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Motphran Violence: When truth is hidden under piles of ‘fake news’

By Freddy Michael Majaw

OPINION | Shillong, June 04, 2018: 

Shillong had always been an epitome of peace, love and progress in North East India. It is home to different communities with their varied cultural practices, living and working together to develop the city that they love and are proud of.

When traffic in Shillong becomes focal point of all conversations

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

May 25, 2018: 

Friday, the 25 was a day unlike the city has experienced in days. For those awaiting the HSSLC (Arts) and SSLC examination results, it was a day of tensions turning into jubilation, hard work blooming into success and for those following the mundane city life it was a day of patience turning into anger which eventually faded into helplessness.

Meghalaya: NPP – Congress workers clash in poll-bound Ampati

From Our Correspondent

Tura, May 24, 2018

As the dates of Ampati elections draws closer, political parties are trying their level best to woo voters in the constituency. But amidst the high voltage campaigning, reports of Party workers of both the National People’s Party (NPP) as well as the Congress being involved in a major scuffle in poll bound Ampati have arrived even as timely intervention from the police led to a control in the amount of damage done.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 pm last night in the village of Betasing under the constituency where over 100 people from both sides started a fight that lasted for some time before the police intervened.

According to sources, the fight may have erupted due to Congress workers stopping a group of NPP workers from campaigning in a village under Betasing which led to frayed tempers and eventually to a fight.

“There was an altercation between the two groups at the site. Our patrol party was on duty and immediately after we saw things erupt, the police intervened. As there were more than a 100 people in the group and one particular person was bearing the brunt of the beatings (Dharkan Sangma of the Congress), we moved in to save him,” said superintendent of police, SWGH, Bobby Momin.

Sangma is also the president of the Ampati Youth Congress.

Rumours of Sangma allegedly being arrested immediately led to another chaos as over 700 Congress workers, including senior leaders, swooping down on the Betasing outpost demanding to know the reason for Sangma’s arrest   .

“He was never arrested. We only picked him from the group as he was being beaten up and needed to be protected,” said Momin on the rumours.

Later NPP workers also reached the Betasing outpost and accusations were hurled at each other.

“There was a huge argument within the outpost which was amicably sorted only at about 1 am this morning. They all went home thereafter,” informed the SP.

Sangma, according to police suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

Is speedy justice possible in a lone-judge Meghalaya High Court?

OPINION | By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

Justice delayed is justice denied!

How do we ensure that justice is served? Which organ in a democracy plays a vital role in ensuring that justice is available to all and most importantly, that the constitution is observed by all?

The answer is The Judiciary.

BLOG | Meghalaya: Are people becoming lazy due to traffic in Shillong?

By Priya Paul | April 24, 2018

Shillong’s traffic snarl can leave cars crawling- making it almost faster to walk than drive

Meghalaya being one of the tiny hill state in India has witnessed a surge in the traffic flow over the years. Nothing comforting has come from the Government in solving this menace.

The existing traffic scenario has helped one and all to be lazy, to avoid meetings, to be late for college, etc with the universally accepted reason of “a bad traffic”, which as a matter of fact, is true. The road in Polo Bazar in Shillong is jammed every morning and evening that it has become an inevitable feature of the place.

Have we ever spared some time to think about the monstrous traffic and how easy lives would be if one day the government intervenes and takes an exceptional stand to curb the traffic menace? But that only sounds like a far-fetched dream!


About the contributor: Priya Paul is a student of of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, Mass Media Dept. and can be reached at priyapaul2712@gmail.com

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Will A. L. Hek’s son be convicted or released?

By MAYBORN LYNGDOH R | April 09, 2018

To,

The Editor

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

Following a recent incident of a Meghalaya MLA’s son being involved in a tragic road accident that led to the death of a cop associated with Shillong Jail while critically injuring another constable of Meghalaya police, a question that has been lurking in people’s mind is that, “Will the minster’s son ever be convicted or will he be out on bail for he happens to be the son of Meghalaya  Health Minister, AL Hek.

READ | Meghalaya: Mercedes driven by Health Minister’s son hits motorbike killing a cop, injuring another

 

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