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CM promises policy to empower PWDs

Shillong Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:52

SHILLONG: The State government will come up with a policy which will ‘truly-empower’ persons with disabilities (PWDs) and will also publish an annual report on their achievements and talents in the form of a book.

Announcing this here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma urged the concerned department to capture the success stories of the PWDs and prepare an annual report on their achievements.

“We will come up with certain programmes beside what we have initiated, that will revolve around the concept of truly empowering the PWDs,” Sangma said this while addressing a function organized on the occasion of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, 2014 here.

He assured full support to the persons with disabilities saying that the reservation policy pertaining to them would be implemented in the letter and spirit.

The Chief Adviser to the Government of Meghalaya DD Lapang in his brief speech hoped that the programmes taken up by the State Government would not only inculcate the feeling of social security, but also would infuse in them the sense of expectation for a better future.

As part of the day’s programme, seven PWDs were felicitated for their outstanding achievements.

The programme was organized by the Social Welfare department on the theme “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology” in collaboration with various partners and NGOs.

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Edu scam : Police blame CBI for probe delay

Shillong Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:51

SHILLONG: Downplaying criticism over the delay in filing chargesheet against Cabinet Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, who is allegedly involved in the sensational education scam as unearthed by the CBI, the East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang has said that police will go by the merit of the case.

Speaking to reporters recently, the SP said that there was no pressure from any quarter to go slow on the case.

“The CBI’s failure to hand over the relevant papers to police has delayed the probe,” he said.

“We are not sitting idle, we will move the High Court to get the papers seized by CBI for our investigation,” the SP said and assured that police would not get influenced while carrying out the investigation.

After the filing of chargesheet against Ampareen’s Cabinet colleague Deborah Marak, pressure is mounting on police to investigate education scam with urgency. The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in July this year had asked the CBI to hand over the necessary papers to police, but the CBI subsequently filed a petition in the Court which resulted in the Court directing the police to seek the intervention of the High Court to get the seized papers by CBI.

The petition of the CBI was that since the probe into the scam was ordered by the High Court, it was felt necessary to seek the intervention of the Court before handing over the seized papers.

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NH supervisor kidnapped from EGH

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:45

Staff Reporter
TURA, Nov 03: In what may snowball into a major roadblock, one supervisor of the company working on the National Highway was kidnapped on Wednesday morning from the vicinity of Songsak village in East Garo Hills (EGH). The kidnapping left the region in shock while the police swung into immediate action to try and rescue the victim.
According to information received, Anup Pandey, a supervisor in the BSC&CC company had left his office in Samanda to visit the undergoing construction of a bridge on the highway when he was abducted at gun point from the vicinity of the village and taken to the nearby jungle.
“We have launched an operation to locate Pandey immediately after receiving information of his kidnapping,” said the Superintendent of Police (SP) of EGH, Davis Marak.

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Mukul silent on reshuffling of portfolios

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:44

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday denied commenting on the possibility of reshuffling the portfolios in his ministry even as he said that the Home portfolio will not come under his charge.
“It is only a perception that I will be holding the Home department to myself,” Dr Sangma said at the sidelines of an official function held here on Wednesday.
He also refused to react to questions pertaining to the implied dropping of ministers and reshuffling of portfolios.
“Don’t believe in rumour mongers and any decision can be taken by a person in a constitutional chair,” said Dr. Sangma in this regard.

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FIR filed against ASP, SI and SWAT commando 

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:44

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO), on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) against a senior police officer and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel for their alleged involvement in the extrajudicial killing of two youths in Garo Hills region, two years ago.
The names of an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), a Sub Inspector (SI) and SWAT personnel figured in the FIR filed by the CSWO with the Superintendent of Police (SP), CID while alleging that the two youth were murdered in cold blood.
Seeking legal action against the accused cops, the CSWO has urged the authority concerned to book the police officers and their men under sections 302 (for murder), 153 (for acts being prejudicial to maintenance of harmony in the state), 201 (for causing disappearance of evidence of offence) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Attacks on northeasterners due to lack of knowledge of region

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:43

Shillong, Dec 03 (IANS): The language barrier and lack of knowledge of the culture and identity of the people of the eight northeastern states are among the major reasons for the incidents against them in the Indian capital and other metropolitan cities, experts said.
Former Nagaland chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir stressed the importance of assimilation and awareness about the culture of the northeastern community to avoid any discrimination against them.
"Frankly, people residing in other parts of India are yet to understand the culture and way of life of a northeasterner. Even if the government enacts an anti-racist law, as long as people don't understand other cultures within its own territory it won't help in solving this issue. Therefore, the government should work out a policy to help the people know about northeast," Jamir said.

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Tura all set to ‘celebrate life’ with last Ahaia Winter Festival

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:41

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: The four day Ahaia Winter Festival 2014 with the theme ‘Celebrating Life!’ will be organised in Tura starting from December 16. The winter festival scheduled from December 16 to 19 shall be organized this year in MP Stadium, Dakopgre.
The celebration which also marks the ushering of pre-Christmas festivities will club together an altruistic purpose too. It has been decided that all proceeds from sponsorship of Ahaia 2014 will be donated to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
The event shall be the last in the series of winter festivals in Garo Hills this year and it shall also be the last time the winter festival is celebrated as Ahaia - as the name shall be changed next year on demands of senior citizens and art and culture intellectuals.

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First AMIE examinations to be held in city

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-12-04 06:40

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SHILLONG, Dec 03: The AMIE examinations are set to be conducted for the first time in Shillong at the Institution of Engineers, Barik Point  from December 6 , 2014 onwards.
The Honorary Secretary, Institution of Engineers (India), Meghalaya State Centre, Ezekiel Lyngdoh has informed the examinees for the AMIE Section ‘A’ (Diploma Stream) Winter 2014 examination that the Institution of Engineers (India), Meghalaya State Centre will conduct the said examination from December 6 to 9, 2014 at the conference hall of the Institution of Engineers (India) at Barik Point, Shillong.
The examinees are to report to the centre by 9:30 am at Barik.
Lyngdoh has also informed that the Shillong Centre Code is 793.

 

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NEHU professor threatened for filing RTIs

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-12-03 04:45

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TURA, Dec 02: A professor of the North East Hill University (NEHU), and a prominent RTI activist, was allegedly threatened by an unknown miscreant near the SBI ATM near Chandmari in Tura about ten days ago with dire consequences if he continued filing RTIs. The threatened professor immediately filed a police complaint and an investigation on who could be behind the threat is currently being conducted by the Tura police.
“I went to the Chandmari ATM to withdraw money but seeing the long line decided not to withdraw money from the ATM. As I was getting into the car, one person approached me and in a threatening tone asked me not to file any further RTIs or I would be in trouble. He then quickly walked away from the scene,” said the professor whose name is being withheld for security reasons.

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Govt spends Rs 515.44 lakhs per day on government servants

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:02

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: The State Government of Meghalaya has spent a whooping Rs. 515.44 lakhs on a daily basis on government servants during the year 2013 – 14 as per what the Chief Minister of the state Dr Mukul Sangma said in the Assembly on Friday.
Replying during the Question Hour on Friday, Dr Sangma said that a bio-metric access control system has been put in place in the Secretariat to improve the work culture there even as he added that this system gives accurate data on attendance, late arrival and early departure of government employees in the Secretariat which enables accurate deduction of their monthly salaries.

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Central Acts and policies hindering State Education Policy

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:01

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: Education related Acts and policies seem to be coming in the way of the state government of Meghalaya’s efforts to implement its own State Education Policy. This is what can be surmised from what the Deputy Chief Minister in charge Education RC Laloo said on Friday in the Assembly.
Laloo, while replying to a supplementary question raised by HSPDP legislator KP Pangniang during the question hour in the Assembly on Friday, said that the existence of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has compelled the state government to make modifications to its Education Policy.

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Teachers’ contractual appointment to be changed to ad-hoc: Prof Laloo

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:01

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Education, Prof RC Laloo during the Question Hour on Friday informed the house that the Directorate of School Education and Literacy is to settle the appointment of teachers from contractual basis to ad-hoc positions.
“If any such thing has happened necessary corrections will be made,” Prof Laloo said.
Prof Laloo became aware of approval of such appointments from an official letter by HSPDP legislator from Rambrai-Jyrngam constituency KP Pangniang. The Deputy Chief Minister has assured the definite course of action will be taken to change the contractual appointment to an ad-hoc one.

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Police contests UALA claim of arrested militant being a labourer

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:00

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TURA, Nov 28: After the denial of the United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) that the arrested militant, Robinson R Marak is a part of the group, the police have come out with evidence to prove that the outfit’s claims are baseless. The UALA had contested that Marak was a daily labourer and was the sole bread earner of his family.
The North Garo Hills (NGH) police had arrested Marak when he tried to evade a police cordon near Bajengdoba and had stated that Marak was a part of the outfit and was also previously associated with the ANVC(B).

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Names of Interlocutor for HNLC peace talks compiled

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:00

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Friday informed the House that government has compiled the names from which an interlocutor will be shortlisted to facilitate the peace process with the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), even as he informed that the disbanding of the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and ANVC(B) will happen in the first fortnight of December.
Earlier, Nongkrem legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit while moving a call attention notice had sought clarification from the government on the steps taken by it towards the offer for talks made by the proscribed HNLC.

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MCCL fighting to stay alive, reveals report

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 04:59

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: The seventh report of the committee, which specifically conducted a study on the Mawmluh – Cherra Cements Limited (MCCL), was tabled on the last day of the winter session of the state Assembly on Friday depicting the sorry state of Mawmluh Cherra Cements Limited, (MCCL) which is a stark contrast to what once was a steady machinery of blooming business. It’ssurvival itself is now at stake for the company.
The cause for the company to have hit rock bottom could be pointed out to the fact that there was unreasonable hindrance to the completion of a new project along with the careless approach in leveraging the present plan to be functional.
Such details were pointed out in a report of the Meghalaya Assembly committee on public undertakings chaired by experienced legislator Salseng C. Marak.

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HYC warns against asking for ‘processing fees’

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2014-11-29 04:58

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SHILLONG, Nov 28: After getting the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order directing that only those who have paid royalty are allowed to sell and transport coal in Meghalaya, the scene has been one of people busy in getting their documents in order and paying this royalty and taxes to various departments. It is in this backdrop that the Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council – Jaintia Hills District (HYC-JHD) has alleged that government and bank employees are taking advantage of the situation and are asking for ‘processing fees’ to complete the work.

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Police cracks mystery of ‘Salgro Areng’

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-11-25 05:15

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SHILLONG, Nov 24: Meghalaya has finally cracked the identity of the mysterious ‘Salgro Areng’ who has been posting threatening messages as well as instigating armed rebellion on his facebook page ‘Meg Pol V/s public’. Police has identified ‘Salgro Areng’ as Solly Ch. Sangma (31) of Nikwatgre Najing Bazar and Johny A Marak (21) of Tura both of whom are GNLA militants and lodged in Tura District Jail.
Police swung into action when Areng, on October 13 through the FB page, threatened to kill one of the Police Officers of East Khasi Hills District and his family as he is involved in operational duties. A Suo Moto case was taken up by the District Police and during investigation it was ascertained that the threat was uploaded from Tura District Jail.

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CM hints possible reshuffle of Cabinet portfolios

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-11-25 05:14

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SHILLONG, Nov 24: Indicating that there may be a possible reshuffling of portfolios Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Monday said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has also been briefed on the issue related to the resignation of the State Home Minister Roshan Warjri.
“We have apprised the AICC on the matter (resignation). Our system is such that we remain connected,” Dr Sangma, who just arrived from New Delhi, told reporters here on Monday.

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NBCC engineer abducted by militants claiming to be from ANVC(B)

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-11-25 05:14

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TURA, Nov 24: An engineer of the National Building Construction Company (NBCC) was kidnapped early Saturday morning from near the Border Outpost (BOP) of Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH) distrcit. The incident took place about 150 kms from the town of Tura.
Interestingly, according to the police, the abductors stated that they are part of the ANVC(B), which has already signed the tripartite peace pact with the central and state government. However, the veracity of the claims of the militants could not be ascertained.

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Police cracks Class IX paper leak case

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-11-25 05:13

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TURA, Nov 24: Phulbari police personnel under the West Garo Hills (WGH) district have cracked the XI MBOSE question paper leak case after investigations pointed to the same being circulated by the son of one of the principals of a school in the plain belt of the district.
Police apprehended the son (name withheld) of the headmaster of the Bikkonggre HS School, Shahjamal Hazarika in this connection. The son of the headmaster is a class IX student of the Janapriya HS School in Bholarbitha.
Acting on a complaint of the Deputy Controller of Examinations of MBOSE, TR Laloo, the police began investigations into the leak.

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