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Motphran violence update: Curfew imposed in sensitive areas of Shillong

By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 1, 2018:

While the East Khasi Hills District Administration has been able to contain the serious breakdown of law and order situation in the city’s main hub- Motphran on Thursday evening, the authority has imposed a curfew in certain areas situated near Motphran to further prevent any untoward incident.

Meghalaya: Violence in Motphran disrupts peace in city, CRPF deployed

TNT News | May 31, 2018

Reports of clashes disrupted the environment in Shillong today. As per sources, clashes between groups in Motphran, Shillong disrupted the peace in the area. The incident got worse at around 9.30 pm when images and videos of the incident began to go viral on social media.

Videos also show CRPF personnel deployed in the area to restore peace and stability.

Sources also informed that tear gas is also being used to keep the situation under control. The situation is tense but under control till the filing of this report.

So far, TNT has not been able to reach out to police personnel for their comments but more details on this issue is soon to follow.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma justifies his frequent visits to Delhi

By Our reporter | TNT News | May 31, 2018
Shillong: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has silenced his critics by stating that the visit to Delhi by him and his cabinet colleagues has many positives for the good of the State.
Asserting that the people have the right to make these allegations, Sangma said that the visit to Delhi is for official purposes.
“The release of Rs 150 crore for the SSA teachers would not have been possible for I had not the Prime Minister and the Union  Finance Minister. we would have not received the NHIDCL project worth 8000 crore if I had not met the MORTH Minister,” Chief Minister said while talking to media persons today.
He further said that the coal issue would not have reached where it is today if not due to the visit to the national capital.
“The Coal Nationalization Act has already been repealed. We are close to finding a solution,” he added.
The Chief Minister further stated that most of the visits were doing the weekends to ensure that they do not lose any working days,”We are ensuring that every single day is utilized. Lots of people may have many things to say,” Sangma added.

Meghalaya: Deficit school teachers to hit the streets for non-implementation of 5th Pay Commission

By Our Reporter | TNT News | May 31, 2018
Shillong: The deficit school teachers in the State have decided to begin their first phase of agitation from this coming Monday. This decision has come after the State Government failed to respond to their demand for implementing the recommendations of the 5th Pay Commission.
Addressing media persons here today, KJDSTA president ED Nongsiang informed that the Action Committee meeting which had met yesterday had decided to go ahead with the agitation programme.
“It is really unfortunate that the Government is yet to respond to our demand despite the two-week deadline. If there is no positive response from the Government till Sunday then from Monday we will start the agitation programme,” the KJDSTA president said.
He further informed that the first programme will be the wearing of black arm bands by the deficit school teachers throughout the State. According to Nongsiang, the teachers will intensify their agitation programme if there is no response from the Government till June 6.
“We will announce our next phase of agitations during the public rally which will be held at Madan Iewrynghep on June 6,”the KJDSTA president said.
When asked about the financial implications for implementing the new pay scale, he said that they are not very sure with the financial implications even though all the deficit schools had submitted the details on the financial implications to the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education.
He also said that as per information available with them, the Directorate had already submitted the financial implications to the Government adding that the matter now is pending with the Government.
Replying to a query, Nongsiang said that the previous Government should have implemented the new pay scale for the deficit school teachers along with the Government employees.
“We were disappointed that the previous Government did not extend the new pay scale to the deficit teachers. The Government even in the past had been adamant towards the demand of the teachers,” the KJDSTA president said.
He said that the teachers would always have to beg for their rights adding that this clearly reflects that the Government is not putting a priority on development of education in the State.
“The teachers would not need to go to the street if the Government would have been serious to address their grievances,” he said.
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Meghalaya CM to contest in upcoming bye-elections, dismisses rumours of ambiguity within party

By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, May 31, 2018:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has said that he would continue of as Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
“I will contest in the bye-election. Within a few days the exact area and exact plan will be revealed by the party,” Sangma who is also the president of the Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) told newsmen here today.
When asked about the claims of Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma about infighting in the NPP which delayed the decision to vacate the seat for him, he said that the infighting is within the Congress and this has come out in the open.
“In my case we will inform when the time is right. Our decision has already been made and everybody is in the same mind. We will move ahead in that line and there is no confusion at all,” Meghalaya Chief Minister said.
He further said that as a political party they don’t want to announce the decision openly and at the right appropriate time all the actions will be implemented.
Sangma further asserted that there is no ambiguity and there is no infighting.

MDA coalition remains strong despite defeat in Ampati: Conrad Sangma

Shillong: Newly sworn-in Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma addresses a press conference in Shillong, Meghalaya on Tuesday. PTI Photo (PTI3_6_2018_000189B)

By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, May 31, 2018: 

Meghalaya Chief Minister and National president of the National People’s Party (NPP), Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said the defeat of the party in Ampati will not have any ramifications on the coalition government in the state even as he maintained that things will continue as normal.

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