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Shillong, Our City

  By Avner Pariat Sometime in the late 1800s the British rulers decided to shift their base at Sohra to a new one under the watch of Lum Shillong, a mountain to the north of the Sohra station. It was a faithful decision and today we enjoy (or bear) its consequences. The British were quick to initiate the installation of a number of civic [Full Article...]

VAB 2014 – Not entirely faulty but inadequate

  By Aristotle Lyngdoh   Under para 3 (1) (a) & of the Sixth Schedule Autonomous District Councils can make laws for Land regulation and preservation which is also the basic and primary objective that the architects of the sixth schedule had in mind, whereas land transfer and migrant work force are subject to further interpretation of the provisions and other related sections. Is [Full Article...]

VAB 2014 : The urgent need for consultation and deliberations

By Phrangsngi Pyrtuh The Indian legal system is inspired by the British system where the rule of law is prerequisite to the functioning of democracy. The British supplanted the ancient laws of India with their own version of judicial system which still continues and holds sway in almost all aspects of the Indian legal system. For instance the rule of law introduced by the [Full Article...]

Fears of the Unknown

By H H Mohrmen The prophets of doom had a field day the last few weeks. They are busy projecting that everything that has happened in the Khasi and the Jaintia hills are but bad omens. The foretellers prophesied that there is an evil design behind the occurrence and what had happened during the last few months and  foretold of a dark and gloomy [Full Article...]

Distortion can become an addiction

By M J  Akbar There is one articulate politician who knows more than he might be likely to admit about corporate influence on political power. Mani Shankar Aiyar brought a sudden energy, purpose and direction to the department of petroleum and gas when he was given this Cabinet portfolio by Dr Manmohan Singh. Suddenly, quite out of the blue, Aiyar was shifted out. He [Full Article...]

Laziness jibe – out of sync with reality

By Albert Thyrniang In the recently declared HSSLC, Science and Commerce streams, Garo Hills drew a blank in the list of top ten candidates. The pass percentage too was comparatively lower than in Khasi-Jaintia Hills. This made the MBOSE Controller of Examinations to make a generalised statement that the reason behind the poor results was due to laziness of students. This is too simplistic [Full Article...]


By Nora Chopra Congress leaders at AICC office in two minds over loyalties The tussle between the Sonia Gandhi loyalists and Rahul Gandhi has already begun. Rahul Gandhi is said to have rejected the appointments of the 18 PROs by the AICC general secretary in charge of organization Janardhan Diwedi. Whereas the counter claim being made by Diwedi’s supporters is that the majority of [Full Article...]

Rise of ‘the ugly Indian’?

By Praful Bidwai Barely two weeks after a major earthquake which killed more than 8,000 people, Nepal suffered a powerful aftershock, adding to its misery and killing over 100 people. More than 3.5 million people are still in need of food assistance; 479,000 houses have been destroyed and 263,000 damaged; and only five percent of the $415 million aid Nepal needs has reached it. [Full Article...]