Daily Archives: Friday, March 1st, 2013

Meghalaya decides

The people have voted and the results are out. The Congress has emerged better than at any other time in the political history of the State and that through a clear mandate. However, there are Congress stalwarts who fell by the wayside amongst whom are Sayeedullah Nongrum, Charles Pyngrope, Founder Cajee and Shitlang Pale. The delimitation of constituencies has seen an overlap in many [Full Article...]

National news channels & elections

Editor, February 28 was D-day for the three north-eastern states that went to the polls. I was eagerly waiting for the poll results and had my eyes glued to the national channels but it was a huge disappointment. They were busy with the budget and had no time absolutely for the important election results of these small states in this part of the country. [Full Article...]

Congress’ derives strength from regional party disunity

By Patricia Mukhim The dilemma before the voter in Meghalaya is who to vote if not the Congress. True, in some constituencies people have voted for various reasons such as the personal charisma of the candidate and his/her ability to deliver at the constituency level. And increasingly people seem to vote those who can address their personal financial problems, attend to their health care [Full Article...]

Drive against black money ignored

Nothing tangible for business & industry By Nantoo Banerjee Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has kept his word. He did not present a typical pre-election soft budget and tried hard to strike a balance between giveaways and takeaways, leaving a large section of top-end tax payers, including the corporate sector and individual assessees, as well as the common man unhappy. The fiscal tightrope which he [Full Article...]

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

DHAKA: A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on Thursday, the third verdict by the court set up to investigate abuses during the country’s independence war. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, [Full Article...]

Thailand agrees to talks with southern Muslim rebels

KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand’s government agreed on Thursday to start talks with a major Muslim rebel group, marking a breakthrough in efforts to end a worsening conflict in the country’s south that has claimed over 5,000 lives since 2004. The agreement, signed in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur by senior Thai security officials and members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) group, opens the [Full Article...]

Pak officials probe issuance of 11 arms licences to LeJ chief

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have launched a probe to ascertain how Malik Muhammad Ishaq, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi who was detained in connection with attacks on Shias, and his sons obtained 11 arms licences from different provinces. The probe will focus on how Ishaq and his two sons obtained the arms licences in Balochistan and Sindh provinces though they are residents of Rahim [Full Article...]

New top diplomats in China signal focus on

BEIJING: China is signalling that it is keen to get on top of troubled ties with the United States, Japan and North Korea with the likely appointment of two officials with deep experience of these countries to its top diplomatic posts. Current Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, ambassador to Washington from 2001-2005 and a polished English speaker, is tipped to be promoted to state councillor [Full Article...]