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Mawlai Bypass will help ease traffic congestion in Shillong: CM

TNT Desk | Shillong, April 21, 2018: 

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today inspected the bypass road and VIP road in Shillong along with Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Mawlai MLA Process T. Sawkimie and Umroi MLA George Lyngdoh.

“Implement NRC in entire Northeast India”, demand KSU, NESO & AASU

From Our Correspondent | August 5, 2018

The powerful All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Sunday warned political parties not to politicise and communalize the National Register of Citizens (NRC)which was published in Assam on July 31. The North East Students Organisation (NESO), an apex students’ body of all the indigenous communities in the region, demanded to update the registry of citizens in other northeastern states to segregate genuine and non-genuine citizens.

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While AASU Chairman Samujjal Bhatacharya on Sunday warned the political parties to refrain from politicising the NRC issue stating that there is a propaganda going on initiated by political parties on the issue of NRC, NESO Chairman Samuel Jyrwa resounded the bugle on the pending demand for introducing NRC like exercise in all the North Eastern states.

“Some people are trying to give it colour and there is propaganda going on and it is initiated by political leaders of the country who are not showing their commitment to the country,” said Bhatacharya further cautioning the political parties, “We warn the politiclal parties not to politicise the issue as NRC is the way to having a permanent solution”.

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Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Bhatacharya said, “We have seen the activities of West Bengal CM, other leaders and parliament and we would like to tell the leaders that India, Assam and the North East is not a dumping ground of illegal Bangladeshis”.

Bhatachrya further urged the government to discuss the foreigner issue in the parliament seriously while cautioning Banerjee that they will face the same problem.

“Learn the lesson from Assam and save your own state first from the unabated influx,” said Bhattacharya.

Meanwhile, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said that NRC for the entire NE region is the solution to tackle influx and NESO had already had discussions with the student bodies of all the north eastern states on this and they take it forward with their respective government.

Joining in sharing the same sentiments, Bhatacharya said, “We want NRC in the entire North East, but the modalities will vary while the nomenclature will be the same”.

“We demand the updation of NRC in other states of the northeast also so that we can know the quantum of problem the region is facing,” NESO chairman Samuel B. Jyrwa said.

 

Assam Rifles, Megh Police bust drug racket active in Shillong

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SHILLONG | NOV 23, 2019:

In yet another effort to control the supply chain of drugs into Meghalaya from different states, the Assam Rifles along with Meghalaya police have arrested two persons after drugs suspected to be Yaba tablets were recovered from their possession on Wednesday.

An open letter to Nongthymmai Catholic Church authorities in run up to All Soul’s Day

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LETTERS | Oct 31, 2018: 

To,

The Editor
The Shillong News

Respected Editor,

The 2nd of November marks a day of reminiscence and memory for most Christians as we  collectively remember our loved ones and pray for their departed souls.

Women should not be barred from being village heads: TUR on Village Administration Bill

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Shillong News | SHILLONG, July 2, 2018

Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) has submitted various suggestions on the Village Administration Bill, one of which is the need to elect women as village heads to the Committee on VAB set up by the KHADC.

TUR said the Bill, passed in 2015, has to be gender just – all the adults of the village, men and women, have to elect the Dorbar executive and village head.

TUR added that there cannot be a bar on women being elected as the village head/chief.

TUR said that the VAB should be about “the people of the village”. The Dorbar and not the Rangbah Shnong or the Dorbar executive as real power has to vest in village residents and thereby the need for Section 8 to be drastically amended.

“Untrammelled power of district council as expressed in Section 19 in the present VAB to remove the popularly elected Dorbar executive and Rangbah Shnong has to be repealed,” it suggested.

“Rather than having a separate VDC with its general council, it would be better to devolve financial powers to the Dorbar Shnong itself and all rural development money should be routed through the Dorbar Shnong to break the stranglehold of the rural development bureaucracy and the MLAs, MPs and MDCs on rural development programmes in the state,” TUR said, adding that the VDC has to be abolished.

It further added that the VAB should also initiate participation of indigenous tribal minorities such as the Karbi, Rabha, Hajong, Tiwa/Lalung in local self-governance.

Meghalaya to amend State Residents Safety & Security Act: CoSHO

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SHILLONG, February 8, 2019: To protect the rights of indigenous communities, the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisations (CoHSO) on Thursday said the Meghalaya government has promised to an amendment to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 by incorporating provisions of British-era inner line permit (ILP) system.

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