SHILLONG, Aug 31: The 8 northeastern states occupy 8% of India’s geographical area but contribute only 2.3% to its GDP. Plagued by poor connectivity with the rest of the country, the rail network in the region represents 3.7% of the national rail network. Though the region shares land borders with 5 countries, it registers only 0.004% of India’s exports whereas 6 of the 8 regional states have a higher dropout rate in schools than rest of India. A Price water house Coopers study suggests that in the decade 2011-2021 there will be only 2.6 million jobs for 17 million job seekers in this region.
TURA, Aug 30: With the Inner Line Permit (ILP) crusade receiving a setback on Thursday after the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma rejected the appeal of the Non Government Organizations (NGOs) for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP), the National President of National People’s Party (NPP), Purno A Sangma has stated that the people of the state of Meghalaya felt threatened by the influx and it was natural for them to feel threatened by the incoming tide of immigrants.
SHILLONG, Aug 30: Extending its support to NGOs demanding implementation of ILP, the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) Friday announced that it is boycotting the proposed all political parties meeting called by state Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on September 3.
KHNAM working president Adelbert Nongrum told reporters on Friday that it will be pointless to attend the meeting if the government is not willing to consider the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: The much anticipated talks between NGOs and the state government failed on Thursday, resulting in the former calling for a 12 – hour bandh on Monday to press for speedy implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
With the government giving its usual excuse of devising a much ‘stronger’ mechanism than ILP to check influx in state, the discontented NGOs walked out of the meeting on Thursday, rendering it inconclusive. Subsequently, after a short meeting, the NGOs declared the bandh on Monday, to be effective from 5 am to 5 pm.
Shillong, Aug 30 (IANS): The Meghalaya High Court Friday asked a petitioner who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the scheduled tribe status of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Manda Sangma and the state government to produce copies of the necessary laws and rules.
Hearing the case, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice T.N.K. Singh and Justice S.R. Sen directed the Meghalaya government and the petitioner, Tennydard M. Marak, to produce the Reservation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act and Rules of Meghalaya, and a brochure on Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe published and issued by the central government.
SHILLONG, Aug 30: Call it the impossible trinity or trilemma, the tumbling rupee has resulted from difficult choices from three options in international economics, which states that it is impossible to have all three at a time. This was stated by Cornell University graduate economist Adesh Kuknoor attached to a renowned consultancy firm that advises financial corporations and governments on safe monetary policies during an exclusive tete-a-tete with Meghalaya Times during his visit to Shillong on Wednesday last.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: The internal dissidence that cropped up recently in the Congress led MUA-II government may seem to have died down but it may not last more than three months, if the words of a high level and well placed source in the government are to be believed. The AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Luizinho Faleiro, through his intervention may have persuaded the dissident members for the time being “but he could not put a permanent lid,” is what sources disclosed on Thursday.