The infamous Marvelene Inn trafficking case has opened up the proverbial can of worms, exposing a sex racket case involving a minor victim and many high profile personalities of the State including a sitting legislator which has prompted Shillong Police to appeal as many as 80 hotels operating in and around the jurisdiction of the Sadar Police Station to get abreast on how they could help in curbing the crime of sex trade. At the same time, police have warned owners against wilfully allowing such activities in their establishments.
The government in the past has failed to keep a check on the mushrooming of the hotels and guest houses, even in the residential areas, including the guest house in question - Marvelene Inn. Also this is not the only establishment owned by the family of the politicians, there are many more in the state which are either directly or indirectly owned by the affluent and politicians in the state which are mostly kept unchecked by the district administration.
The term Dynastic Politics in India is most strongly associated with the Congress and the Gandhi family, while in every state too other parties and families engage in it too, be it in Meghalaya or Tamil Naidu. In this backdrop, a case of dynastic politics which is dominating the headlines for over six months is the Yadav clan of Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, where Father- Son duo are battling it out to head the party which has led them into serious prospects of the Election Commission freezing the party’s election symbol ‘cycle’. This has opened up a new dimension for scholars researching Political Dynasties Succeed in India where a family tussle can ruin a party’s prospects.
Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan assured that there will be no additional charges on digital transactions made at petrol stations; he was making an attempt to douse the charges of bullying, as petroleum dealers threatened to stop accepting credit and debit cards after January 8, 2017 midnight, which was later extended for five more days by the All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA). Pradhan also announced that neither the customers nor petrol pumps will bear additional charges on digital transactions. The issue will be resolved, after meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the matter.
The Crime Branch of Assam Police on January 6, 2017 late night arrested the Independent Meghalaya Legislator, Julius Dorphang from the Gorchuk area of Guwahati city, who was absconding after his name emerged as an accused in the rape case of a 14-year old girl. The minor girl was rescued from a Guest House owned by incumbent Home Minister H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh’s son last month where she escaped from the clutches of the pimps.
The 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the Governors of States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories through video conferencing while delivering his New Year address to look at social problems affecting millions in our farms and factories, stressed that this should receive their focused attention as Demonetisation may lead to a temporary slowdown in the economy, while immobilizing black money and fighting corruption. He called upon the Heads of States to be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor, which might become unavoidable for the expected progress in the long term.
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