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Amit Shah fires salvo at Cong, says BJP will dethrone Congress Govt this year

Shillong, January 6, 2018

With elections just round the corner, political parties both regional and national are on their toes with preparations going on in full swing in the poll-bound state of Meghalaya.  As the tug of war continues, parties’ supremos are in constant touch with their members in all units to ensure that no stone is left unturned in attaining victory. Almost after a month since the PM visited Shillong on December 16, Amit Shah paid his second to the hillstate whereby he addressed a public rally at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills. He is also expected to inaugurate the BJP New Party Office in Shillong on the same day.

Election fever rises in Garo Hills as BJP prepares for Shah’s visit tomorrow

By Our Correspondents, Shillong News | Shillong/Tura, Jan 05, 2018: 

With elections just round the corner, political parties both regional and national are on their toes with preparations going on in full swing in the state.

As the tug of war continues, parties’ supremos are in constant touch with their members in all units to ensure that no stone is left unturned in securing victory.

Similarly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are all prep up to face D-Day since December 16 last when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state to kick start the election campaign in Meghalaya.

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Almost after a month since the PM visit Shillong, BJP National President, Amit Shah will pay his second to the hillstate whereby he will address a public rally at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills at 11 am. Later, in the evening at around 3 pm, Shah will inaugurate the BJP New Party Office in Shillong on January 6.

Shah will be accompanied by union tourism minister KJ Alphons, who is also the in-charge for election in Meghalaya, BJP minister from Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, national spokesperson of BJP Nalin Kohli, BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh, amongst other top BJP leaders.

In the last three months, there were several schedules which were planned in Meghalaya for Shah’s visit but was changed for at least three times. His visit to Meghalaya will be highly significant as the party is looking forward to make inroads into the state.

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Elaborate arrangements are being made for Shah’s maiden election rally in Garo hills, with top BJP functionaries in the ground gearing up for tomorrow’s rally. The BJP is expecting over 10000 crowd in the rally and are enthusiastic that the visit will pave way for the party to make a major impact is setting the tone for the upcoming election.

“We have a lot of expectation from Tikrikilla as our candidate is very strong and we are confident that the rally will boost the morale of the BJP supporters and party workers”, said Shibun Lyngdoh, BJP state president.

The National People’s Party, which is an ally of the BJP in centre, had yesterday demonstrated its strength in Shillong by bringing in five former Congress legislators to its fold, one from a regional party — UDP and two former independent legislators.




Hundreds of unemployed Northeast Indian youth duped by Chandigarh based institute

January 5, 2017: A job racket in northeast India has cheated hundreds of gullible youths in the region on false promises of providing employment and job-oriented training courses, police said on Wednesday.

Based on media reports, the Manipur Police has taken several steps, including contacting their Chandigarh counterparts, to help them bust the racket.
The unemployment figure is exceptionally high in the northeast. There are over eight lakh educated youths in Manipur which has a population less than 28 lakh.

A dubious group of “professional trainers” from Chandigarh has been using a two-pronged strategy to cheat the youths: first, they shoot SMSs to the youths promising them plum jobs, and then they make false claims that they can train the youths in hospitality services.
A woman “director” in Chandigarh told IANS that “free hostel and meals are provided” during the training course, though she did not explain why her “institute” was offering such facilities.

Documents in possession of IANS only increase suspicion about the “institute”, whose location and name are cleverly concealed.
The cyber crime unit of the Manipur Police has initiated steps to track down the persons behind this job racket.
A Muslim boy from Manipur was one of the duped youths who had been lured to the “institute”. He told reporters that the youths brought from the Northeast were herded in some rooms.

“We were never allowed to visit the office, meet others or get further details. After some days we were told that unless we bring some other youths, we would not be provided employment. That is when we started having suspicion.”

Later, they were told that they must deposit a security amount of Rs 47,000 each and promised a pay package of Rs 15,000, he said, adding that some of them had decided to flee before it was too late.

According to him, many other youths were trapped there and the government must do something to rescue them. Some of the gang members have approached prominent journalists so that some favourable articles are published, which would further help in trapping the unsuspecting Northeast youths.


Meghalaya-Assam police rescues 63-yr man from clutches of kidnappers; 6 arrested

By Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, Jan 5,2018:

In a joint operation conducted by Assam and Meghalaya Police, a 63 year old man was rescued from the clutches of a gang of criminals who kidnapped him from the village of Lakhipur in Goalpara.

The kidnapping took place on Jan 2 with the rescue taking place this morning near Bajengdoba under Meghalaya.

The victim, identified as Sukur Ali of the village of Folimari in Lakhipur, was kidnapped by a mixed group of criminals from the place and brought to Meghalaya for safe keeping.

According to police sources, the four arrested from Meghalaya were a part of a mixed group of Assam-Meghalaya criminals with all of them being involved in the kidnapping of Ali.

The rescue of the 63 year was made possible after Assam police managed to nab one of the kidnappers in Assam. Upon interrogation he revealed the names of the others from his gang and led the police to Meghalaya where Ali was being kept confined in the village of Mansinggre Rongnak under Bajengdoba PS in North Garo Hills.

“It was a joint search and rescue operation with Assam police that led to the arrest of the four kidnappers from NGH after two more were arrested from Assam. During the early morning operation, a few shots were fired though there were no injuries during the incident,” said superintendent of police of NGH, Dalton Marak.

The four arrested from Garo Hills have been identified as Jandal Ch Sangma (20), Julius Ch Sangma (21), Brendil R Marak (22), Sangna A Sangma (18). All four arrested were from the same village of Mansinggre. The victim was later taken to Goalpara to be reunited with his family.

Police recovered 2 country made revolver along with 9 rounds of ammunition from the gang during the rescue operation. The two Assam members of the gang however were not identified as they were taken by Assam police.


Target achieved! Over 18 lakh electorates to cast their votes in 2018 polls

By Lamphrang Nongspung, Shillong News | Shillong, Dec 05, 2018:

The Election department in Meghalaya has managed to achieved its target of having 18 lakh registered electorates who would cast their votes in the upcoming Assembly polls in the State.

“We had set a target that we should be able to have at least 18 lakh registered voters in the forthcoming Assembly elections. We are happy since we have exceeded the target by nearly 30,000. The total number of registered electorates has gone up to 18,29,152 as on January 04, 2018,” Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor informed here on Thursday.

He said that the figures might touched upto 18,50,000 since the final publication of electoral rolls will be completed next week.

Informing that as per draft publications on September 27 last year, the total registered electorates was 17,68,515, he said that the number of registered electorates which has been added into the electoral roll from September uptil now is 60,637.

The Chief Electoral Officer informed that in the last Assembly elections in 2013, the total electorates in the state was about 15,39,000 adding that in the last five years, there is an increase of 3,25,000 registered electorates in the State.

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When asked about the “millennial voters” , he said that they have set a target of enrolling at least 200 “millennial voters”- those born on January 1, 2000 across the State ahead of the Assembly elections.

He said that so far a total of 117 new “millennial voters” have been enrolled throughout the State adding that they will be recognized and feted during the National Voters Day to be held later this month.

The CEO said that it is interesting to note that the first millennial voter which was enrolled from Mawlangwir village in Mawkyrwat also got the name of Millenium Grace.

“We also hope that with this new category of Millennium voters, it will further encourage young people to come out and vote and to take a responsibility from their part to encourage other young 18 plus voters to come and exercise their franchise,” he said.

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In terms of polling stations, he said that the number of polling stations in 2013 is 2485 and in the current election, the total number of polling stations is 3082 polling stations.

Kharkongor informed that there is an increase of 597 which shows percentage increase of 24 %.


Impossible is nothing in Meghalaya Politics: A glimpse of 2017 political events

By Lamphrang Nongspung, Shillong News | Shillong, January 3, 2017: 

Talk about politics in Meghalaya is like gossiping about last night’s TV series in Star Plus or Sony TV. Political instability in the state is a regular phenomenon and the citizens are well aware of the shifty mindsets of their leaders and nothing could surprise them except for few scandals involving those in the helms of affairs — These too, rhetorically speaking, comes as no surprise.

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