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4 groups and the Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong oppose casino in Ri-Bhoi District

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Nongpoh, August 25: The Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong along with 4 other groups which include the Khasi Students Union, the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front, Ri-Bhoi Youth Federation and the Federation of Khasi Jaiñtia Garo People, today the 25th of August came together at a meeting which was held at the Dorbar Hall, Pahamsyiem to discuss on the aim of the State Government to open a casino in Ri-Bhoi District.

In the meeting of the 4 groups and the Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong expressed their strong opposition to the plan of the Government to turn Ri-Bhoi District into a gambling centre by setting up casinos in the District.

After much-heated discussion and deliberations from all the leaders present, a decision was reached to form a group which will stand to oppose the plan of the Government to make Ri-Bhoi District a gambling centre, and the name given to the group is the Joint Committee Against Casino, with B.B.Makdoh, Chairman of the Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong elected as the Chairman of the Committee and Ferdinal Kharkamni, President of KSU NKHD as Secretary of the Committee.

Speaking with media persons today, Ferdinal Kharkamni as the Secretary of the new Committee, expressed strong opposition to the plan to open a casino in Ri-Bhoi District, while stating that the Ri-Bhoi District is one of the Districts which has been growing rapidly in all aspects and if Ri-Bhoi is allowed to become a gambling centre many illegal and licentious acts will follow which will affect the prestige of the District.

Furthermore, he said that through this new group they will stand strong to oppose the plans of the Government and they shall go to every part of the district to expound on the kind of activities which will emerge if Ri-Bhoi District is allowed to turn into a gambling centre, he also said that this new group will submit an application before the Chief Minister of Meghalaya to express their opposition to the plan of the Government to open a casino in Ri-Bhoi District.

At the meeting were present the forefront leaders of the Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong, Ri-Bhoi District which includes B.B.Makdoh, Chairman of Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong, President of the KSU NKHD, Ferdinal Kharkamni, Markus Marten, President of the HNYF Norther Region, Lumlang Mawnai, Senior Vice President of the FKJGP NKHD and other members of the four groups.

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