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AITC slams govt for ‘weak handling’ of law and order

SHILLONG, June 26: The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on Sunday criticised the state government for its “weak handling” of law and order. At the same time, it said the Police department has not been able to effectively discharge its duties due to manpower crisis. AITC Chief Whip, George B Lyngdoh said the recent attacks carried out by the miscreants in broad daylight in different areas of Shillong indicate the rise in incidents of crime. He said they also indicate that people are now not much afraid of the law. He…

State seeks funds for NE Olympics

SHILLONG, June 26: Meghalaya has sought funds from the Centre to host the North East Olympic Games to be held later this year. “The state government is managing the funds on its own. We need the Centre’s support to organise this mega sports event,” Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh said addressing the national conference of ministers of Sports and Youth Affairs of the States and Union Territories recently. The two-day conference, which began at Kevadia in Gujarat, was chaired by Union Minister of Youth…

UDP hopes to lead next govt in state

MAWKYRWAT/ SHILLONG, June 26: The United Democratic Party (UDP) is optimistic about ‘leading’ the next government as many leaders – including MDCs – and supporters of other parties joined it and five to six non-UDP MLAs ‘decided’ to contest the polls on its ticket. Speaking at a programme at Mawkyrwat where thousands of leaders and supporters of different political parties joined the party, UDP president, Metbah Lyngdoh said various efforts made in the past to bring the regional parties under one umbrella did not pay off.…

Operation Clean-Up transitions into a people’s movement; feet in the river

SHILLONG, June 26: Started in August 2019 by The Shillong Times to observe its 75th year, Operation Clean-Up (OCU) is into its third year and has taken on a life of its own. Since the time it started the team comprising Jiva Cares, MakeSomeoneSmile, KC Secondary School, Women’s College, Unitarian Church, CleansMann, Colonel Sishupal Security Company (CSSC), Meghalaya Home Guards, Martin Luther Christian University and later joined by Shubham (an NGO), Sikh Youth Association, Shillong Buddhist Association, Rotaract Club and…

‘Ruling parties trying to break AITC’

SHILLONG, June 26: The All India Trinamool Congress has accused the ruling dispensation of making concerted efforts to create a rift among party leaders. “The political parties in the ruling coalition have been constantly trying to poach AITC leaders which goes to show that we have a better leadership. They are trying to break us and get some our leaders to join their fold,” opposition chief whip George B Lyngdoh said on Sunday, while referring to the claims of some political parties that AITC leaders have sent them…

Brothers assaulted over water pipe in Tura

TURA, June 26: A resident of Tura and his elder sibling were allegedly beaten up on Sunday after they were called from their house on the pretext of a meeting that had been called against them by the president of a locality. In an FIR filed at the Tura police station, the victim said there was an altercation on June 22 after he had sought the realignment of a water pipe that was going through his home. The president of the locality disagreed and started an argument. The FIR was filed after the president’s wife, who was…

Agnipath a fraud on youths: Malik

NEW DELHI, June 26: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday termed the Agnipath scheme as a ‘fraud’ with the hopes of future jawans and said those retiring without a pension after serving the armed forces for four years would hardly attract any marriage proposal. Malik told reporters at Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh that he had urged the government to reconsider the new scheme under which youths will be recruited as soldiers on a contractual basis. “Future jawans will train for six months, and they will have six months of leave.…
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