SHILLONG, Sept 28: The ILP conundrum in the state is earning the maximum gaze at the moment in the public domain be it of whatever medium. The pressure groups who want the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 to be implemented in Meghalaya are on an agitating path with large scale arson besides picketing, road blockades and bandh has paralyzed the state and its development. The BEFR is presently in effect in three northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh where BEFR and the Chin Hills Regulation, 1896 provide special protection and safeguard for the peaceful existence of the indigenous tribal people of the state besides Mizoram and Nagaland.
SHILLONG, Sept 28: In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true – Buddha.
As the prayer lanterns lifted slowly and the draft carried it in different directions higher on a rather dark gloomy Shillong night, at the conclusion of the 18 Degree cultural festival here at the State central library, these lanterns transcended all boundaries.
New Delhi, Sept 27 (IANS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday dropped a political bombshell on an unsuspecting government, saying that the ordinance that it had sent up to the president to protect convicted lawmakers from disqualification, was "wrong", should be "torn up and thrown away" and it was time to stop "this nonsense".
In what came as a major embarassment for the Manmohan Singh government, especially when the prime minister was away in the US and had a summit meeting ahead (Friday mid-morning Washington time) with President Barack Obama, Gandhi trashed the ordinance in an unexpected appearance at the Press Club of India where Congress spokesman Ajay Maken was painstakingly defending it.
New Delhi, Sept 27 (IANS): In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday said for a vibrant democracy, the voter must have the right to reject all the candidates in the fray with the option of "none of the above (NOTA)" in voting machines and on ballot papers.
A bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, "... in a vibrant democracy, the voter must be given an opportunity to choose none of the above (NOTA) button, which will indeed compel the political parties to nominate a sound candidate. This situation palpably tells us the dire need of negative voting."
"We are of the considered view that in bringing out this right to cast negative vote at a time when electioneering is in full swing, it will foster the purity of the electoral process and also fulfill one of its objectives, namely, wide participation of people," the court said in its judgment.
Attendance improves slightly, rumors add to woes
SHILLONG, Sept 27: The official vehicle of the Inspector General of Police (CID) BR Rana was set on fire on Friday afternoon when unidentified miscreants lobbed petrol bomb at his official residence at fourth furlong.
No one was injured in the attack.
This is the first time that a high ranking police officer has been attacked by the pro-ILP agitators.
The attack was carried out during the second and final day of the office picketing called by the NGOs who are demanding for the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya.
SHILLONG, Sept 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday held state’s opposition political parties responsible for the ongoing turmoil in the state even as he accused them for adding fuel to the fire.
The state is appallingly affected by the ongoing agitations called by pressure groups demanding for immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in state.
Tura, Sept 27: The ongoing ILP demonstrations were given a rest in the town of Tura on Friday for preparations for the upcoming Martyrs Day in Garo Hills region. While most places in Garo Hills still went ahead with the picketing of offices, however, the town of Tura gave the ILP demonstration a miss to prepare for the Martyr’s Day to be observed on September 30.