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Meghalaya Elections: ‘Mining issue to be resolved within 180 days of forming govt’ – BJP

By Our Reporter | Shillong, February 15, 2018

As election date approaches closer, BJP on Thursday released a 17 page ‘Vision Document’ in its BJP unit office at Shillong. Amidst 10 major issues that the party highlights in the 17 pager, it asserts of resolving the mining issue within 180 days of forming the government.

The document was released by the Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of official spokespersons of Bharatiya Janata Party Nalin Kohli, BJP MLA, AL Hek and Union Minister of State K J Alphons among others.

The vision document of BJP also highlighted 10 major issues –

1. Housing for all with pukka roof
2. One job opportunity to every youth
3. Tapped and safe drinking water to every household
4. Pukka roads to connect every village in Meghalaya with the district headquarters
5. 24X7 electricity to every household
6. Employment to 2 lakh youth in the tourism industry
7. Resolution of mining issue within 180 days of forming the government
8. One packet of sanitary napkin to all women from BPL households
9. More government schools with trained teachers for every child to have access to education
10. More agricultural markets, including agri-markets for women

Expressing concern over the sorry state of women in matrilineal Meghalaya, Sitharaman said, ‘The Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds the issue of security of women as a matter of prime importance but we must not forget that law and order is a state subject and hence its implementation varies from state to state”, while adding that, “there is a quietude about women’s issues. The social fabric of Meghalaya has been strong and we wish to revive it”.

When asked as to why has the BJP fielded only two women candidates in Meghalaya, Sitharaman said, “When speaking about elections, the winnability factor of the candidate plays an important role. Also, we need to field candidates keeping in mind the strength of the opposition”.

The BJP has also ruled out the possibility of any post poll alliance with any regional party saying that this was the reason why the party chose to contest from 47 seats alone.

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NPP men caught ‘distributing money’ on eve of Feb 27 ADC polls

SHILLONG | Feb 27, 2019:

A day before the February 27 ADC polls in Meghalaya, two men were caught by volunteers of KHNAM in Wahingdoh, Shillong for allegedly distributing money in the name of NPP candidate and former KHADC CEM, PN Syiem.

Breaking News: Minor fire breaks out at Delhi Mishtan Bhandar in Police Bazaar


SHILLONG, May 8, 2018:

A fire broke out at Delhi Mishtan Bhandar in Police Bazaar on Tuesday afternoon. According to police officials,  the incident took place in the afternoon at the sweet meat shop due to excess accumulation of oil in the Chimney leading to break out of a fire.


No casualties have been reported so far. As per sources, the fire brigade arrived at around 3.45 pm.

More details awaited.

National games is not an event it is an opportunity: CM Conrad Sangma

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | SHILLONG, March 19, 2018:

As Meghalaya prepares to host the National Games 2022, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday said that the mega sporting event is not just an event but also an opportunity for the state to grow in many aspects.

Meghalaya’s limestone mining resulted in 100 crore loss: Forest Department


SHILLONG, April 30, 2018: Under reporting by the Meghalaya forest department in the transport of limestone has caused a loss of nearly Rs 100 crore, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

The forest department had set up checkposts at all major exit points of the state to prevent unauthorised transport of forest minerals without payment of royalty.

However, the audit said there is no system in place to obtain periodic reports of transport of forest produce through the checkgates and to cross-check it with the records of other departments.

The audit also observed that between April 2012 and March 2017, four forest checkgates recorded transport of 18.73 lakh metric tonnes of limestone. These checkgates are at Umkiang, Dawki, Shella Bazar and Bholaganj.

“Audit cross-verified the data with that of the mining department’s and customs department’s checkgates situated in the same locations as the forest checkgates. It revealed that during the same period, 163.22 lakh MT limestone was transported through the checkgates,” the report said.

Owing to the absence of suitable control and monitoring mechanism, the four forest checkgates under-reported transportation of 142.29 lakh MT limestone, which resulted in loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 99.49 crore.

“The department needs to obtain information periodically from other departmental checkgates to keep the instances of under-reporting in check. Additionally, the government may consider setting up of integrated checkgates for taxation, forest, mining, transport departments and others,” the report said.

Source: The Telegraph

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Small parties hold the key for formation of new government

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong March 03, 2018: 

As the people of the state waits anxiously for the big announcement, the ball now lies in the court of the smaller parties — HSPDP, PDF, KHNAM and independent candidates. They will ultimately play an important role in deciding the fate of politics in Meghalaya.

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