Monthly Archives: February 2012

Political loose talk

Editor, In politics we have politicians who often put their foot in their mouths without thinking of the consequences of their words. They also have the habit of retracting their words claiming they have been ‘misquoted’. The recent statements by Mr. Bindo Lanong, who is also the Deputy CM in-charge of geology and mining that cement firms in Jaintia Hills are not polluting rivers [Full Article...]

Wanted a land use policy

This is not the first time that an editorial on land use has been proposed in this paper’s editorial. Without a land use policy, Meghalaya’s agricultural land is converted into industrial plots. Its forests are ravaged to make way for unsustainable mining. A policy is essentially a guideline that informs us about the roadmap that Government is using to pursue its developmental goals. A [Full Article...]

Shillong : Slip Sliding Away

By Paul Lyngdoh The rapid decline of Shillong into a concrete jungle pockmarked by emerging ghettoes, tonnes of garbage and the general collapse of civic amenities should ring a bell of alarm in all those with a concern and love for the pine city that once prided itself as the Queen of the Hills. The visual and sensory assaults one encounters daily as one [Full Article...]

India in no way a freeloader

By Kanwal Sibal   India is criticized in US circles for its reluctance to take position on difficult issues facing the international community, for fence-sitting and avoiding decisions that could carry political costs. It is accused of piggy-backing on the exertions the West makes to uphold the international order, without assuming its share of the resonsibility. Many Indian commentators join in such disparagement of [Full Article...]

‘The Tribal World of Verrier Elwin’, in Poetry

By Ananya S Guha   Verrier Elwin, the anthropologist and Indologist who lived in Shillong wrote a collection of 28 poems which were recently unearthed, and the collection has been published by North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Government of India. The untrained anthropologist was also an innate poet. Having majored in English Literature, Elwin perhaps rediscovered poetry in the hills and plains of [Full Article...]

Police foil Assam’s attempt to ‘meddle’ in Langpih

From Our Correspondent NONGSTOIN: In yet another instance of interference by Assam into Meghalaya’s affairs, an Assam police team made a failed attempt on Tuesday to disrupt the ongoing construction of a market complex in Langpih, thanks to the alert Meghalaya Police personnel who prevented the Assam police team from reaching the construction site. Sources informed on Tuesday that Additional Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup [Full Article...]

DSP escapes unhurt in GNLA ambush

From Our Correspondent Tura: A Deputy Superintendent of Police enroute for an inspection of a police station in West Garo Hills narrowly survived an ambush laid by heavily-armed GNLA militants near Machangpani close to Dalu on Tuesday afternoon during which both sides traded heavy gunfire without sustaining any casualties. The Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Ampati, Dr Sacheng R Marak, was travelling to Dalu for [Full Article...]

Cabinet approves compensation for rape, trafficking victims

By Our Reporter SHILLONG: In a significant move, the State Government on Tuesday approved the Meghalaya Victim Compensation Scheme for rape and human trafficking victims. The State Cabinet, which met here on Tuesday, has approved the compensation scheme as per requirements of Section 357 A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). “With this scheme we would ensure that rape victims are provided [Full Article...]