TURA, Oct 10: In a major show of unity before the upcoming polls to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), thousands of voters, mostly of the non tribal community attended an election meeting in the village of Bholarbitha under Shyamnagar constituency, with the star of the evening being the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma. The meeting which was held on Friday evening was attended by more than 3000.
The show of strength comes at a time when various NGOs of the region along with militant groups have been shouting for the exclusion of non tribals from the Council elections, either to vote or contest.
TURA, Oct 10: The district of West Garo Hills (WGH) faced a crisis on Saturday morning after drivers of vehicles requisitioned to take polling personnel to various locations refused to do so in view of the threat and call of boycott from the NGOs and militants. It was only after the timely intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, Pravin Bakshi, that the matter was resolved and things proceeded as normal.
“There was an issue with drivers refusing to go to various locations this morning leading to a delay in movement of polling personnel. The matter was addressed by us after reports and was later solved”, said Bakshi.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: Cases of arson were detected in various parts of Garo Hills on Saturday evening as miscreants and hooligans took over secluded streets once the day light went down. Mentionably, NGOs and militants in Garo Hills have declared October 10 – 12, 2015 as ‘mourning day’ wherein all are to remain indoors and asked the voters to boycott the GHADC polls scheduled for October 12 for inclusion of non-tribals as candidates and voters.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: The five – day International Terra Madre (ITM), which will commence from November 3 in Shillong, will emphasize on the importance of local indigenous food system. With the present lifestyle and diseases associated with it becoming a major global concern, the slow food movement – as ITM is also referred to as and of which it is a part of- seeks to overcome some of these problems if communities are allowed to live and regain back the local food system.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: The Meghalaya Health Care Association (MHCA) on Saturday appealed to all concerned citizens to approach the private hospitals for their requirement of medicines.
“In case of emergency, all are requested to approach the private hospitals, who have already been informed to help the people in general,” MHCA said in a statement issued here on Saturday.
The appeal was made in view of the strike of all retailers and wholesalers dealing in medicines on October 14, 2015, as part of the nationwide chemist ‘bandh’ called by the All India Chemists Association (AICA).
The AICA has been demanding immediate regularization of sale of medicines through internet that is E-Pharmacy.
Lucknow: Stressing that fundamentalists have been emboldened ever since SP and BJP came to power in the state and at the Centre, BSP chief Mayawati today cautioned people against the saffron brigade’s efforts to declare India a ‘Hindu rashtra’ “where their interest will not be safe”.
“Fundamentalists and communal forces have been emboldened ever since the SP and BJP government came to power in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre,” she said at a function on the death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram. Sounding a warning note to her electorate, Mayawati claimed that after coming to power, BJP and its associates have been moving about propagating that they want to make the country a Hindu rashtra.
Attacking the RSS, Mayawati said there is a move to end the quota facility for the downtrodden given by the Constitution under the garb of reviewing reservation and warned of a nation-wide agitation against it if the Centre goes ahead with it.
“Mayawati will not stay silent…if such a thing happens she will lead the agitation herself…you should all remain prepared for it,” she said. Attacking the Centre, Mayawati said that under the NDA rule, Muslims and secular people have started feeling insecure as BJP leaders and MPs have been going about flouting the Constitution.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, however, not taken any action against his ministers and MPs who are saying such things and this is most condemnable… several writers have been killed and some others have returned their coveted awards,” she said, adding such communal forces have stalled the programme of famous Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali in India.
Criticizing the Maharashtra government for allowing auto richshaw permits only to Maharashtrians, she asked whether UP will ever tolerate such discrimination with their people who have gone there to earn livelihood.
On Modi’s statement in Bihar to desist from issuing inciting statements after the Dadri incident, Mayawati said the prime minister was forced to say this after the President and Vice President went public.
“But this is only a political statement and there is not an iota of truth in it,” she said.
On SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement terming the Dadri incident as a conspiracy, she said these statements will not stop such incidents from taking place unless stern action is not taken against the culprits and putting Azam Khan in the front by raising the matter in the UN will not serve any purpose.
“His government should take stern legal action against the conspirators to check these incidents,” she said alleging that BJP and Samajwadi Party are together in it.
“SP has remained silent to the effort of BJP and its supporting outfits fanning communal passions and not taken action against them,” she said, adding that its latest example is that no action has been taken on Muzaffarnagar riots report submitted recently to save BJP leaders found involved in it.
“Simlalry no action has been taken against the BJP leaders and main accused in the Dadri incident,” she said. Questioning the issue and timing of the Dadri lynching incident, Mayawati alleged that it seems like BJP’s move to take mileage in Bihar elections by polarising votes on Hindu- Muslim lines.
“The people of Uttar Pradesh should also remain vigilant of such a fundamentalist game being played under the garb of Hindutva culture,” she said, warning that otherwise UP will also go Bihar way and lag behind in all areas.
“BJP is out to use differnt means to divide Muslims in UP and has already activated Muslim leader from Hyderabad Assaddudin Owaisi who is also being used in Bihar…,” she said, adding that they can do the same for dividing votes of other sections of society.
Reiterating the demand for President Rule in the state on the issue of law and order, she claimed that the situation was so bad that a Dalit family in Noida had to protest in naked to seek justice.
She attacked the SP government for holding the first round of Panchayat polls in the state today on the death anniversary of Kanshi Ram to stop more people from coming here and alleged that it was also discriminating in extending monetary help to victims of criminal cases.
Mayawati took the opportunity to reiterate her innocence in the NRHM scam in which she was recently questioned by CBI. (PTI)
Srinagar: After days of acrimonious scenes on beef ban issue which saw an Independent MLA being assaulted by BJP members, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution proposed by Omar Abdullah, appealing to people of the state to maintain communal harmony.
As soon as the Question Hour ended, opposition NC leader Omar Abdullah said a deliberate attempt is being made to destroy the amity and harmony of the state. Citing yesterday’s attack on MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, he said it was not the real face of the state and that the House should pass a resolution to send a message that people should maintain harmony and brotherhood, a suggestion quickly endorsed by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who praised Omar for his initiative.
Mufti Mohammad was all praise for Omar’s grandfather and National Conference founder Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah saying the stalwart of Jammu and Kashmir politics took a stand on secular politics much before partition in 1947. “It was in the Sopore convention of 1938 when the fight for independence was still ongoing in the subcontinent that National Conference took a stand. In 1947, when migrants from other Kashmir (PoK) came here, the people in Bijbehara welcomed them with milk and water,” Sayeed said.
The Chief Minister said Jammu and Kashmir gave a “shield of secularism to India and there was no reason we should be distancing ourselves from it.” Sayeed said extremism was in favour of no one and needs to be curbed. (PTI)
Minor girls rescued from lodge in Odisha
Berhampur (Odisha): Two minor girls were rescued from a lodge and its manager was arrested on kidnapping charge at Phulbani in Kandhamal district, police said today. “Four motorcycle-borne youths had brought two girls, aged about 15 years, to the lodge in the morning yesterday. They have been locked up in two rooms at the lodge. We rescued the girls and handed them over to their parents last night,” police officials said. The manager of the lodge Sishira Kanta Das was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by the mother of a rescued girl, they said adding that efforts are on to nab the four youths. (PTI)
Four killed as SUV turns turtle in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Four persons were killed and eight injured when the SUV they were travelling in turned turtle while trying to avoid hitting a motorcyclist at 31-ML in Sri Ganganagar district, police said today. The victims were travelling from Rawala to Ganeshgarh when the accident occurred yesterday under Muklava police station, they said. The police have identified the deceased as Maniram Nayak (60), his wife Vidhya Devi (55), their daughter-in-law Rammati (40) and Hanuman Meghwal (47). The injured, including motorcyclist Sukhji, were shifted to different government and private hospitals, they said. (PTI)
FIR against Sharad Yadav for poll code violation
Biharsharif: An FIR has been filed against JD(U) president Sharad Yadav for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct, police said on Friday. The FIR against Yadav was filed last night at a police station in Nalanda district on the basis of a report by the Circular Officer, they said. Yadav had in a poll meet on Wednesday said those who would not vote for JD(U) candidate would land in “Jehanum” (hell). (PTI)
Seven labourers killed after vehicle turns turtle in UP
Bahraich: At least seven labourers were killed on Friday and two others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in, overturned near Ghaghra ghat railway station here. The labourers were on their way to Bahraich from Lucknow to caste their vote in the panchayat election taking place today when they met with the accident on Lucknow-Bahraich highway, police said. The incident happened after the labourers got buried under the dumper after it overturned, police said, adding that by the time locals and police could pull them out, seven men had already died. (PTI)
Two children mowed down by truck in Bihar
Buxar: Two children died after being mowed down by a truck in Bihar’s Buxar district on Friday. The incident took place around 6 am when Priyank and Pushkar, students of Class II and Class III respectively, were riding on the scooter of their neighbour to school. The driver of the scooter lost control over it and it came under the wheels of a speeding truck. The two children were killed on the spot, police said. The truck driver surrendered before police after the incident. (PTI)
New Delhi: The cash-rich Indian Premier League will have a new title sponsor in its next edition after PepsiCo expressed its interest to terminate the association with the BCCI.
The beverage giant is keen to walk out on the five-year title contract, due to expire in 2017, because of the cash-rich league bringing “disrepute” to the game. However, BCCI sources claimed that Pepsi wants to end the deal due to its dipping foreign interests.
Sources said BCCI is in talks with all those interested in bagging the rights and get it transferred.
“They have shown a willingness to move out of the deal from this season because of their own interests and not because of disrepute and stuff. So they may not continue as the main sponsor,” a senior BCCI source said.
“Because they have the deal with them so we are not bothering them. We have a bank guarantee with us and hence can confiscate it, but we are not doing it. Whosoever will get the rights, we will help get him that guarantee, get it transferred from Pepsi,” the source said.
PepsiCo, however, could not be reached for its comment regarding their title rights with IPL.
Meanwhile, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla said the Pepsi deal is “not a big issue” and the Board is in talks with other sponsors as well to settle the issue “amicably”.
“We are in talks with other sponsors as well, so the title deal with Pepsi is not that big an issue. They have certain points and we are going to settle them amicably in the next meeting,” Shukla told PTI.
“They have been a very good partner all this while and we do not want to disturb our relationship with them. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen in a very smooth manner,” he added. Pepsi wants to withdraw from the sponsorship because of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal that tarnished the IPL’s reputation. It had paid Rs 396 crore (71.77 million USD) for the period 2013-2017.
The BCCI will take up the matter during its working committee meeting in Mumbai on October 18. (PTI)
Beijing: The leading women’s tennis doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis marched into the final of the China Open, thumping the Chinese duo of Chen Liang and Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in a one-sided clash here on Friday.
The Indo-Swiss pair, the topmost team in the doubles circuit this year, needed one hour and seven minutes to claim the semi-final in the $4.7 million prize money tournament.
Sania-Martina dominated the match in all departments, winning 32 service points compared to 24 by their opponents at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center, built for the 2008 Olympic Games. (IANS)
Dhaka: Bangladesh One-Day International (ODI) skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza was on Friday hospitalised after being diagnosed with dengue fever.
Mashrafe was taken to the Apollo Hospital, reports bdnews24.com.
“He still has high fever,” a friend of Mortaza told bdnews24.com.
He will not be able to play matches in the national league’s third round because of the illness.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) physician Debashish Chowdhury said they were yet to get details of his condition.
“It’s been confirmed that he has been diagnosed with dengue,” he said. “I’ve spoken with the doctor at the hospital.” (IANS)
Pune: FC Pune City maintained a clean sheet by recording their second consecutive win with a solitary goal victory over NorthEast United in an Indian Super League football match here on Friday.
Pune emerged victorious courtesy an own goal from Zohmingliana Ralte in the 73rd minute of the keenly fought match at the Balewadi Stadium.
The match was a fast-paced one but had few openings as play was mostly a midfield battle. The home side had the edge there with Ivory Coast international Didier Zokora turning up an impressive show.
The first 45 minutes had very fews shots at the goal and both teams did not test the goalies. The best chance of the half fell to Pune marquee player Adrian Mutu but the Romanian striker took it with his weaker foot and the shot lacked power.
The home side quickly got to their grooves and did most of the attack in the initial period but NorthEast came on their own as the match progressed. But they showed that they are side lacking in ideas at the opposition box.
At the stroke of half hour, Pune had a go at the opposition goal with Israil Gurung taking a shot from inside NorthEast box but Ralte blocked it.
Then it was the turn of the visiting team but Sanju Pradhan put the ball wide off a free header in the 36th minute.
The second half was more lively with NorthEast pressing for a goal. In the 56th minute, Diomansy Kamara blasted the ball wide off the target after he was sent to the clear by Nicolas Velez.
The Pune keeper charged forward to block Velez only to see Kamara getting the ball. Kamara could have taken the shot first time when the keeper was off his line. He instead decided to take a touch which allowed the keeper to get back in position. That was NorthEast’s best scoring chance.
Pune’s fortunes changed with the introduction of last match hero Tuncay Sanli in the 61st minute in place of Mutu. The Turkish international added spark in the Pune attack and he was in the thick pf the things. He got one of his shots at the back of the NorthEast net only to be ruled off-side.
Pune got their goal in the 73rd minute with NorthEast’s Ralte putting the ball into the back of his own net off a corner kick taken by Lalrempuia. The ball was swung into a crowded penalty box and it was Ralte into the net.
Jolted by the reverse, NorthEast tried to regroup and made a few attempts at the Pune goal. But they showed that they were bereft of ideas and failed to find the equaliser. (PTI)
Santiago: Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez scored second-half goals as Chile overcame Brazil 2-0 while Ecuador sprang a surprise snatching their first qualifying triumph on Argentinian soil in seven attempts, courtesy of late strikes by Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo in the opening 2018 World Cup qualifying round.
“It’s an important step because Brazil have a great record against us in World Cup qualifiers,” Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said.
Brazil had been desperate to move on from a disappointing Copa America campaign which followed their humiliating 7-1 drubbing against Germany in last year’s World Cup semi-finals.
But the Brazilians, lacking the creative flair of Neymar, struggled to find a way through a physical Chile side who were fortunate to finish the game with 11 men.
Yet while Argentina and Brazil were left reeling, there were no such problems for Uruguay, who shrugged off the absence of star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to score a historic first ever away win over Bolivia in La Paz.
Colombia meanwhile opened their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win, Teofilo Gutierrez and Edwin Cardona getting the goals in a hardfought victory over Peru in Barranquilla. In other game Uruguay won 2-0 away to Bolivia, Colombia beat Peru 2-0 at home and hosts Venezuela lost 1-0 to Paraguay. (Agencies)
Kochi: With home team Kerala Blasters FC getting their campaign in the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) off to a rousing start with a victory over North East United FC earlier this week, their next opponents Mumbai City FC will be determined to get back to winning ways.
Looking back on the performances of both teams in their opening outings, Mumbai — led by French star Nicholas Anelka — appeared to be unlucky as they enjoyed 54 percent of the ball possession and had more shots on goal, but still lost 1-3 to FC Pune City.
Mumbai arrived here late on Thursday evening and as always in sports loving Kerala, the team was received well by the people who crowded the airport and team hotel to cheer them.
The hosts’ biggest advantage is that the football loving Keralites are always fully behind them.
The stands are usually overflowing, with a record 60,000 fans attending their opening match of the season. (IANS)
Kolkata: Brazilian legend Pele’s health won’t permit him for a football clinic but the three-time World Cup winner will inspire the budding footballers with an interactive session at his team hotel during his three-day visit to the city beginning October 11.
There will be another interaction with the students of NSHM Knowledge Campus titled ‘Inspire the Champion in You’ on October 12.
Multicon Group and NSHM Knowledge Campus, meanwhile, felicitated the 1977 Mohun Bagan team who played out a 2-2 draw against the Pele’s team of New York Cosmos in front of a packed 80,000 Eden crowd on a rain soaked September 24, 1977. (PTI)
SHILLONG, Oct 09: With the amendment bill against holding of dual post becoming a full-fledged Act, Congress legislator PN Syiem, who is also the present KHADC CEM, is likely to be disqualified, if he fails to surrender one post - MLA or MDC.
The Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya) Act, 2015, which recently received the assent of the Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan, is aimed at barring MLA(s) from holding dual posts.
However, while the effective date of the Act is on and from October 1, 2015, Syiem is the lone MLA out of the 8 legislators who are holding dual posts, who is yet to relinquish one post.
SHILLONG, Oct 09: Referring the case relating to disqualification of MLAs holding dual posts to the full bench, the Meghalaya High Court on Friday said pendency of the present writ petition (PIL) shall not cause any prejudice or bar the authority in taking decision.
The hearing on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) against dual post holders (MLA/MDC), was conducted by the Division Bench of the Meghalaya High Court here on Friday.
SHILLONG, Oct 09: Meghalaya has emerged as one of the most competitive states in India in the category of ‘North East Economies’.
A ceremony was held on September 30, 2015 at New Delhi to facilitate states that have performed well in various categories.
The study on which this was based was conducted by Mint, India’s second largest business newspaper published by HT Media Ltd, in association with Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s Institute of Competitiveness.
TURA, Oct 09: BJP National Spokesperson and in-charge of Meghalaya, Nalin Kohli, who is on a two - day tour to Garo hills to drum up support for BJP candidates for the upcoming Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) polls feels that the prospect of the party is good.
“I have toured constituencies where we have fielded candidates. So far the response has been good. We are in direct fight with the Congress and the NPP in the constituencies. In at least three constituencies, we expect to perform well”, he said.
Of the 29 seats for the council polls, slated for October 12, BJP has field six candidates.
SHILLONG, Oct 09: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) on Friday reiterated its demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the death of former sub-inspector in-charge of Patharkhmah Outpost, PJ Marbaniang.
“We reiterate our demand for a CBI inquiry as this is very much a clear murder of an honest Police Officer,” CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said in a statement issued here on Friday.
She said that the CSWO is shocked that the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing into the incident, has come out with a version that the (late) SI P J Marbaniang had committed suicide and abetted by the 5 arrested that includes NGO members and a BDO.