SHILLONG, Jan 27: Aimed at improving the internal security of the state, Meghalaya government Monday approved fast tracking the creation of a Special Multi-Task Force (SMTF) or Special Force-10, a ten-company strength force, aimed at counter insurgency operations, maintaining law and order problems besides others.
The new force will also open up job avenues for the youth of the state.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: Sitting Congress' Rajya Sabha MP, Wansuk Syiem, filed her nomination for the lone seat to the Upper House from Meghalaya on Monday.
The Rajya Sabha elections is scheduled for February 7 next.
Syiem, who is also a senior Congress leader, became the first woman from Meghalaya to be elected to Rajya Sabha on April 11 last year. She was elected to the Rajya Sabha on April 11 last year through a bye-election held to fill up the vacancy caused by the resignation of the then Upper House MP Thomas A. Sangma, who unsuccessfully contested the 2013 Assembly Election as the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate.
TURA, Jan 27: One of the worst kept secrets of the state of Meghalaya has been its incomplete construction of roads; bridges are development programmes that keep getting stalled for reasons that are as known as the delay. The three decade old construction of Warima Bridge over Simsang River at Williamnagar in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills is one of those and may even compete for a record of sorts. However, in news that may lighten quite a few hearts, the bridge may finally see the light of day, if things work out for the people, whose antagonism is understandable.
New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said that rise of hypocrisy in public life was dangerous and noted that government was "not a charity shop".
In his address on the eve of Republic Day, the president said elections do not give any person license to flirt with illusions.
"Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power," the president said.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: The Congress on Monday released candidates list for the ensuing district council elections to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) to be held on February 24.
But the list does not figure any woman candidate as the party said that not a single woman applied for the party ticket.
The list includes the name of JHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Madonbai Rymbai from Sohmynting – Khliehtyrshi and former CEMs, Lamdibok Sumer from War East and Hambertus Nongtdu from Rymbai Khliehriat.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: The boycott call by six separatist militant outfits from the region on January 26 on account of Republic Day could not spoil the spirit of the people who defied the call and attended the celebration at Polo ground on Sunday. That these routine boycott calls on Republic and Independence Day is losing its sheen and influence on the general masses can be ascertained from the big participation of people in the day’s celebrations. As thousands of people gathered at the Polo ground in the state capital where the official celebration is organized every year there is a common cord strike by the Governor of Meghalaya and his Assam counterpart. Both of them strike this cord while delivering their speeches on militancy in their respective states.
SHILLONG, Jan 25: Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice PC Pant Saturday administered the 'Voters’ Pledge' as part of National Voters’ Day celebration and urged the people of the state to actively exercise their franchise to have a stronger democracy.
Hundreds of people attending the function organized by the State Election Department held here pledged to uphold the democratic traditions of the country and the dignity of free, fair and peaceful elections and to vote in every election fearlessly without being influenced.