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Meghalaya Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Meghalaya House scam

Meghalaya House scam: court
reprieve for Mawlong
 SHILLONG, Jan 29 – In a major reprieve for former Meghalaya Chief
Minister E K Mawlong, the Gauhati High Court yesterday cleared his name from the
Kolkata Meghalaya House deal controversy. …..more

Show-cause to Meghalaya MLA

Election authorities in Meghalaya on Friday issued a show-cause notice to
sitting Congress MLA and candidate Samuel Sangma for allegedly ”misusing” an
ambulance during his poll campaign in the state alleging that Sangma had
‘violated’ the model code of conduct for ferrying his poll supporters in the
ambulance and refusing to hand it over. …..more

FKJGP to launch stir against govt

Shillong: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)
which claimed to fight against corruption will kick-off a series of
anti-government campaign from Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh on
February 2. The proposed campaign to highlight
corrupt activities of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
government assumed significance in view of the state government gearing up for
the Assembly polls scheduled on March 3. …..more

divorces and remarriages!

SHILLONG, Jan 20 – It has been the same thing every time on the eve of
elections and this time too it is no different. Legislators and political
leaders in Meghalaya are on a resignation spree, with as many as three of them
quitting the respective parties. So far, an Independent MLA and a Congress
district council member shifted allegiance and speculations are flowing thick
and fast that more senior politicians may follow suit. …..more

Cong MLA pulled up for code
 TURA, Jan 24 – Sitting Congress MLA from Dalu, Samuel M Sangma, has been
pulled up for violating the model code of conduct for elections, for using an
ambulance purchased from Central schemes as his own. To make matters worse, the
MLA was also trying to mislead voters by having inscriped the words “Donated” on
the ambulance. …..more

Meghalaya wants Assam’s
cooperation for House polls
SHILLONG, Jan 24 – Apprehending trouble from rebels in Assam and other
Northeastern States during Assembly elections in Meghalaya, the State Government
has sought cooperation from neighbouring Assam, reports PTI. …..more

Bhan to take over as new AOC-in-C
of EAC
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge as
the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command (EAC)
 on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion. He
would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the country’s
largest Air Command the Western Air Command. …..more

Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP

The Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the
ruling Congress-led government said that corruption would be the main
poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture activities for the enusing assembly
elections in the state. …..more

M’laya seeks Assam aid

Shillong, Jan 23: Apprehending trouble by
Northeastern rebels during assembly polls in Meghalaya, the State government has
sought cooperation from neighbouring States.
“We have communicated to the Assam Government our apprehension about potential
elements from the neighbouring State violating law and order during elections,”
Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said on Wednesday. …..more

Lapang calls
cabinet meet on power deal(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan, 10:
Chief minister
D.D. Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 17 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies. The move
came after pressure from NGOs and a section of the cabinet ministers.


2 more
MLAs join Rymbai (TEL, 12-1-k8)

In a boost to
Meghalaya’s United Democratic Party (UDP), three sitting legislators officially
joined the party today. The UDP claimed that it would emerge as the single
largest party after the Assembly elections. Former chief minister and Congress
member J.D. Rymbai, Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) legislators P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangju joined the party at a function held at the residence of party
president and deputy chief minister Donkupar Roy.


Opp. seeks white paper (TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
The Meghalaya
Opposition today asked for a white paper on the handing over of power projects
to private companies.Jointly addressing a news conference, BJP legislator A.L.
Hek and Independent MLA Manas Chaudhuri said the people of Meghalaya are in the
dark about handing over of the power projects to private companies.



Sangma kicks off Khasi Hills campaign(TEL,13-1-k8)

People at the grasssroots want change in governance, says NCP general secretary

Jan. 12:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today kicked off the party’s
election campaign in East Khasi Hills, highlighting the need for a change in
governance in the state.Addressing a gathering at Motinagar in Malki-Nongthymmai
constituency of Shillong, Sangma said the people of Meghalaya were fed up with
the existing Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. “I have
interacted with the people at the grassroots level and they are all longing for
change,” the Garo stalwart said.

truths for legislators (TEL, 1-1-k8)

accuses people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong, Feb.
5: Self-help is the best help, but not when people’s representatives help only
themselves, says an organisation of “concerned” citizens in Meghalaya. The
organisation, christened Informed, Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE),
wonders why Meghalaya has several bills on legislators’ salaries and pensions
and hardly any on the state’s development. It points out that since 1977, the
Legislators’ Pension Act has been amended at least nine times and the Meghalaya
Legislators’ Salaries and Allowances Act has been amended at least 18 times for
the benefit of legislators.

removed from district council post (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5:
The chief
executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), H.S.
Shylla, was officially removed from the post after he was defeated in the House
of KHADC by a voice-vote during the special session today. At the start of the
session, Congress member Ronny Lyngdoh moved a non-confidence motion against

Janshakti to contest 20 seats(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
The BJP and the
Lok Janshakti Party have decided to field over 20 candidates for the Meghalaya
Assembly elections in February. In a statement issued here today, Jamil Ahmed,
the state general secretary of Lok Janshakti Party, said the party has selected
Clement Mawlong to contest from Sohiong constituency and Meristella Wahlang from
Pynthorumkhrah in the first list of applicants. The party’s MP, Ram Chander
Paswan, and its national general secretary Mira Chakraborty, visited Shillong
last month to finalise the list of candidates.


Rymbai to
exit from Cong

ticket for man of integrity, other parties finalising nominees (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Former Meghalaya
chief minister J.D. Rymbai will end his long association with the Congress this
week, resigning from both the party and the Assembly to contest the February
elections on a United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.Rymbai never forgave the
central Congress leadership for not standing by him when D.D. Lapang, the man
whom he replaced as chief minister in mid-2006, wrested back power less than a
year later. He said today that the UDP offered him a ticket for the elections
several months ago and that he had been waiting for an opportune moment to make
a decision.

Mining heat on Lapang

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
A majority of
cabinet ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) minus the Congress,
the main constituent of the coalition government, has opposed the uranium mining
project in the state. The project was recently accorded environment clearance by
the Union ministry of environment and forest through a notification.


Rymbai resigns from Congress, Assembly(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
Former chief
minister and veteran Congress leader J.D. Rymbai resigned from the Assembly and
the party today.“I decided to resign from the Congress since I was denied a
party ticket,” he told The Telegraph. Rymbai said he had submitted his
resignation to PCC president O.L. Nongtdu and Speaker M.M. Danggo.



Nongtdu decrees hard work for Cong(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
Hard work and
door-to-door campaign will be the main poll strategy of the Congress for the
Assembly elections im Meghalaya, to be held in February. Meghalaya PCC president
O.L. Nongtdu today said there is nothing like hard work even if one has other
resources. “We have selected good candidates this time and they have to work
hard, meeting voters and creating confidence among the people,” Nongtdu said.
The people in Meghalaya place their faith in the individuals rather than the
party during the Assembly elections, he said.


gains from exodus(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
From a leader who
rarely broke the mould, J.D. Rymbai seems to have become a political trendsetter
overnight with his act of quitting the Congress and resigning from the Assembly
to avoid violating the anti-defection law. Two more legislators — P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangjuh of the Meghalaya Democratic Party, a constituent of the
Congress-led ruling coalition — did likewise last evening to join the United
Democratic Party (UDP). The president of the UDP, Donkupar Roy, said his party
would formalise the duo’s inclusion along with Rymbai soon.


fans Assembly embers

Shillong residents condemn legislators’ inability to re-build House(TEL_9_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 8:
On a bitterly cold January night seven years ago, the Meghalaya Assembly went up
in flames and the heritage building was reduced to ashes within a few hours. On
the eve of the seventh anniversary of the inferno tomorrow, Meghalaya’s
residents — from all walks of life — expressed deep anguish that the government
has failed to build a new Legislative Assembly, leave alone construct a memorial
for the old building.

Meghalaya minister defends power deal(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Meghalaya power
minister Mukul Sangma today defended the cabinet’s decision to hand over six
power projects to private companies, saying it was only for the benefit of the
people.  According to the deal, the state will get 12 per cent of the power
produced by the projects free of cost. Of this, two per cent will be used for
the development of the areas where the power projects are situated, Sangma told
newspersons today.

Parties confident of forming Govt
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The Congress, UDP and the NCP are making tall claims of
getting a majority in the forthcoming Assembly elections. AICC in-charge of
Meghalaya, Major (retd) Ved Prakash, told newsmen in Shillong today that based
on the impression of the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)
Government, it was sure to cross the halfway mark in the Assembly polls. “We can
easily bag over 30 seats to form the Government alone,” Prakash said, and added:
“We are following a well-planned strategy through which we are highlighting the
achievements of the MDA Government”. …..more

Draft Electoral
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The
Electoral Registration officer, West Khasi Hills district, Nongstoin has
notified in a press release that the draft electoral rolls for 33-Pariong
Legislative Assembly, 34-Nongstoin Legislative Assembly and 36-Mawthengkut
Legislative Assembly constitutencies have been duly prepared and published with

Section 144 CrPC
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The DC, East Khasi Hills district, Shillong has
promulgated 144 CrPC prohibiting holding of hunger strikes within a radius of
200 meters from the Meghalaya Main Secretariat Building, Shillong, stated a
press release.

Foundation stone laid(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: Meghalaya Chief Minister today laid the foundation
stone of the training Centre-cum-office of the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation in a
function held at the Umdihar Community Hall, Ri Bhoi district, stated a press
release. Also present on the occasion was the DC Ri Bhoi district SF Khongwir.

M’laya creates benchmark in EPIC coverage
Jan 16: Meghalaya has achieved 99.95 per cent coverage of Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) receiving kudos from the Election Commission (EC). Chief
Electoral Officer P Naik told reporters here today that the EC has categorized
Meghalaya as a State that created a benchmark for itself in EPIC coverage.
However, the State that holds 12,30,152 electorate needs to cover another 264
voters with the identity cards, he said, adding that hundred per cent coverage
was expected.


withdraws agitation
16: The Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF) has withdrawn it’s proposed night
road blockade in Garo Hills following the announcement of elections to the State
Assembly.Talking to The Sentinel over phone, FAF President Mac D Shira said that
the organization has withdrawn the night road blockade supposed to start on
January 17. “We are withdrawing our agitation since the Election Commission has
declared the date of polls. Therefore it is pointless for us to agitate when the
Government is changing,” he said.

reviews poll preparedness in M’laya
Voting right of Pyrdiwah residents hangs in balance

SHILLONG,Jan 18: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N
Gopalaswami is unaware of the fate of the 130-odd Khasi and Adivasi residents of
Pyrdiwah as far as their voting rights in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the
State is concerned. Pyrdiwah had rose into prominence when Bangladesh occupied
the village located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in 2001. Though
Bangladesh retreated after a week of occupation, questions are still doing the
rounds on their exact status as voters of the State.
“I don’t know much about the matter,” he said while answering diplomatically to
a question that could catapult into a major issue…..more

committee to look into power deal

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Cabinet has kept its decision on
the power deal in abeyance fearing the model code of conduct. The MDA Government
has decided to constitute an official committee to study the Memorandum of
Agreement (MoA). The Cabinet meeting held today that lasted for two hours and
was attended by seven cabinet members unanimously decided that the matter
relating to the MoAs in the power sector will not be operationalized. Chief
Minister DD Lapang told reporters after the cabinet that “pending submission of
the report and decision by the Cabinet therein, the respective MoA entered into
will not be operationalized”. …..more

BJP announces
list of candidates for M’laya polls
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The central
election committee (CEC) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list
of 20 candidates to vie for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya. Party
President Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and other members of the committee today
released the list of candidates for Meghalaya and Tripura.
For the Laban constituency where there has been a string of confusion, and the
state election committee (SEC) has been accused of trying to impose a candidate
of its choice, the ticket was granted to Edward Kharwanlang.


NCP releases 21-point
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today released
its 21-point manifesto committing Meghalayans for a “change.” NCP general
secretary Purno A Sangma released the manifesto that resolves to take “remedial
actions” if NCP is voted to power in the elections. Sangma, confident that his
party will sweep the March 3 elections, said: “The Congress Government has
failed miserably and people are fed up with the frequent change in leadership,
non-performance and corruption.” …..more
Meghalaya Day
awardees announced
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: To mark the 36th year of statehood, the Meghalaya
Government has decided to present Meghalaya Day awards to outstanding
personalities in the field of arts and literature, social service and sports.
Chief Minister DD Lapang today announced the names of the awardees.

CM, 5 ex-CMs in fray(SEN_26_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 25: Five former Chief Ministers and present CM DD
Lapang will contest the ensuing Assembly elections while rumours are doing the
rounds that Lapang is trying an all-out effort to convince other political
parties to put up candidates from Nongpoh to split the votes of his strong
contender Dr Celestine Lyngdoh. …..more

Hearing on Kyndiah(SEN_26_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 25: The District Magistrate will apply his judicious
mind to decide on the controversial case that questioned the Khasi identity of
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah, the son of Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah.
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah is a Congress candidate from Nongkrem constituency for
the forthcoming elections. …..more

Sangma firm on power deal
 SHILLONG, Jan 9: Deputy
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma refused to budge from his stand ‘not to review
the Cabinet decision to enter into a joint venture deal with private power
developers’. Amidst the growing opposition by Cabinet ministers, Opposition
parties and social organizations in the State on the decision to tap the 1,000
MW power potential in Kynshi river and another 260 MW from Umgot river with JP
Group and Athena Group respectively,


Meghalaya has less electorate compared to population
Jan 10: Meghalaya has a population of over 26 lakh, But the number of voters
stand at 12.31 lakh which is less compared to its population. The total number
of electorate was identified after the final draft of electoral rolls was
published today. The number of female voters is high compared to male voters.
Female voters stand at 6,25,579 while male electorate is 6,04,647.


Sibling ‘rivalry’
at Laitumkhrah
Jan 10: Meghalaya Education Minister Robert Garnet Lyngdoh will campaign for the
Congress party even in the prestigious Laitum-khrah constituency, a seat he will
forfeit for reasons that he has never disclosed. Lyngdoh will not contest the
February 2008 Assembly elections and many sees his decision due to sibling
rivalry. His sister Ampareen Lyngdoh was a known aspirant for the Congress party
ticket but was eventually denied. Nicky Lyngdoh the Congress face for the
constituency, was ‘picked’ up by Robert Garnett Lyngdoh prompting Ampareen to
join the United Democratic Party (UDP).


returns to UDF, recounts days as M’laya CM
Jan 11: Veteran Congress leader and former Meghalaya Chief Minister JD Rymbai,
during his formal induction to the United Democratic Party (UDP), revealed his
bitter experience as the Chief Minister of the State. Speaking during the
induction programme held today, Rymbai said: “I was earlier a member of the
regional party. I joined the Congress in search for a shelter but with no
sympathizers there, I decided to go back to my parent party UDP”.


Congress confident in Meghalaya

Despite its polls debacle
in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the Congress party today expressed confidence
to retain power in Meghalaya, with Election Commission setting March 3 as the
polling date for the state. AICC General Secretary in-charge Meghalaya Major (Retd)
Ved Prakash, who arrived here to galvanize the party ahead of the polls said the
Congress will retain power on the basis of its achievements during the past five

CEC to review security

Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami along with the other two Election
Commissioners is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 to review for poll
preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya. Assembly
elections will be held in Meghalaya on March 3 and the Counting will be held on
March 7, Gopalaswami said.During his visit, Gopalaswami will hold discussions
with the State Election Commission, observers, Director General of Police,
District Magistrates and political parties.


most challenging for NAIP: Director ICAR

Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director ICAR
on Monday said among the states in the northeast where National Agriculture
Innovation Project (NAIP) was implemented, Mon in Nagaland was the most
challenging. Speaking as chief guest at the NAIP on livelihood improvement and
empowerment of rural poor through sustainable farming system at DC’s Conference
Hall, Mon said the project here was the most challenging as the technology had
to be upgraded.

continue to agitates in M’laya

Jan 15:
Normal functioning
of government offices and financial institutions has been affected in three
districts Meghalaya after the Federation of A’chik Freedom (FAF) launched its
series of agitation, protesting the Congress-led government decision to hand
over power projects to private companies.


Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik

With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday.


adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM


After repeated extortion demands and the recent killing of five persons by
militants, the Union Power Ministry (UPM) has directed the

government to provide adequate security to North East Electric Power Corporation
limited (NEEPCO) officials stationed at Umrangsu, North Cachar Hills.


Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik


With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday. Chief Minister DD
Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 18 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies in the wake
of protest against the "shady deal" from several organisations and political
parties. Sources said the state government is contemplating to consult lawyers
to ensure that its decisions do not violate the election model of conduct.
Elections are due in Meghalaya on March 3.


Cong suspends Edmund S. Lyngdoh

SHILLONG, JAN 19: The Congress party
today suspended senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya minister Edmund S
Lyngdoh from primary membership of the party. Lyngdoh’s expulsion came after he
dissolved the Jaintia Hills District Congress Committee (JHDCC) last week
without the consent of the state Congress party. Mr was the President of JHDCC
and former Chairman of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).


Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance

Refusing to buckle under
pressure to scrap the power deal, the Meghalaya cabinet today decided to keep
the memorandum of agreement (MOA) inked with six private companies in abeyance.
In the wake of series of agitations by political parties and the NGOs, the
Meghalaya Cabinet met Friday to discuss the power deal.Speaking to newsmen after
the cabinet meet, chief minister DD Lapang said the meeting unanimously agreed
that a committee headed by the state chief secretary has been constituted to
examine questions raised by some Ministers and NGOs on the MOAs inked with six
private companies.

Sonia to campaign in NE

Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the campaign trails in the three Northeastern
states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura ahead of the Assembly elections.

Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP

Jan 22:
The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the ruling Congress-led government said that
corruption would be the main poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture
activities for the enusing assembly elections in the state. "If MDP voted to
power, the party would ensure to provide a clean government and eradicate
corruption," MDP President and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said,
while announcing the first list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly

Meghalaya BJP a confused party(SEN_4_1_k8)

Meghalaya appears to be in confusion even as the saffron party sweeps polls in
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The party could not send the list of its aspirants
for the upcoming Assembly elections except for three, infuriating the other five
aspirants.Altogether eights aspirants have applied for the Laban Constituency
ticket to the Central Election Committee (CEC). However, the State Election
Committee (SEC) did not send names of the five aspirants to the CEC in New

Rymbai quits Cong
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Veteran
Congress leader and former Chief Minister JD Rymbai formally resigned from the
primary membership of the Congress today. Rymbai, the man who was
unceremoniously ousted by DD Lapang from the Chief Minister’s post, submitted
his resignation to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president (MPCC) OL
Nongtdu without citing any reason. The former Chief Minister also put down his
papers as a four-time legislator before the Speaker of the State Assembly today.


takes its allies head on
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Ahead of the February, 2008 elections, the Congress
has started to take on three of its regional coalition partners head on.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu said the
regional parties are trying to hijack every good initiative and developmental
work taken collectively during the past five years.

complaint against Kyndiah
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla has formally lodged a
complaint with Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu
against the status of Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah’s son Waibha
Kyndiah. Shylla, who was deprived of Congress ticket to contest in the ensuing
Assembly elections, told reporters that he had lodged a complaint with Nongtdu
recently. He said that a copy of the objection was also sent to Chief Minister
DD Lapang. It is left with the MPCC to decide and examine the status of Kyndiah,
he said.

Cabinet meet on fate of power projects soon
SHILLONG, Jan 5: With protest coming from various quarters on handing
over of power projects to private parties, Chief Minister D D Lapang has decided
to convene a Cabinet meeting to review the power policy of the State next week.

UDP-MDP snubbing
 SHILLONG, Jan 5: The
United Democratic Party (UDP) has called Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) leader
Martle Mukhim an obstinate man who is left all alone. Mukhim, who split the UDP
to form his own party, has snubbed the parent party’s proposal for a merger.
Mukhim called the UDP a party of vested interest.


Go to
court to settle dispute: MPCC tells Shylla, Kyndiah
SHILLONG, Jan 5: A rattled State Congress leadership has asked Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) HS Shylla
and the Waibha K Kyndiah to settle the claims and counter claims on the issue of
Khasi identity. After losing party ticket for the February Assembly polls to
Waibha K Kyndiah, the son of the Union Tribal Minister PR Kyndiah from the
reserved Nongkrem seat, Shylla complained to MPCC president OL Nongtdu and Chief
Minister DD Lapang about Waibha Kyndiah’s eligibility to contest from a reserved
seat. …..more

opposes deal
SHILLONG, Jan 7: The Meghalaya unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
joined the KSU to protest the decision to hand over five power projects of the
State to private companies. The KSU took out a procession in protest against the
proposed deal today. …..more

Complaint for
violation of service rule lodged
SHILLONG, Jan 7: A complaint has been lodged by one H R Das Gupta
with the Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee against one of the ticket aspirants
for the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the BJP
even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

Meghalaya Cong sure
of victory (TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash, who arrived here as part of the
election campaign, today said the NCP would not even get double digit seats in
the state Assembly elections scheduled for March 3. Speaking to this
correspondent, Prakash said the claim of NCP leader P.A. Sangma that the party
would form the next government was just “wishful thinking”.


feasts a night in advance(TEL, 16-1-k8)

holiday on Bihu makes Assamese community choose Sunday as night of

celebration(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 15:
By the time people in
began preparing for their Magh Bihu feast, Assamese families in Shillong were
through with theirs. Over 200 people gathered at the century-old Assam Club in
Laban for the traditional community feast on Sunday, two days before their
fraternity in the neighbouring state celebrated uruka night. The advance
celebration was necessitated by today being a working day in Meghalaya, unlike
in Assam, where it was a holiday.


Preparation on in full gear(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Nagaland, Meghalaya set to get
more paramilitary forces (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The Meghalaya
government has sought 34 companies of central paramilitary forces for the smooth
conduct of the Assembly elections in the state. With the announcement of the
election date (March 3), preparations are on in full swing by the state
electoral department and almost all the political parties. Chief secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee said today that the government wanted the deployment of 34
companies of central paramilitary forces for the Assembly elections.


to review deal(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Meghalaya
cabinet is likely to keep in abeyance any decision regarding the power deal with
the private companies.It is scheduled to meet on Friday to review the December 7
cabinet decision to hand over major power projects to private companies.Chief
electoral officer P. Naik today made it clear that the cabinet cannot take any
policy decision in view of the model code of conduct, which came into effect on
January 14 when the election dates were announced.


drill in Meghalaya(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
Meghalaya chief
secretary Ranjan Chatterjee has asked the superintendents of police and deputy
commissioners of all the seven districts of the state to maintain strict vigil
to ensure that the political parties do not violate the model code of conduct
ahead of polls.


Jan. 17:
The United
Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged as the second largest political party in
Meghalaya fielding as many as 52 candidates after the Congress, which is
contesting in all the 60 constituencies. UDP president and deputy chief minister
Donkupar Roy today said the party was planning to put up three more candidates.
He hopedthat the UDP would emerge as the single largest party after the


power bends Lapang(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Projects with companies on hold (TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Privatisation of
power projects in Meghalaya has been put on hold in the face of mounting public
opposition, just like uranium mining was over a year ago. Chief minister D.D.
Lapang said after a cabinet meeting today that no power project would be handed
over to a private company without a committee of senior bureaucrats ascertaining
whether the state would benefit from the deal. “Pending submission of a report
by the committee and a decision by the cabinet, the respective memoranda of
agreement entered into with companies will not be operationalised,” he said.

Sangma in
funds cry to woo voters(TEL, 19-1-k8)

releases manifesto(TEL, 19-1-k8)

NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today released the party’s
manifesto, highlighting the NCP’s focus on foreign investment and creation of a
separate ministry for the empowerment of traditional tribal institutions in the
state. The minister said as far as resource mobilisation is concerned, he can
find ways and means to get more funds from the Centre. “We will make sure that
the central funds are utilised properly,” Sangma said.The Garo stalwart said the
NCP would create a separate ministry to look after the interests of the
traditional tribal institutions. These institutions have been demanding direct
funding from the Centre.


licences(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Jan. 19:
The Meghalaya
government has decided not to issue fresh arms licences in the run-up to the
Assembly elections. The decision was taken after a meeting with the Election
Commission yesterday.

Rymbai to quit Congress

Jan 2:
Former Meghalaya
Chief Minister and senior congress leader, JD Rymbai today said he would quit
the Congress party, even as United Democratic Party (UDP) decided to allot a
party ticket. Rymbai who was forced last spring to relinquish his Chief
Ministerial chair in favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since than not
to contest on a Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections. "I
have decided to put down my papers as a Congress man and as an MLA, this month,"
Rymbai said.

Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland

JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and

Megh. govt meet on power projects

JAN 6 :
The Meghalaya
Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the demand of several organisations to
stop giving power projects to private companies in the state. Official sources
said here today that though state Chief Minister D D Lapang was yet to fix the
date for the proposed Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Minister Paul Lyngdoh confirmed
that the meeting would review the December 7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.

Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland

JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’. The State BJP condemning the Congress’ decision said it was
"undemocratic and unconstitutional." The state party, AL Hek, nonetheless warned
that the arbitrary decision would have negative fallout on the Congress’ poll
prospect in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Bhan to
take over as new AOC-in-C of EAC
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge
as the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command
(EAC) on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion.
He would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the
country’s largest Air Command the Western Air Command.

Rymbai to quit Cong and join
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and senior
Congress leader, JD Rymbai is all set to quit Congress and join the regional
United Democratic Party (UDP).
Rymbai, who was forced last Spring to relinquish his Chief Ministerial chair in
favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since then not to contest on a
Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections.

Chances of regional parties
uniting in Meghalaya remote
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Political mudslinging has begun sooner than
anticipated here in Meghalaya with Assembly elections in sight as the Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) today branded its regional ally and coalition partner –
the United Democratic Party (UDP) as a party of ‘vested interest’.

Rymbai quits Congress(AST_5_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister J D Rymbai today
resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in protest against the
denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly elections in the State.

Meghalaya seeks additional
paramilitary forces
SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Chief Minister DD Lapang today sought from the Centre
additional companies of central paramilitary forces for deployment in the State.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district administration has clamped prohibitory
orders here.With a series of agitation lined up and election fever hotting up,
Lapang shot of a letter to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil seeking “45
additional companies of central paramilitary forces” for deployment in the
State. …..more

Let court settle Khasi identity
issue: Congress
SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi
identity” raised by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS
Shylla, the Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter.
Shylla, who was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has
questioned the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming
him as a non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary
adoption of the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.

Sangma hails HC direction to
Meghalaya Govt on police firings
SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Sangma has
expressed satisfaction over the Gauhati High Court’s decision seeking details
from the Meghalaya Government on the action taken against security personnel
involved in the 2005 Williamnagar and Tura firings that killed nine persons and
left scores injured. …..more

Meghalaya MLAs on resignation
spree on poll-eve
 SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Legislators in Meghalaya are on a resignation
spree with as many as three of them quitting their respective political parties
just before the Assembly elections due next month. Close on the heels of the
resignation of former Chief Minister J D Rymbai from the Congress, two
legislators of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the Congress-led
Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government, have also put in their papers.

Opp MLAs’ threat to move court
over power deal
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – The Meghalaya Government has signed two power deals
with private companies amidst threats by the Opposition MLAs to move court
unless the it comes out with a White Paper on the controversial deals. “If the
government does not come out with a White Paper on the deals, we will have no
option but to knock on the court’s door,” Independent MLA Manas Choudhury and
BJP legislator AL Hek told in a joint press conference today.

 Cong launches poll campaign in
SHILLONG, Jan 14 – The Congress’ poll prospect in the March 3 Meghalaya
Assembly elections would not be affected due to the agreement reached between
the State Government and private companies to develop six power projects,
asserted AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash.


wary of investing in NE due to insurgency: Lapang
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. …..more

Meghalaya joint
venture projects under cloud
SHILLONG, Jan 17 – The political cauldron with the questionable mix
of ‘Pan masala and power generation’ for public consumption, seems unpalatable,
with most in Meghalaya openly complaining about it, distastefully.The Power
department, headed by Deputy Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, entered into a joint
venture – many say arbitrarily – with six private companies, including Pan
Masala manufacturing giant, Dharampal Satyapal Group.

Lapang invites opinion of
political parties on uranium(SHT, 3-1-k8)

In the wake of environmental clearance given to UCIL by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests for uranium mining in Meghalaya, Chief Minister DD
Lapang has invited opinion of all political parties to help the State Government
arrive at a decision on the matter. Mr Lapang told reporters on Wednesday that
with Assembly election round the corner, he did not want the Congress to take
the blame for starting uranium mining in the State, saying opinion of all
political parties was important before his government arrived at a decision on
the issue.

Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

Adding a new twist to the twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s
recent removal as CPP leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was
actually remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL
Nongtdu to carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya.
With the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental
clearance to UCIL to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla,
fearing that continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong
public opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.

rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Congress on Sunday
rejected Mr Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister
DD Lapang had conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being
unhappy with the election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
leader. The party reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as
KHADC chief or face no-trust vote on February 5.


minister Armison Marak passes away(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Former Minister and
two-time MLA from Dalamgre constituency, Armison Marak, passed away at his
residence here on Saturday night. He was 85. Marak had joined politics after his
retirement as a teacher from

Govt MP School, Tura, and was elected from Dalamgre constituency on an APHLC
ticket in 1977.

to meet on power project

issue next week(SHT, 6-1-k8)

The State Cabinet will
meet next week to discuss its December-7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh on Saturday
said Power Minister Dr Mukul Sangma would also attend the meeting "since any
review of the earlier Cabinet decision should be carried out in the presence of
the Power Minister."Mr Lyngdoh, who met Chief Minister DD Lapang on Friday,
stressed on the need to review the Cabinet decision in view of the protests from
various quarters.

over Kyndiah son’s tribal status(SHT, 6-1-k8)

need to go to court: Shylla


KHADC chief HS Shylla has stuck to
his stand that Nongkrem Congress candidate Waibha K Kyndiah has violated the
Khasi Lineage Act by taking the surname of his father, saying there is no need
to take the matter to the court as suggested by the MPCC president. MPCC
president OL Nongtdu on Friday asked both Mr Kyndiah and Mr Shylla to go to the
court to settle the issue. "The Khasi Lineage Act needs interpretation by the
court," Mr Nongtdu said .

picketing on Jan 8, 9; Procession today
KSU calls off bandh, blockade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

KSU-called road blockade and bandh on January 8 and 9, have been
suspended, purportedly to suit some wedding dates and church programmes. KSU
president Samuel Jyrwa, after an emergency meeting on Sunday, said they had
decided to call off the blockade and bandh after appeals from church
leaders, senior citizens and parents of those children whose marriages are
scheduled on the two days.

MDP MLAs quit to join UDP(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Ending a long row over proposed merger of two regional parties, MDP legislators
PT Sawkmie and DP Iangjuh on Saturday resigned from the party to contest from
UDP in the coming Assembly elections."We have resigned from the primary
membership of the party in order to bring back unity among the regional parties
and also to respect the sentiment of the people," Mr Sawkmie and Mr Iangjuh
stated in a letter addressed to MDP president Marlte N Mukhim.


Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Four Independent
candidates of Garo Hills have come under one platform to take on political
parties in the ensuing elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four
candidates will put forward a set of demands to the parties, which seek their
support to form the next government. The Independent candidates John Leslee K
Sangma, Lazarus M Sangma, Sanjib R Marak and Septerwin R Sangma will contest
Tura, Bahamas, Dalamgre
and Rongchugre respectively.

candidates for Rongjeng, Rongrenggiri(SHT, 7-1-k8)

The MDP, East Garo Hills
district unit has unanimously decided to field former minister Surjit Sangma and
Lenitha M Sangma, wife of former MLA PD Sangma, from Rongjeng and Rongrenggiri
Assembly constituencies respectively, for the Assembly elections.


Dorbar Shnong’s concern(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Taking a serious note over
non-attendance of sweepers, labourers and master rolls in cleaning the roadside
grasses and drains for many years, the Dorbar Shnong of Bishnupur Kench’s Trace
has decided to approach the concerned department to depute sweepers, labourers
and master rolls to clean the entire Bishnupur-Kench’s Trace regularly.


Scrap Cabinet decision on power projects: FKJGP(SHT, 8-1-k8)

FKJGP has urged the State Government to immediately scrap the December-7 Cabinet
decision to hand over five power projects to private companies, while indicating
that it will join hands with KSU in future agitations on the issue.


Party announces five more candidates
Rymbai to be named UDP candidate on Jan 11(SHT, 8-1-k8)

The UDP has named five
more candidates for the Assembly elections. Former minister Nimarson Momin is
also among them. Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai, who quit Congress recently,
will be formally declared as the party’s candidate for Jirang segment on January

MLA not a genuine resident’(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Continuing his personal
tirade against Congress legislator from Kharkutta constituency Elstone D Marak,
former MLA Projend D Sangma has claimed that Mr Marak is not a "genuine
resident" of Meghalaya because he was born and brought up in Assam."The recent
claim of Mr Marak that he is a local person is wrong and baseless as he was born
and brought up in Bali Kusi village of Upper Assam where his parents still
reside. He came to Meghalaya for studies and married a girl whose parents latter
settled in Assam permanently," Mr Sangma said.


violation complaint against BJP ticket aspirant(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Putting the heat on the
State unit of the BJP, a complaint has been lodged with the Chief Secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee by one HR Das Gupta against one of its ticket aspirants for
the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the saffron
party even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) was
accepted by the Gvernment.

Meghalaya BJP condemns(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya
unit of the BJP has strongly condemned the imposition of Central rule in
Nagaland.A statement issued here said "the UPA Government while taking this
‘avoidable decision’ had exposed its double standard by treating the DAN
Government of Nagaland differently from the Congress-led Government in Goa."


seek electoral fortune(SHT, 9-1-k8)

If Uttar Pradesh is known for its mafias entering politics or Tamil Nadu for its
movie-stars-turned politicos, Meghalaya, too, is not far behind with a sizeable
section of businessmen trying their luck in politics.With the Assembly elections
drawing nearer, most political parties in the State appear to be relying
considerably on businessmen to do better in the polls.There are many faces from
the trading community on the lists of poll nominees already declared by parties
like Congress, UDP and NCP.

Govt to ‘rationalise’ fees in private schools(SHT, 9-1-k8)

The State Government has
decided to rein in the unbridled fees structures in private schools in the
State.Flawed fees structures in majority of the private educational institutions
have helped commercialisation of the State education system, forcing parents in
lower income groups to discontinue their children’s education resulting in high
school dropout rate in Meghalaya.

Mukul defends Cabinet decision on power deal(SHT, 10th January

Unfazed by KSU outcry and
opposition from other parties, Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday
defended the Cabinet nod to hand over five hydro-power projects to private
companies, saying the government decision was made "in the best interest" of the

hearing(SHT, 10th January

The Gauhati High Court will hear on Thursday the petition filed by senior
citizen Krieshon Rapthap challenging the State Government’s stand that the
Supreme Court’s ruling stripping offspring of non-tribal fathers and tribal
mothers of scheduled tribe status, is not applicable to Meghalaya.

MPHRC threatens to move SC over uranium issue(SHT, 10th January

Taking serious note of environmental clearance given by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forest to UCIL for uranium mining in the State, Meghalaya
People’s Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has appealed to the Lapang-led
Government not to bow down to Centre’s "pressure tactic" and threatened to move
the Supreme Court if the State Government issued no objection certificate to the
Corporation to go ahead with the project.


mulls law to protect domestic workers(SHT, 10th January

Chief Secretary Ranjan
Chatterjee on Wednesday said the State Government was mooting a law to ensure
protection of the basic rights of domestic workers in the State while pointing
out the necessity of having a legalised basic minimum standard of wages for the
domestic workers.

Final electoral rolls published(SHT, 11th January

The final electoral rolls
for the next State Assembly elections were published on Thursday.As per the new
electoral rolls, out of its 26-lakh population, the State has only 12.31 lakhs
voters including 6,25,579 females and 6,04,647 males.


MDP-UDP blame game over merger continues(SHT, 11th January

The MDP-UDP blame game over the merger issue gets murkier by the day.MDP
president Martle N Mukhim on Thursday hit back at UDP for allegedly spoiling his
move for unification of regional parties.Mr Mukhim said he was in favour of
unification of regional parties but UDP’s insincerity was the stumbling block to
such a move.

Purno kickstarts campaign today(SHT, 12th January

NCP leader and former Lok
Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma will start his party’s election campaign in Khasi
and Jaintia Hills by holding public meetings at Mawlai Mawiong, Lumsohphoh and
Pynthorumkhrah here on Saturday. NCP sources said Mr Sangma would be on
extensive tour of various constituencies in Khasi and Jaintia Hills to campaign
for his party candidates for the coming Assembly elections.

Rymbai takes a potshot at Congress(SHT, 12th January

Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai on Friday took a potshot at Congress for failing
to fulfil the aspirations of people of the State. He said Meghalaya wanted a
change in governance and that regional parties, specially UDP, could work
towards that goal.Talking to reporters after formally joining UDP on Friday, Mr
Rymbai said people of Meghalaya wanted a change in the State as Congress had not
been able to fulfil their aspirations.


Don’t mislead people on uranium, HNLC tells Govt(SHT, 12th January

Seeking to re-establish
its withering impact on the people of the State, the HNLC has asked the State
Government not to mislead the people in the name of "economic progress," while
cautioning any individual or organisation against supporting the proposed
uranium mining in the State for personal interests.


reconstituted(SHT, 12th January

The Laitumkhrah Block
Youth Congress (LBYC) was reconstituted at a general meeting held at the
residence of Congress candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency, Nicky Lyngdoh
here on Thursday.

hits campaign trail in State
Purno attacks MDA Government(SHT_13_1_k8)

NCP on Saturday attacked
the Congress-led MDA Government for corruption, non-performance and political
instability in the State and claimed that only NCP could provide people of
Meghalaya with strong leadership and a stable but development-oriented

Novel initiative to quiz candidates(SHT_13_1_k8)

Candidates are better
beware. This time round, people are going to ask them questions on what they
have achieved or failed to do or what they intend to do after contesting or
wining the ensuing Assembly elections.


MLAs demand White Paper on power deal(SHT_13_1_k8)

Pressure is mounting on the MDA Government to scrap the controversial power deal
with two Opposition legislators AL Hek (BJP) and Manas Chaudhuri (Ind) demanding
a White Paper from the State Government on the issue and lending support to NGOs
who have raised their voice against the "shady deal."The MDA Government ought to
come out with a White Paper before Assembly election is announced giving all
aspects of the deal," Mr Chaudhuri said at a joint press conference here on

trading licence on Munshis in JH’

issues deadline to Govt

The Hynniewtrep National
People’s Federation (HNPF) has set a ten day deadline to the State Government
and Jaintia Hills district authorities to impose trading licence on Munshis
(agents) dealing in coal trade in Jaintia Hills.Addressing a press conference,
HNPF president Ronnie Rani said that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District
Council (JHADC) had failed to impose trading license on Munshis who were
presently carrying out coal trade freely.


Prospect of hung Assembly looms large(SHT_14_1_k8)

With some seven weeks to
go for Meghalaya to elect its eight Assembly, it is the same old prospect of a
fractured verdict that awaits the State. None of the three major power
contenders – Congress, NCP and UDP – have any pretensions about securing
absolute majority on their own. With no pre-poll alliance in sight, once again
it will be a perfect setting for power sharks to exploit the post-election fluid
situation to their benefit.

Gopalaswamy to arrive on Jan 18(SHT_14_1_k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 for
reviewing poll arrangements in the State. He will take stock of the law and
order situation and the prospects of free and fair election in the State,
official sources said. Although it is unlikely that he would announce the
election schedule for Meghalaya, his interaction with senior officials would
help firm up the date.

Pynshai, Shullai to join NCP(SHT_14_1_k8)

Mylliem legislator Pynshai
M Syiem and Laban MDC Sanbor Shullai have decided to contest the coming Assembly
elections as NCP candidates. Mr Syiem on Sunday said he would formally join NCP
in the next few days. "All of my supporters have backed my decision to join NCP,"
he said.

anti-power deal stir begins this week(SHT_14_1_k8)

Notwithstanding the
Cabinet meeting slated for January 17 to review the contentious power deal,
FKJGP and Federation of Achik Freedom (FAF) have refused to budge from their
stands on adopting the path of agitation against the State Government’s decision
to hand over power projects to private companies.


 Police still clueless about KSU leader(SHT_14_1_k8)

Police are still clueless
about the whereabouts of KSU’s

Dawki Circle
president Phersial Kongwang, who went messing under mysterious circumstances
about one month ago. Police had earlier claimed that Mr Kongwang was kidnapped
and taken to Bangladesh by suspected HNLC rebels. Mr Kongwang’s friends Stepping
Lamin and Sharky Lamin, who were reportedly with the KSU leader at the time of
his kidnapping, were also picked up for interrogation.


Power deal: MLA warns Govt(SHT_14_1_k8)

Cautioning against a "Maharashtra-like
situation" in Meghalaya, Independent legislator Pynshai M Syiem on Sunday
expressed grave concern over the State Government’s decision to allow private
companies to take loans under the "amended policies of the State."


Talking to The
Shillong Times, Mr Syiem said it was a matter of serious concern that the State
Government decided to allow companies to take loans, and expressed fears that
the State would have to face the consequences if those companies were bankrupt
or failed to repay the loans.

One-day polling for three states — Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura — on the

of the existing electoral rolls. (SHT_15_1_k8)

Elections to
Meghalaya will be held on March 3 followed by that of Nagaland on March 5. In
Tripura it’s on February 23.Announcing this, the Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC)
N Gopalaswamy told newsmen the model code of conduct had come into force in the
three states with immediate effect.Results would be announced on March 7 in case
of Meghalaya and Tripura, and a day later in case of Nagaland after nearly a
month-long poll process, the CEC informed.In Meghalaya, nomination starts on
February 8 and ends on February 15. Withdrawal is slated by February 18.


Anti-power deal stir from today(SHT_15_1_k8)

In a move to show
solidarity with the stand of various NGOs on the shady power deal, UDP’s Youth
Wing has decided to hold a silent procession on Tuesday opposing the same.The
silent procession, which will start from Shillong Club at 10 am, will culminate
at Main Secretariat.

denies NCP tie-up report(SHT_15_1_k8)

The UDP has denied the
report that appeared in a section of the Press that the party would have a
post-poll tie-up with NCP for formation of the new government.UDP vice-president
Standlington D Khongwir on Monday said that he had verified the matter with the
party president Dr Donkupar Roy who denied having had any meeting with NCP
leader Purno A Sangma in this regard.


MLA charged(SHT_15_1_k8)

Former legislator Projend
D Sangma has charged Congress legislator from Kharkutta Elstone D Marak of
withdrawing around Rs 40 lakh in the name of a Mahila Samity during December
2007 for distributing it to 133 villages in the constituency for Christmas and
New Year celebrations.

Purno’s campaign(SHT_15_1_k8)

NCP leader Purno A Sangma kick-started poll campaign in Jaintia Hills by holding
a public meeting at Khliehriat on Monday. The NCP candidate from Rymbai
constituency is Simon Siangshai. The party also held meetings in Jowai to
campaign for its candidate and former JHADC chief Moonlight Pariat.

secy discounts NCP claim for power
Cong gears up to woo voters(SHT_15_1_k8)

The Congress party in Meghalaya is trying out new things to woo voters. For the
present the Congress party has decided to start off "a series of interfaces with
people," to swell its vote bank and possibly come back to power in Meghalaya.
AICC Secretary Ved Prakash said that the party would kick start its election
campaign with "a lot of face to face interactions," and follow it up with "door
to door visits." "We will try this experiment Constituency wise, and then expand
on it," he told The Shillong Times on Monday.


candidate flays Shylla over lineage Act(SHT_15_1_k8)

UDP candidate from
Laitumkhrah constituency Ampareen Lyngdoh has attacked KHADC Chief Executive
Member HS Shylla for trying to bring an amendment to Khasi Lineage Act to "suit
his political objectives". Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Lyngdoh
said any law that is affecting the community at large should not be amended
according to the ‘whims and fancies’ of one individual adding that this would
create confusion among the Khasi people.


holds fast, threatens more strike(SHT_16_1_k8)

The FKJGP on Tuesday held
a hunger strike in protest against the alleged shady power deal and threatened
to intensify the agitation if the Cabinet fails to revoke its decision to hand
over five hydel projects to the private firms.Speaking to reporters after the
fast, FKJGP president Emlang Lyttan said, "We have decided to intensify
agitation if the proposed Cabinet meeting on January 17 fails to scrap the

Sonia, Rahul to campaign in State(SHT_16_1_k8)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi would
address election rallies in Meghalaya after campaigning for the March 3 Assembly
polls picks up in the state.AICC Joint secretary Major Ved Prakash told
reporters here on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would also tour the
state sometime in mid-February.

this Mukul’s last ditch effort to save the power deal ?     


By Patricia

It is uncanny and patently
dangerous that the people of Nongstoin without understanding the larger
ramifications of handing over the Kynshi power project to a private firm against
the norm of competitive bidding, should unilaterally decide that it is a good
project. The term ‘people’ can be very misleading. The Syiemship of Nongstoin
which is neither a democratic body since it is elected only by an electoral
college comprising of a few clans, nor representative of peoples’ view has no
locus standi to take decisions on behalf of the larger majority of citizens
including the elected representative of the area. That the Syiemship directly
contravenes the norms of the Indian Constitution is an understatement. This
dimension requires a larger debate. Nongstoin has no right to decide the future
of Meghalaya.

Government offices, banks affected on first day of picketing(SHT_16_1_k8)

The Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF), which is picketing the government offices and business
establishments in Garo Hills demanding the scrapping of the power deal by the
Congress government has decided to withdraw its agitational programme by
Wednesday evening following the announcement of elections to the state assembly
by the Election Commission of India on Monday.


condemns MDA decisions(SHT_16_1_k8)

The Hynniewtrep People
Federation, Shella circle has condemned the decision of the MDA Cabinet to hand
over the power projects to private companies at this juncture of time where
Assembly election is in the corner.


MDP Jirang circle has unanimously nominated Jemberson R Marak as its candidate
from Jirang constituency for the 2008 Assembly elections.


free to revoke power deal: Poll panel(SHT_17_1_k8)

Raising hopes among those who are demanding review of the controversial power
deal, the State Election Commission has given a green signal to any change in
the Cabinet decision on power projects, but has prohibited any go ahead on the
matter. Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik on Tuesday said the Cabinet was
free to decide on scrapping the power deal and such decision would not be viewed
as violation of the model code of conduct.


Model poll code in force: (SHT_17_1_k8)

East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi district administrations have, meanwhile, ordered
strict adherence to the model code of conduct restricting political parties and
others in several activities in order to hold free and fair elections in the

to release candidates’ list this week(SHT_17_1_k8)

The BJP is expected to
announce its list of candidates in a day or two. Informing this on Wednesday,
State BJP president HS Syiemlieh said the party would contest at least 25 seats
across the State.

notice to Kyndiah’s son(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Court of East Khasi
Hills Deputy Commissioner has sent a notice to Union Minister PR Kyndiah’s son
Waibha K Kyndiah to reply within February 14 on a petition filed by an NGO
questioning his tribal status. The organisation "Ka Seng Tip Kur Tip Kha U Khasi"
recently stated before the court that Mr Kyndiah was no longer a Khasi as he had
taken his father’s surname violating the matrilineal system.


coverage in State 99 pc(SHT_17_1_k8)

The State Election Commission has announced that Elector’s Photo Identity Card
(EPIC) coverage in the State was 99.95 per cent and that only 264 voters whose
names appeared in the electoral rolls have not been included in the list of EPIC

to meet political parties tomorrow(SHT_17_1_k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy will hold separate meetings with all political
parties in the State during his visit here on January 18. The CEC will also meet
Deputy Commissioners and Police Superintendents of all districts besides Chief
Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee and Director General of Police BK Dey Sawian.


kicks off election campaign
Mukhim lambastes national parties(SHT_17_1_k8)

In what could be termed as
the first real kick off to an election campaign, the MDP on Wednesday lashed out
at the "national parties" for "using money, to purchase voters and win
elections." The MDP attack on the Congress and other national parties came
during a rally at Kurkalang playground in Bhoi Rymbong in Ri-Bhoi district.MDP
chief Martle Mukhim, whose party is a partner in the Congress-led Meghalaya
Democratic Alliance, minced no words when he said, "They (national parties) go
to Delhi to collect "political drugs (money) and use the same to purchase voters
for their interest during election." Notwithstanding the fact that Mukhim’s
party MDP is part of the MDA, he appeared to be in no discomfort while making
the accusations against the Congress and other parties.


agitation passes off peacefully(SHT_17_1_k8)

The two-day picketing of
all Government offices and financial institutions by the Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF) in Garo Hills passed off peacefully on Wednesday with many
government offices failing to register any attendence.The FAF, which is
demanding the scrapping of the power deals alloted to private companies, has cut
short its agitation due to the announcement of elections and withdrawn its
proposed night road blockade and Garo Hills bandh.


ask Govt to scrap power deal(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Synjuk Ki Rangbah
Shnong has questioned the decision of the State Government to hand over the
power projects to private companies while it also asked the MDA Government to
scrap the deal immediately. In a letter to the Chief Minister DD Lapang on
Wednesday, general secretary of the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong HP Oflyn Dohling
said the power deal was a total sell-out of the natural resources of the State,
which was carried out in a surreptitious and totally non-transparent manner
without considering public interest.


Syiem to contest from NCP(SHT_17_1_k8)

Independent MLA, Pynshai
Manik Syiem has announced his decision to contest the Assembly election from
Mylliem constituency from the NCP fold on Wednesday.


Cabinet meet today(SHT_18_1_k8)

Hemmed in by the model code of
conduct recently enforced in poll-bound Meghalaya, the Cabinet is likely to
either put on hold or shelve the contentious power deal at the meeting scheduled
for Friday.For the past one-and-a-half-months, the State Government has been in
the eye of a storm over its decision to hand over major electricity projects to
private firms with both Cabinet ministers and several oganisations, led by KSU,
demanding that the "shady power deal" be abandoned.


meets Sidhu(SHT_18_1_k8)

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC), Air Marshal SK Bhan
on Thursday called on Meghalaya Governor Dr SS Sidhu at the Raj Bhavan here.
During his courtesy visit, Air Marshal Bhan briefed the Governor on the security
scenario in the EAC, sources said. Air Marshal also presented the EAC memento to
the Governor. (UNI)

Day with a difference(SHT_18_1_k8)

In a marked departure from
tradition, the Meghalaya Day will be celebrated on January 21 by organising mass
cleaning drive at the State’s biggest market Iewduh and its adjoining areas.The
decision on the "new kind of celebration" was taken at a meeting of shopkeepers’
bodies, Rangbah Shnongs of six localities under Mawkhar constituency, officials
of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and others on Thursday. The meeting was
convened by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Aldous Mawlong on Thursday at
the initiative of Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee.



The Central Executive
Committee of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) will be held on Meghalaya Day,
January 21 at the Shillong Club, Shillong at 11 am. Joint secretary of the
party, BK Khongjirem told that the first list of candidates would probably be
released in the meeting. On the other hand, he informed that the Mairang circle
of MDP has unanimously nominated Mr Grossper Ryntathiang as party candidate for
the Assembly elections at a meeting held on January 15.

move faces hurdle; politicking alleged(SHT_18_1_k8)

The idea was noble, to
remove a "broken down and stinking dustbin," and in its place set up a
recreational space — Netaji Square — for people to see. But the East Khasi
Hills District Administration seems to think otherwise. At around 11:30 a.m. in
the morning on Thursday the district administration stopped the construction of
the square, arrested the labourers and took away all the implements and tools
from them. The labourers were later released.


buckles under public pressure (SHT_19_1_k8)

Giving in to public
pressure, the MDA Cabinet on Friday put on hold its decision to hand over
electricity projects to private parties and constituted a special committee to
examine the merits and demerits of the controversial deal.Emerging from the
Cabinet meeting on Friday, Chief Minister DD Lapang said the government decided
to keep the power deal in abeyance in view of announcement of State Assembly

victory, says Purno(SHT_19_1_k8)

senior NCP leader Purno Sangma has termed the Cabinet decision to put the power
deal on hold as a "victory of the people."

"This is a
victory of the people of Meghalaya. The MDA Government signed the deal with
private companies without letting the people know the terms and conditions
contained in the MoAs," Mr Sangma said at a function held for releasing NCP’s
poll manifesto on Friday. Mr Sangma showered praise on KSU, FKJGP and others for
their strong stand against the "shady deal." He reiterated that if his party
came to power, the deal would be scrapped.

Citizenship cards answer to influx: NCP(SHT_19_1_k8)

NCP leader Purno A Sangma
has advocated identification of Indian nationals and distribution of citizenship
cards to them to effectively fight the problem of influx.Talking to reporters
after releasing NCP’s election manifesto on Friday, Mr Sangma said Indian
nationals should be identified and citizenship cards distributed to them,
besides introduction of work permit, to address the issue of influx.


Gopalaswami takes stock of poll preparations(SHT_19_1_k8)

for error-free EPICs

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami on Friday asked the State
Government to ensure that error-free electronic photo identity cards (EPICs)
were issued to all genuine voters. He, however, ruled out any security threat to
the March-3 polling, saying "elections in Meghalaya are always peaceful."


announces list for 20 seats(SHT_19_1_k8)

BJP on Friday announced its candidates for the coming Assembly elections for 20
constituencies.No female contestant has figured on the list released on Friday
after its approval by the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) headed by LK

promises an array of devp in Meghalaya(SHT_19_1_k8)

The Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) manifesto for the Meghalaya Assembly elections released here on
Friday assured an array of developments for the people of the State if it comes
to power.

candidate’s manifesto(SHT_19_1_k8)

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)
candidate from Laban constituency and former president of Civil Society Women
Organisation, Irin Hujon elucidated her desire to work and understand the
problems the people from the grass-root level are facing provided that the same
people elect her as their representative to the next Assembly.


still hopes for Congess ticket(SHT_21_1_k8)

Even as Congress awaits a favourable court verdict on tribal status of its poll
nominee for Nongkrem constituency Waibha Kyndiah, KHADC chief HS Shylla is
confident that Mr Waibha’s candidature would be annulled, paving the way for him
to fight the elections on Congress ticket.


membership drive on(SHT_21_1_k8)

In a bid to
strengthen its cadre strength ahead of the Assembly elections, MDP is going all
out to swell its rank and file by roping in former bureaucrats, academicians and
well-known personalities.In its latest such drive, MDP has brought to its fold a
young IFS officer of the Orissa cadre THS Bonney and as many as 81 followers.

MDP joint
secretary BK Khongjirem told The Shillong Times on Sunday that Mr Bonney,
and his supporters numbering 81 had already been enrolled into the party.


duel over party nominee(SHT_21_1_k8)

A war of words between two
principal political parties, Congress and NCP, has begun, with NCP retaliating
to Congress’ warning to its Laban constituency candidate Sanbor Shullai by
calling the Congress antics as "cheap political stunts."MPCC on Saturday charged
Mr Shullai with violating party rules by joining NCP without tendering
resignation from the party. MPCC president OL Nongtdu had said Mr Shullai could
be charged under the anti-defection law.


tightened for R-Day amid bandh(SHT_26_1_k8)

Tight security has been put in place to ensure peaceful Republic Day
celebrations across the State and deal with any eventuality due to the HNLC-called
24-hour bandh, which started on Friday evening partially affecting normal
life in the city.No untoward incident was reported from any part of Khasi and
Jaintia Hills where the bandh came into force from 6 p.m. of the day.


Congress in the dock over poll code(SHT_26_1_k8)

Another Congress
legislator HDR Lyngdoh is likely to come under the scanner of election
authorities for flouting the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to
people of Mawlaingut village under his Sohiong constituency.Allegations of
violation of the poll code have surfaced against Mr Lyngdoh amid reports of
legislators misusing government assets for electoral advantage, sparking public
demand that expenses of candidates be monitored by the authorities to prevent
them from buying votes or adopting unfair means to win election.


for Helen Giri(SHT_26_1_k8)

Sangeet Natak Akademi Executive Member Dr Helen Giri has been selected for
Padmashree Award for her contribution in the field of art music. Speaking to
The Shillong Times
on Friday, Dr Giri, a retired Professor of Art, NEHU,
expressed both surprise and happiness on being selected for the prestigious
award by the Government of India in recognition of her contribution towards
Khasi traditional music.

hoodwinked people on power deals: Headmen(SHT_26_1_k8)

Reiterating its opposition
to the Cabinet’s decision to keep the "shady power deals" in abeyance, Synjuk ki
Rangbah Shnong (SRS) on Friday alleged that the MDA Government "hoodwinked" the
public on the issue, saying the government was forced to take such a decision as
State Election Commission had itself stated that the Government could not
proceed with the deals due to announcement of Assembly elections.


144 clamped ahead of R-Day(SHT_26_1_k8)

In view of the 24-hour
called by the HNLC on the eve of the Republic Day, the district
administration has clamped Section 144 CrPC in East Khasi Hills district
prohibiting any person or group of persons from causing obstruction to movement
of people and vehicular traffic, assembly of five or more persons at any public
places and carrying of arms and other lethal weapons with the exception of
security forces.

announces list(SHT_26_1_k8)

The State unit of Lok
Janshakti Party on Friday released the first list of its candidates for eleven
constituencies for the Assembly elections to be held on March 3. Out of the
eleven candidates, three were women.


Meghalaya let down by
political class’ (SHT_22_1_k8)

perceptions of the state of the State (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: As Meghalaya entered the 37th year of its existence, many
feel that the State has still remained underdeveloped, and much remains to be
done to uplift the hill State. The general perception is that the political
masters have let their people down. The whole system is corrupt — right from
politicians to the common man, who easily get influenced by money power during
elections; legislators are not committed to working for overall development of
the people as well as the State; enlightened and responsible citizens need to
take over the process of governance from self-centred and selfish

State progressing in right
direction: Chatterjee(SHT_22_1_k8)

The public perceptions are mismatched with that of the bureaucrats. State
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee claimed that the State was progressing in the
right direction. He, however, admitted that there was room for improvement to
take the State economy to higher levels. …..more

MDP announces 15

SHILLONG: MDP on Monday announced 15 candidates for the ensuing
Assembly elections.Briefing newsmen after the Central Election Committee (CEC)
meeting of the party here, MDP president Martle N Mukhim, who is seeking
re-election from Dienglieng constituency, said the second list of candidates
would be released shortly. …..more

Will poll outcome be old
wine in new bottle? (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The holier-than-thou postures taken by most political
parties over the "poaching game" appear to have triggered off a fresh debate on
whether the coming election or its outcome will be just old wine in new bottle.

UDP alleges ‘delaying
tactics’ over power deal(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The UDP, which is a major partner in the MDA Cabinet, has
rapped the Lapang-led Government for not scrapping the controversial deal
despite public demand while the KSU welcomed the Cabinet decision on the issue.
Speaking to The Shillong Times here on Monday, UDP youth wing president
Allan Dkhar termed the MDA Cabinet’s decision to keep the power deal in abeyance
as "delaying tactic" of the present Government which could lead to more
complications in the future. …..more

Demand for holiday on
Netaji’s birth anniversary(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The Greater Shillong Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday
Celebration Committee has urged Governor Shivender Singh Sidhu to convince
Meghalaya Government to officially declared January 23 as State holiday on
account of birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

GNC to field ex-Congress man
in Rongchugre(SHT_22_1_k8)

TURA: The Garo National Council (GNC), a political party fightiing for
a separate state for the Garos, is fielding a former Congress candidate for the
Rongchugre constituency in West Garo Hills in the March 3 elections. The former
Congress candidate, Paul B Marak, who lost the last elections to sitting MLA
Beckstar K Sangma, has resigned from the Congress and joined the GNC.

NCP constitutes panels at

Shillong: The Nationalist Congress Party, Laitumkhrah Block has
strengthened the party by constituting two working committees and one unit for
smooth conduct of the elections in Laitumkhrah Assembly constituency.

UDP to move HC against power
pacts (SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: UDP will move the Gauhati High Court against the State
Cabinet decision to keep the alleged shady power pacts in abeyance instead of
scrapping them altogether.UDP’s Youth Wing president Allan Dkhar on Tuesday said
the party had decided to file a PIL in the court to compel the government to
abandon the deals once for all."We want the deals scrapped immediately but the
MDA Government has decided to keep them in abeyance," Mr Dkhar said.

Shylla accused of selling

SHILLONG: UDP has accused KHADC chief HS Shylla of "auctioning (off)
the assets of the Council for his own profit" by leasing out the trade and
professional tax departments to private parties."He (Mr Shylla) has auctioned
off the professional tax and trade departments of the Council to private parties
which amounts to taking away the powers and functions of the Council," UDP MDC
Hardinge L Massar said at a media conference here on Tuesday.

Shullai quits

SHILLONG: KHADC member from Laban Sanbor Shullai on Tuesday resigned
from Congress and as MDC and Executive Member in-charge of Trade. Mr Shullai
will formally join NCP on January 28 and is going to contest the forthcoming
elections as NCP candidate. Earlier, the Congress party said Mr Shullai could be
charged under Anti-Defection Law as he joined NCP without resigning from

SP candidates(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to put up candidates in the
March-3 State Assembly elections and appointed Shotis Dkhar as the State party
president and former KHADC Chief Executive Member Probin K Raswai as its
political adviser.

Bird flu team(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: Officials from Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary will arrive in Shillong on Thursday to assess the situation in the
State in the wake of outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in West Bengal,
official sources said here on Tuesday.

Jaintia Hills DCC

JOWAI: Jaintia Hills District Committee (JHDCC) was reconstituted at a
party meeting at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai on Tuesday.Besides party workers of Jaintia
Hills, MDCs and Congress poll nominees, including Dr RC Laloo, Shitlang Pale,
Sniawbhalang Dhar, Commingone Ymbon, Draison Kharshiing and Lahkmen Rymbui,
attended the meeting to revive the party’s district committee, which was earlier
said to have been dissolved by its former president ES Lyngdoh.

 ‘UDP should snap ties with
UDA in KHADC’(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: UDP’s Youth Wing has urged UDP to pull out of the United
Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the KHADC, alleging that the Council is rying to
"auction" its assets."Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, UDP’s youth wing
president A Dkhar said the KHADC, under the leadership of Congress MDC HS Shylla,
had put the Council in a "shameful position," asserting stating that the manner
in which the CEM acted called for such an action as UDP withdrawal from UDA.

Purno plea to

Shillong: NCP leader Purno A Sangma has stressed on the need to elect
a government that could deliver the goods in the March 3 Assembly
elections.Speaking at public meetings held at Oakland, Nongmynsong, Jail Road
and RR Colony recently to campaign for party candidate from Pynthorumkhrah seat
James Marvin Pariat, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said that…..more.

BJP criticises Cong,
regional parties(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Umroi Mandal has held the
Congress and all regional parties responsible for taking Meghalaya backwards in
the last thirty five years.Taking dig at the regional parties at a meeting held
on Monday, members of the BJP unit, in a statement issued here, said the
regional parties in the State had lost their ideological values and termed them
the "B team of the Congress".…..more


SHILLONG: Congress member from Laban, Mehboob K Lyngdoh has resigned
from the party membership. In a release issued here on Tueday, Mr Lyngdoh said
that he would join with the NCP.

Aide recollects Netaji’s N-E

Shillong: At the age of 88, businessman JN Bawri might forget many
things of the past. But, he will never forget those three days he spent with
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he came here 70 years ago to stake claim for
first Congress Government in undivided Assam.The Shillong sojourn of the
"Patriot of Patriots" may be unknown to many but one of his aides, Bawri, will
remember Bose’s visit to the North East in 1938 forever.

Shylla refutes ‘auction’
charge (SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member HS Shylla has refuted the UDP
allegation that he had "auctioned off" the Trade and Tax departments of the
Council without the consent of the House.
Speaking to newsmen here on
Wednesday, Mr Shylla clarified the two departments had not been auctioned off to
private parties but were "leased out" to three agents in order to enhance
revenue collection by the KHADC. …..more

Decision to contest after
court verdict(SHT_24_1_k8)

Mr Shylla said he would decide on whether to contest the March-3 Assembly
elections only after the verdict of the Court of East Khasi Hills Deputy
Commissioner on the petition challenging the tribal status of Union Minister PR
Kyndiah’s son Waibha K Kyndiah."I will officially declare my political move only
after the verdict of the DC court on the matter," Mr Shylla said. The court will
hear the petition on February 5. …..more


SHILLONG: Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee on Wednesday hold a
meeting with East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner and senior police officials to
review the security measures adopted ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, the State will soon get around 40 to 45 companies of additional
central paramilitary forces for the smooth conduct of Assembly elections on
March 3. The decision was taken at an Election Commission meeting held in New
Delhi on Monday.

Dummy games that political
force play(SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: In the fierce battle for the ensuing Assembly elections the
spotlight has fallen on Independent candidates, especially in Garo Hills, where
not everyone is convinced that candidates who are "Independent," are entirely on
their own. Most people believe that Independent candidates "are part of a bigger
game plan," of big political parties like the Congress and the NCP who have set
them up to wrest power. …..more

JHADC members pulled up for
code violation(SHT_24_1_k8)

jowai: The Jaintia Hills district administration has issued a
show-cause notice to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) over
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by certain Congress
MDCs.According to Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner Frederick Roy Kharkongor,
the show-cause notice was issued following complaints that few Executive Members
and MDCs went to the Congress election rally at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai using their
official cars. …..more


Flagging of party flag on residential buildings within Mulang village,
Jaintia Hills District, has been strictly prohibited by the Durbar Shnong of
Mulang. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Dorbar Shnong passed a resolution
stating that no household within the village jurisdiction should be allowed to
decorate their houses with any political party’s flag.

Buses arranged for Republic
Day prog(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: In connection with Republic Day celebration to be held at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Polo here, the East Khasi Hills district
administration has arranged buses for public conveyance on January 26.

Bird flu alert in

Shillong: The District Rapid Response Team of Ri-Bhoi District has
alerted people in the district in the wake of outbreak of bird flu in West
Bengal. A meeting held on Monday chaired by District AH & Veterinary Officer Dr
QX Rewarnd urged the district level task force and rapid response team to check
the possible outbreak of the disease in the district. So far, there were no
report of chicken deaths in the State. …..more

Correspondent from Agartala reports(SHT, 24-1-k8)

 Tripura Government has imposed ban on importing eggs and chicks from
Bangladesh, Principal Secretary U Venkateswarlu said here on Wednesday. Even as
there no case of avian was reported in the State, the Government has taken all
possible preventative measures to avert avian flu, he said.

EC to curb slander campaigns

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

635 hyper-sensitive polling
stations in State(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The State Government has declared 635 polling stations as
hyper-sensitive and 194 as sensitive, out of the total 1582.Chief Election
Officer PK Naik told reporters on Thursday that out of 465 polling stations in
East Khasi Hills, 199 had been identified as hypersensitive and only 4 as
sensitive."In Jaintia Hills, out of the 238 polling stations, 118 have been
described as hyper-sensitive and 53 as sensitive, while in West Khasi Hills 79
have been termed as hyper-sensitive and 35 as sensitive, out of the total 173 in
the district," Mr Naik said. …..more

Pawar campaign(SHT_25_1_k8)

New Delhi: NCP national leaders — Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and
Tariq Anwar along with Purno Sangma — will visit Meghalaya in February to join
the party’s campaign for the State Assembly elections. NCP leaders including
Purno Sangma had a brain storming session here on Thursday to chalk out the
election strategy, sources said adding that the leaders were confident of the
party forming the next government in the State. Mr Sangma is leaving for the
State on Friday. The top NCP leaders will campaign for three days each from
third week of Februaury by which time electioneering will reach a cresendo.

MLAs may land in trouble for
code violation(SHT_25_1_k8)
Politicos misusing Govt assets(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG/TURA: A number of politicians of the State may land in
trouble for violating the poll code of conduct.Some sitting MLAs in Garo Hills
have allegedly misused government assets like ambulances and others to further
their political interests despite announcement of election date in the State.

Congress candidate and MLA from Dalu constituency Samuel M Sangma has drawn
flak for violating the model code of conduct by using a government-funded
vehicle for allegedly transporting his supporters. The legislator went to the
extent of inscribing the words "Donated by Samuel M Sangma, MLA" on an
ambulance, which was actually purchased under a Central scheme — Special Rural
Works Programme (SRWP). …..more

‘Individual charisma key to
poll success’(SHT_25_1_k8)
Individual charisma will be the deciding factor for the
candidates contesting the Assembly elections as has been the case in previous
elections, NCP candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency Paul H Suting said on
Thursday.Addressing a press meet here, Mr Suting said, "political parties have
never been a matter of concern for Laitumkhrah constituency as people here
scrutinise the personality and potential of the candidate to work for the good
of the constituency before giving their votes."

MDP announces Sohiong

MDP on Thursrday announced THS Bonney as its candidate from Sohiong Assembly
constituency. A meeting of the party held at Sohiong in presence of party joint
secretary B Kular Khongjirem and other leaders unanimously decided to field Mr
Bonney as the party candidate for Sohiong seat.

HSPDP-KHNAM combine’s addl

Joint Coordination Committee of the HSPDP and KHNAM has released the
additional list of candidates, approved by the two parties, for the Assembly
elections. …..more

HSPDP bid to woo

Shillong: With the Assembly election round the corner, all political
parties began preparations for the mega showdown on March 3.The HSPDP, which is
campaigning on the separate state for Khasi-Jaintia poll plank, has been putting
in effort in different places of Khasi and Jaintia hills to woo voters.A general
convention of the party was held on Friday at Mawkyllei-Lyngdoh Nonglait village
of Pariong constituency graced by the presence of party leaders including its
candidates Dr A Pariong, Mr Tuberlin Lyngdoh, ex-MLA, and others.

Natl leaders’ intervention
in uranium issue sought(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA) has called for
intervention of national leaders including the Prime Minister to stop mining of
uranium in West Khasi Hills.In a statement, the Association said letters had
been sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Managing Director of Atomic
Energy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah,
Robert Kharshiing, MP Rajya Sabha, expressing opposition to set up any uranium
project at Photkylleng-Pyndengsohiong under Langrin Syiemship by any company.

EC to curb slander campaigns

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

R-Day passes off peacefully

SHILLONG: The Republic Day celebrations, held amid the 24-hour HNLC bandh,
ended without any untoward incident in the city where acting Governor Dr SS
Sidhu urged peace and stability and improved infrastructure for economic growth
of Meghalaya, while reiterating the government’ desire for peacefully settling
any problems with ANCV and HNLC.Speaking at the Republic Day celebrations at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday, Dr Sidhu said Meghalaya needed
to strengthen its infrastructure and harness its power potential for development
of the State. …..more

FKJGP to kick off stir on CM

SHILLONG: FKJGP will kick off on February 2 its State-wide
anti-government campaign in Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh as a
mark of protest against the Cabinet decision to put on hold the alleged shady
power deals rather than have them scrapped as demanded by the public.

MLA refutes code violation

SHILLONG: Congress candidate and sitting legislator from Sohiong
constituency HDR Lyngdoh on Sunday denied the allegation that he had violated
the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to voters recently.

R-Day celebrated across

SHILLONG/TURA: The 59th Republic Day celebrations took place in a
befitting manner in all the districts headquarters and sub-divisional offices in
the State. National flags were unfurled by the respective Deputy Commissioners
and subdivional heads in separate functions held in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi
Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi District, West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and
South Garo Hills districts. …..more

Governor gives away
Meghalaya Day awards(SHT_28_1_k8)

Shillong: Acting Governor Dr SS Sidhu handed over the Meghalaya Day
Awards to the recipients on the occasion of Republic Day celebration at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday. Kalseng Ch Sangma was honoured
with the U Tirot Sing Award for his contribution to arts and literature,
Beningstar Lyngkhoi with the U Kiang Nangbah Award, for his outstanding
achievement in the field of sports and Bosco Reach Out, the Pa Togan Sangma
Award, for selfless social services. …..more

Mulayam, Amar to join SP
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and general
secretary Amar Singh will campaign for their party candidates in Meghalaya. SP,
which drew a blank in the last Assembly elections, has planned to put up at
least 15 nominees in the ensuing polls to the 8th State Legislative Assembly. SP
has already decided to field former KHADC Chief Executive Member PK Raswai in
Jirang constituency and State SP convenor Shutis Dkhar in Nartiang seat.

M’laya House
Mawlong gets HC
In a reprieve for EK Mawlong ahead of the Assembly polls,
Gauhati High Court has cleared the former Chief Minister of "acts of omission
and commission" in the Kolkata Meghalaya House deal, sparing him the proposed
CBI probe into his alleged involvement in the scandal.The Shillong Bench of the
High Court, while setting aside a writ petition filed by the Meghalaya
Government, on Monday said neither FIR nor criminal proceedings had been
registered by the State Government against Mr Mawlong.

Tribal body wants CEO to
monitor MLAs’ conduct(SHT_29_1_k8)
Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has sought the
intervention of the State Election Department to check improper display of MLAs’
names on vehicles or materials like ambulances, autorickshaws, water tankers,
tarpulins, chairs, etc purchased under MLA schemes.

‘Change of mindset
Meanwhile, former FKJGP president and UDP candidate from Nongkrem
Ardent M Basaiawmoit has said State will change for the better only when people
have changed their mindset on how to elect their legislators.Addressing a public
rally at Smit here on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit lashed out at the current lot of
politicians for failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people and work for
socio-economic development of the State. …..more

Shullai joins
Former KHADC MDC from Laban Sanbor Shullai, who recently resigned
from Congress, formally joined NCP along with several of his supporters on
Monday. Mr Shullai will contest the March-3 Assembly elections on NCP ticket.

Voters cautioned against
‘unscrupulous’ candidates(SHT_29_1_k8)

UDP candidate from Nongkrem constituency, Ardent Basaiawmoit has
strongly criticised "unscrupulous" candidates of various parties for allegedly
adopting unfair means to win the elections.Speaking at a public meeting held at
Madan Smit on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit alleged that some of the candidates are
reportedly enticing voters with monetary assistance and are canvassing in the
name of religion. …..more

Use of
The West Khasi Hills district administration has prohibited
unauthorized use of loudspeakers beyond the stipulated decibel limit for
electioneering campaign in the whole district with immediate effect. A release
issued by the District Magistrate, West Khasi Hills said the order comes into
force with immediate effect.

UDP members join
With defection becoming the order of the day, about a dozen
supporters of the sitting UDP MLA from Nongspung constituency joined Congress on
Monday. Two UDP leaders from Mawngap and Kynshi areas, B Kurbah and B Warjri
quit the UDP and formally joined the Congress along with others at a meeting at
Mawngap on Monday. Alleged failure of the sitting MLA to implement the MLA
schemes was cited as one of the reasons for exodus.

Fake ‘election money’ seized
in city, 1 held (SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Police on Tuesday arrested a person from here for
possessing counterfeit currency notes worth several crores of rupees meant for
use during the State Assembly polls. Police declined to reveal the identity of
the arrested but said he hailed from Boko, Assam.

Bollywood stars to dazzle
poll campaigns(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The run-up to the Assembly election promises to be
star-studded with BJP and Samajwadi Party looking to rope in a host of Bollywood
actors to campaign for their candidates in the State.  Congress’ electioneering
will also be livened up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA president Sonia
Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Sohiong: KHNAM, UDP accuse
sitting MLA of non-performance(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHNAM has stepped up its ante against Congress legislator
and sitting MLA from Sohiong constituency H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh. KHNAM on
Tuesday blamed the Congressman for the "backwardness" of the constituency and
the "plight of people" of that area. …..more


Shillong: Nongspung legislator John Anthony Lyngdoh has rejected the
claim of two UDP leaders – Born Kurbah and Bantalin Warjri – that they were
derecognised from UDP membership two years back as they act as "stumbling block"
in the party’s functioning.Reacting to reports, Mr Lyngdoh said that their
expulsion had no impact on the party while exuding confidence to win the

Lt Gen Paramjit bags

Shillong: The Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen Paramjit Singh
has been conferred with the Param Vishist Seva Medal on Republic Day. Lt Gen
Singh took over the charge of Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of the
country in July last year. …..more

Myntri appeals to CM over
KHADC Bill(SHT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: Myntri of Langrin Syiemship of West Khasi Hills district has
urged Chief Minister DD Lapang to impress upon the Governor not to give his
assent to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the
Syiem, Deputy Syiem and headmen Langrin Syiemship) Bill 2007 passed by Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), saying it was against the "wish of
the people of Langrin." …..more

Poll panel crackdown on

SHILLONG: In a bid to ensure strict adherence to the poll code of
conduct by politicians, the State Election Commission has barred legislators
from inscribing their names on vehicles and constructions bought and carried out
with public money. oliticians will be
asked to remove their names from vehicles purchased under different schemes.
This decision of the Election Commission would be implemented even after the
elections," Mr Naik added. …..more

HNPF suspends trading
lisence stir(SHT_31_1_k8)

Shillong: Hynniewtrep National People Federation (HNPF), which is
spearheading the agitation against issuance of trading lisence to outsiders,
particularly the ‘munshis‘, has decided to take up the matter once a new
Government is installed after the elections and would temporarily suspend its
proposed agitations for the time being. …..more

battle for Sangma(TEL_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 9: Purno A. Sangma did not carry
the characteristic smile as he disembarked at the Guwahati airport yesterday.
The former Lok Sabha Speaker will soon be fighting a crucial battle in Tura. The
concern about winning for Sangma and the Nationalist Congress Party comes not
from a weakness but from losing a golden opportunity. Riddled with factionalism,
allegations of non-transparency and defeated in Gujarat and Himachal, the
Congress is not on steady ground in the “abode of clouds”. …more



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