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.
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).
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.
SHILLONG, Feb 18: Coal truckers from neighbouring Assam have decided to call an “indefinite bandh” from plying the trucks on the National Highway (NH) 62 and 37 demanding that the Meghalaya and Assam governments must put a stop to excessive money collection by illegal and unauthorized toll gates set up along the road in Garo hills region.
The indefinite-bandh called by the truckers under the banner of the Goalpara District Truck Owners’ Association (GDTOA) banning all coal truckers from Assam to ply in the NH-62 and 37 has begun since Monday.