Shillong, June 09: Rampant cases of kidnapping has made life little uneasy in East Jaintia Hills district these days as the people reel under fear psychosis.
Sources informed that there have been at least 17 kidnappings in the last three months followed by huge ransom demands.
Panaji, June 09 (IANS): Riding over dissent and differences within, Gujarat Chief Minister and Hindutva icon Narendra Modi was Sunday named to lead the BJP into the 2014 Lok Sabha battle, marking the end of the era of the party's ageing patriarchs.
The Bharatiya Janata Party announced here that the chief minister had been named chairman of the election management committee for the Lok Sabha polls, virtually ensuring that Modi, 62, will call the shots in the run up to the general elections.
The announcement was made by BJP president Rajnath Singh at the end of a two-day national executive meeting that saw heavy wrangling between a section backed by party patriarch L.K. Advani, who opposed Modi's ascent, and another group backing Modi's candidature.
Agartala, June 09 (IANS): Transporting food grain for the mountainous northeastern states of India via Bangladesh has begun, and the first consignment is expected to reach Tripura within 10 to 15 days, officials said Sunday.
"A barge carrying the first consignment of 3,000 tonnes of food grain for Tripura left Haldia port (in West Bengal) Thursday for Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh. From Ashuganj port, the food grain would be ferried to Tripura by road," a senior official of the Tripura food department said.
SHILLONG, June 08: The teaching and non-teaching staff associations of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) – NEHUTA and NEHUNSA – have demanded for a full judicial inquiry into the functioning of two Vice – Chancellors (VC) of University, Prof. A.N. Rai, and his predecessor Prof. P. Tandon, from the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Dr MM Pallam Raju.
Shillong, June 09: In a pride for Meghalaya, students from the hill state have been chosen to be part of a delegation to represent India in Japan as part of a student exchange programme.
They will be participating in a Student Exchange Programme called JENESYS 2.0 (Japan-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) beginning from June 9 to 16.
Shillong, June 08: ANVC(B) has served a deadline of 24 – hours to Meghalaya Police to produce their Chairman, Rimpu N Marak, failing which they will return back to jungle.
ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary, Doang Shira informed that the outfit’s Chairman has been missing since June 5 last, apparently after police teams conducted a raid at Babupara on the same evening in – between 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
SHILLONG, June 08: Claiming that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and public hearings being conducted by Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) are ‘lopsided’, noted environmentalists and NGOs on Saturday sought the intervention of National Green Tribunal (NGT) on how environmental clearances are being awarded to cement plants in the state.
Participating in the interactive session during a program organized on ‘role and function of the NGT’ held in city, environmentalists and NGOs said NGT should intervene into the matter by directing the MSPCB on the need to re-strategize and change the ways of conducting these public hearings and EIAs taking into account the need to protect and conserved the environment.