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Harijan panel rejects HLC, opposes relocation

SHILLONG: The Harijan Panchayat Committee, Punjabi Harijan Colony has rejected the terms of reference of the High Level Committee constituted by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and asserted that relocation was not acceptable to them. In a letter addressed to the chief minister on Sunday, Billu Singh, Headman, Harijan Panchayat Committee, South East Mawkhar, on behalf […]

19 Jun 2018 7:40 am
Police investigating arson claim for Iewduh fire

SHILLONG: East Khasi Hills police is verifying the statement of Rajiv Kumar, who claims that his shop was burnt in (Bara Bazar) on Sunday afternoon due to a petrol bomb attack. Speaking to media persons here on Monday, East Khasi Hills SP, Davis Marak said that as per the statement of Rajiv Kumar, three to […]

19 Jun 2018 7:36 am
PDA strength jumps to 28 in 29-member KHADC House

SHILLONG: The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) led by People’s Democratic Front (PDF) has got a major boost after Congress MDCs extended their support to the PDA executive committee led by CEM PN Syiem. The Congress MDCs sent a letter of support bearing the signatures of Kimfa […]

19 Jun 2018 7:34 am
Cops make second arrest in nurse murder case

SHILLONG: Shillong police have arrested a person from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old nurse in the city. Earlier, police had arrested another person believed to be involved in the murder of Leiyaton Soro, who was a nurse at Nazareth Hospital here. Soro’s body was found at Ryndangbriew viewpoint at Umiam […]

19 Jun 2018 7:34 am
JHADC: NPP-Cong to form new EC

SHILLONG: Former JHADC chief and Amwi-Khliehtyrshi MDC, MB Rymbai is set to take over as the new JHADC chief. The development comes after the Executive Committee led by Moonlight Pariat of the UDP was reduced to a minority. Curiously, NPP and Congress who are arch rivals at the state level, have come together to form […]

19 Jun 2018 7:33 am
Lone B’deshi GNLA returns home: Police

SHILLONG: A series of operations and subsequent recoveries of arms and ammunition belonging to GNLA has surprised the police. A senior police official said on Monday that there are no more cadres of GNLA in Garo Hills and the only one left is taking shelter in Bangladesh as he is from the neighbouring country. The […]

19 Jun 2018 7:33 am
NEIGRIHMS resident doctors allege harassment

Shillong: The resident doctors of NEIGRIHMS Cardiology department have threatened to strike work on account of what they term as ‘failure’ of the Director, Dr DM Thappa, to respond to their representation dated June 14 last where they had set a deadline of June 18 for the Institute to accept their examination fees and for […]

19 Jun 2018 7:31 am
Curfew further relaxed in city, internet back

SHILLONG: With normalcy returning to Shillong and in view of the improvement in law and order situation, the East Khasi Hills District Magistrate has announced further relaxation of the curfew hours in Shillong agglomeration and in the volatile areas of Shillong while also restoring internet services on Monday afternoon. Curfew will be relaxed in the […]

19 Jun 2018 7:30 am
PDF revokes Sylliang, Kharpuri suspension

SHILLONG: In a U-turn, the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) on Monday revoked the one-year suspension of Mawhati MDC James Sylliang and Pynursla MDC Grace Kharpuri. The suspension order was revoked after the two MDCs reportedly came to an understanding with the party after a discussion. Speaking to reporters, PDF chairman and KHADC CEM PN Syiem […]

19 Jun 2018 7:29 am
Chief Minister appoints political adviser, secretary

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has appointed Allantry F Dkhar (UDP) and Arlene Sangma (NPP) as political adviser and secretary to the CM, respectively, with perks and facilities under category ‘C’ with effect from the date of assumption of charge.

19 Jun 2018 7:28 am
Herbal plants diminishing in state’s forests: Kharshiing

SHILLONG: Uncontrolled sourcing of herbal plants from the forests of Meghalaya for medicinal use and treatment of patients in rural areas is posing a threat to the valuable resource, the Society for Protection of Indigenous Knowledge and Practices has observed. In a statement issued here, the Society’s chairman, John Kharshiing said the herbal plants of […]

19 Jun 2018 7:23 am
Living Root Handmade brand showcase today

SHILLONG: Living Root Handmade (LRH) which is an umbrella brand created under the sustainable livelihood generation and entrepreneurship development programme of School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) will be conducting a Living Roots Handmade showcase on Tuesday from 4pm to 8 pm at Lumarai, Motinagar. An official statement in this regard said that LRH […]

19 Jun 2018 7:22 am
New anti-graft panel formed

  TURA: In order to fight against all forms of injustice, corruption and other burning issues in the region, a new organisation, the Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation was formed recently with its headquarters at Chibinang in West Garo Hills. The new organisation elected Ishraful Hoque (Ashraff Hoque) as President, Anowar Hussain as Vice President, […]

19 Jun 2018 7:22 am
BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

A new front has been opened by the Opposition against the Narendra Modi government with open support to Delhi Chief Minister, Arvin Kejriwal from a group of four chief ministers. Kejriwal is fighting for survival in the capital. While the Congress is not part of the attempt to save Kejriwal from a difficult situation, it’s […]

19 Jun 2018 7:19 am
Mercenary protesters: Who are the merchants?

By Albert Thyrniang The post Punjabi Lane (Them Iew Mawlong) incident/violence debate continues to hog the limelight. Naturally one of the questions is, “Who were the protesters or agitators who created havoc in the city for nearly a week?” For whatever reasons, till date no clear answer has emerged, at least officially, as to who […]

19 Jun 2018 7:18 am
Mature Government & Strong Opposition makes democracy sustainable

By Aristotle Lyngdoh In a country like India and particularly Meghalaya where democracy has not fully matured, the art of statecraft is indeed a complex issue and lends itself to uncertainties. Simply by winning elections and securing a mandate does not mean that the entire tenure will be a bed of roses. While governance is […]

19 Jun 2018 7:17 am
Internet not the enemy; the App is! 

Editor, Apropos the on and off ban on internet, it seems that the Government does not know the difference between ‘Internet’, ‘websites’ and ‘applications’. For example, Facebook and WhatsApp are websites and applications respectively. It is not the whole Internet. The whole Internet consists of websites like MIT Open Courseware, Edx.,  Udacity, The Shillong Times […]

19 Jun 2018 7:17 am
Congress MDCs extend support to ruling alliance in KHADC

  SHILLONG: The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by People’s Democratic Front (PDF) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has increased its strength to 28 members after the Congress MDCs extended their support to the PDA executive committee led by CEM PN Syiem. The Congress MDCs sent a letter of support which […]

18 Jun 2018 9:45 pm
One arrested from UP in Shillong nurse murder case

  SHILLONG: Shillong police have arrested one person from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old nurse in the city.  Earlier, police had arrested one person for his involvement in the murder of the nurse Leiyaton Soro from Nazareth Hospital in Shillong. East Khasi Hills SP Davis Marak on Monday told reporters that […]

18 Jun 2018 9:21 pm
Sunday afternoon fire in Bara Bazar shop under investigation

  SHILLONG: East Khasi Hills police are verifying the statement of Rajiv Kumar, who claims that his shop was burnt in (Bara Bazar) on Sunday afternoon due to a petrol bomb attack Speaking to  media persons here on  Monday, East Khasi Hills, SP Davis Marak said that as per the statement of  Rajiv Kumar, three-four people […]

18 Jun 2018 9:12 pm
Assam flood, landslides claim 14, over 5.5 lakh affected

GUWAHATI: Flood and landslides have so far claimed 14 lives in Assam where six districts are reeling under flood affecting about 5.5 lakh people. While 11 persons have been killed in flood, three persons died due to landslides at Dima Hasao hill district. Meanwhile, in view of severe flood situation in the worst-affected Hailakandi district, […]

18 Jun 2018 9:04 pm
Night curfew relaxed further in Shillong, internet restored

  SHILONGI:  With improvement of situation, night curfew has been further relaxed in the entire Shillong city including areas under Lumdiengjri police station while mobile internet services which was suspended for 48 hours on Saturday was restored from 3 P.M. on Monday. An order issued on Monday by the East Khasi Hills district magistrate said […]

18 Jun 2018 7:57 pm
Being a father is such a trip: Justin Timberlake

Los Angeles:  Singer Justin Timberlake says his son Silas makes him feel a love that he didn’t know existed. The singer, 37, celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday by sharing on Instagram some of his favourite father-son photos since welcoming his son in April 2015, reports people.com. “The last 3 years of my life have brought […]

18 Jun 2018 7:56 pm
I enjoy being in front of the camera: Manushi Chillar

New Delhi:  Every beauty pageant winner finds her next move to Bollywood, so will Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, who is going to give away her Miss India title to her successor on Tuesday night and the Miss World crown later this year, do the same? She says though she has discovered her love for […]

18 Jun 2018 7:49 pm
Sweden pip S. Korea 1-0 in Group F game

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): Sweden pipped South Korea 1-0 in a FIFA World Cup Group F match at the Novgogod Stadium here on Monday. Andreas Granqvist’s 65th-minute penalty conversion created the difference between the two sides. Granqvist took a penalty and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, with the goalkeeper diving the other way.(IANS)

18 Jun 2018 7:43 pm
Assam IWT dept keeps vigil on ferry services 

      GUWAHATI: The Assam Inland Water Transport department is closely monitoring the “rising” water level of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati and Dibrugarh divisions where ferries are still operational. As on Monday evening, the Central Water Commission, which provides regular updates on the water levels to the department, has recorded the level at 47.78 […]

18 Jun 2018 6:16 pm
Maldives says didn’t deny work visas to Indians

Male:  The Maldives Immigration has refuted reports that it is denying work permits to Indian citizens. Immigration Controller Mohamed Anwar said that Maldives Immigration officers do not discriminate when carrying out their duties and the authority will continue to grant Indian citizens work permits and visas in accordance with the country’s regulations, the Edition newspaper […]

18 Jun 2018 5:27 pm
ISL: ATK rope in Coppell as head coach for upcoming season

Kolkata:  Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK on Monday announced the appointment of former Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters head coach Steve Coppell for the upcoming season. ATK, who endured a wretched campaign this season, were without a head coach going into the 2018-19 season after a failed experiment last season with Teddy Sheringham. […]

18 Jun 2018 5:17 pm
New body formed in WGH to fight injustice

  TURA: In order to fight against all forms of injustice, corruption and other burning issues in the region, a new organisation, the Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation was formed recently with its headquarters at Chibinang in West Garo Hills. The new organisation elected Ishraful Hoque (Ashraff Hoque) as President, Anowar Hussain as Vice President, […]

18 Jun 2018 5:17 pm
Spain starts training for World Cup clash vs Iran without Reina

Krasnodar (Russia):  Spain’s national football team has resumed training after a few hours of rest with an eye on their next 2018 FIFA World Cup clash with Iran, albeit without goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is struggling with neck discomfort. Following the thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal on Friday, only the substitute players took part in […]

18 Jun 2018 5:07 pm
Pressure got to us against Switzerland: Brazil coach

Rostov-on-Don (Russia): Brazil football team coach Tite thought the pressure had got to his players after watching his side kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland here. Brazil travelled to Russia after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener […]

18 Jun 2018 5:05 pm
Mexico focus on next match after stunning Germany

Moscow:  The Mexican players maintained their calm despite stunning holders Germany 1-0 at the start of their World Cup campaign here. “We have to be calm. We still have two more games, and need to target our next rivals. We are doing good,” defender Carlos Salcedo said after Sunday’s win, reports Xinhua news agency. Hirving […]

18 Jun 2018 5:02 pm
Sushma Swaraj arrives Monday on maiden visit to France

Paris, June :  stock of the progress on the series of agreements that India and France signed during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in March would be high on the agenda as Indias External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives in Paris later Monday on a two-day visit. This is the first […]

18 Jun 2018 4:00 pm
Israel targets Hamas positions after Gaza shelling

Jerusalem:  The Israeli Air Force on Monday attacked nine Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip after three projectiles were launched from the enclave, the military said. The Army’s targets were two military camps and one ammunition factory, reports Efe news. It said the attacks were in response to burning balloons and kites that were launched […]

18 Jun 2018 3:06 pm
Oli’s China visit instrumental for bilateral ties: Ex-Nepal PMs

Kathmandu:  Former Nepal Prime Ministers have expressed hope that Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s upcoming visit to China will be instrumental in further deepening bilateral ties between the two countries. At a meeting summoned on Sunday evening by Oli, Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed happiness over the upcoming visit, reports Xinhua news agency. Deuba, who is […]

18 Jun 2018 3:05 pm
Taliban resume attacks on Afghan forces as truce ends

Kabul:  Taliban on Monday resumed attacks on Afghan security forces after the armed outfit’s three-day ceasefire ended the previous night, police said. Taliban militants launched early morning attacks on security checkpoints in Ghormach, Qaisar, Pashtunkot and Shirin Tagab districts and sporadic fighting has been continuing, Xinhua news agency quoted a police officer as saying. The […]

18 Jun 2018 3:02 pm
US Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children

Washington:  US Democrat lawmakers have expanded their campaign highlighting President Donald Trump’s administrations forced separation of migrant children from their families at the Mexico border, a media report said. Against a notable silence on the part of many Republicans, the Democratic lawmakers on Sunday visited a detention centre outside New York City and headed to […]

18 Jun 2018 2:59 pm
5.9-magnitude earthquake rocks Japan’s Osaka

Tokyo:  An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 rocked Osaka prefecture, western Japan at 7.58 a.m local time, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Monday. The temblor was centered in the northern part of Osaka prefecture, with the epicenter at a latitude of 34.8 degrees north and a longitude of 135.6 degrees east and […]

18 Jun 2018 2:57 pm
Ivan Duque to be next President of Colombia

Bogota:  Ivan Duque of the right-wing Democratic Center party won the second round of Colombian presidential election on Sunday, claiming 53.97 per cent of the vote, with 99.76 per cent of the votes counted, according to National Electoral Council (CNE). His left-wing rival, Gustavo Petro, of the Humane Colombia movement, finished in second place, with […]

18 Jun 2018 2:53 pm