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AMPATI, 2 Dec: Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith Sangma on Saturday laid the base for a Multi Facility Centre and also distributed kuroiler birds under the Livestock Mission at Gandhipara Kasabanagar in South West Garo Hills. The Minister laid the base in the presence of Betasing C&RD Block Development Officer (BDO) A G Momin, District AH & Veterinary Officer Dr P K Marak and Vice Chairman, State Resource Mobilization Diven Hajong.

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A one hour street play on Child Marriage was staged by volunteers and members of the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Ampati, during the busy Ampati weekly market near here on 15 November. The street play organized by the South West Garo Hills District Legal Services Authority in collaboration with the DCPU, Ampati aimed at disseminating awareness on the unlawful and harsh practice of child marriage, its impact on society and punishment provided by the law if and when found guilty.

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Come November 8.  Asanggre  in West Garo Hills seems to have dressed afresh amid the fog that starts enveloping the entire of beautiful town in Meghalaya. Preparations are afoot to hold  Wangala from the day one of the second week of November. 

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Shilling is holding a two-day ‘State Level Congress’ of the ‘25th National Children's Science Congress-2017’ from Tuesday at the Meghalaya Agriculture Management & Extension Training Institute (MAMETI).

Organized by the State Council of Science, Technology and Environment (SCSTE) in collaboration with the Directorate of School Education & Literacy, the science congress was opened by Deputy Chief Minister Dr. R.C Laloo.

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Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Cherra Teachers’ Training Centre (CTTC) is over in Shilling on Tuesday. The closing  ceremony at Sohra which was attended by Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma along with Principal Secretary of Education, D P Wahlang.

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It was a spectacular end for Dimchrang Festival 2016 as four sensational bands of Garo hills and Still Waters from Sikkim enthralled over 8000 plus crowd here yesterday evening.

The evening mood was set with four local bands -- Titans, Ultimate Page, Quantum leap and Brighter than bright making the crowd go gaga with cover, original and Christmas numbers.

The stage was on fire with the entry of Still Waters from Sikkim, which featured Abishek Gurung, finalist of a popular TV reality show. The well-known vocalist greeted the crowd, which saw a thunderous applause.

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A model wearing one of Rupert Lynrah's Khasi-Jaintia inspired creations
Model procession on the ramp at the end of the show
Rupert Lynrah (centre) flanked by a model wearing a Khasi-Jaintia inspired design (left) and one wearing a western gown from his collection

The sleepless nights and groundwork all paid off for Meghalaya fashion designer Rupert Lynrah, whose first international show during London Fashion Week saw a tremendously positive response in the UK capital over the weekend.

Lynrah, through his label RWL Designs, displayed two capsule collections, the highlight being ‘Ethnicity with a Mod Twist’, which featured ryndia and muga silk from the North East with a twist, inspired by the 1960s’ mod era. The second collection, ‘Hollywood Glamour’, comprised beautifully elaborate formal gowns.

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Women in the region of Northeast India are excluded from decision making structures and are discriminated due to cultural, patriarchal structure and customary laws. Northeast India currently has seventeen peace talks but no women in these peace talks. In 2014 general election, only 62 females have been elected constituting more than 11% share in the 16th Lok Sabha. Of the total of 466 seats in the assemblies of eight northeastern states, only 24 (5.15 percent) are women. Of the 60-member assembly in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, there are two and three female legislators respectively.

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The beautiful state of Meghalaya came alive at Betasing in South West Garo Hills with at least 32 troupes exhibiting their rich dance, music and heritage before a strong crowd of over 15,000 people on January 30.

A power packed performance of dance and music displayed the collage of colours, rhythm and synchronization of music and songs. The performance showcased all major tribes and sub-tribes of the state, including Kuki, Biate, Ruga and Bodo.

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As the year draws to a close and the new replaces the old, invariably on 31st December and 1st January, all over the world, everyone must be getting ready to celebrate this transition with our family and loved ones in our homes, outdoors, in clubs and in neighbourhoods.

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