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Meghalaya: ‘I have raised the standard of development for the next government’ says CM Mukul Sangma

TURA, February 15, 2018: Few more weeks before D-Day, the village of Babadam under North Tura constituency turned out to be a melting pot for several villages as people gathered to witness Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s election campaign for sitting Congress legislator Noverfield R. Marak.

While addressing the crowd, Mukul said, “I have raised the standard of development in Meghalaya. Any other government after me will have to follow suit otherwise they will be pulled down by the people.”

Terming 2013 election as historic in Meghalaya, Mukul said, “We gave a stable government minus the regional parties. We delivered to our promises despite challenges and beyond to accelerated the momentum of growth in the state. From PWD roads to locality roads in towns and villages, we gave each a priority”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chief minister did not fail to attack the opposition parties accusing them of hijacking Congress developmental projects whenever government changed in the state.

“My opponents are always there to pull me down by striking off projects initiated by me”, he said, adding, “Whenever we have initiated developmental projects the next government always strikes it. Every project cannot be completed in five years”.

He expressed his fear that due to unstable political scenario that prevails in Meghalaya the development of the state is at the risk of derailment. “We are working for the people but there are some leaders who are jealous”, he added, while talking of Ganol Hydel power projects, which were struck down in 2008, when UDP-NCP and HSPDP had formed the government.

He highlighted road projects including the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura highway, border roads from Ampati-Mahendraganj connecting Dalu, the Shillong-Mawkyrwat-Ranikor to Baghmara road, Athiabari-Nongstoin road, and the Shillong to Balat road, among others.

(TNT-The Northeast Today news)

 

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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Defence Minister to visit poll-bound Meghalaya tomorrow; BJP’s Vision Document to be released

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 14, 2018

Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman will visit poll-bound Meghalaya on Thursday.
During her visit, Sitharaman will also release the BJP Vision Document on Thursday at the party office in Shillong.
BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli, state president Shibun Lyngdoh besides others will also be present at the occasion.
The Defence minister will also address a press conference soon after releasing Vision Document.

Daniel Dyiem unveils his collection “ShaKiLum” at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018!

Shillong | February 14, 2018

Celebrated fashion designer from Meghalaya Daniel Syiem, the Co-founder of Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House unveiled his collection entitled “ShaKiLum” at the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. The collection which was inspired by the beautiful landscape of Meghalaya was made entirely of Ryndia – a hand woven Eri silk from Ri-Bhoi District. His collection was part of an initiative by IMG Reliance  to promote and showcase North-eastern fabrics and designs.

The show called NorthEast Mojo had 5 Designers representing different states in the North-east showcasing textiles from the different states. The show was preceded by a dialogue between the United Nations and the North-east designers on driving more business to the North Eastern states without obliterating its fragile ecosystem. Yuri Afanasiev, resident coordinator United Nations in India, spoke about the goal of the UN in India to create supply chains that benefit North Eastern states to improve their quality of life and economy. Designers spoke about the challenges they face while producing in the different states of the North East—lack of raw materials, political unrest, the need to implement region specific government schemes to help with grants, were some of issues that were brought up.

BJP’s decline in Northeast India will begin from Meghalaya- Gaurav Gogoi

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By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 14, 2018:

With election just round the corner, the congress is leaving no stone unturned to ensure its victory in the ensuing election and retain power in the state. Assam MP and Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi on Tuesday said that the decline of the BJP in Northeast will start from Meghalaya.

Gogoi, who is in Shillong to rally support for Congress candidate from South Shillong Manas Chaudhuri on Tuesday, expressed confidence that the Congress will come back to power in Meghalaya adding that the Congress has a strong connection with the region unlike the BJP, which according to him, has no history of having a role in the Northeast.

Shillong | Rs 14 lakh cash seized from 2 vehicles in past 24 hours

Guwahati: A police officer showing the new and old currency notes worth over 24 lakhs seized in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI12_15_2016_000288B)

By Our Reporter

Shillong, Feb 14, 2018

The officials of the election department have made two seizures of Rs 14 lakh cash from two vehicles in the State capital in the past 24 hours.

Official sources on Wednesday said that they have seized Rs 13 lakh cash from the vehicle during a routine checking near St. Edmund’s college. Further, the official resources informed that second seizure of Rs 1 lakh cash was seized from another vehicle by the sector officer of Nongthymmai. In both the cases there was one person who was caught with the cash.

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