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.
Aizawl, Oct 07: The Aizawl Thunders, India’s first and oldest Bullet Club, is scheduled to hold a once in a lifetime experience ride across to Myanmar. As hosts of the 5th edition of the North East Riders’ Meet (NERM) the Thunders plan to lead a ride from Zotlang in Champhai, India’s border district with Myanmar to Tahan in the hermit country in an event from October 21 to 26. More than 300 bikers are expected to turn up for the event.
SHILLONG, Oct 07: With the monsoon setting to retreat from Meghalaya and the region at large starting from this week but not until the state experiences a heavy shower at few places in the next 24 hours. According to a weatherman from the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati, this is going to be the season’s last rainfall before it recedes as October 15 has been set as the cut-off date for an all India monsoon retreat.
Shillong, Oct 06: People in the state and Shillong city in particular have been left aghast with the pro-ILP NGOs declaring yet another round of agitation, that too during the time of religious festivity.
The fresh agitation, wherein night road blockade has been called from October 7 to 9, comes at a time when the preparations for the Dussehra or Puja festivity are at its peak. The agitation has compelled almost all organizers to burn the midnight oil to complete the preparations, especially the construction of Puja Pandals.
Tura, Oct 06: The plain belt of West Garo Hills comprising of Rajabala, Hallidayganj, Selsella and Phulbari has come into major focus due to the number of kidnappings that have suddenly started taking place. The trend, though not really a recent one, has been keeping the police on its toes and instances have become more regular in the last few months.
One Gopal Ch Saha, a resident of New Bhaitbari in the plain belt of West Garo Hills, has been missing since September 9 last, but nothing has been heard from him since.
• Opposition gheraoes Speaker, stages walk out •
Shillong, Oct 04: For the first time in the history of Meghalaya, Opposition bench members gheraoed the Speaker of State Legislative Assembly- AT Mondal - not once but twice, banged his table before staging a walkout!
The incident was the fallout of Mondal refusing to allow the Adjournment Motion on ‘Inner Line Permit (ILP) and subsequent breakdown of Law and Order in state’ moved by the Opposition Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) to be taken up on Friday, the first day of the Autumn Session.
New Delhi, Oct 04 (IANS): The Congress and the BJP will be locked in the biggest popularity test ahead of Lok Sabha polls due next year when Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram vote in November-December.
Announcing the election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Friday that the results from the five states - three of them ruled by the Congress and two by the Bharatiya Janata Party - will be out December 8.
While Chhattisgarh will see voting Nov 11 and 19, the other four states will have a day's balloting: Madhya Pradesh (Nov 25), Rajasthan (Dec 1) and Delhi and Mizoram (Dec 4).
SHILLONG, Oct 04: Even as opposition legislators were creating ruckus in the assembly over the need for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, stakeholders of the tourism sectors were ruing that the agitations sponsored by the NGOs demanding implementation of the ILP has plunged the tourism industry into economic pitfall.
SHILLONG, Oct 04: Former Congress Minister and current Independent legislator, Saleng Sangma on Friday said the Government is encouraging students to take up guns as it is easier to get bail for a militant than a student.
Saleng, a former Congress legislator and a Minister in the previous Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance Government, said in the Assembly on Friday that militants who tried to kill him and bomb his residence were able to get bail, but not students.
SHILLONG, Oct 04: In a state where the health care scenario is dismal particularly in the remote areas of the state, the state government instead of distributing tablets to the rural poor who have to travel miles to reach the nearest CHCs and PHCs are distributing tablets under the state government’s ambitious IT scheme. Not only the reluctance of the doctors to work in the rural areas, the lack of basic health infrastructure and comforts are posing a bane as patients are dying in the state’s rural areas whereas there are no doctors to take care of them.
New Delhi, Oct 03 (IANS): The cabinet Thursday formally cleared the formation of Telangana state by breaking up Andhra Pradesh, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced.
"The cabinet has decided to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create the new state of Telangana," Shinde told reporters after a two-hour cabinet meet presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Shillong, Oct 03: The Meghalaya Government on Thursday rubbished the recommendations of High Level Committee on Influx (HLCI), headed by the then Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M. Lanong last year, as “very vague”.
A press statement from Meghalaya’s Political Department said, “The recommendation of the High Level Committee on Influx under the chairmanship of Bindo M. Lanong is very vague and does not contain any material for appraisal and discussion by the Government.”
Attendance improves slightly, rumors add to woes
SHILLONG, Sept 27: The official vehicle of the Inspector General of Police (CID) BR Rana was set on fire on Friday afternoon when unidentified miscreants lobbed petrol bomb at his official residence at fourth furlong.
No one was injured in the attack.
This is the first time that a high ranking police officer has been attacked by the pro-ILP agitators.
The attack was carried out during the second and final day of the office picketing called by the NGOs who are demanding for the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya.
New Delhi, Sept 27 (IANS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday dropped a political bombshell on an unsuspecting government, saying that the ordinance that it had sent up to the president to protect convicted lawmakers from disqualification, was "wrong", should be "torn up and thrown away" and it was time to stop "this nonsense".
In what came as a major embarassment for the Manmohan Singh government, especially when the prime minister was away in the US and had a summit meeting ahead (Friday mid-morning Washington time) with President Barack Obama, Gandhi trashed the ordinance in an unexpected appearance at the Press Club of India where Congress spokesman Ajay Maken was painstakingly defending it.
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