TURA, March 23: Accusatory fingers are now being pointed at the former Executive Committee (EC) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) after allegations of large scale inflation of supply bills came to the fore.
Allegations of inflated bills came about mainly after some sources informed on the increased valuation of materials supplied to the GHADC.
SHILLONG, March 23: The Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (MRSS) Bill, 2016 was referred to the select committee by the State Assembly on Wednesday after taking note of flaws in the bill which could prove hazardous to the local indigenous people of Meghalaya.
TURA, March 23: In another horrendous case of rape of a minor, an 8 year old girl was allegedly raped by her 16 year old teenaged neighbor multiple times after the latter had lured the girl to watch television in his house. The incident, which has caused a sensation in a remote South Garo Hills (SGH) village near Sibbari was uncovered a few days ago, with an FIR filed only on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, March 23: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge PHE, RC Laloo informed on Wednesday that the department has proposed a total of 178 water supply schemes in at least nine districts of the State.
Replying in the Assembly on Wednesday, Laloo said, “Under the rural programme, 178 schemes have been proposed under the funding pattern of 90:10 for covering as many as 458 habitations spread over 9 districts and 33 blocks.”
SHILLONG, March 23: With the intent to bid for the National Games 2022 which will coincide with the 50th year of Meghalaya’s statehood, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) made a presentation to the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, in the presence of the Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh and Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M. Sangma on Tuesday.
TURA, March 23: Surprise awaited members of the Garo Students Union (GSU), Songsak unit, when they went to file an RTI to seek information on the working of the Samanda block in East Garo Hills (EGH) district. The NGO found all officers of the bloc office absent from the office with the exception of the Chowkidar when they went there on Tuesday.
KOLKATA: Jolted by the shock loss to New Zealand in the opening game, India will be fighting a survival battle quite early in the tournament when they take on arch foes Pakistan in what is being seen as the marquee clash of the ICC World T20 here on Saturday. The hosts, who started clear title-favourites, were in for a blow in the first match itself when New Zealand’s spinners bamboozled their famed batting line-up on a turning Nagpur track. As a result, the world No.1 side is staring at an early elimination should it lose to Pakistan in the highvoltage game at the Eden Gardens. As is the case with most India-Pakistan contests, this game too has been preceded by its share of drama. The match was originally scheduled to be held in Dharamsala but was shifted here after the Himachal government expressed inability to provide security to the Pakistan team owing to protests by ex-servicemen and their families.Next was the delay in Pakistan’s arrival due to security concerns but the side eventually relented after repeated assurances from the BCCI. The political undercurrents aside, the game assumes immense significance for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men after the opening loss. Pakistan, on the other hand, would look to break the jinx of never beating India in an ICC event and they would be buoyed by the comprehensive win over Bangladesh in the tournament-opener. It remains to be seen whether they make it this time too though no home team has ever won the previous five editions of the World Twenty20. As for the rivalry, India may not have lost against Pakistan in a world tournament and Pakistan may not have lost to India in limited overs at the Eden but there’s always a first time. In T20Is head to head, India have a 5-1 win-loss record against Pakistan from seven matches with one being a tie. Given the circumstances, it is hard to pick a favourite but the stage is perfectly set for an enthralling contest which is expected to be played to a full house. Given the circumstances, it is hard to pick a favourite but the stage is perfectly set for an enthralling contest which is expected to be Squads INDIA: MS Dhoni (c and wk), R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh. PAKISTAN: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzoor. Match starts 7.30pm IST. played to a full house. (PTI)
KOLKATA: Sounding the war bugle ahead of their high-voltage clash with India at the Eden Gardens here, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Friday said India are under tremendous pressure and exuded confidence about Pakistan rewriting their record of not beating their arch-rivals in a World Cup contest. India are in danger of getting knocked out of the World Twenty 20 afer being beaten in their first match by New Zealand in Nagpur. “History can be changed, and we are confident of that this time. India have a chance of being knocked out of the tournament, so they are under lot of pressure and it surely is a plus point for us,” said Waqar. “We won the last match against Bangladesh, a lot of positives are in our side. Yes, our history in terms of playing against India in World Cups hasn’t been great, but we are confident of changing that this time,” he said about Pakistan being beaten every time they played against India in the One-Day and T20 World Cups. India enjoy a 10-0 record against Pakistan in all World Cup matches. While Pakistan scripted a comprehensive victory in their first match against Bangladesh in sharp contrast to India who were humbled by New Zealand, Waqar said the pressure was more on the Indians to stay afloat in the tournament. (IANS)
DHARAMSALA: New Zealand produced yet another sublime bowling performance to pull off a second successive giant-slaying act, beating ODI world champions Australia by 8 runs in a dramatic ICC World Twenty20 clash here on Friday. New Zealand bowled with a lot of heart to stop Australia at 134 for nine after making 142 for eight at the scenic HPCA Stadium. The highlight of the Kiwi innings was a 27-ball 39 by opener Martin Guptill. The Black Caps, who outplayed India in their first match, then produced another clinical bowling performance to inch towards semifinals. Australia, playing their first game of the tournament, were found wanting at crucial junctures of the game with none of their big guns in batting delivering the goods on Friday. They looked comfortable in the chase till the time an in -form Usman Khawaja (38) and Shane Watson (13) were at the crease. The duo took the team to 42 for no loss in five overs. However, there was a twist in the tale in store with Australia losing four quick wickets to be under pressure at 66 for four. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who had foxed the highly rated Indian batting line up in Nagpur, brought his team back into the contest by having the dangerous David Warner caught at deep midwicket (6) and Steven Smith (6) stumped. Australia bat deep and the onus was on Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc to see off the chase. They added 36 runs for the fifth wicket before Maxwell mistimed one to be holed at deep extra cover. It was anyone’s game from here on with Australia needing 43 off the last 29 balls, a gettable target even though half their side had been sent back to the dugout. The game tilted in Australia’s favour when Marsh and Ashton Agar hit a six each off Santner to release the pressure. (PTI)
SHILLONG: United XI beat Nongthymmai CC by 67 runs in the Super Six of the Super Division LG Shillong Cricket Tournament organised by the Shillong Cricket Association at the SCA Cricket Ground, Polo. Put into bat, United XI scored 209 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 40 overs. Asa Warjri scored 39 runs off 39 balls (4X4s, 1X6s) and Sylvester Mylliempdah scred 37 runs off 41 balls. For Nongthymmai, Kunal Lama and Banpynshngain picked up three wickets each. In reply, Nongthymmai CC were bundled out for 142 runs in 39 overs. Sajied Bamon picked up 4/33 runs and Rajendra GC took 2/26 runs. For Nongthymmai, Rohit Chettri scored 20 runs off 38 balls.Meghalaya boys to take part in U-14 national trials camp
SHILLONG: The All India Football Federation has selected three boys from Meghalaya from the last U-14 Zonal Qualifying Round held in Assam to attend the Trials Camp for the U-14 National Team to be held in Bhopal from March 21 to May 31. The boys are Ricky John Shabong, Iainehskhem Khongjee and Aenam G Jyrwa. They are expected to join the Camp soon. The Association send best wishes and regards to these boys that they can shine further and become star footballers in the coming years.Barca paired against Atletico, PSG pool City in CL quarters
NYON (SWITZERLAND): Title holders FC Barcelona and La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid will meet in the last eight for a second time in three seasons while French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were paired against first time quarter-finalists Manchester City, according to the Champions League football draw on Friday. It will be PSG and City’s second European competition meeting. Knockout stage debutants, Germany’s VFL Wolfsburg will face ten-time winners and Spanish giants Real Madrid. German powerhouse Bayern Munich take on Portugal’s Benfica. In the Europa League quarter-finals draw also conducted on Thursday, Liverpool was pooled against Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. Spain’s Athletic Bilbao will take on domestic rivals Sevilla. Portugal’s Sporting Braga play against Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine while Spanish side Villarreal face-off against Sparta Prague of Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Spanish football club Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone on Friday admitted his side had been given a tough draw in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after they were pooled against defending champions FC Barcelona. “Barcelona are an important rival and they are certainly the best team in the world, but what better for us to be able to face the best in the world? I find that very exciting,” said Simeone afer the draw was announced. “The word ‘favourite’ is dangerous,” he said. (IANS)Hamilton fastest in first practice session of Australian GP
MELBOURNE: British driver Lewis Hamilton of team Mercedes topped the first practice session of the Australian Gran Prix, the first F1 Grand Prix of the season. German Nico Hulkenberg of team Force India came second ahead of Ferrari’s Finn Kimi Raikkonen here on Friday, reports Efe. Australian Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull finished fourth. Fernando Alonso of team McLaren had some problems with his car and finished in the seventh place. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz spent most of the session in the garage because of problems with the fuel tank and failed to record a timed lap. The first practice session saw some rain and lots of tire changes. (IANS)