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Bike rally to promote free and fair election in Jaintia Hills
JOWAI: In view of the upcoming JHADC and Lok Sabha elections, the West Jaintia Hills District Executive Force and Royal Enfield Riders of Meghalaya Police organised a programme called ‘Love to Ride, Love to Vote’ on the Theme “Free, Fair and peaceful conduct of elections’’ on Thursday. The programme was supported by the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Election, West Jaintia Hills.  The bikers who had already assembled in front of the DC’s office at 8am in the morning were flagged off by West Jaintia Hills Additional Deputy Commissioner RS Mannersand were led by West Jaintia Hills SP Lakador Syiem towards Amlarem and back. On reaching Amlarem a short programme was held to sensitize the public on the right to vote. Addressing the gathering at Amlarem, Lakador Syiem called for cooperation from the Headmen, leaders, the political leaders for a free, fair and peaceful upcoming JHADC and MP Election.

ABDK thanks citizens for support
TURA: The A’chik Baptist Dal’gipa Krima (ABDK) on Thursday expressed appreciation to the citizens of Tura for extending support and cooperation during the 145th Annual ABDK Soba. “The massive cleaning drive and beautification of the town could not have happened without the active participation of residents who came out in large numbers irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Compliance with traffic regulations too, during the soba was commendable,” General Secretary of ABDK, Rev J R Sangma said. The ABDK statement further added that the show of unity was phenomenal and unprecedented boosting the image of Tura in the eyes of the world. It urged the people of the town to continue to maintain the same spirit of public cooperation and initiative to make Tura a happening place in the days to come.

Teachers demand pending salaries
TURA: SSA school teachers from Garo Hills have asked the state government to release their salaries pending for three months now at the earliest. The teachers under the All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers’ Association called on the government to release the salaries of November and December, 2018 and January, 2019 within this week. “Why do SSA teachers always have to raise their voice to get their salaries? Even after education has been given top priority, it feels like the government is not really concerned about us. Although we are not given regular salary, the government uses us for other work related to the election and health departments, which is a burden on us,” the association said. Besides appealing to the government for early release of their salary arrears, the teachers urged they are not made to undertake election duties or work related to the health department in future.

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