WILLIAMNAGAR, Feb 14: The town of Rongjeng, about 35 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills, has been providing an example for the whole region and state to follow community foresting.
The concept may be old, but for the people of Rongjeng, the facet has been something they have lived on. Protection of their traditional forests is the most paramount job.
New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS): Indian politics touched a new low Thursday as an Andhra Pradesh MP opposed to Telangana used pepper spray in the Lok Sabha, triggering unprecedented clashes and leaving 16 MPs suspended for turning parliament into a house of shame.
Lagadapati Rajagopal, one of six MPs expelled from the Congress this week, was assaulted by fellow parliamentarians and taken out of the house by marshals after he sprayed the pungent pepper at startled parliamentarians to vent his anger over the decision to carve out Telangana state.
SHILLONG, Feb 13: A garment shop was gutted in a fire in one of the stalls inside the Meghalaya Urban Development Affair (MUDA) shopping complex in Khyndailad on Thursday morning. The shop belonged to one Pravanshu Choudhury.
The incident took place at around 8.30 am. The shop was located on the first floor of the MUDA shopping complex, police said.
Panic stricken shop owners of other shops rushed to Khyndailad soon after they were informed about the incident. The No-62 shop selling garments was completely gutted and the loss is estimated at around Rs 10 – 15 lakh. Investigation is on.
New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS): Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge presented the interim rail budget for the next fiscal Wednesday with no hike in fares or freight, introducing 72 new trains and connectivity to two more northeastern states.
In what was his personal first and the last such exercise in the 15th Lok Sabha for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Kharge also promised a new tariff-setting body and said work on eastern and western freight corridors was progressing well.
SHILLONG, Feb 13: Elections to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) will cost the state exchequer Rs 9.06 crore even as the authority has identified over 210 hyper sensitive polling stations in Khasi and Jaintia hills districts.
Giving a break-up of the hyper sensitive polling stations, political department commissioner & secretary Jopthiaw Lyngdoh informed reporters that of the 210, 145 hyper sensitive polling stations are under KHADC and 65 in JHADC jurisdictions.
Lyngdoh also said that the second category of sensitive polling stations under KHADC is around 212 and 143 in under JHADC.
New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS): The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to win 227 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, 45 short of the magic mark of 272 in a house of 543, according to an India TV-C Voter poll projection released Thursday.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is projected to win 101 seats, said the survey conducted this month.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to raise its tally from 116 seats in 2009 to 202, while the Congress tally is expected to drop steeply from 206 in 2009 to 89 this time, it said.
SHILLONG, Feb 12: At a time when independent states in the country are reducing power tariff to ease consumer pressures, the exact opposite is what is going on in Meghalaya. The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) in an alleged ‘headless’ move has proposed to hike the rate of power in the state across all categories of consumers. This unprecedented move has earned sever public reactions some of whom are asking for removal of the MSERC bosses for proposing this ‘monstrous’ hike whereas others have even said that such a move may seriously harm the prospect of the political candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha election if the proposed hike is not rolled back soon. This bizarre hike in tariff has even been opposed by the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong in its letter addressed to the Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSERC) – a statutory body responsible for licensing transmission, distribution and trade of electricity in the state including fixation of tariff, regulation of procurement and creation of a consumer friendly grievance settlement framework, recently.