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Lizard smugglers held in Garo Hills
TURA: Five persons from Rongara border region of South Garo Hills have been apprehended by police and one live adult endangered Gecko lizard recovered from their possession on Thursday. The five accused persons had caught the highly endangered lizard from the forests in Rongara area and were attempting to smuggle it across into Bangladesh when they were caught by a police team. Rongara is a rich forest region which forms a part of the Balpakram National Park mountain range. The arrested men confessed to police that they had located a buyer in the neighbouring country when they were caught red handed. All five accused were booked under the wildlife act and handed over to the Wildlife department for legal action. The Gecko is a lizard native to the Garo Hills region. It was once found in abundance across the forests of Garo Hills, but widespread illegal killing or capture of this rare species has pushed it to the brink of extinction.

Neighbourhood youth parliament
SHILLONG: The Block-Level Neighbourhood Youth Parliament programme was held at the Silver Rose Cultural Institute Hall in Mawlai–Umjaiur, Shillong. The programme was organised by the Silver Rose Cultural Institute (SRCI) in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Shillong. Speaking at the event as chief guest, District coordinator, NYKS, D. Rapsang said the youth need to come forward with a positive mind in such kind of programme whenever organised. Alexander N.Lyndem, the Executive Director of Silver Rose Cultural Institute, pointed out that society needs to go back to the old system once set up by our forefathers, ordinarily known as the Basic Elements of Truth (BET).

Agatha launches school Science block
TURA: Tura MP, Agatha K Sangma on Friday inaugurated the New Science Block of St Mary’s Higher Secondary School in Tura while the same was blessed by Right Reverend Bishop Andrew R Marak, Bishop of Tura Diocese. Speaking on the occasion, Agatha K Sangma congratulated the Principal and staff of St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School and other related members for their effort and dedication in opening the Science Stream for the welfare and benefit of the students of the area. She also said that she was impressed by the good infrastructure with fully functional and well equipped science laboratories, classrooms, etc in the newly inaugurated science block.

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