SHILLONG, Feb 20: An amount of Rs. 35 lakhs is still due to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) as the Khasi Heritage Conservation Forum (KHCF) which had borrowed this money is yet to return the same as was informed by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Council, PN Syiem.
“Yes, the loan was given by the Council. However we are still waiting for KHCF to refund the same,” Siem had said in reply during the question hour of the first day of the ongoing budget session of the Council which began here on Monday.
CHENNAI, Feb 18 (IANS): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Saturday won the vote of confidence in the state assembly.
Palaniswami, who was sworn in on Thursday as Chief Minister, won with 122 votes for the motion, while 11 votes were cast against the confidence vote by the rival AIADMK camp led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
Palaniswami belongs to the AIADMK faction led by party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala.
KOHIMA, Feb 18 (IANS): In a major political twist in Nagaland, legislators of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Saturday extended their support to the state’s lone Lok Sabha member, Neiphiu Rio, as the new legislature party leader, to replace embattled Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang.
The political development came after more than 50 legislators, including Independent members of the 60-member Nagaland Assembly, “signed a letter of support” in favour of Rio.
SHILLONG, Feb 18: There is growing concern, particularly among the parents of Shillong over the current state of traffic in the city. With traffic going beyond control, resulting in gridlock type conditions everywhere, those parents whose wards are due to appear in the upcoming matriculation and university examinations are a worried lot. There are fears that in the prevailing condition it seems chaos and confusion are lying ahead in days to come.
TURA, Feb 18: The Congress party, in its meeting on Saturday in the town of Resubelpara in North Garo Hills hit out at the Narendra Modi led government on the issue of demonetization calling the move ‘anti people’.
The party, which held its Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) – Jan Vedna Sammelan on Saturday saw the presence of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Meghalaya Incharge, CP Joshi, chief minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma forest and environment minister, Clement Marak, elementary education and literacy minister Deborah Marak, sports minister Zenith Sangma and former chief ministers of Meghalaya, Dr. DD Lapang and Salseng C. Marak.
SHILLONG, Feb 18: The only industry or factory in the entire Garo Hills region, Virgo Cement, with its factory in Damas in North Garo Hills (NGH) district has been at the centre of many attacks and many kidnappings of employees even as it struggles to continue running.
The last kidnapping of 7 employees of Virgo from near one of the limestone supply mines of the factory in Sankini-Dapgre in South Garo Hills (SGH) district has led to a complete stop of movement of material to the factory and a huge slump in production even as the police frenetically look for a breakthrough to rescue the 7.
AGARTALA, Feb 17 (IANS): The opening day of the month-long budget session of the Tripura assembly on Friday witnessed unprecedented noisy scenes after the Governor refused to read the entire text of the written speech, drafted by the Left Front ministry.
The bedlam began when Governor Tathagata Roy told the members of the Tripura assembly that he would read only some portions of the 32-page budget speech.