SHILLONG, Nov 27: In an effort to look into the matter of inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, a five – member committee has been constituted, as was informed by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday.
Stating that the process of inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule was started a few years ago, Dr. Sangma informed the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that the Meghalaya State Language Act, 2005 received theGovernor’s assent on May 1, 2005.
SHILLONG, Nov 27: Opposition legislators on Thursday moved a resolution demanding the introduction of a ‘roster system’ in government departments for equal opportunities for all communities residing in Meghalaya, which however was dismissed.
Moving the resolution during the Assembly, GNC Chokpot legislator Clifford R Marak appealed to the government for the immediate introduction of the ‘roster system’ as is practiced in the states like Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh.
He said, “Putting in place the roster system will provide equal opportunities to all communities in terms of employment and promotion.”
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.”
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.
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.