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World Bank to lend $48 mn for landscape management in Meghalaya

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New Delhi, April 16 (IANS): India on Monday signed a $48 million loan agreement with the World Bank to strengthen community-led landscape management in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya's natural resources such as land, water and forests is a source of livelihood for a majority of the population in the state.

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Conrad to take up contentious border fencing issue with Centre

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SHILLONG, April 16: The contentious issue of fencing of the international border with Bangladesh in areas that fall under Meghalaya will be taken up by the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma when he meets the appropriate authorities at New Delhi.
This assurance was made by Conrad after he had met with a delegation of the conglomerate of traditional heads, landowners and NGOs under the banner of the Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB).

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Parents seethe at government ineptitude over school fees

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SHILLONG, April 15: The missionary run schools in the city and state at large have allegedly become “extremely expensive” but pragmatic solutions are forthcoming from affected lots in the face of an inept state government. Parents and guardians of the students of these schools have said that missionary/ private run schools hike their fees annually and the state government is found wanting in controlling these institution from their “looting run”.

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US, allies strike Syria, draw condemnation from Assad, Putin

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Washington/Damascus/Moscow/London, April 14 (IANS): The US, Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against Syria's research, storage and military targets to "punish" the Bashar al-Assad regime for an apparent chemical attack in Douma that killed over 70 people. The military action was denounced by Damascus and its ally Moscow as a "failure" and "an act of aggression".
Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons were used again. The strikes on Friday night was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called "persistent violations of international law".

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Classroom coaching biting dust due to absentee teachers in state

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SHILLONG, April 15: Severe anomalies are emerging in the classroom coaching in government deficit pattern schools in the state. Classroom periods are getting affected since teachers do not turn up to their classes whereas students have to deal with off periods almost on a daily basis. According to a random survey, several such schools in the city have been noticed with these anomalies calling for immediate action from their respective managing committees and the state government, at large. Parents and guardians are worried over the trend since the limited classroom coaching time gets further affected by absentee teachers.

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As bio-toilets clog, Railways turns to vacuum toilets in 13 trains

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New Delhi, April 15 (IANS): With its much-touted bio-toilets proving less than reliable, Indian Railways is turning to vacuum toilets for 13 premier trains, including the Howrah Rajdhani, Goa Rajdhani, Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi and Bandra-Patna Humsafar.
The bio-toilets, which replaced open toilets in trains, have been prone to clogging due to dumping of waste such as bottles, pouches, plastic cups, paper and other material in the pans -- resulting in foul smell.
"We are beginning with the procurement of 2,000 vacuum toilets for 13 trains -- and later many more trains will have this facility," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

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Congress adamant against work permits to Bangladeshis

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SHILLONG, April 14: Taking a strong stance against the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) proposal for issuing work permits to Bangladeshi nationals, the Congress party has launched a state wide protest against this proposed move which it has termed as a very serious issue.
A strong demand to the state government to immediately stop its “unacceptable” idea was also made in the form of placards displayed at the protest venue in front of the Congress Bhavan here on Saturday.

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