SHILLONG, Aug 28: The unusual fall in rupee is having its effect upon various macro-economic matters leading to sluggish economic growth besides corporate earnings and most important market volatility. And the commoners, the taxpaying lot who earns their money hard, this falling rupee is hitting where it hurts the most – their pocket. The rupee is having a cascading effect upon everything be it groceries, FMCG, education expenses, jobs and remunerations and even entertainment gadgets like mobile phones, televisions and more. It is making anything from your favorite laptop to mobile phones more expensive as the dearer rupee has upped costs for companies, forcing them to revise rates.
Funds sought for seven developmental projects to maintain peace, stability
SHILLONG, Aug 27: Stating that “peace and stability becomes vulnerable” if development doesn’t commensurate people’s aspiration, the Meghalaya Government has sought a “special financial package” of Rs. 3120 crore from the Central Government for seven developmental projects.
The memorandum was submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday.
The memorandum underlines seven projects that will be developed under the special financial assistance. The seven projects include the International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Building, State Medical College, Integrated Ganol Drinking Water Supply and Irrigation Project, New Shillong Township, State Technical University and Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion Programme.
Tura, Aug 27: In another major breakthrough, the West Garo Hills police on Monday arrested four GNLA cadres from the Tetengkol area in Tura. The four were in Tura to serve demand notes and collection of ransom and were arrested late in the evening.
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 27: Cautioning government on the activities of ANVC members, ANVC(B) has claimed that the former is recruiting and procuring arms.
In a press comminute issued on Tuesday, ANVC(B) Joint Secretary, Rangdo R Marak, said, “Government must check these activities as it all seem like a plan to keep the insurgency rein alive even after the final settlement which is still awaiting for the centre’s nod.”
TURA, Aug 27: Niranjan Paul (41) of Wagesik in Baghmara was arrested by the South Garo Hills police on charges of attempting to kidnap and rape a school girl, while the latter managed to rescue herself by putting on a daredevil act.
The incident took place on August 26 last when the accused went to the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Baghmara and took the girl away from the hostel after signing the official register on the pretext that her mother had been hospitalized and had asked for the accused to take her to the hospital. The victim who managed to escape was 14 years of age.
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.