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Meghalaya: 5 injured in accident as driver falls asleep on wheels in North Garo Hills!

TURA | January 11, 2018

In an unfortunate incident, five pilgrims who were heading to Rajasimla in North Garo Hills at the A’chik Baptist Dalgipa Krima Sobha (ABDK) have sustained injuries after their vehicle veered off the road and dashed against a tree today morning.  As per sources, the driver fell asleep while driving.

Among the injured travelers was a girl child. The injured were rushed to the nearest health centre in the area for medical treatment.

Rajasimla is hosting the biggest annual religious festival for the last time before the Sobha moves to a permanent site in West Garo Hills.

The event has immense religious significance among the Garos because it was at Rajasimla that Christianity laid its roots with the first Garos to convert 150 years ago.

Good news for surrendered Northeast Indian militants as their stipend and FD amount increases!

Guwahati, February 12, 2018

In a bid to encourage more militants to surrender and shun the path of violence, the Centre has revised the stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered militants in Northeast.

The new surrender scheme will come into effect from April this year.

In a recent development, it has been announced that the allowance of surrendered Northeast militants will be increased. The monthly allowance which was earlier three thousand five rupees will be now six thousand rupees. It may be mentioned that a monthly allowance is being given to the surrendered militants for 36 months after their surrender. Moreover, the militants will be given a relief amount of Rupees four lakh immediately on the day of their surrender which was earlier 1.5 lakh. This amount will be kept as fixed deposit in the bank for three years. This policy will be effective from 1st April, 2018.

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Announcing this in the Parliament, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the surrendered militants will be paid monthly stipend not exceeding Rs. 6,000 per month, for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant of Rs 4 lakhs will also be kept in a bank, in the name of each surrendered rebel as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.

 Incentive for surrendered weapons has also been revised.

“The Surrender Scheme has been modified to be more effective and will be effective from April 1, 2018,” Rijiju said in the Rajya Sabha.

The Government of India has been implementing such scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants in the Northeast. The objective of the scheme is to wean away the misguided youths who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them to the mainstream.

Earlier, surrendered militants were paid monthly stipend not exceeding Rs. 3,500 per month, for a period not more than 36 months and an immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh was kept in a bank in the name of each surrendered rebel as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.

For last many years, cadres related to different militant organisations in the Northeast have shunned the path of violence and surrendered themselves before the security forces.

Shillong News with inputs from NE Now

Meghalaya Politics: Another BJP ticket aspirant quits party in Rajabala for NPP!

From Our Correspondent

Tura, February 11, 2018

In what may be termed as a major set back for the saffron party, yet again a party ticket aspirant has forsaken BJP to join another party.

Mozammil Mondal, who had aspired for the ticket to the Rajabala constituency in West Garo Hills from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has quit the party to formally join the National People’s Party in its bid to win the seat through its candidate Dr Mizanur Kazi.

ALSO READ: Meghalaya: BJP West Shillong unit quits party; joins Congress today

Kazi is pitted for the seat against the likes of independent MLA, Ashahel D Shira, Congress’ Dr Azad Zaman, Independent candidate, Abdus Saleh among others.

Mondal, along with his supporters today formally quit the BJP in a meeting held at the Sampalgre ME School near Dolgre Bazar under the constituency.


 

‘Meghalaya has nothing except National highways of which state should be proud of’, says BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy

From Our Correspondent

Shillong | February 12, 2018

Meghalaya has nothing to proud of except its good National Highway that too build by centre, this was stated by Senior BJP leader and former Minister in Narendra Modi’s Government Rajiv Pratap Rudy during a public gathering in Shillong.

He said “except the roads constructed by NHAI there isn’t much of which the Meghalaya should feel proud about its government, the roads are also constructed by central agency”.

Later when reporters asked him about his statement, Rudy clarified “Meghalaya should match its footstep with centre and work together with central Govt”.

“He said that the funds are not utilised properly sent by Centre,” he added.

He also slammed congress by saying nothing was achieved when both centre and the state was ruled by congress.

Exuding confidence that the BJP will come to power on its own in the state, he called  BJP president Amit Shah  a ‘magic man’ and said “ Now we have a magic man call Amit Shah, friends know that in whichever state he makes in roads he conquers it”.

He also clarified that BJP will not have any pre-poll or post poll alliance and will form Government on its own.

“BJP will fight the polls on its own, we will form Government on our own and we will not have any pre poll or post poll alliance”.

After BJP declared its candidate list, Rudy was the first leader from Central BJP who campaign for the party candidate apart from Nalin Kohli and Alphons Kannanthanam in Meghalaya .

Meghalaya politics: ‘The wind of change is blowing in Meghalaya’, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 12, 2018

As February 27 draws closer, the election fever in the state is soaring as the poll-bound state witnesses the visits of many senior leaders of various political parties to boost the state party’s morale with a hope to form the government after the elections.

Similarly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were seen frequenting the state even as they expressed confidence of getting the majority and forming the government in Meghalaya, which is one of the few congress-bastions.

Addressing media persons here in Shillong on Monday, Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday is determined that the BJP will form the government in March while maintaining that the wind of change is blowing in the state.

“In Meghalaya, I can read the pulse of change and it looks like people have made up their minds for a change as we have witnessed across the country,” Rudy said.

Stating that BJP has tread many a journey in these past decades, Ruddy said from two parliamentarian, the BJP has now grew in strength and number both at the centre and states. “We will continue to march ahead to form the government in the remaining states, starting with Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland,” he said.

ALSO READ: ‘Meghalaya has nothing except National highways of which state should be proud of’, says BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Furthermore, the BJP leader said that in Meghalaya, a state which houses 55 tribal seats, the true essence of the country is felt – legacy, tradition, recognition and formation of the state. “The major significance for the union government and for Prime Minister is development,” he said.

Referring to the Look East Policy, Ruddy said major focus is being laid on Meghalaya in particular in view of the evolved and progressive society, presence of conscious and vibrant youth. “But sadly, the feedback that we have been getting in Delhi is dismal – the previous government in the state are not performing and the only positive symptoms of development were the work of union government which are the good highways,” he added.

Stating that previous governments in Meghalaya have not been able to do justice to the people of the state, Ruddy sarcastically said that organising a state of the art infrastructure, parallel for roads, transport, welfare, electricity, sports is not rocket science, it is the will of the government.”

The BJP leader also fired salvo at the Congress government in Meghalaya stating that under its rule, the state has missed out so much and while other states are already talking about bullet trains and metro, unfortunately Meghalaya is still talking about rural development.

ALSO READ:BJP will form govt in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland: Ram Lal

“The Congress has no vision, it has lost foothold across the country and last few states are crumbling and one of them is Meghalaya,” he said adding that the BJP has a clear manifesto – development.

“In our manifesto, we will include rural develop which is our top most priority besides employment, industrialisation, youth empowerment, tourism and employment,” Ruddy added.

Meanwhile, downplaying predictions and speculation of a fractured and hung assembly in Meghalaya, Ruddy said “We will have majority and we are confident of forming the government.”

Reacting to a query on the BJP’s intervention to tackle the problem of influx and opposition to railway project – the two major cause of concern for the state, if it comes to power, BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said “The BJP respects the identities of various tribes and community and whatever needs to be done to protect their identity, the BJP will work for it.”

Charging the Congress, Kohli reiterated “I charge the Congress for communalising this election and for forcing the church into politics and for projecting the BJP as a divisive force. Our agenda is clear and that is development.”


 

Former BJP workers of West Shillong Constituency joins Congress

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 10, 2018:

The BJP faced a major setback in West Shillong Constituency after a large number of party workers joined the Congress on Saturday to oppose the party’s decision not to put up candidate from the constituency.

Party ticket aspirant from Shillong West and Meghalaya BJP spokesperson, Sony Khyriem joined the Congress along with hundred of his supporters.

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