SHILLONG, Aug 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s performance at the helm of affairs from March this year has been rated as average to poor by a citizens’ forum that rates politicians and their performances across the country.
The iForIndia, a citizen engagement and political accountability initiative, is a platform where the quality of Government is rated and a “report card” for MPs, MLAs, CMs and the Prime Minister is brought out. The website has three categories: Fail (shown in Red with Average Rating between 0-2), Average (shown in Yellow with Average Rating between 2-3.5), and Pass (shown in Green with Average Rating between 3.5-5).
SHILLONG, Aug 26: The sudden and untimely demise of Meghalaya’s veteran journalist, Suraj Joshi, on Sunday night was mourned by his colleagues, friends and well wishers at the Shillong Press Club (SPC) on Monday afternoon even as his mortal remain was taken to his parental home at Mawprem to enable his near and dear to pay their last obeisance before being put to an eternal rest at the Jhulapara crematorium.
Shillong, Aug 25: He was the first person to oppose the proposed introduction of Railhead to Meghalaya in 1986 and at the forefront of chasing out non – indigenous people from the state then, but today, after 27 years, he admits his mistake. The man is – Michael Syiem, the former President of the formidable Khasi Student’s Union and well known for founding the Mait Shaphrang Movement and now is also an RTI activist.
Talking exclusively to Meghalaya Times on the contentious issue of Inner Line Permit, Railways and the general conflict and aggressiveness towards non – tribals in state, he admits that what he did in his prime were infact a mistake!
“I hate to admit but I admit I was wrong” – is what he had to say when he sees how the movement of 1986 has turned out to be today.
Shillong, Aug 25: Customs sleuths made huge narcotics haul in the wee hours of Sunday morning in the outskirts of Shillong city. Customs sleuths seized over 838 kilograms of marijuana from Nongspung Village, having market value of over Rs 41 lakhs.
SHILLONG, Aug 26: The coin scarcity in the city has taken a new turn of late. And given the existing situation here it was pretty much expected. After the 50 paise coin were rejected by the traders now its turn for Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5. Though these smaller denominations are not out rightly rejected like the 50 paise coin but traders are often found giving a lame excuse that there is no change.
Tura, Aug 25: The Williamnagar Gang-rape case took another twist with four of the seven accused, that are still in police custody, applying to Meghalaya High Court (HC) trying to prove they are less than 18 years of age, so as to escape a stricter punishment. The High Court has directed the Tura bench to investigate the case and see if the claims are true or not.
Guwahati, Aug 25 (IANS): With the central government inviting Assam groups demanding separate states for talks in New Delhi from Sep 2, several non-Bodo and non-tribal organisations have threatened to launch a mass movement.
These bodies Sunday took part in a mass conclave in Guwahati and decided to oppose the statehood demand.
These have also decided to pressurise the state and the central governments against further division in the name of caste and communities.