SHILLONG, Sep 24: While opining that the overall development of Meghalaya will require more legislators representing the people, Mawlai MLA, Process T Sawkmie has demanded that the number of MLAs is raised from the existing 60 to 70 and similarly, the number of Lok Sabha MPs is raised from 2 to 4.
“It is high time that the state government and all 60 MLAs demand an increase in the number of Assembly and Lok Sabha seats for the development of the state,” Sawkmie said while moving a special motion in the Assembly here on Monday.
He said that the number of seats in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has remained the same since 1972 when the state got its statehood as no one came forward to place such a demand.
SHILLONG, Sep 24: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has dedicated the Two Laning with Paved Shoulder of Jowai-Ratacherra (Meghalaya-Assam Border) Section of NH-44 (New NH-06) from Km 69.200 to km 171.455 (102.255 km) in the State of Meghalaya to the nation.
TURA, Sep 24: The village of Dainadubi in North Garo Hills has rallied in support for education of children in the aftermath of an uncle angrily burning the school uniform and books of a young 10 year old child a few days ago.
The rally was led by the NGOs including the GSU, FKJGP, AAYF, PJAC, Mothers’ Union, DSEO, ADE, Sordar Association, AGPF, DCYO, FAF, DCYO, MKJDO among others and included children of most of the schools of the area.
SHILLONG, Sep 24: A short duration discussion in the Assembly on the issue of Them Iew Mawlong which was moved my Mawlai MLA, Process T Sawkmie was disallowed by Meghalaya Speaker, Dr. Donkupar Roy who has pointed out that the matter is still pending before the court.
While the short duration discussion on the issue was listed as agenda number 3 during the Assembly session here on Monday, the Speaker informed that the Assembly Secretariat has received a letter from the Urban Affairs department requesting that the issue be exempted for discussion.
SHILLONG, Sep 24: The Leader of Opposition (LO) in Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has accused the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre of depriving the North East states of their entitlements even as he demand that the Meghalaya government passes a resolution for the immediate release of its entitlements.
“…the House should take a resolution on this to urge upon the government of India to immediately release those funds whether it is in respect of NEC or in respect of NLCPR and ensure the state is not deprived,” Dr. Sangma said.
SHILLONG, Sep 24: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is committed to ensuring that Shillong becomes a Smart City and is pulling all the stops to make this a reality, as per what Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said in the Assembly on Monday.
Giving his supplementary reply in the Assembly here on Monday, Conrad said, “Yes, there are challenges, nobody is saying that it is going to be easy, it is difficult but does that means we will not make Shillong a smart city absolutely not. We have to do whatever it takes to ensure that Shillong is right up there and become one of the smart cities in the country and that is what our government wants to do and that is why this challenge has been taken up.”
Pakyong, Sep 24 (IANS): Marking a new milestone in the country's aviation sector by bringing Sikkim into air network, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attacked the previous governments accusing them of having neglected the northeast and said in the last four years his government has opened 35 new airports.
"Today, it is not only a historic day for Sikkim but also for the country. After the inauguration of the Pakyong airport here the country has got its 100th airport," he said after dedicating Pakyong Airport to the nation in Sikkim.