Shillong, Jan 09: Asking the state government not to displace but rehabilitate ANVC(B) cadres, the outfit has accused the Superintendent of Police (SP), West Garo Hills (WGH), Mukesh Kumar Singh of handling the situation in Garo Hills like a Hindi movie and holding him responsible for displacing the outfit’s cadres.
“Tura SP Mukesh Kumar Singh is handling the situation in Garo Hills like a Hindi movie. SP ordered ‘ANVC(B) ko sapai karo’ and lo, hamla. Could this be the word of a responsible person,” the outfit said quoting the SP.
TURA, Dec 28: The demand note menace has been an all pervading event in the Garo Hills region, with everyone coming under its purview of late. The situation was not the same earlier, but the changing dynamics seem to have altered the concept of money collection of the groups. The change in situation has been evolving through the years and as of now has become a bane for not only those with the ability to pay, but also those that don’t.
With the advent of militancy, the originals were of the opinion that the balance in society needed to be maintained. They would try and emulate the story of Robin Hood and his merry men, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. This however began to change with even the original ANVC team, which began the process. While the original thought may have been noble, the current situation is anything but complete contrast.
SHILLONG, Dec 28: The state of Meghalaya has witnessed violence – marred movement over the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, militancy problem in Garo Hills, police casualties and human rights violation besides killings in the name of ‘menshohnoh’ during the year 2013.
The Congress - led coalition state government experienced the worst ever anti-government protest over the demand for immediate implementation of the 140 year old Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873, to contain unabated illegal influx into the state from September.
Shillong, Dec 28: One of the biggest controversies to hit this year was the CMJ University that shook the state as there are allegations that big political names are also involved in the scam. The episode also shattered the sobriquet of Shillong as the hub of education for North East.
The alleged selling of fake university degrees to students all over the country broke out when former Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary tightened the screw in his capacity as Visitor to the university. The Supreme Court of India has already directed the state government to dissolve the university within three months, also asking the university to explain why it should not be dissolved within the same period, while dismissing a petition filed by its founder Chancellor CM Jha – on whom it is named.
Shillong, Dec 28: Though this scam broke out in 2011 when marks of candidates were tampered with to favour candidates for appointment of lower primary school teachers in the state, the fallout has taken place this year. The then Justice T Vaiphei, Shillong Bench of Guwahati High Court, directed the CBI to probe into the anomalies in the appointment of assistant teachers. The premier central agency had unearthed political interference, nepotism and tampering of marks of undeserving candidates to favour them getting appointment as assistant teachers in government schools in the state. In its 107 page report, the CBI unearthed that majority of the candidates were given appointment in an irregular manner by changing several details of candidates like marks, experiences and others after applying white fluid on the original marks awarded by the interview boards, whereas the grand total of the score sheets of candidates were also changed similarly.
SHILLONG, Dec 28: Meghalaya was at the centre-stage of big corruptions and scams in the year 2013. If the Congress led UPA government at the centre is known for big national scams like 2G, rail-gate, chopper-gate, commonwealth games, coal block allocation, Antrix Devas deal, fodder scam and the rest of it, Meghalaya, which too is ruled by the Congress led MUA-II government is no better and finds itself in a pretty similar position like its counterpart at the centre. The state has been rocked by a spate of scams this year and brazenly there are many among the political class here who should be prosecuted than breathing open air.
The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) scam unearthed earlier this year when it was reported procurement of substandard and unhealthy food items for children under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under ICDS. It is alleged that several politicians and bureaucrats are swindling money through child nuts under this scheme. It came to light then through NGOs that state government officials are involved in supplying precooked instant noodles besides fictitious and unknown brands of malted food items, biscuits and milk powder to the children under this scheme.
Guwahati, Dec 27 (IANS): At least four people, including three women, were killed when suspected Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants fired indiscriminately at a village in Assam's Karbi Anglong district early Friday, police said.
The Assam government has rushed three companies of additional forces to the affected village.
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is bitterly against the ubiquitous "VIP culture", will take the Delhi Metro Saturday to reach the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as Delhi's chief minister.
The 45-year-old Kejriwal has also told his six colleagues who will become cabinet ministers to use the public transport -- and invited everyone in the capital and elsewhere to attend the official event.
SHILLONG, Dec 23: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Monday said that “a weak North East would mean a weak India” and said new policies are required to take the region forward towards development.
The Chief Minister inaugurating MindRocks, a youth summit, said that a lot of programmes and policies were designed for the North East (NE) “without enough knowledge” and understanding of the region and its people’s aspirations.
“Most of the policies and programmes designed for the region were framed without enough knowledge and understanding of the region,” he said.
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS): AAP founder leader Arvind Kejriwal was Monday set to be Delhi's Chief Minister after announcing that his party will form a government with Congress backing to end a fortnight-long deadlock.
Kejriwal, 45, met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and staked his claim to assume office. Without specifying a date, he said he and his ministers would take oath at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan in the heart of Delhi.
SHILLONG, Dec 23: The twelve – hour HNLC bandh on Monday did not evoke much response from the public as most of the shopping establishments were open especially in Khyndailad (Police Bazaar), Laitumkhrah and other shopping centers in Shillong. Unsurprisingly, the government offices saw thin attendance. Vehicles, both private and local taxis, were also seen plying on the roads, though it was little thinner than the usual.
SHILLONG, Dec 22: Call it the Christmas gift or listening to people’s cries or effect of Christmas charm, but the Meghalaya government has finally softened its stand and decided to call the pro - Inner Line Permit (ILP) groups for dialogue to resolve the long standoff between the two parties over the issue of ILP implementation in state.
The two sides will meet on January 15 next and delve into the core issue of influx and illegal immigration and find a solution.
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal is set to meet Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung here Monday amid clear signs that his party is preparing to take power in Delhi with Congress support.
After five days of a virtual referendum on whether or not AAP should form a minority government, there were enough indications - but no announcement - that the one-year-old AAP was ready for the plunge.
1. The VIP culture should be stopped in Delhi. No MLA, minister or Delhi official will use a red beacon on their cars. Neither will they live in big bungalows nor take any special security.
2. Passing of the Janlokpal Bill, the same version for which Anna Hazare held fasts.
3. People will take decision directly in 'mohalla sabhas', which will be held in every locality and colony.
Shillong, Dec 22: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, along with the Bollywood Actor Vivek Oberoi and the Director of Social Welfare, H.M. Shangpliang on Sunday paid a visit to Observation Home (Boys) at Cleave Colony, Rilang Children’s Home at Nongshilliang, Sisters of Charity Mercy Home at Demthring and Lawei Phyrnai Children’s Home at Umpling, Shillong as part of the pre-Christmas Celebration.
Shillong, Dec 21: The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has affirmed that there is no turning back on the 12 – hr bandh call on December 23. The Council declared that the bandh will continue as scheduled, and if people want to shop, they can do so after 6 pm.
Reacting to requests, appeals and criticisms on the dawn to dusk bandh call on Monday, HNLC Publicity Secretary, Saiñkupar Nongtraw said, “The Council has taken its decision for the interests of the Hynniewtrep (Khasi) community and would go ahead with its declaration of the 12 hours bandh on December 23. People who are so interested in shopping can do the same after 6 pm, and they are free to do so.”
Shillong, Dec 21: The ANVC(B) has announced that it will now ask help from public for maintaining its camp and cadres.
“We will seek support openly from every citizen and make our appeal to all citizens without any remorse and reservation as we do not fear anymore and above all we do not want the present scenario to deteriorate. If Government wants to make an enemy out of us for going openly, we will not refrain,” ANVC(B) Joint Secretary, Rangdo Marak, declared through a press communiqué on Saturday.
Shillong, Dec 21: On this festive season of Christmas, Shishu Shiksha Ghar (SSG) – Children’s Home of Learning - too organized a series of programmes to celebrate Christmas thereby making the day special and joyful for the distressed, destitute and those in difficult situations.
Administrative Head & Principal of Shishu Shiksha Ghar, Shima Modak, took the initiative to organize the celebration at the Mercy Old age Home so as to spread the happiness among the elderly people and provide them too with a platform to enjoy together with the children.
Left – The rotary at Khyndailad (Police Bazaar) illuminated in a conical shape to indicate a pine tree for Christmas celebration; Right – a person posing as Santa Claus standing outside a wine store in Laitumkhrah, waiting for his turn while also waving and wishing passersby. Such is the flavor of Christmas in this new age modernity. On one hand government spends lavishly in decorations when hundreds go hungry everyday and projects stuck in a limbo due to fund constraints, while on the other hand people unashamedly queue in line to grab bottle(s) of wine while donning the attire of the legendary wise, loved and messenger of peace, Santa Claus.
SHILLONG, Dec 20: So once again the verdict is familiar. Money and only money is all that drives the Indian electoral process and this hard reality is being underscored by an ongoing study of eleven Indian States, including Meghalaya, where polls were conducted recently.
Satyavani G, a consultant hired by the Election Commission together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said that during her ongoing study on India’s election in eleven States, she has found so far “money as one of the most important factors” driving the Indian polls.
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