SHILLONG, Dec 10: Alleging serious violations of labour rights in Meghalaya, the Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) on Sunday demanded that contract labour should not be used in any work which is regular and perennial in nature and that the state government should use its constitutional jurisdiction to reign in illegalities perpetrated by the Labour Contractors to stop wide scale enslavement of workers.
Stating that without corresponding protective mechanisms for the workers of the unorganised sector, the Meghalaya Fifth Pay Commission is a recipe for further widening socio economic inequalities in Meghalaya, member of TUR, Angela Rangad said, “Unnoticed by many, Meghalaya Government’s ‘gift’ to 68,280 regular government servants also includes plans for further contractualisation and informalisation of work in the state Government sector”.
TURA, Dec 10: Clarifying on reports of her leaving the National People’s Party (NPP) due to a denial of ticket for the Rangsakona seat, Dr Pilne A Sangma, the latest entrant into the BJP fold said the move was due to her supporters’ wishes and not due to denial of ticket to contest.
The former member of the NPP joined the BJP on Saturday along with about 200 supporters after resigning from her former party last week.
New Delhi/Patna, Dec 10 (IANS): The NIA, which arrested suspected LeT operative Abdul Naeem Sheikh from Uttar Pradesh last month, has summoned a District Transport Officer (DTO) of Bihar for his alleged links with the terrorist, an official said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Sheikh alias Nomi, 37, on November 28 from Charbagh bus stand in Lucknow in a joint operation with the Uttar Pradesh Police's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
The NIA official, on condition of anonymity, said they have summoned a DTO officer, identified as Diwakar Jha, posted in Bihar's Buxar district, for questioning over his alleged links with Sheikh.
SHILLONG, Dec 09: While accusing the Dr. Mukul Sangma led state government of indulging in corrupt practices, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav has informed that the saffron party will soon file a charge sheet against these corrupt practices.
“Certainly at an appropriate time the party will come up with a charge-sheet which is being prepared against the government led by Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma,” Madhav said here on Saturday.
Agartala, Dec 10 (IANS): Four months after six axed Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the lawmakers were recognised as saffron party legislators in the Tripura Assembly on Sunday, Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath announced.
"The six axed TMC MLAs have given recognition as BJP legislators. They would not get any extra facilities or benefits as BJP lawmakers," the speaker informed.
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS): Telecom major Airtel on Sunday said it will provide mobile connectivity in 2,100 uncovered villages and national highways in the northeastern states over the coming 18 months.
This work is to be undertaken under an agreement with the Department of Telecom (DoT), a company release said here.
"Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with DoT and the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for provision of mobile services in identified uncovered villages and national highways in the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh," the Airtel statement said.
SHILLONG, Dec 09: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hinted that it is exploring the possibility of forging a pre – poll alliance for the upcoming 2018 state elections.
“The scenario for a pre-poll alliance is emerging. How it will finally culminate I can’t say right now, but yes we are having a discussion with some political parties,” BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said here on Saturday.