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Them Iew Mawlong, adjacent to the Iewduh m a r k e t , the oldest and biggest traditional market in the North Eastern region has all along being congested with criminal activities, which sparked off the Shillong violence leading to the imposition of curfews which affected normal life for a stretch of one week or so. The big question, however, is that residents of this crowded area be allocated elsewhere, people of this area mainly belonging to Punjab origin settle in the colony, however with no land ownership rights.

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Meghalaya also known as “The Abode of Clouds”, is one of the most beautiful states hidden in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas. It is a land blessed with bountiful rainfall, sunshine with flourished biodiversity. Meghalaya has a variation of agroclimatic zones, ranging from temperate to tropical, which offer tremendous scope for cultivation of temperate as well as tropical fruits and vegetables.

Amongst all, strawberry is the prominent and successful introduction which has changed the economic landscape of the strawberry growers in Meghalaya. This small red fleshed berry is one of the showcase crops of Meghalaya which has dramatically transformed and impacted a sizable number of rural households with farmers earning more per season from this lusciously red, heart-shaped fruit as compared to other crops. Strawberry as one of the low volume high-value berry has also been largely responsible for the emergence of Meghalaya as one of the top horticulture states of the country.

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For Leisang village in remote Kangpokpi district of Manipur, this tweet opened the floodgate of media attention to their extreme backwardness, deprivation, and difficult lives. For the last 46 years, they have literally lived in darkness, without connectivity, without water supply, without access to quality healthcare. For the children of Leisang, if it were not for the private schools in the neighboring villages, the right to education would have had no meaning. Mid Day Meal is an alien concept with the only accessible government primary school some 3kms away by foot and for the sick and ailing, the only Primary Health Centre is at Waichung, located 8kms away. On 25th April of this year, Leisang came under the national power grid and according to Prime Minister Modi’s Government, it became the last Indian village to be electrified under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

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U TIROT SING SYIEM, the Syiem (Chief) of Hima (state) Nongkhlaw, one of the twenty five Khasi states, is one of the greatest and the first personalities to challenge the British in Northeast India. In his attempt to prevent the Khasi Hills from falling into the colonial hands, U Tirot Sing fought armed struggle against the British. He could not match the Colonial forces in the war and was captured on being defeated. He died in captivity in Dhaka on 17th July 1835.

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There is no gainsaying that one of the most intractable problems having a longterm negative impact on the life of the people of Assam is the suspected foreigners from Bangladesh illegally living in the land-deficient State. Quite naturally, the local people were very much concerned over the large presence of illegal immigrants. After all, should the influx from across the border continues, it will not only turn the Assamese people into a minority in their own land but also pose a serious threat to their sociocultural life.

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