SHILLONG, March 21: Former Deputy Chief Minister and NPP legislator Timothy D Shira was on Wednesday elected the Deputy Speaker of the tenth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Shira secured 36 out of 57 votes while one vote was counted as invalid.
Shira (68) of the ruling NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, defeated opposition Congress candidate David A Nongrum during the election held here on Wednesday.
TURA, March 21: The case of musical chairs continued once again in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) after 5 MDCs defected to the National People’s Party (NPP) in a late development on Tuesday. The defection has led to the NPP’s growth in strength to 17 which now means the NPP will form the next GHADC government in the coming days.
The five MDCs who have joined the NPP include 3 Congressmen, 1 NCP member and an independent legislator. This will be the 2nd instance of the GHADC changing hands after a Boston Marak led coup led to the fall of the previous NPP coalition last year.
SHILLONG, March 21: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday informed the House that the E-way Bill System will be launched in the state on April 1.
Replying in the Assembly here on Wednesday, Conrad said, “In preparation for the launch of the E-way Bill System, all officers of the taxation department from the level of inspector of taxes and above have been trained and also awareness programmes through workshops have been organized in the state for stakeholders.”
SHILLONG, March 20: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has reiterated his government’s stance on not entertaining any talks with any militant organizations which are indulging in criminal activities or violence.
“This is the stand of the state government led by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition that we will not have any negotiation with any organizations which are indulging in violence and criminal activities,” Sangma told the Assembly on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, March 21: Urging the members of the August House not to view National Games 2022 as an ‘individual constituency’ event, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday informed that the master plan and proposal for hosting the National Games is yet to be finalised.
“It is in the planning stage right now, so the members should not be discouraged at all. Let us not look at this game as an individual constituency issue; this game is very important for the pride of our state,” Sangma told the Assembly on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, March 21: Set to face each other from the opposite directions with verbal guns trained at each other in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) and the opposition Congress though rivals in the political battle field, yet stand united to face any adversary in the form of militancy, unemployment, improper education and increasing road accidents, threatening the state and its people.
The budget session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly brought out the best in the legislators when it comes to addressing the social issues. No blame game but collective participation in debates, sharing ideas and looking for solutions has been the order of the debates that took place in the house so far.
TURA, March 20: 8 persons were injured after a cylinder blast was caused by a short circuit in a crowded section of the town of Tura on Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at about 7:20 am at Beldarpara locality near the Tura Bazar area, with one of the victims rushed to NEMCARE Hospital for further treatment after part of his back and the back of the head were severely burnt.
According to police, the fire was caused after a short circuit involving an immersion rod leading to sparks. The sparks then caught on to the clothes that were hanging nearby after which the LPG cylinder that was close by erupted.