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Let’s not make ILP an issue, protection of indigenous people a priority, says Conrad

SHILLONG | April 16, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill has been a concern of every citizen of the Northeast and even the country as a whole.

Meghalaya Govt to appeal apex court to call off rescue operations at Ksan coal mine

Shillong, April 16, 2019

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has said that the State Government will appeal to the Supreme Court to call off the rescue operations inside the rat hole mines at Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills.

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“We have decided to appeal to the apex court to call off the rescue operation,” Chief Minister told reporters here today.

Admitting that the situation is extremely difficult, he said that they are continuing with the rescue operations as per the order of the Supreme Court.

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“We will see if the apex court allows the State Government to think otherwise or may be to discontinue the operations,” Sangma said.

Chief Minister said that at the present moment, the Government is hopeful that they could still retrieve the bodies of miners.

“This would at least allow the family members to complete their last rites,” Sangma added.

When asked about continuation of illegal transport of coal in state, Chief Minister asserted that the State Government is very clear that they would not allow any kind of illegal activities pertaining to coal mining to take place.

“After the incident which took place in Ksan, we have immediately put up committee in every district to look on the issue of illegal mining and to closely monitor activities which going on,” he said.

Sangma informed that many cases have been registered and a lot of people have been arrested for their involvement in illegal mining since the case.

“We are also looking on the documentation of people involved in illegal mining. The people arrested for indulging in illegal mining were booked under the various provisions of the CrPC. But we are looking at national laws which are more stringent to book people indulging in illegal mining activities. But this is not an easy task,” he added.

Meghalaya: Re polling to be held on April 15 in polling station under Selsella after ‘human error’

Shillong | April 13, 2019

The State Election Department on Saturday confirmed that re-polling will be conducted in one polling station under Selsella Assembly constituency — 35 Konarchar after crisscrossing of machines and mismatch of the figures was detected due to ‘human-error’.

The re polling will be held on April 15 from 7 am to 4 pm.

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“The by-poll in Selsella Assembly constituency was held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls on April 11; perhaps because of the simultaneous elections being held and because of the presence of two sets of machines, one for the Lok Sabha and one for the bye-election, there was a human error that occurred,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor had informed reporters on Friday.

The same was confirmed by the CEO today through a letter to the media as seen below:

He informed that this matter was reported to the department late on Thursday evening, almost close to midnight. “It was only when the polling parties returned to the polling centre in Tura that the matter was reported to the State Election officials,” said Kharkongor.

He stated that the sector officers were able to detect a mismatch while checking and ascertaining the total number of votes in both the control units of the EVMs that were used for MP and Assembly by-polls.

“Immediately, on receipt of this information, the Returning Officer prepared a report and sent it to us on Friday morning and the same was forwarded to the ECI with the recommendation to conduct a re-polling in this particular polling station,” added Kharkongor.

Mawlai – largest constituency with lowest voter turnout; Sutnga-Shangpung records highest

SHILLONG | April 12, 2019:

The largest constituency in the state — Mawlai witnessed the least voter turnout for the April 11 Lok Sabha polls in Shillong parliamentary constituency.

NEHU to set up inquiry committee to probe into Tura Campus-NEHUSU tussle

SHILLONG |April 11, 2019:

The North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) has decided to constitute an inquiry committee to find an amicable solution to the ongoing tussle between the administration of the Tura campus and the members of the university student’s body.

Police register case against Sanbor Shullai for misconduct inside polling station

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SHILLONG, April 12, 2019: The police has registered a case against BJP candidate from Shillong Parliamentary seat, Sanbor Shullai for misconduct inside a polling station.

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