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Fear drives SBI employees out of rural branches

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 05:40

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Tura, Aug 10: The recent spree of kidnappings in Garo Hills region has hit normal life really hard. The kidnappings have accompanied demands for money and most have had to shell out their hard earned money to pay for their lives. The kidnapping of two employees of the State Bank of India (SBI) has now put fear into most of those who are working in remote areas of the Garo Hills region.
One employee of the Gasuapara branch in South Garo Hills from where Subodh Mishra was kidnapped said he never wanted to go back to the branch. “Money and job may be important, but my life is more important. We have been working with villagers and that has meant traveling to these villages. Where is the guarantee that I can come back alive”, he said on the condition of anonymity.

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I-Day: Centre alerts northeast over terror attacks

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 05:35

Agartala/Guwahati, Aug 10 (IANS): The union home ministry has alerted the north-eastern states over possible terror attacks in the run-up to Independence Day, officials said Sunday.
The ministry has asked the states to take steps to foil any attempt by militants to upset peace.
"The home ministry has alerted the north-eastern states to maintain strict vigil in the run-up to the Independence Day and thwart any attempt by separatist outfits to create a violent situation," a Tripura government official said.
"The central and state governments have also asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to further tighten vigilance along the India-Bangladesh border to prevent trans-border movement of militants," he said.

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India surrender in under 3 days

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:05
England beat visitors by an innings and 54 runs

Manchester: A listless India capitulated to a humiliating innings and 54 runs defeat in the fourth cricket Test against England with a horrendous batting display that allowed the hosts to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

It was an abject surrender by the Indian batsmen as they were skittled out for a paltry 161 in 43 overs after conceding a 215-run lead to England, who wrapped the match within three days.

It was again off-spinner Moeen Ali (4-39), who plotted India’s downfall with the visitors losing nine wickets in the final session of play of the third day’s play.

Moeen, with 19 wickets in the series so far, is just two wickets behind James Anderson (21), who is the leading wicket-taker of the series so far.

Cheteshwar Pujara (17), Ajinkya Rahane (1), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (27) and Ravindra Jadeja (4) were Moeen’s victims as the off-spinner made the batsmen dance to his tunes.

Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin (48 not out) though did try to spill over the game to the fourth day after stitching a 39-run seventh-wicket partnership but the duo could only delay the inevitable.

Moeen apart, the bowlers came up with another fine display even in the absence of Stuart Broad, who was out injured after getting hit on his nose while batting in the England innings.

Anderson and Chris Jordan picked up two wickets each as Chris Woakes, who shared the new ball with Anderson, started the wickettaking after sending Murali Vijay (18) trapped LBW before the tea break.

The hosts had managed to score 367 in their only innings, which came in reply to India’s first innings score of 152 as nearly two session so play was lost due to rain interruptions on Friday.

After the 266-run defeat in Southampton, the visitors have failed to pick up the pieces and now look like a side in complete trouble. Their only win coming at Lord’s in the second game.

The two teams will now travel to London for the final match at the Oval starting August 15 with the visitors only having a chance to level the series.

The Indian collapse at Old Trafford came after tea when India were still adrift by 82 runs and hoping to bat out the day without too many wickets down as the weather forecast for the next two days wasn’t a healthy one.

Gautam Gambhir (18) and Pujara were at the crease hoping for a strong fight-back as they had shown caution before the tea-break.

But the slide began in the sixth over after the break – 21st of the innings – as Gambhir needlessly played at short-ball aimed at his body by Anderson. In doing so he gloved it to keeper Jos Buttler, who didn’t make any mistakes.

Anderson set up Virat Kohli (7) for what is now becoming a habitual dismissal outside the off-stump for the star batsman.

This careless attitude was visible from Dhoni too, who departed in a bid to attack Ali as well, as it was another needless shot though caught well at midwicket by Gary Ballance.

Pankaj though has his moment of the day after his first Test wicket in the form of Joe Root Buttler, the Man of the Match was Broad for his 6-25 in the first innings which set the tone for England’s win. (PTI)

 

Score board

India 1st Innings: 152

England 1st innings(Day 3)

J Root c Dhoni b Pankaj Singh 77

J Buttler c Pujara b Singh 70

C Woakes not out 26

S Broad retired hurt 12

J Anderson lbw b Jadeja 9

Total (9 wickets;105.3 overs) 367

Fall of wickets: 7-304, 8-325, 8-338* (Broad, retired hurt), 9-367

Bowling: Kumar 24-7-75-3, Singh 28-5-113-2, Aaron 26-4-97-3, Ashwin 14-1-29-0, Jadeja 13.3-1-36-1.

India 2nd innings

M Vijay lbw b Woakes 18

G Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 18

C Pujara lbw Ali 17

V Kohli c Bell b Anderson 7

A Rahane c & b Ali 1

MS Dhoni c Ballance b Ali 27

R Jadeja c Jordan b Ali 4

R Ashwin not out 46

B Kumar run out (Ali/†Buttler) 10

V Aaron c Buttler b Jordan 9

P Singh b Jordan 0

Total (all out in 43 overs) 161

Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-53, 3-53, 4-61, 5-61, 6-66, 7-105, 8-133, 9-161

Bowling: Anderson 9-4-18-2, Woakes 9-2-37-1, Jordan 12-1-65-2

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Our lower-order has camouflaged top-order failure: Dhoni

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:04

Manchester: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at the top-order batsmen stating that it was the fifth bowler and the lower order who were scoring all the runs after another abject surrender against England in the fourth cricket Test here today.

Asked if the second innings effort was disappointing, a curt Dhoni replied,”I think even in the first innings we weren’t up t the mark in the batting department. I feel so far in the series our batting had not really clicked. Our batting needs to improve. There has been a lot of talk about our bowling but it’s our batting that has to improve.

“We have played with a fifth bowler in the series and that fifth bowler has often scored runs. If you look at our batting, our Nos 7,8,9 have all scored while the top-order has not scored runs. Our lower-order has camouflaged the failure of our top-order.”

Quizzed on the poor form of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, Dhoni didn’t forget to mention the consistent poor starts that has put a lot of pressure on the Saurashtra batsman.

“Consistently we are exposing Pujara in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th over and he might feel that he is better off opening the batting. Our openers haven’t given us good enough start and that has put a lot of pressure on Pujara coming in at No 3, who has never felt settled.”

“Virat has had a lovely spell for two and half years and this is something that will happen in international cricket. But I am not really worried as he is middling the ball well,” said the skipper.

Dhoni termed the five-Test series as a good exposure as “it is more important to spent time in the middle irrespective of how much you spent time at the nets.”

“We will get two extra days of rest”, he added. (PTI)

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Federer celebrates birthday with win

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:03
Williams sisters renew sibling rivalry

TORONTO/Montreal: Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Spaniard David Ferrer to move into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup and a step closer to a landmark 80th career title.

Federer will next face another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, who ended the last hope for a homegrown winner in sixth seed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3.

The other semi-final will see rising star Grigor Dimitrov take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has reached the last four by knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic and twice-champion and eighth seed Andy Murray in yesterday’s quarter-final.

With Ferrer 14-0 against the Swiss maestro there was little concern the fifth seed might spoil the party as the capacity crowd serenaded 17-time grand slam winner Federer with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” between games during the second set.

But there would be no gifts from Ferrer, who made Federer work a little longer and little harder than he wanted.

“It’s a dream come true to still be playing tennis at this age,” Federer told the cheering crowd. “I love tennis but it is a whole lot more fun when you do win and play against guys like David who leave it all out there.

“Stay injury free and go out on my terms, maybe try and win tournaments, I have two this year and hopefully we will have a few more.

“It starts here tomorrow (Sunday) again on the court.”

Meanwhile, World number one Serena Williams and sister Venus will renew one of sport’s great sibling rivalries after posting quarter-final wins at the Rogers Cup to set up a showdown on the Montreal hard courts.

Serena kept her title defence on track rallying for a 4-6 7-5 7-5 win over Caroline Wozniacki yesterday while Venus booked her place in the final four by beating 14th seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 6-2 6-3.

It will mark the 25th time the sisters have squared off and first since a 2013 semi-final clash in Charleston that Serena won.

While it is a matchup tennis fans always look forward to, for the sisters it is something they could live without.

“I definitely don’t like playing her,” explained Serena. “Definitely not a fun match. She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.”

Despite the high praise, Serena holds a 14-10 advantage over her older sister in head-to-head meetings.

Sania, Cara reach semifinals at Montreal

Sania Mirza and Cara Black spanked Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in just 52 minutes to seal a semifinal berth at the WTA Rogers Cup, here.

The fourth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair knocked out the sixth seeded American team 6-2 6-1 in the lop-sided quarterfinal contest. Sania and Cara converted six of the 10 break chances in the match in which they won 52 points to 27 of their rivals.

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Sangakkara’s double ton puts Lanka ahead

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:02

Galle: Veteran Kumar Sangakkara hit a 200-plus score for the 10th time to light up the fourth day’s play in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle Saturday.

The prolific left-hander made 221 as the hosts declared their first innings at 533-9 shortly before stumps, a lead of 82 runs over Pakistan’s total of 451.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath then had opener Khurram Manzoor caught behind for three to reduce the tourists to 4-1 in six overs before the close.

Ahmed Shehzad was on one and nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal had yet to score when stumps were drawn, leaving Pakistan the task of batting out the final day to draw the opening encounter of the two-match series.

Sangakkara, second only behind Australian legend Don Bradman’s tally of 12 scores of more than 200, took advantage of the easy-paced wicket to toy with the Pakistan attack for nearly 12 hours.

He fell in the post-tea session, stumped off spinner Abdur Rehman trying to pick up the scoring rate in the company of tailenders.

Pakistan’s frontline off-spinner Ajmal, who went wicketless for 46 overs, grabbed five on either side of tea to finish with expensive figures of five for 166 from 59.1 overs.

Pakistan paid heavily for letting Sangakkara escape off the first ball of the day when Rehman spilled a chance at point off left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.

Junaid struck three deliveries later as Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged leg-before through the Decision Review System (DRS). Umpire Ian Gould turned down a loud shout from the bowler, but Pakistan earned a positive verdict after appealing for a review from the TV official. Replays showed the ball hitting the top of the off-stump.

Jaywardene, who is due to quit Test cricket after the series ends in Colombo later this month, made 59 in a third-wicket stand of 113 with Sangakkara. The 36-year-old Sangakkara had on Friday risen to fourth place in the list of century-makers with his 37th hundred, the seventh three-figure knock in his last 14 Tests.

Only the retired trio of India’s Sachin Tendulkar, with 51 centuries, Jacques Kallis of South Africa, who had 45, and Ricky Ponting of Australia on 41, have scored more hundreds.

Skipper Angelo Mathews hit 91 during a fourth-wicket stand of 181 with Sangakkara before he was caught in the slips off Ajmal just before tea.

The Sri Lankan captain has been dismissed in the 90s on five occasions — thrice on 91 against Pakistan since last December.

The second and final the final Test between Lanka and Pakistan will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from August 14. (AFP)

Score board

Pakistan 1st innings: 451

Sri Lanka 1st innings:

U Tharanga lbw b Junaid 19

K Silva c Sarfraz b Talha 64

Sangakkara st Sarfraz b Rehman 221

M Jayawardene lbw b Junaid 59

A Mathews c Younis b Ajmal 91

K Vithanage c Shafiq b Ajmal 5

N Dickwella c Shafiq b Ajmal 5

D Perera c Junaid b Ajmal 5

D Prasad st Sarfraz b Ajmal 31

R Herath not out 6

Total (9 wkts, 163.1 overs) 533

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-144, 3-257, 4-438, 5-450, 6-458, 7-475, 8-511, 9-533

Bowling: Junaid 33-9-104-2, Talha 27-4-104-1, Ajmal 59.1-8-166-5, Rehman 39-2-123-1, Shehzad 5-0-20-0.

Pakistan 2nd innings:

K Manzoor c Dickwella b Herath 3

Ahmed Shehzad batting 1

Saeed Ajmal batting 0

Total (1 wicket, six overs) 4

Fall of wicket: 1-3.

Bowling: Herath 3-2-3-1, Eranga 1-1-0-0, Perera 2-1-1-0.

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Woods misses cut at PGA after struggling to 74

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:01

Louisville (US): Former world number one Tiger Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, firing his second consecutive three-over-par 74 at Valhalla Golf Club here.

Woods finished on six-over 148 for 36 holeon Friday, five back of the projected cut with too many people in the clubhouse ahead of him to have any chance at qualifying for the final two rounds.

The round ends a week of drama about the health of Woods, who withdrew from the final round at last week’s World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio, with a back injury.

Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, spent two days in Florida self evaluating. (AFP)

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Laitumkhrah script yet another win

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:01

SHILLONG: Laitumkhrah got one better of Imson on Saturday’s First Division match at Polo Grounds after A Mawthoh’s double strike that saw the former head home with a thrilling 3-2 win.

Mawthoh provided an early 2nd minute breakthrough to put Laitumkhrah in front before Imson’s J. Dkhar levelled scores with a goal in the 11th minute.

It wasn’t until the 48th minute that Laitumhrah’s A Owolesho pulled one back for his side to add to the excitement.

Just as Laitumkhrah appeared to be in a stronger position with their second lead, Imson’s C Hashah equalised the scores two minutes later.

However, the final decisive blow was delivered a little later in the 57th minute when Mawthoh scored his second goal.

Laitumkhrah maintain their position in the top spot with this win while both Imson and Shillong United share second place.

Meanwhile, Lawsohtun plundered their way past a hapless Sanmer with a huge 3-0 victory in their Third Division match. The contributors for Lawsohtun were S Shylla (1), F Lumphuid (57), and B Malngiang (63).

On Monday’s First Division match, team Mawlai will face team Smit at 4pm while on the same day team Umlyngka will play Mylliem at 4:15pm in the Third Division match.

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World junior chess to be held in Pune

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:01

Mumbai: The World Junior Chess Championship, the first stepping stone to future glory, is scheduled from October 5-20 in Pune.

A total of 250 players from 65 countries, including 30 which have confirmed their entries till date ahead of the September 5 deadline, would be seen in action in the under 20 tournament, it was announced at a media conference here today.

The event is being hosted jointly by the Maharashtra Chess Association and its Pune affiliate at a five star hotel in Viman Nagar and 1987 winner and five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand, who was present at the announcement, is the event’s brand ambassador.

Anand and a few others from met Maharashtra CM Prithrivaj Chavan last evening and the latter has agreed to be the patron of the tournament.There will be a open category for players with ELO rating of 2000 and above. (PTI)

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Inter-college cross country tournament

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 11:00

SHILLONG: The North-Eastern Hill University Inter College Cross Country Tournament, 2014 will be held on August 12 at 10.00am at NEHU Campus, Shillong.

The event is being organised by the Sports Department, NEHU, Shillong.

The University has requested all participants are requested to report to the Multi Convention Hall (near gate no.2), NEHU Permanent Campus, Shillong at 9.00am

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Peace pact seal after Parliament session

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:54
Centre approves final settlement with ANVC

SHILLONG: A date is being worked out by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to sign the memorandum of settlement with ANVC.

An official source said on Saturday that the Centre had written to the State Government last month that the ministry has approved the final settlement with ANVC and a suitable date is being finalized to sign the settlement in Delhi.

The source added that after the conclusion of the Parliament Session, the date will be fixed by the Centre. The ongoing Parliament session will conclude on August 14.

It was on July 23, 2004 that the ANVC had entered into tripartite ceasefire agreement with both the State and Central Governments.

Eight years after ANVC signed the ceasefire agreement, there was a split in ANVC with the formation of its breakaway group (ANVC-B) led by Rimpu Marak as its chairman and Mukost Marak as self-styled commander-in-chief

The process for settlement began when the Government entered into a draft peace pact with ANVC-ANVC-B factions in January 2013 in Shillong.

The initial demand of the ANVC was for the formation of a Greater Garoland, but at a later stage, the outfit demanded formation of a Garoland Autonomous Council.

However, after it was found to be not viable since the State has district councils, the ANVC agreed to strengthen the district councils especially the GHADC with more seats and additional powers.

There was delay in the final peace settlement since the Centre wanted a clarity on the number of seats which needs to be increased from the present 30 in GHADC.

Later, the state government wrote to the Centre clarifying that that the Government plans to increase the number of seats both in the KHADC and the GHADC from the existing 30 to 40 seats and in JHADC to 34 seats from the present strength of 30.

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Mukul skips bridge inauguration

Shillong Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:52

SHILLONG: Upset over the stand of villagers opposing for the second time the inauguration of suspension bridge across the Simsang river in Williamnagar, neither the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma nor the local legislator and Social Welfare Minister Deborah Marak turned up to inaugurate the project on Saturday.

The Chief Minister was scheduled to inaugurate the 175-meter suspension bridge connecting Kosighat in Kusimkolgre all the way to Chachatgre village but he along with Marak decided not to attend the inaugural function due to the negative attitude of the villagers who had expressed reservation over politicians inaugurating the project.

Two months ago, the Chief Minister could not inaugurate the project due to the stiff opposition from the people and the Bolkinggre VEC secretary Gretwil Sangma had alleged that neither the Chief Minister nor the sitting Tura MP PA Sangma helped financially to construct the bridge.

The villagers of five villages Bolkinggre, Chachatgre, Asabibra, Ganingbibra and Ganinggre village employment councils (VECs) had claimed that they had contributed their daily MGNREGA wages for the construction of the bridge and each family had also contributed wages of a hundred days of labour for the bridge, beginning in 2011.

However, Bolwin Momin , the Secretary of the Committee on hanging bridge construction said over phone on Saturday that a programme was organized by the committee for the Chief Minister to inaugurate the project, but he did not turn up.

He, however, acknowledged the contribution of the Government especially the help rendered by the local MLA Deborah Marak by way of allotting cements, Nokma, Napak Mahari and others of Kusimkolgre and Chachatgre villages, former legislator Marcuise Marak and Sengbat Marak a local businessman.

According to Momin, only some villagers were opposing the inauguration citing sentimental reasons.

When contacted, Deborah Marak said that the Chief Minister was upset over the stand of the people who objected to the inauguration of the bridge.

She said whether it is the funds from MGNREGS or basin development, the money was of the Government and villagers should not have resorted to protest.

She said Rs 19 lakh was awarded for the construction of the bridge under the basin development programme. Moreover, Marak had also helped the villagers by allotting cements to construct the bridge.

“We are very much unhappy over the negative stand of the villagers”, Marak said.

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No dialogue on Garoland: Mukul

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 06:14

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 09: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Saturday put the Garoland question as a non-starter and said that no dialogue on the subject would be entertained. He, however, invited militant outfits to shun violence and come forward to the mainstream.
Dr Sangma assured that the government had worked out a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. He said militants will avail benefits from the government if they come forward and follow the path of peace. "We have designed a comprehensive mechanism to rehabilitate militants," he said.

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Dymbur crowned Meghalaya Icon V

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 06:13

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 09: City-based rock band - ‘Dymbur’ was on Saturday crowned 'Meghalaya Icon V' as part of the government's initiatives to create awareness on HIV/AIDS through music and promoting local talents.
The other bands- ‘Empirical Tribe’ and ‘Sky Level’- were crowned the first and second runners-up respectively.     
Dymbur - the title winners of Meghalaya Icon V 2014, received a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh while Empirical Tribe and Sky Level received cash awards of Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 respectively apart from special gifts.
Organized by the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS), Meghalaya Icon V winner will be the brand ambassadors for MACS.

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Garo woman rescued after making daring escape in New Delhi

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 06:12

Staff Reporter
Shillong, Aug 09: Delhi Police on Saturday rescued a Garo woman (name withheld) from being forced into flesh trade, who had been brought to the national capital on the promise of a false job. However, it was after a very daring effort from the lady itself that her rescue was possible.
The Garo woman aged about 46 years, of Baksalpara under Mendipathar North Garo Hills, had been lured from her home by some unidentified people on the pretext of providing her a job in Delhi.
She was told that she would be provided a job that would pay her around Rs 20,000-30,000 per month, though the nature of the work was never explained.

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Tura banks hold rally for safe release of kidnapped employee

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 06:11

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 09: A rally was held on Saturday by the employees of the State Bank of India (SBI) which was joined in by various NGOs and other banks of the region to protest the kidnapping of the SBI employee near Chiringpara in South Garo Hills (SGH). The rally was led by the SBI Assistant General Manager (AGM), Nixon Joseph and had more than 400 participants from various parts of the town. The procession, which started at 1:30 from the Chandmari branch moved through the whole town, including the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Superintendent of Police (SP) and the main market before going back to where it started.
On August 5, Subodh Mishra was abducted by six unidentified gunmen while he was proceeding towards Barengapara in West Garo Hills (WGH) on his motorbike after discharging his duties for the day.

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India is incomplete without North East: Purno

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-08-10 06:10

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 09: Member of Parliament from Tura Purno A Sangma Saturday said any discussion on jati, jan jati and jan sampad of India will be incomplete without reference to the North East.
He informed that, as of now, there are 220 ethnic groups in the region, speaking as many dialects, adding that the colourful demographics of the region was impacted by settlement by Austro Asiatics, Tibeto Burmese and Indo Aryans.
He said during the 19th century, like many other parts of the rest of India, North East also became part of the British Empire.

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Ampareen backs CM, rubbishes dissidence

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:13

SHILLONG: Despite dissidence in the State Congress now out in the open, Cabinet Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday reposed faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

“We have a leader (Mukul Sangma) who is taking us in the right direction,” Ampareen told reporters when asked about the dissatisfaction among the Congress legislators on the style of functioning of the Chief Minister.

The underlying dissidence in the State Congress came out in the open after a delegation comprising Cabinet ministers Prestone Tynsong, H.D.R. Lyngdoh and Congress legislator M.M. Danggo led by MPCC president D.D. Lapang met AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi recently in Delhi and expressed lack of confidence in the Chief Minister. Cabinet Minister and MPCC working president Deborah Ch. Marak also confirmed that there was dissidence in the State Congress.

Last week, former Chief Minister Salseng C. Marak, who is the Chairman of the State Planning Board, had told The Shillong Times that some Congress legislators were unhappy over the style of functioning of the Chief Minister.

However, Ampareen on Friday said she was happy with the performance of the Chief Minister as he was doing something to bring about positive results.

“Our collective decision is that he has done a lot of good work and I have full faith in his leadership,” Ampareen said.

Incidentally, the Urban Affairs Minister denied reports of dissidence in the Congress saying that she had not heard about any infighting.

“There is no infighting in the Congress and I am not aware of it as no one has informed me about this and, moreover, until there is in-house discussion, nothing can be said about the differences within the party”, she added.

Replying to a question, Ampareen said she was eager to know whether the so-called dissident legislators were dissatisfied with the Chief Minister ‘emotionally’.

Asked about the meeting of Prestone Tynsong and H.D.R. Lyngdoh with AICC top functionaries including Sonia and Rahul demanding a change of leadership, Ampareen said, “Government formation is a group decision.”

To a question on the alleged autocratic behaviour of the Chief Minister in taking decisions, Ampareen clarified that it was a necessity for the Chief Minister as head of the State to take decisions quickly.

“The Chief Minister is permitted to take decisions and no decision is out of hand,” she asserted.

She also rubbished the claims of Independent legislator Saleng Sangma that the Chief Minister was not attending office and was often found to be out of station.

“The Chief Minister is very much available and whenever there is urgency he is here to discuss the issue,” she added.

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‘Blame mining ban, not Mukul for GH unrest’

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:12

SHILLONG: Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday came down hard on critics of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma saying that the Chief Minister alone should not be blamed for the dismal law and order situation and the growth of militancy in Garo Hills.

“It is a collective responsibility to address the issue and we all including the people are responsible for this,” Ampareen told newspersons.

Providing reason for the sudden spurt in militant activities in Garo Hills, Ampareen said, “The developments in the wake of displacement of people due to the ban on coal mining is one of the reasons for the worsening law and order situation in Garo Hills.”

According to Ampareen, law and order situation cannot be the reason for seeking change in leadership. Besides, the Chief Minister is on the right track and is frequently available in Garo Hills to attend to the various needs of the people, she added.

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Faleiro delays visit to State

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:11

AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Luizinho Faleiro, has postponed his visit to Shillong. Faleiro was scheduled to meet the party legislators on August 13 to address the issue of dissidence in the party.

Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday informed that Faleiro had postponed his visit to the State due to some pressing needs elsewhere.

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