Monthly Archives: August 2012

CM dumps NCP’s alliance offer

Shillong Press Club president David Laitphlang pins a black ribbon on 
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday. (TM) By Our Reporter SHILLONG: Ruling out the possibility of a Congress-NCP alliance following the exit of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma from his party, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday said the Congress had no need to forge a pre-poll alliance with any party since it was strong enough to fight the upc oming 2013 Assembly election in the State on [Full Article...]

Quest for consensus: Dilemma of Khasi society

By Patricia Mukhim   Every society has its peccadilloes and its virtues as well. There are a lot of things that Khasi society can be proud of but we also are victims of some fatal flaws. On Sunday last I browsed the local news channels and came upon a discussion on the Inner Line Permit (ILP). All the discussants were of one mind. We [Full Article...]

RTI has its utility

Editor, With reference to your article,” Is ILP the solution to the influx dilemma?” (Aug 24, 20102) I would like to put forward the following points. As a concerned citizen and an RTI activist, it is our duty to share with and inform the general public about the RTI findings concerning certain industrial activities in our state and to bring to the notice of [Full Article...]

PM to Hasina

India-Bangladesh relations took an upward swing at the NAM summit in Tehran. The deadlock in the Indian parliament caused by the coal block allotment controversy indirectly cast a shadow on these relations. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had the tough job of explaining to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the difficulty his country faces in ratifying the land boundary treaty between the two countries signed last [Full Article...]

Northeasterners exodus raises the question of national identity

By Jayant Muralidharan   The recent exodus of 35,000 Northeastern citizens from Bangalore alone, besides other cities like Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai between August 15 and 19 highlights the existence of major fault lines in our national identity. Evidently it proves that national identity may be an ephemeral concept, but an ethnic identity is a reality. This ethnic identity flows from the Mongoloid features [Full Article...]

I was kidnapped by GSU members: Student leader

By Our Reporter Shillong: The young and energetic college student leader who received the highest number of votes in the last college election has spoken out for the first time on the gruelling experience he faced at the hands of ‘tormentors’ from the GSU who forcibly abducted him on Thursday morning. Speaking exclusively to The Shillong Times from Tura, the general secretary of the [Full Article...]

Mukul condemns attack on Assam scribes

By Our Reporter Shillong: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday condemned the attack on journalists in neighbouring Assam while stressing the need for a vibrant and responsible media sharing information without fear. “I condemn the incident in no certain terms and will urge all concerned in identifying and booking all criminals irrespective of who they are and the position they hold,” Dr Sangma [Full Article...]

Anti-influx mechanism on the cards: CM

By Our Reporter Shillong: The State Government is intending to introduce a mechanism more stringent than the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to check the unabated influx into the State, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said on Thursday. Stating that ILP would not be able to effectively address the problem of influx in the State, Dr Sangma said, “With the ILP in place we would [Full Article...]