SHILLONG, May 20: Immediately after being sworn in as the new Governor of Meghalaya, senior BJP leader and former RSS member V Shanmuganathan said that a Governor has lot of things to do and has a role to play to understand people and appreciate their value.
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Uma Nath Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Shanmuganathan at the Raj Bhavan.
TURA, May 20: In yet another allegation against a Branch Manager (BM) of a bank, residents of Chibinang lodged a complaint against the State bank of India (SBI) BM in the office of the AGM of SBI, Garo Hills region with a copy sent to the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC’s) office. The manager allegedly is abusive, misbehaves with account holders, while also stalling the creation of bank accounts, sometimes for nearly 3 months.
Further, the BM has also been accused the BM of not disbursing loans even after they are sanctioned.
SHILLONG, May 20: The Union Minister for Steel and Mines, Government of India, Narendra Singh Tomar, on Wednesday said that the ruling of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has to be accepted as the degradation of the environment is an area of critical concern and the need to protect the environment is a priority issue for the Government.
SHILLONG, May 19: The former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum was released on bail granted by the Meghalaya High Court here on Tuesday.
The Court had granted the bail application filed by Nongrum’s wife P Wahlang after she furnished a bail bond of Rs. one lakh with two ‘surety bonds’.
On Monday, Nongrum was sent to judicial custody on contempt of court charges and was produced again on Tuesday in the court.
SHILLONG, May 19: Disappointed at the state government’s inaction in approving the KHAD (Village Administration) (VA) Bill, 2014, the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has decided to stage an indefinite ‘sit-in-demonstration’ starting from Tuesday night.
The sit-in-demonstration will be held in the same venue where the KHNAM’s vice president Adelbert Nongrum, is staging his ongoing ‘indefinite hunger strike’ protest along with a young supporter Goldy Warjri, at Civil Hospital Junction in the city.
Announcing the decision here, KHNAM MDC James Ban Basaiawmoit said, “The indefinite sit-in-demonstration will start right away as a mark of protest against the government’s inaction towards passing of the VA Bill.”
SHILLONG, May 19: The Chief Justice, High Court of Meghalaya and Patron-in-Chief, MSLSA, Justice Uma Nath Singh on Monday said that the North East Region of India suffers from inherent contradiction and as such it is imperative for the legal services authority to address such contradictions.
Chief Justice Singh was speaking at the launching of the Mobile Lok Adalat Van of the Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) was flagged off on Monday by him from the premises of the High Court of Meghalaya, Shillong.
SHILLONG, May 19: A cadre and an over ground worker of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) were arrested from the city even as police have warned of stern action against people paying money to the outfit.
The duo were arrested after East Khasi Hills (EKH) district police conducted an operation after receiving intelligence input on the presence of some HNLC cadres in the state’s capital.
Hyderabad: Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock as his superb little innings enabled Royal Challengers Bangalore to eke out a thrilling six wicket victory over SunRisers Hyderabad keeping themselves in the race for the play-offs in the IPL cricket tournament, here on Friday.
In a rain-curtailed match, RCB were required to score 81 from six overs after SunRisers scored a competitive 135 for three riding on half-centuries from Moises Henriques (57) and David Warner (52 no).
Aftre Chirs Gayle’s initial blast of 35 from 10 balls, it was Kohli, whose 44 off 19 balls got them past finishing line as he hit a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to spark off wild celebrations in the RCB dug-out.
RCB are now at second position with 15 points from 13 games while SRH are at fourth place with 14 from 13 games.
Needing 10 off last four deliveries, Kohli hot a square drive followed by a steer bisected between point and gully before finishing off with a down the ground hit.
Chasing a stiff target of 81 from 6 overs, Gayle started by carting Dale Steyn for a boundary and six off the first two deliveries while skipper Kohli also hit the South African for a boundary as first over yielded 17 runs.
The penultimate over bowled by Praveen Kumar saw him dismiss Mandeep Singh (1) off the first ball with a full toss that was hit straight down at deep square leg.
But it was Kohli again, whose pulled six off Praveen got the equation down to 13 from last over which he got for his team.
Earlier, Henriques’ brutal assault enabled SunRisers Hyderabad to reach a commanding 135 for three in 11 overs after being put into bat.
By the time, SRH innings ended, heavens again opened up as the groundsmen covered the playing surface.
Henriques smashed his way to 57 off only 22 balls with help of five boundaries and four sixes adding 103 runs in only 7.1 overs in the process for the second wicket with skipper David Warner remaining unbeaten on 52 off only 32 balls.
RCB’s fielding was certainly below par as Henriques lived a charmed ‘life’ as Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan dropping easiest of chances on scores of 26 and 46.
With Powerplay reduced to just three overs, skipper Warner decided to tee off with a tennis shot like boundary back past Harshal Patel for a boundary in the second over of the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan (10) was not so lucky as he first dispatched David Wiese for a pulled boundary but was gone trying to repeat the shot and failing to clear the wide mid-on fielder.
Dhawan’s dismissal didn’t deter Warner to hit Wiese down the ground for a boundary and then welcomed Yuzvendra Chahal with a cracking boundary through extra cover region.
Chahal’s nightmarish first over continued as Moises Henriques hit him for a six and four off successive deliveries as home team reached 50 off 5 overs.
Henriques was far from over was he punished Ashoke Dinda for his profligacy with another set of boundary and six.
On 26, Henriques got a reprieve when Mandeep Singh at long-off made a complete hash off a simple catch off Patel’s bowling conceding a boundary in the process. As if to add insult to the injury, Henriques steered the next ball for a boundary past Dinesh Karthik to move into 30’s.
Henriques was not finished as he then launched into Patel to move into his 40’s but missed out on the fastest half-century. At 46, he offered an easy catch to the burly Sarfaraz Khan at point, who dropped a sitter.
The 100 came in the 8th over and there was no looking back for SRH as Warner also got into the act. (PTI)
Margao: Having notched up their second win with a 2-0 victory over Bharat FC, Sporting Clube de Goa will now look to keep the winning momentum going when they face Mohun Bagan in a crucial tie of the Hero I-League on Saturday at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.
With four matches left to play, Sporting Clube de Goa, who are lying at the bottom with 14 points from 16 matches, have no option but to win all their remaining matches to keep their hopes alive to avoid relegation.
A win is important for both the teams as Bagan who have 32 points — the same as Bengaluru FC but have played one match less than the latter — is fighting for the title, while Sporting is fighting to save relegation.
For Sporting a win will not only see them move above Dempo FC but will also raise their confidence to play their next two away matches against Shillong Lajong and Mohun Bagan before they play their last match against Pune FC at home.
Sporting have put up good performance in the league but lack of finishing cost them dearly which saw too many draws and it took them 14 matches to notch their first win.
Sporting’s coach Mathew Costa is confident that his team will get positive result on Saturday.
“The break has helped the boys to shape up well. Although Anthony Wolfe will not be able to play on Saturday due to suspension, we have players good enough to take his place. We are in must win position and all the boys are eager to give their best and hopefully we come out victorious,” he said. Bagan, who are fighting for the title along with Bengaluru FC and Royal Wahingdoh, are feeling the pressure as they have dropped points in their last two matches after drawing against Mumbai FC and losing against Bharat FC.
Now they cannot afford to drop points further as it will jerpordise their chances to win the title. (PTI)
Mumbai: In a do-or-die IPL cricket match, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Rajasthan Royals as the race for the play-off berths hots up at the Brabourne Stadium, here on Saturday.
Knight Riders, who lost a crucial game against Mumbai Indians last night, are in a must-win situation in their final league match to seal a final-four spot.
The Gautam Gambhir-led side failed to score 12 runs off the final over, which would have ensured their play-off entry. Now it will be a huge task for KKR to dust off that disappointment and take on the might of Royals, who also need a win in their last league match to get into the top-four.
While KKR have 15 points from 13 matches, Royals have one point less and in the crucial contest the team that keeps its nerves will invariably go through to the last four.
Knight Riders seemed to have things well under control in their previous game till the last five overs of the MI innings, when their bowlers conceded a whopping 72 runs after having reduced the hosts to 79 for four.
The death bowling is one key area the team needs to improve on, conceded former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan after their heart-wrenching loss.
“Today we started well with the ball. It was in the way we finished in the last five, that part we can obviously improve,” Shakib, who bowled superbly to take 2 for 22 with his left arm spin, said after the match.
KKR batsmen let off good starts against MI to leave things a bit too late and in the end even Yusuf Pathan’s well-made 52 was unable to get the team over the line. Shakib admitted the follies of their batsmen.
“I thought whoever gets in should also finish the job, that’s what we didn’t do. Some of our guys were set but could not go on and finish the game. These are some of the areas we can improve on,” he added.
One of the bright spots in Thursday’s loss for the title holders was the way big-hitting Yusuf batted in his 31-ball knock. Though he fell off the first ball of the last over, he showed a welcome trend of biding his time before unleashing the big shots.
KKR have a potent pace attack led by Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel and have the option of shackling the free-scoring Royals batting line-up in which Ajinkya Rahane holds the key with their tight spin bowling duo of Shakib and Sunil Narine, who both bowled well against MI.
Placed fifth on the table Royals go into the needle contest after a well-earned rest following their loss to Chennai Super Kings in their previous away game on May 10.
They have had an up and down run, after a glorious opening phase of five wins on the trot, followed by a super over loss to Kings XI Punjab and two rained-out games that have arrested their smooth progress.
The Shane Watson-led side has functioned in fits and starts after a great start to their campaign and would be anxious to get their act together for a final push into the last four.
Successive losses to SunRisers Hyderabad here and against CSK five days ago have kept them on the edge. It will be imperative that they regain their focus if they have to topple a strong outfit like Knight Riders in a make-or-break situation.
According to team mentor and former captain Rahul Dravid, their bowling at the death has been somewhat of a let-down and needs to be addressed to.
“Our bowling has definitely not been up to the mark in the last few overs and that is something we have to work on before the important match against KKR. That is one area I admit we have lagged behind,” he said ahead of the all-important game.
THE Supreme Court has stayed a Delhi government circular pushing for defamation suits against the critics of the administration in the media. The court has questioned the AAP government’s inconsistent stand on defamation and free speech calling it hypocritical. The circular issued by the Kejriwal government was seen as an attempt to intimidate the media. The government had also moved the apex court to quash the Indian Penal Code’s section 499 and 500 relating to defamation. The court has also sought the reasons behind the issuance of the circular. It has been pointed out that Kejriwal had at the same time argued that a trial under the defamation law amounted to the coercion of a citizen and a violation of the fundamental right of free speech.
What is surprising is that the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party had taken the step to muzzle the organs of free speech as he had always championed the rights of the aam aadmi. The circular issued by the AAP government violated the spirit of the Constitution and during his days of activism, Kejriwal had voiced his support for fairness and transparency. According to his circular, a good journalist is said to be one who toes the official line. That undermines the faith of the electorate in the fourth estate. There seems to be a world of difference between Kejriwal fighting for power and Kejriwal in power. The fact is that the AAP government has failed miserably to fulfill its electoral promises and Kejriwal is scared of a free press criticizing his government’s performance. What is regrettable is that his cabinet includes a few journalists. The Supreme Court ruling should make Kejriwal see reason.
By Bijoya Sawian
On June 12th 1897 Shillong collapsed under the fury of the Great Earthquake. Three days after the tragedy, Mr. Arbuthnot, the Deputy Commissioner sent a Bengali official to see how his friend was faring. So the Senior EAC, Sadya Charan Das , waded through the debris and reached Umsohsun. He found Jeebon Roy sitting under a make-shift tent, his house in shambles, his family sheltered in the chicken coops. The official noticed a piece of paper on the table in front of a calm and resolute Jeebon Roy. On it two words were boldly written-TRY AGAIN.
When Babu Jeebon Roy passed away on May 16 1903 one dream of his had been realized: higher education had been established in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. He had great faith in his people. He was unwavering in his belief that good education was the only stumbling block they had to overcome to move ahead and stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of India. For him education was the single most important asset in a person’s progress in life because it freed one from the shackles of ignorance and also because “nobody can ever take it away.”Jeebon Roy worked relentlessly towards the realization of this goal. In 1878 he started the first High School in Shillong after a long and arduous struggle.
He had studied only up to Class VI because that was all that was available in these hills. But his education continued at home under his father, Ram Sing Jaid Rani and tutors. As his mind imbibed and expanded having savoured the fruits of his learning, he knew that his mission in life was to spread higher education. In 1875 he started corresponding with the Provincial Government about setting up a High School. The Government refused on grounds that Shillong had just undergone the trauma of the plague and there were no funds available. Jeebon Roy was disappointed and started negotiations with Rev T Jerman Jones of the Welsh Methodist Calvinistic Presbyterian Mission. Rev Jerman Jones remarked that Khasis were not ready for education beyond Class VI. The two responses alarmed him and made him more determined. He approached the Assam Government with his proposition with the promise that all deficit would be borne by him. His plea fell on deaf ears. Eventually, he donated a sum of nine hundred rupees and constructed a school known as the Zillah High School, in the area where the Telegraph Office stood till recently. The school was inaugurated on September 2 1878 and registered fifty students. Seeing the success of the school Rev Jerman Jones realized his mistake and directed that from the following session the Mission Minor School at Mawkhar should be converted to a Proceeding High School and amalgamated with the Zilla High School and liberal funds should be sanctioned. In 1880 this was completed and the Shillong Government High School, the gateway to higher education in our hills, was established.
Now as we remember him a hundred and twelve years later the message one would like to give to the youth is ‘iai minot’, persevere, for that was his motto. “Persevere, never give up. Try, try again… and remember it is not only the result that is important but also the entire journey, step by step, towards your goal.”
Education is the fount of character, of courage and of understanding .It does not begin and end with books, brilliant results and lucrative jobs. Education is a vast experience, a never ending journey of discovery into the world of knowledge, wisdom and truth. A truly educated man is one who can think and act correctly no matter where he studied, what marks he scored, what career he chose and how much he earns. He stands out by his ability to differentiate between right and wrong and by his strength to ride the storm in times of crisis; how he copes with trials and tribulations and defeat determines the measure of his success.
The word education is derived from the Latin educatio which means ‘bringing up, breeding, rearing ‘.It is a holistic experience like a parent bringing up a child. A good teacher would not simply pour information into a child’s head as if it was an empty vessel. The teacher should be the guide, the awakener, the person who instills the joy of learning within the child. This is very important before introducing the child to books and syllabus and examinations! If education is meant to prepare a child for the future then most certainly the child must feel that the future – life itself is worth living.
Our present educational system, archaic ,dismal and in desperate need for change, is based on Lord Macaulay’s Minute on Education which he formulated in 1835. Before that he had written to his superiors in England, “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one beggar who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country unless we break the very backbone of this nation which is her spiritual and cultural heritage. Therefore ,I propose that we replace the old and ancient education system, her culture, for if all the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them to be, a truly dominated nation.” Macaulay’s Minute was later perfected in Sir Charles Wood’s Dispatch in 1854. This concept of education was introduced mainly to make the Indian officials learn adequate English and be literate and efficient enough to be able to function in the Administration. That was it. The minds were geared to cram and swallow information, transfer it to paper and follow orders .This inadequate and simplistic system of ‘education’ was only to serve the purpose of the British rulers. Most of our children end up ‘just being another brick in the wall’.
There is so much of talent and promise among the youth in Meghalaya. What they lack is focus, the right guidance to tap their inborn talent and most of all-they lack confidence. Confidence is all about being sure of oneself. It brings out the best in a child; in anybody for that matter. This is where identity comes in. Identity is what you are. It could be a social, political, cultural, educational or a geographical identity; just feeling good being a Shillongite for example. The strong sense of knowing who you are helps in building up confidence. Confidence and self esteem are the precursors to growth, progress and evolution. The young live in a brave new world. They can even rewrite the rules and redefine themselves. You are the masters of your destiny and infinite possibilities. Don’t fritter these precious years away.
Coming to careers, every single job is important and has to done and completed properly for the smooth running of society. If you are willing to learn and to work no one can stop you .If you don’t want, no one can help you. Reaching ‘the top’ simply means having done one’s best. Be confident of what you are doing and say, “I am a peon/a carpenter/a mason/an electrician/a domestic help/a taxi driver,( whatever you are). I am the best in town .I am not a wastrel .I contribute towards my family and community.” If you do that -you have already won the first round hands down and you should be proud of yourself. Education is not meant to prepare you only to make a living but also how to live .Learning is a never ending process for knowledge is a never-ending story. Iai Minot.
By Mudit Kapoor
The political difference between Congress and BJP over land acquisition is fundamentally a clash of ideologies between two concepts of individual liberty: the negative liberty versus the positive liberty. (This is from an essay “Two Concepts of Liberty” by Isaiah Berlin (1958)). The notion of negative liberty refers to defense of the individual “freedom from” other individuals or the state. It consists in the “negative” aim of guarding the individual from interference, in particular, by the state. While the positive notion of individual liberty consists in the “positive” aim – the individual to be his own master or the “freedom to” do what one wills. These two concepts of individual liberty are ideologically very different and their clash is at the heart of the great political battle between the Congress and the BJP.
In 2013, the UPA government headed by the Congress party repealed the draconian Land Acquisition Act of 1894 by passing The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. The primary objective of the act was to defendindividuals right to property and work from arbitrary invasion by the state.Through this act the Congress attempted to defend the “negative” notion of individual liberty. In essence the act made it extremely difficult for the government or the state to coercively or forcefully acquire individual property no matter how lofty or noble the purpose might be. The act introduced several impediments, such as, the “consent” clause where for private and for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects consent of 80% and 70%, respectively of the affected families, which included both the owners of the land and those working on the land, was required prior to acquisition. Moreover, the act also required a preliminary investigation of the social impact and the public purpose of the land acquisition. This would happen in consultation with local political representatives at the panchayat or the municipal level. Last but not the least the act repeatedly emphasized that in the event of land acquisition “the absolute bare minimum extent needed for the project” is acquired. The act was historicalin defending the individual independence from interference by the state and it went far beyond the simple issue of increasing compensation. By adhering to defend the negative notion of individual liberty I refer to the congress as the “negative” congress.
In 2014, BJP came to power by promising governance, growth and development. According to the BJP poverty and backwardness are a big impediment to individual “freedom to” be the master of their own will.They fundamentally believe that every individual irrespective of their race, religion and creed is united in their aspiration to growth and progress and therefore, the single most important objective of the government is to create an enabling environment where every individual has a fair chance to grow, develop and progress. However, the ground reality might be very different. In particular what should the state do with those individuals who do not aspire to grow or are not willing to sacrifice their property for the larger national interest of growth and progress? It is in this context that one must view the amendments that BJP introduced. In essence the amendments makes it easier for the government to coercively acquire land for larger national interest by removing the consent clause and social impact assessment. The philosophical justification for this is that in case of those individuals, who voluntarily do not sacrifice their right to land and work for the larger national interest of growth and progress, are not fully aware of what it means to be free and therefore the state has the right to coerce such individuals to be free. This is precisely BJP’s defense – ad nauseam they have argued that the amendments are in national interest for growth and progress of poor people who are not fully aware of what it means to be free. BJPs primary argument, therefore, is thatit is all right for some individual freedom to be sacrificed for more freedom in the future because if individuals voluntarily gave up their right to land and work for larger national interest then the issue of coercion and land acquisition would not arise.Therefore, in the context of land acquisition BJP is an adherent of “positive” notion of liberty, hence I refer to the BJP as the “positive” BJP. Broadly speaking BJP has taken a very similar stance of defending national interest by imposing draconian measures on the liberty of individuals or group of individuals, such as, by deplaning a Greenpeace activist, questioning or banning non government organizations (NGOs), or targeting civil right activists.
For adherents of “negative” notion of individual liberty, the “positive” notion of individual liberty merely represents a “specious disguise of brutal tyranny.” It is this clash of ideology between the negative and the positive notion of individual liberty that is at the heart of the political battle between the “negative” Congress and the “positive” BJP.
(The writer teaches Economics at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and is Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute. Email: email@example.com)
I am in complete agreement with Batkupar L Mawlong, Karen Wahlang, Anthony Lyngdoh, Phrangsngi Mawthoh and numerous others who have voiced their condemnation of pressure groups (particularly KSU), street-actor politicians and headmen. People have seen through their stunts and gimmicks which are aimed at grabbing power or stuffing their pockets through manipulation of public opinion. These people have terrorized and kept us in a constant state of fear by using violence to achieve their goals. Sometimes its hard to believe that Meghalaya is really a part of India because different rules seem to apply here. Lawlessness is taken for granted while terror is accepted as part and parcel of our daily lives. No one seems bothered that this abnormal situation has persisted for over 35 years in the state!
I must confess however that I am puzzled by the Meghalaya High Court’s silence on the breakdown of law and order and the justice system in our state. In other states of India, I have seen that courts are quick to intervene whenever the law is stretched to breaking point by rogue elements or govt. But in Meghalaya, one rarely sees proactive action from the High Court in such matters. Why is this so? Doesn’t the Judiciary care about the injustices taking place in Meghalaya on several levels? Society is being held hostage by criminals in the guise of pressure groups. The law makes no serious attempt to contain these groups. The Govt lets them get away with murder, literally. Govt even goes so far as to strike deals with pressure groups to allow them to escape justice. The people of Meghalaya do not trust Govt, pressure groups or politicians to protect our rights and give us justice. Is this not serious enough for the Meghalaya High Court to take notice? From whom else can an ordinary citizen expect justice when both Govt and civil society have failed? I therefore humbly implore the High Court to assert its authority and steer us back on the right track with proactive interventions like in the case of the notorious headmen.
While everyone is talking about the High Court ruling that “Rangbah Shnong” doesn’t have any legal power – it is interesting to note though that headmen (Myntri, Lyngdoh and Sirdar) of two Syiemships have full constitutional powers. I am referring to the syeimship of Nongstoin and Maharam. I don’t know much about the Maharam Syiemship but in the case of Nongstoin Syiemship it exercises the powers conferred under Section 13 of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the Syiem, Deputy Syiem and Electors of Nongstoin Syiemship) Act. 2003. The “Nongstoin Syiemship Rules 2003″ was then approved by KHADC. In sections 14 and 15 of the “Nongstoin Syiemship Rules 2003″ it clearly defines the powers and functions of Durbar Shnong and its Head i.e. the Chairman.
I still wonder why only these two Syiemship have such powers and not others. Does this show that these Syiemship have a greater vision than the rest?
Long live our leaders
It is with great joy and pride that we learn that Daniel Khyriem and other pro – ILP group leaders will be acquitted of all their crimes. This speaks volume of the maturity and courage of our Govt in respecting the people at large. These leaders are the saviours of the ‘ jaitbynriew’ and it is to them that our youths and children should look up to as role models, of simple living, honesty, courage, humility, wisdom, hard work , and purity. They work day and night for the good of every indigenous people forgetting themselves and their own families, without wanting power, money, fame or pleasure. They have no personal benefits from whatever they do. Their only concern is the benefit of the poor and the downtrodden ( of indigenous people), while most of us( businessmen, officers, teachers, doctors, engineers, including preachers, work for our own selfish motives. All their so -called crimes ( arson, killing, etc) are nothing but a holy war to shed the unclean blood for the good of their kith and kin. It’s not the path of Christianity that will save our Jaitbynriew but that shown by our leaders. In fact Christian leaders should question their roles in loving their ‘ Jaitbynriew’. All of them are just silent spectators of these events pretending they are already in their heaven, or trying to spread messages of love (including loving people outside your community). We salute our dear brave leaders and we entrust our future into their hands for they know and see the best. We pray to ‘ U Blei Nongbuh Nongthaw’ that they be rewarded not only in this life but in the coming one too, when all their ‘ holy crimes’ will be totally washed away. And we pray that soon our state and ‘Ri’ will be cleansed of all unwanted outsiders so that peace, love, justice, harmony, honesty, liberty will once again rule in our ‘Jaitbynriew Tipbriew Tipblei’ .
From ILP to empowerment of TIs
A week of political drama, mud slinging and demonstrations have occupied prime space in most local and regional newspapers. But every issue taken up by pressure groups does not end reach a logical conclusion or solution. We have seen how the Inner Line Permit (ILP) issue which turned violent became an election mandate for regional parties in the past. Later it died down only to be revived this time in line with the High Court order questioning the authority of the Rangbah Shnong. After this something else will surely come up. It is unfortunate that these very pressure groups do not seem to bother about past scams and scandals that had taken place. They would have received much public support if they had taken them up with the same vigour as they do the ILP issue. The public needs to dissect their demands and ask them whether development is necessary or having a spate of bandhs is the need of the hour. This question should be put to the Govt too which is weak and vacillating.
Dominic S. Wankhar
ROME: Roger Federer kept up his pursuit of the elusive Italian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych on Friday to reach the semifinals of the clay-court tournament.
Along with Monte Carlo, Rome is one of only two Masters series titles that the 17-time Grand Slam champion has never won.
Federer will next face either seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal or eigth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, who were playing in the night session at the Foro Italico.
Also, seventh-seeded David Ferrer beat David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and will meet the winner of a match between top-ranked Novak Djokovic and fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori.
In women’s action, second-seeded Simona Halep routed qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 6-0 in an all-Romanian matchup.
Under overcast skies with some rain drops falling briefly, Federer fell behind a break midway through the first set but recovered it immediately and cruised from there.
“From the baseline I was playing very well.” Federer said.
“My serve was not quite there from the beginning. I was hitting too many second serves and he was able to take advantage of that and break early. So it was important to pick it up on the serve, which is maybe the easiest thing to do.”
“I felt good again on the return and (was) moving well, so as the match went on I got better and better,” he added. “The wind picked up in the second set – that’s when I think Tomas didn’t play so well anymore and I was able to get the job done.”
Perhaps fatigued from his three-set win over Fabio Fognini a day earlier, Berdych struggled to get his first serve in and rarely pushed Federer into long rallies.
Berdych attempted to take the initiative while serving at 3-4 in the first set but Federer produced a spectacular backhand cross-court passing shot with a flip of his wrist that left the Czech player looking on in admiration.
“I’m hitting my backhand quite well at the moment,” Federer said.
Federer went on to break Berdych’s serve to take a 5-3 lead and quickly served it out.
“Roger played a very good game. He really used his chances,” Berdych said. “He just played well. But there are days like that.”
After winning a title on clay in Istanbul two weeks ago, Federer lost his opening match to rising Australian Nick Kyrgios at last week’s Madrid Open.
However, he has played solidly here, also beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa in straight sets in his opening match.
Making his 15th appearance at the Foro Italico, Federer is a three-time finalist. He was beaten by Felix Mantilla in 2003, by Nadal in a fifth-set tiebreaker in 2006, and by Nadal again in 2013.
Rome is the last big warmup for the French Open, which will start in nine days. (ap)
New Delhi: Looking to replace the not-so-popular Champions League Twenty20 annual cricket event, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla on Fridaysaid that the BCCI is exploring options for a new league in September.
After six years of CLT20, where winners of various world T20 competitions clash, the BCCI is planning to scrap the event after dwindling viewer interest in the tournament and Shukla admits a new league can be a good answer.
“Yes, we are planning to do away with the Champions League T20. In place of that, we are considering an alternative league. But at the moment all this is at the planning stage” Shukla told PTI.
Since its inception in 2009, the TV ratings of CLT20, which in joint ownership of India, Australia and South Africa, have dipped considerably. Shukla said that he and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur are trying to come up with something different.
“Several ideas are coming and honourable secretary and myself are considering those ideas. We will sit together after the IPL gets over and try and plan out something,” he said.
UAE is reportedly being considered as a possible venue for the proposed league but Shukla was unwilling to reveal anything furthur. “At the moment we don’t have anything in hand, but yes we are in the process of bouncing off ideas. When something concrete comes up, we will cetainly bring it to everyone’s notice,” he said. (PTI)
Mumbai: Indian batsman mainstay Ajinkya Rahane on Friday thanked former captain Rahul Dravid for the encomiums showered on him on Thursday, but insisted he cannot be compared to “The Wall.”
“It is a big compliment coming from Rahul bhai. It gives me motivation and inspiration to do well and work harder. For me the process is important, not the result. Over the last two years I have been doing that,” said Rahane at a promotional event for his IPL team Rajasthan Royals here on Friday.
“I feel that Rahane has been the most successful Indian Test batsman in the last one year. We played four overseas tours in the last one year and his performance was very good in all these four tours,” Dravid said here on Thursday.
“Some players performed in one or two series but Rahane was one player, who performed well in all the four series,” the Rajasthan Royals ‘Mentor’ said of Rahane, who scored Test centuries in New Zealand, England and Australia.
“There is always one wall, and there will always be one. I don’t think I can take his place, but there is only one wall in India and that is Rahul Dravid,” Rahane said on being compared to Dravid for his solidity in batting.
On the Royals’ dip in form after a great start in the IPL, where they are facing a do-or-die situation against title holders Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday at the Brabourne Stadium, Rahane said it was due to the nature of T20 cricket.
“In T20, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It’s important to play good cricket, and I feel we are doing that really well this year.
“It’s just about one game, if we win this and we’re through. So it’s just about playing good cricket on 16th. Throughout this season everyone has contributed really well and I’m sure everyone will do well on 16th,” he said. “We are not looking for any result. It’s important to give your best on the field, it’s important to follow the process. If we play our best cricket, I’m sure we will qualify,” he added.
“KKR is a balanced team, every player is equally dangerous and important. We are not thinking too much about KKR, we are just looking to back our strengths.
“We focus on our game rather than what other teams are doing. The simpler you keep, the better it is for you. We watched how KKR played. We are prepared well for this, had a good session yesterday too,” he answered when asked about Thursday’s game in which Mumbai Indians defeated KKR by five runs to keep their qualifying hopes alive. (PTI)
SHILLONG, May 15: The chairman of the People’s Democratic Forum (PDF), Pynshngain N Syiem was on Friday elected as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
This major development came in the wake of the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) led Executive Committee (EC) of the KHADC tendering in its resignation on Friday itself.
Syiem was declared elected as the new CEM uncontested by the KHADC chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew during a special session of the KHADC held on Friday.
SHILLONG, May 15: Even as he was released on bail on Friday, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president, Daniel Khyriem has threatened of a massive programme of agitation should the state government not pay heed to the demands for withdrawal of cases against 13 pro – Inner Line Permit (ILP) NGOs.
Khyriem was arrested on May 7 and sent to 14 days judicial custody after he refused to accept a bailable warrant issued against him by a special court institutd by the state government to try cases related to damage incurred during the four month long agitation launched by the pro-ILP NGOs in pursuit of the implementation of the ILP in the state.
SHILLONG, May 15: A serious allegation was made on Friday by the Khasi Heritage Observer Union (KHOU) wherein it has blames the state government of using the traditional chiefs as ‘agents’ in an effort to get people to agree to the ordinance that the government has passed to empower the traditional heads.
“The ordinance is still a blank-white paper for the public. But the government is trying to adopt a tactic to force people to agree to it by sending its agents to hold a signature campaign at Mawsynram yesterday (Thursday),” KHOU secretary Desparsing Rani told reporters at a news conference held here on Friday.