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Narendra Modi in Meghalaya- LIVE UPDATES

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With the polls just a week away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Nagaland and Meghalaya to drum up support for the BJP in the north-eastern states. PM’s first stopover will be in the Tuensang district of Nagaland where he will address a public meeting at 11 am. Later in the day, he is scheduled to address another public meeting in Meghalaya’s Phulbari in West Garo Hills district.

This is PM Modi’s second visit to Phulbari. He had first campaigned at the place in December where had also inaugurated the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura highway. The area has been tense and kept under high alert after an NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma was killed in an armed militant attack earlier this week. Security has been beefed up and central armed police forces have been also stationed in Garo Hills.

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A ‘Grand Old’ Unison- Rahul Gandhi wins hearts across generations!

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TNT Desk | February 21, 2018

He might seemingly strike a cord with the youth across India but it does not just end there because the old are not far behind. And for someone who has had a special connection with the Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Meghalaya on February 21 was something that could not be missed at any cost!

The lively lady in her nineties eagerly awaited the arrival of the man who is now the face of the oldest national political party but the irony is that he himself is not too old.  Rahul Gandhi may personally not have a very strong connection with Peggy Martin but the lady shares a three generation bond with his family!

From Jawaharlal Nehru to Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and now Rahul Gandhi, Peggy who was a former nurse has met them all.

It may be mentioned that Rahul was in Shillong today to take part in the campaign in poll bound Meghalaya which is scheduled to vote on February 27. And when he learnt about Peggy, he could not help but ask to specially meet her on his visit. In an adorable gesture, he also reportedly enquired about her favourite pastries so he could give them to her. After all, how could he not uphold the three generation bond between the Gandhis and Peggy!

That look on Peggy’s face when Rahul Gandhi opens up her favourite pastry box!

Talking about Peggy Martin, an Anglo-Indian, she initially worked as a nurse in Delhi whereby she met Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 when the first Prime Minister of Independent India addressed nurses following the Sino-Indian war. It was learnt that she later took up an assignment with the Tripura Royal Family which perfectly explains the strong bond shared between her and the royal scion Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman.

Nine years later in 1971, she met Indira Gandhi, the period before Tripura became a state. This happened when Peggy accompanied the then queen of Tripura Bibhu Kumari Devi, wife of Kirit Bikram Manikya for the meeting.

And again after 18 years in 1989, the royal couple of Tripura met Rajiv Gandhi along with Peggy as an essential member of the family.  And then again, after 28 years in 2017, she has met the Gandhi scion with the Royal Tripura Scion ofcourse!

The lady in her nineties is the life of Tripura Castle situated in Cleve Colony, Shillong. Though aged and fragile, her chatter echoes through the walls of the castle which otherwise held a silent inhibition a few months ago when she was taken seriously ill in 2017. Nursed back to health by Pradyot, Peggy holds him dear to heart and is busy preparing fish curry for him while we sit in the castle learning about her life.

The scene could almost be captured forever in the eyes of those present to witness the unison of the Grand Old Party leader and the Grand Old Party Supporter.

Sometimes, it’s not just about politics – often it is also about a connection, one that pulls certain strings and strikes a cord between certain people that help them fulfill aspirations, however small they may seem, that brings a smile on the faces of many. As Meghalaya goes to polls on Tuesday, whichever party may win or lose, at least one small wish has been fulfilled

Smiling with sparkling eyes, Peggy gracefully leaves the room to check on her fish curry, closing the door behind her!

In his shoes: Johnathone’s wife is NCP’s probable candidate from Williamnagar

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By Our Reporter, Shillong news | Shillong, Feb 22, 2018: 

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will organised a mass gathering in Williamnagar on Friday to decide on the name of a probable candidate who will represent the constituency in place of Late Johnathone N Sangma, who was recently killed in the IED attack along with three others.

Did Shillong miss ‘Smart City’ tag yet again?

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Shillong News Desk | Shillong | February 22, 2018

As Meghalaya and Nagaland gears up for Assembly elections 2018 on February 27, the last leg of rallies and campaigns are in full swing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Nagaland and Meghalaya today.

During his visit in the Tuensang district of Nagaland, the PM spoke about the govt’s smart city programme.

He said, “Centre will step forward to spend Rs 1,800 crore to develop Kohima as a smart city”, while adding, “The eight cities of the Northeastern region selected as Smart Cities are: Guwahati (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawl (Mizoram), Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Gangtok and Namchi (both Sikkim).”

Glimpses of Rahul Gandhi’s visit in Shillong!

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Shillong | February 22, 2018

Meghalaya Politics: Rahul Gandhi at his aggressive best as people turn out in large numbers!

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Shillong | February 22, 2018

Congress President Rahul Gandhi was at his aggressive best on Wednesday when he took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other rank and files in the Bharatiya Janata Party.  Mincing no words,  the Gandhi scion who visited poll-bound Meghalaya for the second consecutive time in last one month lashed out at the Prime Minister for being silent on the church attacks which have taken place in Madhya Pradesh and also on the biggest banking fraud involving the Punjab National Bank and celebrity diamond merchant Nirav Modi.

Referring to political horse trading in the state, Gandhi said, “They (BJP) can buy MLAs but cannot buy religious institutions like Churches as that will only show their arrogance”.

Heaping praise on the people of the state,  he said, “People over here do have something to offer (for the development of the country). My approach is if India is Meghalaya… Then Meghalaya is also India”.

He also lambasted Modi for the demonetization in which Rs 1000 and Rs 500 rupee notes were junked and said that the “crooks” got their black money white through back doors. However, the common man was made to stand in long queues to withdraw their hard earned money. The Congress chief who took out a roadshow from Air Force Landing ground in Shillong to the Police Bazar was greeted with garlands at various places by party supporters and leaders. People from different walks of life who were waiting along the roadside to have a glimpse of the Gandhi scion took pictures of the Congress president and waved at him to attract his attention. Gandhi too reciprocated at the people in same manner.

Meghalaya: Over 30 IEDs planted in East Garo Hills, reveals former GNLA cadre

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SHILLONG, February 21, 2018: In a shocking revelation, reports suggest that the proscribed Garo National Liberation Council (GNLA) had planted over 30 IEDs in and around East Garo Hills to sabotage the ensuing Assembly Elections in state, of which only three have been recovered.

Sookini Sutnga wins Miss Hynniewtrep 2018

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By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 20, 2018: 
Eighteen contestants walked the ramp, but only one walked home with the Miss Hynniewtrep 2018 crown and she is none other than Miss Sookini Sutnga.

Mukul terms Rajnath’s statement on law and order as ‘irresponsible’

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From Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, Feb 20, 2018: 

Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday hit back at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for his remark on lawlessness in the state and termed the statement as ‘unbecoming’ and ‘most irresponsible’.

“It is the most irresponsible comment of a home minister of a nation. Has he forgotten his own responsibility,” said the chief minister.

Youth turn out in hundreds to voice against murder of Williamnagar victims!

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Shillong News | Shillong | February 20, 2018

A candle light vigil was organized to pay tribute to the victims of the IED blast at Williamnagar who were killed by assailants on February 18. The incident sparked anger and condemnation from all sections of society who condemned the heinous and barbaric act. People, especially youth turned out in large numbers to voice against the act, actively taking part in signature campaign.

Here are glimpses of the candle light vigil that took place at Khyndai Lad, Shillong today

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