Letters to the Editor

Do we need an edifice for the Assembly?

Editor, Apropos the news item, “Government allots land for new Assembly “(ST Nov 22, 2014) it was reported that the government has allotted 80 acres of land for the State Assembly building. This is a huge acreage which will cost several crore rupees. Add to this the cost of the Assembly building (which last heard was to the tune of Rs 200 crore plus), [Full Article...]

Let’s take ownership of garbage!

Editor The Swachh Bharat Mission has had its impact in our city also. Chetan Bhagat in his article “Cleanliness Begins At Home,” (Times of India, Nov 1, 2014) rightly pointed out that “whenever there is collective sense of ownership, we have higher cleanliness levels. It is for this reason most college campuses are cleaner than the city outside, despite housing thousands of youngster insides.” [Full Article...]

Kudos to Police Department

Editor, The arrest of students in school uniform from the premises of Ward’s Lake by the police department deserves a very warm pat on their back. This act of Police department is well accepted by the citizens of Shillong city. It is indeed a great act on the part of the police to stop such indecent behaviour of our students and that too in [Full Article...]

Strange ways of the SMB

Editor, Permit me to share my experience with your readers about the bizarre ways of functioning of the Shillong Municipality. A couple of years ago the Municipality decided to construct a building in place of the existing fish/vegetable market in the heart of Jail Road, Shillong and constructed several stalls by the roadside to temporarily shift the market. However, the welfare society of the [Full Article...]

Strange ways of the SMB

Editor, Permit me to share my experience with your readers about the bizarre ways of functioning of the Shillong Municipality. A couple of years ago the Municipality decided to construct a building in place of the existing fish/vegetable market in the heart of Jail Road, Shillong and constructed several stalls by the roadside to temporarily shift the market. However, the welfare society of the [Full Article...]

Glimpses from the past

Editor, In 1864, Shillong became the headquarters of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills District in place of Cherrapunji . When the headquarters of the district were transferred to Shillong, “Babu Jeebon Roy was the constant companion , adviser and guide of Colonel Bivar in the acquisition of land , formation of the new town , alignment of roads and location of the Bazaar and [Full Article...]

The numbers do not add up

Editor, In his article “Traditional mining can be made compatible with the environment” (ST Nov 15, 2014), Erwin K. Syiem Sutnga has mentioned that the NGT ban on coal mining has ‘directly’ affected nearly 10 lakh people and ‘indirectly’ countless others. I would like to request him to share with the public the source of the survey that has resulted in this estimate. As [Full Article...]

“Response to MIL…”: a Rejoinder.

Editor, It is very sad indeed that it should be necessary to write this rejoinder to the article by Sylvanus Lamare (ST Oct 13, 2014) purported to be a “Response…” to one of mine (ST Oct 11, 2014) because the writer seems to have missed the main points raised in my article. Among many others, the main points in my article are, the competence [Full Article...]