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Mukul, Hek’s Kolkata trip fuels speculations

SHILLONG, Sep 21: The anticipated tectonic changes in Meghalaya’s political spectrum is poised to affect not just Congress but also parties like BJP. While Congress is facing a spectre of vertical split, BJP which has much lesser presence in the state too is facing internal fissures over ouster of AL Hek from cabinet. Indications are that Hek is not sitting tight after his was eased out of the cabinet. It seems he too, like Mukul Sangma, is working behind the scene to explore his political options, including quitting the…

BJP reminds govt of 3-month probe limit

SHILLONG, Sep 21: The BJP has asked the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government to complete the probe into alleged irregularities in the implementation of Saubhagya scheme within the stipulated three months and place the findings in public domain. “After I had raised some questions on the Saubhagya scheme at the last MDA meeting, the CM had clarified that the government will constitute an inquiry committee. I had then clearly asked them to complete the probe within three months and place the findings in public…

Regional parties upbeat about success in 2023

SHILLONG, Sep 21: The regional parties in the state believe they have a bright future ahead considering the trend in other parts of the country. “If the TMC (Trinamool Congress) could fare well in West Bengal, why not the regional parties here? The people of the state will definitely be looking at the regional parties as an alternative in the 2023 Assembly elections,” United Democratic Party (UDP) working president, Paul Lyngdoh told The Shillong Times on Tuesday. According to him, the regional parties have an ambitious…

Protest in SGH after unvaccinated students denied entry into college

TURA, Sep 21: Irked by the decision of the college authorities to exclude them from the just-resumed offline classes, close to a hundred unvaccinated students of the Captain Williamson Memorial Government College in Baghmara, South Garo Hills, led by local rights body — Constitutional Rights Forum — on Tuesday, held a sit-in outside the college demanding that they be made a part of the classes. The Constitutional Rights Forum is a local rights body led by GSU leader from Mindikgre, Greneth M Sangma, which has earlier too…

Max vax plan before Xmas

SHILLONG, Sep 21: The Meghalaya government has stressed the need to maximise the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in order not to worry about the “third wave” ahead of Christmas. Health Principal Secretary Sampath Kumar said that the number of cases is coming down in the state and only three districts have higher positivity rates now. “The positivity rate is higher because of fewer tests. If we increase the number of tests, the number of cases will come down,” he said. The department is now focusing on the need to improve…

Uproar over student’s death in EGH school

TURA, Sep 21: The death of a teenage student of Loyola School of Williamnagar in a tragic accident that involved carrying logs of timber on Tuesday morning has raised tempers among concerned parents over the decision of the school authorities to compel students to do menial labour. With tempers flaring and angry citizens of the town baying for justice, the headmaster of the Jesuit education institute, Fr. Melwyn Fernandes was compelled to seek refuge inside Williamnagar police station on Tuesday night. East Garo Hills…
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