Daily Archives: Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Facile arguments

Editor, Apropos the news item: “JNF for Halting Survey of Census 2011″ (ST Jan 31 2012), it may be clarified that the Khasi, Jaintia, Synteng, Pnar, Bhoi, War and Lyngngam (U Paid Khasi baiar) have been considered as one and the same Scheduled Tribe right from 1950 when they were scheduled by the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. At present, they are placed at [Full Article...]

NSCN (IM) in Manipur

Shortly after the Assembly elections in Manipur, Home Minister P Chidambaram has slammed the NSCN (IM) for indulging in violence in that state. He has accused the rebels of taking to kidnapping and other unlawful activities despite the peace talks with the Centre. He said that large contingents of security forces were going to be deployed in Manipur to to guard the counting of [Full Article...]

Wanted a Nitish Lyngdoh, Modi Sangma for Meghalaya

By Patricia Mukhim   The countdown to the elections has begun. Many aspirations have surfaced and many more are incubating in the human laboratory. Amongst the more innovative angst is one from a professor in NEHU. He said what Meghalaya needs for its economic resurgence and the much hyped ‘good governance’ is to have either someone like Bihar’s Nitish Kumar or Gujarat’s enfant terrible [Full Article...]

Elections and sunny commerce

By Indranil Banerjea   General elections in a multi-religious, multi-caste, multi-party democracy like India with deep rooted social and economic inequity is akin to a war. The atmosphere is like that of a battle ground wherein political parties flex muscles; bombard cash, goodies and alcoholic beverages; and personalities clash swaying tongues like bullets and swords. Just as military spending necessitated by war is considered [Full Article...]

DGP warns GNLA sympathizers

By Our Reporter SHILLONG: Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) N Ramachandran has warned people against rubbing elbows with GNLA militants in the wake of the Garo Hills based rogue group being declared a terrorist outfit by the Government of India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. “A Notification under this Act bestows powers on the police and other designated authorities to take action [Full Article...]

Museum to miss March deadline

Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong and Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh walk from the Secretariat to By Our Reporter SHILLONG: The Captain Williamnson Sangma Museum situated on the premises of the State Central Library is all set to miss its completion deadline. According to officials, the project will miss the tentative target of March 2012 since the flooring of the building is yet to be completed. Besides, the Department of Arts and Culture has mooted additional plans for the Museum [Full Article...]

Ban on poultry, poultry products lifted

From Our Correspondent TURA: The Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills has in a notification informed that the prohibitory order banning the sale and transport of poultry and poultry products in view of the outbreak of avian flu in East Garo Hills has been lifted with immediate effect.

Agatha presides over AARDO session in Egypt

Union Minister of State Agatha Sangma attends the AARDO conference Our Spl Correspondent New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Agatha Sangma, presided over the prestigious 17th General Session of the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) which concluded in the troubled Egyptian capital of Cairo on Thursday. Agatha was leading the Indian delegation. The General Session of the Conference, comprising of all member of the Organization, is the supreme decision making authority [Full Article...]