SHILLONG, Nov 27: State Housing Minister Zenith Sangma on Thursday said that the Rural Housing Scheme (RHS) implemented in the state has been discontinued after it failed to achieve the objectives even as the government has decided to replace it with a new scheme to ensure rural poor are equipped with houses.
“The government has decided to replace the RHS with a new scheme – Affordable Housing Scheme (AHS),” Sangma told the Assembly on Thursday.
SHILLONG, Nov 27: Meghalaya State Pavilion bagged the Gold medal in the North Eastern States category for excellence in display in the 34th India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2014 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from November 17 - 27, 2014.
The award ceremony was organized by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), at Shakuntalam Convention Centre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Thurdsay in which Union Minister of State Incharge Culture and Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma was the Chief Guest and Commerce Secretary as the Guest of Honour, Rajeev Kher and Chairperson and Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Rita Memon was also present in the occasion.
Assistant Director of Information and Public Relations, B. Kharsamai, received the award on behalf of the State Pavilion from Union Minister of State Incharge Culture and Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that his government is in the process of examining the report of the magisterial inquiry probing into the September 24 –Mookhep-firing incident.
“The report has been submitted and the government at present is in the process of examining the findings and recommendations,” Dr Sangma said while replying to a Call Attention motion moved by HSPDP legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit in the Assembly on Wednesday.
He however informed, “It is found that the report had recommended further inquiry into a number of questions which the report itself has not addressed.”
TURA, Nov 26: Two days after the police claim of cracking the mystery behind the Facebook handle - Salgro Arengh, and the said person posting again, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has made a sensational claim that Arengh is not a part of the outfit but a high ranking police officer based in Shillong.
The outfit further questioned the integrity of the jail staff who claimed to have found mobile phones from where posts came.
“Salgro Arengh is a smart and intelligent high rank police officer from Shillong,” claimed a press communiqué sent by the joint publicity secretary of the GNLA, Garo Mandei Ch Marak.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the identities of 427 overseas account holders have been established and 250 of them had conceded to holding these accounts. He refuted opposition charges that the government was doing little to get back the illicit money stashed away by Indians abroad.
Replying to the debate on black money in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said the government wanted to follow the correct procedure in disclosing names.
"The issue is not to disclose or not, but how and when to disclose the names," he said.
He said this was because since the evidence of black money stashed away by Indians was outside the Indian shores, the government must get evidence first from other countries, using the various treaties that New Delhi entered into with them.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: The Opposition seemed content with the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma’s reply on Wednesday when he said that information on expenditure incurred for foreign trips is being collected, even as no one from the opposition raised a supplementary question on the issue.
Dr. Sangma on Wednesday did not provide information on the expenses incurred during the 15 foreign trips that were taken by him and his Cabinet colleagues in the year 2013 -14 and 2014 – 15 while replying during the Question Hour in the Assembly.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: State Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Education RC Laloo on Wednesday expressed his joy that the students of the state have been able to cope with the new system of registration for scholarships.
Laloo also admitted that initially he had underestimated the ability of the students to cope with the new system even as he expressed his joy that they have proven that they are much ahead of him in this regard.