Shillong, Feb 19: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday took a jibe at the regional political parties in the state for raising emotional issues like influx and inter-state boundary for political-mileage ahead of the February 24 Councils polls whereas protection for the indigenous people and the land has been enshrined in the Constitution.
“The sixth schedule of the Constitution is there not only to protect the land but also to preserve the rich cultural heritage and way of life of the indigenous people of the state,” Dr Sangma said while addressing a public rally near here.
“We don’t need Paul Lyngdoh or Bindo Lanong (both UDP leaders) to protect the indigenous people and their land,” he asserted, adding that he has seen these political leaders telling lies just to get votes.
Shillong, Feb 19: Targeting to uplift North East (NE) India, the World Bank Wednesday launched its 2014 India Development Marketplace in Meghalaya with an aim to boost effective delivery of crucial services to the poor.
Under this, the World Bank pledges US $ 1 million in grants to be awarded to 10 social enterprises for implementing innovative service delivery in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The Development Marketplace will award the 10 organizations with grant funding up to $150,000 (Rs 94 lakh). Following the success of the 2013 India Development Marketplace, the 2014 competition focuses on enterprises in these three states.
Shillong, Feb 19: Shillong will be treated to the best of recent Indian cinema at the Indian Panorama Film Festival, to be held in the city from March 3 – 6.
Collaborating in organising the festival is the Meghalaya Department of Information and Public Relations and the Government of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through the Directorate of Film Festivals.
Besides the 11 films to be screened over the four-day event, there will also be a range of workshops open to filmmakers, students and the general public. Entry is free to all events.
New Delhi/Hyderabad, Feb 18 (IANS): Amid pandemonium and a television blackout of the proceedings, the Lok Sabha Tuesday passed a bill to carve out a Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh, triggering joy in the Telangana region and protests elsewhere in the southern state.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill was passed by voice vote in the face of noisy protests by MPs from Seemandhra - as the other two regions (Rayalseema and coastal Andhra) are collectively known - as well as a section of the opposition parties.
Chennai, Feb 19 (IANS): Six men and a woman — both Indians and Sri Lankans — convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case will be freed, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa announced Wednesday.
Announcing this in the assembly, Jayalalithaa said the government had decided to release V. Sriharan alias Murugan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar (Sri Lankans) and A.G. Perarivalan alias Arivu, Nalini and Ravichandran (Indians).
All seven had been in prison since 1991, the year a woman Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai.
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in a letter to Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul, has expressed his appreciation for the interest and enthusiasm that the residents of the state have shown for the cultivation of human and religious harmony. According to him, “this will become all the more meaningful as it results in actually improving the lives of ordinary people. I believe this can help us in dealing with the various challenges we face today.” He was in picturesque Shillong city from February 3 - 5 last.
SHILLONG, Feb 18: In its effort to stave off defection by its members in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC), the United Democratic Party (UDP) entered into an agreement with party candidates to ensure that none of them deserts the party if elected in the absence of an anti-defection law in the Autonomous District Council (ADC).