact that students from different villages of Mawhati area would have to travel a distance of 70 to 80 kilometres to reach their respective examination centres at Umsning, Nongpoh and Byrnihat and this has been a big problem which sometimes led the students to discontinue their studies.

 

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90 Additional Paramilitary Forces sanctioned by Central Govt... for Meghalaya

Meghalaya State Police Chief S.B Singh said, that the Central Government has sanctioned 90 additional companies of Paramilitary Forces for ensuring peaceful conduct of the upcoming Assembly Elections to be held next month in the state.  While speaking to the reporters Police Chief “We are getting 90 additional companies which include from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) out of 107 proposed by the state for the upcoming elections”.

This is an addition to the already existing 18 companies which were deployed earlier in the different districts of the state mainly for maintaining of law and order. He also said that the 10 existing companies will also be made available to state for election duty from 31st January, in which they will be deployed in the Eastern and Western range of the state for strengthening the security.

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KSU to march towards D.C Office in SWKH

The Khasi Student Union (KSU) of the South West Khasi Hills District in order to show their mark of protest against the ignorance of the Deputy Commissioner of SWKH on 24th January will march to the Commissioner’s Office to demand from the Commissioner not to grant ‘No Objection Certificate’ certificate for setting up of camps by the Border Security Force (BSF).

 Mr. Forwardman Nongrem President of the KSU SWKH District while speaking to media person said that the Union had already given time to the Commissioner to terminate the request by the BSF to allow them in setting up military camps in the District but the Commissioner had not response to the demand of the union. The Union has also urged the public of the district to come out and support their demand for the benefit of the people in SWKH.  

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Bah Best Bha no more

Leslie Harding Pde, a former Meghalaya bureaucrat and renowned artist passed away at a city hospital on Tuesday following a brief illness. Lovingly known as ‘Bah Best Bha’ 79 years old Pde was a dramatist playwright writer and humorist, had authored more than 20 books and translated the “Bhagavad Gita”, Ramayana’, ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Upanishad’ into Khasi language.

He had also revolutionised the concept of Khasi serial in Meghalaya with his humorous yet satirical message filled drama ‘U Bah Besbha’ and other dramas in Doordarshan Kendra Shillong. In his novels, Pde boldly expresses the changing face of Khasi society and depicted women in their struggles and suffering. He also brings in the socio-economic, political, and religious factors that shape modem Khasi society and also depicts the good as well as the bad influence of the way of life of people from other communities.

 Pde, who was also founder member of Seng Biria U Khasi Humourists’ Society, had received many awards in recognition of his novels. Pde was born on 13th April, 1938 at Mawngap village in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district and he will be laid to rest on January 18 at Laitumkhrah Catholic cemetery.

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