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Meghalaya News

Meghalaya voters search for political stability

Shillong, Feb 21 (IANS) Political stability is the chosen slogan for all parties in Meghalaya as the hill state braces for assembly elections Saturday.

Khasi rebel outfit to boycott Meghalaya poll, calls shutdown

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Meghalaya's outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Monday said it was boycotting the Feb 23 assembly elections and called for a 36-hour shutdown ahead of th polling day.

India urging Bangladesh to curb illegal migration: Sonia

Jowai (Meghalaya), Feb 19 (IANS) India has urged Bangladesh to take "concrete steps" to prevent its citizens from crossing across illegally into India, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Tuesday.

Hitler, Hilarious and Hopeful in Meghalaya poll line-up

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Hitler is seeking re-election in Meghalaya and so is Frankenstein. Hopeful and Hilarious are in the running too along with Predecessor and Process. As campaigning hots up ahead of the Feb 23 polls, the whacky line-up of names just adds to the colour of Meghalaya's electionscape.

Dragging Rahul Gandhi into chopper deal baseless: Antony

Shillong, Feb 16 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Saturday described as baseless allegations that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was involved in the $750 million VVIP chopper deal.

Chinese dams worry Arunachal

Tura (Meghalaya), Feb 16 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said Saturday he would ask the central government to look into China constructing three hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet.

Congress will work for rapid development of Meghalaya: PM

Shillong, Feb 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday urged voters in Meghalaya to vote for the Congress in the Feb 23 assembly elections to enable the party continue with its work of development and prosperity for all sections of society in the northeastern state.

Meghalaya chief secretary on leave to 'avoid controversy'

Shillong, Feb 14 (IANS) Following the footsteps of his Nagaland counterpart, Meghalaya chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat will be going on leave as his brother-in-law is contesting the state assembly elections.

Shillong Lajong sign Blackburn Rovers striker on loan

Shillong, Feb 13 (IANS) Edinho Junior, a striker from former English Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers, will be donning the red of Shillong Lajong football club, the I-League club announced Wednesday.

Meghalaya politicians' assets grew higher than state's GSDP

Shillong, Feb 13 (IANS) Assets of 111 candidates seeking re-election to the 60-member Meghalaya assembly grew astonishingly 252 percent higher than the state's Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), which saw an average growth of only 15 percent from 2007-12, a report said Tuesday.

Pope's resignation shocks Meghalayan Catholics

Shillong, Feb 12 (IANS) Pope Benedict XVI's announcement to resign due to his frailty has shocked and surprised everyone in the predominantly Christian Meghalaya.

Rebel attack averted in poll-bound Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 11 (IANS) A rebel was arrested Monday in poll-bound Meghalaya when he tried to lob a crude bomb in a market, police said.

Congress promises one lakh jobs in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 11 (IANS) The ruling Congress in Meghalaya in its manifesto released ahead of the Feb 23 assembly polls has promised that it would create one lakh new job opportunities in the non-government sector.

Two GNLA rebels arrested after gunfight

Shillong, Feb 10 (IANS) Security forces arrested two Garo National Liberation Army rebels after a fierce gunfight in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district, a police official said Sunday.

345 candidates in fray for Meghalaya polls

Shillong, Feb 9 (IANS) A total of 345 candidates are in the fray for the Feb 23 elections to pick a new 60-member Meghalaya assembly, an Election Commission official said Saturday.

Megahalaya to compensate kin of jail staff killed by rebels

Shillong, Feb 8 (IANS) The Meghalaya government Friday announced compensation of Rs.7.5 lakh each to the next of kin of two jail officials killed at Williamnagar jail in the state's East Garo Hills district earlier this month.

Poll panel shifts Meghalaya police chief

Shillong, Feb 7 (IANS) In a major development ahead of the Feb 23 assembly elections in Meghalaya, the Election Commission Thursday removed state police chief Kulbir Krishan.

357 file nominations for Meghalaya polls

Shillong, Feb 6 (IANS) Over 350 candidates filed their nomination papers for the Feb 23 elections to the Meghalaya assembly, an election official said Wednesday.

GNLA rebels, security forces exchange fire in poll-bound Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 6 (IANS) The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels and security forces were locked in an hour-long gunfight Wednesday that ended with the guerrillas retreating into the forests in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district, police said.

Congress will win in Meghalaya: Chief Minister Sangma

Shillong, Feb 5 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Manda Sangma Tuesday exuded confidence that the state's people will give a clear mandate to the Congress in the Feb 23 assembly elections.

GNLA rebels kill two jail officials in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 3 (IANS) Rebels of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) killed two jail officials in an attack on a Meghalaya prison late Saturday, police said Sunday.

AFSPA must replaced with amended CrPC: Mooshahary

Shillong, Jan 27 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary Sunday advocated that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) must be replaced with an amended Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) so that both security forces and civilians rights are protected.

Shun violence, Meghalaya governor tells rebels

Shillong, Jan 26 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary Saturday appealed to rebel groups to shun violence as thousands defied threats from guerrillas and took part in Republic Day celebrations.

Governor withholds assent to Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill

Shillong, Jan 23 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary has withheld his assent to the controversial Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill passed in the state assembly by the Mukul Sangma-led government.

GNLA chief to contest Meghalaya polls

Shillong, Jan 20 (IANS) Jailed Garo National Liberation Army's (GNLA) chief Champion R. Sangma will contest the Feb 23 assembly elections in Meghalaya, his lawyer said.

Meghalaya party petitions speaker on defection

Shillong, Jan 15 (IANS) The Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) Tuesday asked Meghalaya assembly speaker Charles Pyngrope to disqualify its legislator, Adviser Pariong, who has joined the Congress.

GNLA chief Sangma gets bail in two cases

Shillong, Jan 11 (IANS) The outlawed Garo National Liberation Army's (GNLA) chief Champion R. Sangma was Friday granted bail on two cases, but will continue to stay in jail since he has more pending cases against him.

Bangladeshi spy arrested in Meghalaya

Shillong, Jan 1 (IANS) A Bangladeshi spy was arrested in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district when he sneaked into India, an official said Tuesday.

Shillong revellers welcome New Year with icy dip

Shillong, Jan 1 (IANS) At the stroke of midnight, a group of revellers in this state capital of Meghalaya welcomed the New Year by plunging into the icy water of a swimming pool.

Christian group demands national registry of sex offenders

Shillong, Dec 31 (IANS) The All India Christian Council Monday asked the central government to institute a national registry for all sexual offenders and set up fast-track courts to deal with crimes against women.

Meghalaya protesters mourn death of Delhi gang-rape victim

Shillong, Dec 29 (IANS) Over a 100 people Saturday took part in a silent candlelight vigil here in memory of the Delhi gang-rape victim.

Pune beat Lajong, jump to second spot in I-League

Shillong, Dec 29 (IANS) Pune FC moved to the second place in I-League football with a dominating 2-1 win over Shillong Lajong in the round 13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Saturday.

I-League: In-form Pune look to conquer Shillong

Shillong, Dec 28 (IANS) In-form Pune FC will attempt to overcome Shillong Lajong FC, whom they have never beaten in any competition ever, when they take on each other in an I-League encounter here Saturday.

Nine cement plants on forest land in Meghalaya: Report

Shillong, Dec 27 (IANS) Nine cement plants in Meghalaya are being run on forest land, report by a team appointed on Supreme Court's directions said here Thursday.

Meghalaya celebrates Boxing Day

Shillong, Dec 26 (IANS) Little Baiamon Sohtun and her sibling Lubrisharai were all excited, unwrapping colourful gift boxes and being pleasantly surprised. This was a day the pair had long been waiting for.

Meghalaya wants more forces for assembly polls

Shillong, Dec 19 (IANS) Meghalaya will ask the central government for an additional 76 companies of paramilitary forces for the upcoming assembly elections, an official said Wednesday.

Northeast's outlawed outfit leader nabbed in Bangladesh

Shillong, Dec 17 (IANS) A top leader of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has been detained in Bangladesh and is likely to be handed over to India soon, a top police official said here Monday.

Meghalaya to move new Lokayukta bill in ongoing session

Shillong, Dec 11 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Tuesday said that a new Lokayukta Bill would be introduced in the current winter session of the state assembly to replace the existing 2002 law.

Meghalaya panel favours permit system in state

Shillong, Dec 4 (IANS) The Meghalaya government-constituted panel on influx Tuesday unanimously resolved to recommend immediate implementation the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to check the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in this mountainous state.

Grenade hurled at Meghalaya minister's house

Shillong, Dec 1 (IANS) Suspected Garo rebels Saturday lobbed a powerful grenade at the private house of Meghalaya Community and Rural Development Minister Saleng A. Sangma in the state's West Garo Hills district, police said. No injuries were reported but the house was damaged.

EC reviews Meghalaya poll preparations

Shillong, Nov 22 (IANS) The Election Commission Thursday promised adequate security arrangements to ensure free and fair assembly polls in Meghalaya, especially in the insurgency−ravaged districts of the state. The northeastern state is scheduled to go for polls February−March 2013.

Won't allow militancy in northeast: NSAB chief

Shillong, Nov 19 (IANS) In the wake of spurt of violence in Assam and Manipur, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) chairman Naresh Chandra Monday said that the government would not allow a "few group of people" to disturb peace and tranquility in the northeast states.

Women's commission to take up death of Indian woman

Shillong, Nov 16 (IANS) The National Commission for Women (NCW) Friday said it would take up with the central government the death of an Indian women in an Ireland hospital after doctors refused her an abortion.

Explosives, cash seized in Meghalaya

Shillong, Nov 5 (IANS) Meghalaya's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos Monday seized cash over Rs.22 lakh, explosives and electronic gadgets from the residence of an outlawed GNLA rebel leader, a police official said.

Old resignation letter used, says miffed Agatha

Shillong, Oct 29 (IANS) Former union minister of state for rural development Agatha K. Sangma of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Monday expressed her discontent with the manner in which she was "dropped" from the council of ministers, ahead of the Sunday reshuffle.

A much-needed win for Sporting

Shillong, Oct 28 (IANS) Sporting Clube De Goa came from behind to beat Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 before a packed stadium in a round three match of the I-League football here Sunday.

I-League: Sporting Goa desperate for first win

Shillong, Oct 27 (IANS) After a great start to their I-League football campaign, Shillong Lajong will host Sporting Clube de Goa in a third round match here Sunday.

Garo rebel chief's trial to begin after Nov 8

Shillong, Oct 26 (IANS) A court in Meghalaya Friday fixed Nov 8 for framing of charges against jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) chief Champion R. Sangma, who has been accused of waging war against India. Sangma's trial would commence following the Nov 8 hearing, officials said.

11 Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct 26 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) troopers arrested 11 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who were working as coal miners in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district, a BSF official said Friday.

India's first glass mosque - in Shillong

Shillong, Oct 15 (IANS) India will have its first glass mosque - in the country's northeast.


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