SHILLONG, Nov 01: The State Government on Friday began a consultative exercise to solicit views on the draft Tenancy Bill, incidentally, a somewhat similar legislation, the Village Administration Bill, 2013, is likely to be passed in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday.
The KHADC said that the Village Administration Bill’s objective would be to regulate and check influx, which again the Tenancy Bill is also intending to do. Sections of the KHADC bill are to maintain a register at the village level to oversee the population pattern, an aspect which is also being incorporated in the draft Tenancy Bill.
TURA, Nov 01: In another startling revelation, the PIO of GHADC denied information sought under the ambit of RTI for elaborating the details under the Transport Budget for the yearly session of 2011-2012.
The denial was done in a one liner, with the PIO stating the denial of information due to the figure presented in the RTI not matching with the actual budget presented. However, on checking through the official budget session handbook, the numbers were a perfect match!
Shillong, Nov 01: Even as Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has appealed to pro-ILP NGOs to take advantage of the ‘space’ provided for the public consultation process on the draft Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenants Bill, he, however, reiterated the state government’s stance that it would initiate “talks” with the agitating NGOs only if they stop all their agitational programmes.
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, with MLAs of Meghalaya in Shillong on Monday
Mukherjee bats for longer Assembly Session, discussing all issues, avoiding disruptions
SHILLONG, Oct 21: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday asked the Meghalaya Government to engage in dialogue with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and settle issues, as these groups are an integral part of the Indian democracy and express views of the people.
Addressing legislators at the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Mukherjee during his maiden visit to the State as President said apart from the Parliament and State Assemblies, independent judiciary, a free press and civil society are equally important for India’s democracy to sustain.
SHILLONG, Oct 21: Narrating the story of partition and its side-effects on the economy of North Eastern States, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee that the region is still ‘recovering from the ill-effects of partition’.
Shillong, Oct 21: Music, songs, dances and speeches were the ingredients chosen to speak-out against the frequent bandh as speakers aired their displeasure over the “bandh-culture” during the public meeting “Enough” organized by the Informed Conscious And Responsible Existence (ICARE) to protest against the 36 - hour bandh called by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Monday here.
SHILLONG, Oct 21: Expressing its deepest condolence, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Monday commemorated the 25th death anniversary of Paiem Wickliffe Syiem, Prince of Hima Nongstoin.
Paiem Wickliffe Syiem was the Prince of Hima Nongstoin and his kingship ended in the year 1948, a year after India got its independence and when his Uncle Sib Sing Syiem was arrested by the Indian Government.
SHILLONG, Oct 21: There are various measures being employed by the government to control inflation like deflationary fiscal policy which involves an increase in taxes and lowering of government spending; deflationary monetary policy – rising of interest rates and reducing money supply; controlling cost push inflation – policies which aim at improving the efficient supply of goods and services, like privatization and exchange rate policies to control imported inflation – increasing the value of currency to reduce imported inflation. But all these economic tools is not what is helping to control inflation here in Shillong city as it has taken a drastic fall over the last weekend due to the ongoing ILP conundrum and agitation associated with it.
Guwahati, Oct 20: Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha (LS) polls, 10 Regional Political parties of North East (NE) India have formed a new political front in Guwahati on Sunday.
During a meeting held at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka in the capital city of Assam, organized by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the regional parties of the region including Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), UDP and HSDP of Meghalaya, MPP, MSCP and MDPF of Manipur, PPA of Arunachal Pradesh, IPFT of Tripura and MNF of Mizoram have formed the North East Regional Political Front (NERPF).
Shillong, Oct 19: Besides calling for the 36 – hour bandh on October 21 and 22, the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has gone a step further by calling all the pro-ILP NGOs and their members to join the Council and take up arms to continue their fight.
SHILLONG, Oct 19: Suman Lyngdoh was crowned Miss Shillong 2013 on Saturday at U Soso Tham Auditorium here in the city.
She outclassed 15 other beauties in the city vying for the crown in the annual beauty pageant organized by the Shillong Fashion Society to take home the crown.
This is the newly constructed side wall in the Circular Market in Tura. The structure is just about 3 months old. However, the hygiene here has been in a dismal and pitiable condition, showing the terrible civic sense of people. Cheap drink bottles, guthka masala, urine and sometimes even faeces lie about, making the place something of a puke spot. And to think this is in the centre of the town!
SHILLONG, Oct 20: “Paper Boat”, a novel by Singapore based author Rajat Das, is a chronicle of an improbable Bengali society struggling with its reformation. The novel is set in early 20th century East Bengal, and is as much a romance recalling courage, heroism and fortitude of a nine year young girl who braved all odds to bring water left by a bathing pigeon to cure her ailing mother – who suffered a welt in her womb that has grown to a tumor.
Shillong, Oct 18: Terming the 36-hr bandh called by proscribed outfit HNLC to protest against the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Meghalaya as anti – student, state government on Friday exhorted that the proposed bandh seeks to deprive about 2000 students of years of their hard work.
Tura, Oct 18: Expressing his total scorn towards the pro-ILP activists in state, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, has lambasted the activists saying they are led by self – styled leaders who have no understanding of reality within the state, whilst the entire episode being politically motivated.
Stating that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) was not only archaic but regressive in its conception, he said the pressure groups within the state were trying to put the whole system under pressure by their continuous bandh calls and blockades. He even conceded in saying that ‘only a madman will pass a law like ILP’.
Shillong, Oct 18: With calls for withdrawal of the proposed 36-hr bandh from various quarters of the state, the HNLC is adamant to go ahead with the bandh call saying they are not ‘jokers’.
Referring to how the pro-ILP activists have been randomly calling agitations and retracting at anyone’s request, HNLC expressed its displeasure towards the activists and said the Council is not made of ‘jokers’.
Shillong, Oct 07: Debutant Independent legislator from Garo Hills, John Leslee K Sangma, on Monday expressed reservation against Hindi songs being performed in culture events in Meghalaya arguing that such songs dilute the cultural value of the ethnic tribes.
Sangma was elected for the first time from South Tura constituency as an Independent candidate. In the Assembly on Monday, during the Question Hour, he asked why Hindi songs were being performed in cultural programmes in Garo Hills.
Shillong, Oct 07: The costly equipments in the BSNL warehouse, that were burned by miscreants on Sunday night, were meant for Meghalaya for upgrade of mobile network, but fortunately those for Tripura and Mizoram have not arrived and were saved from the brunt of the attack.
On Sunday night at about 11.45 pm at the outskirts of the city, at Mawlai, the BSNL warehouse was razed to the ground by miscreants. The police have arrested one Alanlas Kyllait (24) for his involvement in the arson.
Shillong, Oct 07: In a clear violation of human rights, a traditional village dorbar in Ri Bhoi district has ostracized a woman, her family and few villagers who had strongly objected to the move of the village leaders to allegedly take away the agricultural land belonging to the family and convert it into a village forest.
The victim filed an FIR with the police, but strangely action has not been taken against the village leaders.
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