1. Meghalaya is giving more power over the gov't to its residents.
Meghalaya becomes first state in India to operationalize social audits of government schemes and programmes.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma initiated ‘The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017,’ at a convention in Shillong. Read More...
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2. Public surround police outpost, demanding action over rape, murder of minor
A crowd in Namsai surrounded the Chongkham police outpost on Friday, demanding immediate action against a suspect in murder and rape of a 13-year-old school girl in Chongkham.
Sub-Inspector D Singpho told them that the police are working out all the modalities to ascertain the suspect’s involvement. Read More...
Related: 13-year-old raped, killed in Arunachal Pradesh
3. Indians shared 20 billion messages via WhatsApp on New Year eve
WhatsApp users in India sent over 20 billion messages on December according to a statement from the company.
India is the biggest market for WhatsApp with more than 200 million monthly active users. For two years in a row, it became most downloaded application on Google Play Store in India. Read More...
Related: Whatsapp goes down on New Year's eve
4. Indian Railways to use drones in stations for security and crowd management
Indian Railways will use drones over stations to lay special emphasis on public security. The drones are also expected to help monitor railway tracks. Read More...
Related: Railways rolls out Online Bill tracking system for vendors, contractors
5. Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen outstripped Mark Zuckerberg in wealth
Chris Larsen, Ripple co-founder, on Thursday, outstripped Mark Zuckerberg for a brief period of time to become the world’s fifth wealthiest man as the former’s wealth soared to $59 billion, according to figures from Forbes.
Ripple is a cryptocurrency that has a market capitalization of $13.08 billion. Read More...
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6. CPI(M) accuses BJP using dirty tricks to destabilise Tripura gov't
CPI(M) on Friday alleged that the BJP was misusing power and resorting to “dirty tricks” to destabilise the Tripura government, led by the Left party.
CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat accused BJP of "False charges, manufacturing lies and the abusive statements". Read More...
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