Tura, Sept 06: With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections just about eight months away, the focus has now shifted to the greatest spectacle of democracy in the whole world. For the state of Meghalaya, there are only two parliamentary seats – Shillong and Tura.
For the Tura Lok Sabha election seat, this time the fight seems to be on a more even keel, unlike previously.
SHILLONG, Sept 06: The ongoing agitation over implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) has taken toll upon the tourism sector in the state. According to inputs received from hotels, guesthouses, tour operators and tourist vehicles in the city, tourist inflow has fallen in recent weeks no sooner the NGOs announced their agitation programs. And with the road blockade resuming from Wednesday night, the tourist vehicles are hard hit whereas tour operators could not help losing tourists when they are told about the ground situation here.
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SHILLONG, Sept 05: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday gave his clearest indication that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) would not be introduced in Meghalaya, stating that the Government does not intend to “piggy-ride on an outdated colonial Act” to fight influx and has its own new ideas.
“There is no bankruptcy of new ideas within the Government that we have to piggy ride on an outdated colonial Act to fight influx,” Dr Sangma said. He made the statement after an all party meeting with political parties on the issue of influx, which remained inconclusive on Thursday.
SHILLONG, Sept 05: To further intensifying its stir to press for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, the conglomeration of over then NGOs on Thursday announced a one day office picketing in the eleven districts of the state on September 07.
The NGOs also expressed shock on the attitude of the state government to declare September 7, being a Saturday, as a working day just because of the low attendance of government employees in view of the twelve hours bandh on Monday last.
Shillong, Sept 06: This year’s Teacher’s Day celebration was on streets with teachers demanding their rights rather than being at their respective schools enjoying essential fun-time with kids and drive back home some treasured memories.
But the students of one school in particular were in no mood to let their enthusiasm down irrespective of absence of teachers. All the teachers of the school were in Shillong on Thursday to protest for their demands.
SHILLONG, Sept 05: Even as thousands of teachers boycotted the official Teacher’s Day celebration and announced statewide strike beginning from September 11 against the state government’s refusal to meet their demands, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister additional in-charge of Education, Dr RC Laloo, tried to appease the teachers by saying that his doors are always open for them to hold dialogues.
Instead of attending the official function organized by the state government on Teachers’ Day, around ten thousands ad hoc and deficit teachers from schools and colleges under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Associations of Meghalaya (JACATAM) gathered at Malki ground to attend the public rally organized to protest against the state government’s indifferent attitude towards their demands.