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PNB fraud: Rahul makes mincemeat of PM Modi

SHILLONG/ JOWAI: It was a regal road show that the ruling Congress hopes would go on to pave the way for a historic re-election in the upcoming Assembly polls on February 27. Whether or not that dream turns into reality only time will tell, but there is no denying the fact that AICC president Rahul […]

22 Feb 2018 7:57 am
‘BJP can’t buy people of M’laya’

SHILLONG: Firing on all cylinders at a huge rally in the city on Wednesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the BJP has been successful in buying some Congress MLAs in the state but the party’s ploy to appease minorities by offering crores of rupees to churches in the state has come a cropper. The BJP […]

22 Feb 2018 7:52 am
NPP attacks Cong over saffron tag

TURA: The National People’s Party (NPP) has come down heavily on the Congress for branding the party the BJP’s Team-B. “It is indeed unfortunate that Congress MP Sushmita Dev on Sunday attacked Conrad Sangma by saying he is a puppet of the BJP and the RSS. She had said Conrad should first go to his […]

22 Feb 2018 7:50 am
FB posts allege Deborah hand in Jonathone’s death

SHILLONG/ TURA: The election agent of Deborah C Marak, Congress candidate from Williamnagar, has filed an FIR against a group of persons for issuing statements on Facebook to the effect that the sitting MLA is responsible for the assassination of Jonathone N Sangma. Helpingstone G Momin, Marak’s election agent, lodged a complaint against Sengbath Ch […]

22 Feb 2018 7:47 am
PM’s first date with GH today

TURA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who charmed hearts at Madison Square in New York, is on his maiden visit to the Garo Hills. The prime minister is expected to address one of the largest public gatherings in the party’s history when he lands at Shyamnagar playground in Phulbari today. He is scheduled to address the […]

22 Feb 2018 7:46 am
M’laya-Assam CS level meet tomorrow to discuss polls

SHILLONG: The chief secretaries of Assam and Meghalaya will have election-related discussions via video conferencing on Friday to ensure peaceful polls in the border constituencies of the state. There are as many as 168 polling stations bordering Assam. Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Kharkongor said the chief secretaries, in presence of state election officials and DGPs […]

22 Feb 2018 7:43 am
NCP to offer candidature to Jonathone’s wife

SHILLONG: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary SP Thapa said that the state party has received strict instruction from the Central leadership not to allow the assassination of Jonathone Sangma and two others die down in the clamour of the Assembly polls. He told reporters during a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, “After the election is […]

22 Feb 2018 7:42 am
Gentle side of Rahul surfaces away from public gaze

SHILLONG: This was a special moment for Rahul Gandhi as he hugged Peggy Martin, the 90-year-old governess of the Royal House of Tripura’s scion, Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, at the Tripura Castle on Wednesday. Rahul brought some chocolates and pastries for Peggy who chuckled at the opportunity of meeting the fourth generation of the Nehru-Gandhis. During […]

22 Feb 2018 7:40 am
Conrad takes Cong head on, harps on dad’s legacy

TURA: NPP national president Conrad K Sangma visited six different constituencies in the Garo Hills on Wednesday to campaign for party candidates ahead of the February 27 polls.  He started the second day of his chopper tour at 10 am and covered Dobu under Songsak constituency, Aruak under Kharkutta, Debaraggre under Tikrikilla, Phulbari and Bhaitbari […]

22 Feb 2018 7:38 am
‘More women should be in politics’

By Daiaphira Kharsati SHILLONG: The February 27 Assembly elections will witness 32 women candidates fighting with equal gusto as their male counterparts. Though the fair sex comprises a negligible 8.6 per cent of the total number of candidates, this has not deterred them from taking up the cudgels against rivals. As for the political parties, […]

22 Feb 2018 7:37 am
Bernard cautions voters against pre-poll threat

SHILLONG: The Trinamool Congress candidate from South Tura, Bernard N Marak has taken exception to candidates resorting to threat and false propaganda ahead of polls. In a statement on Wednesday, Marak said that voting is a secret choice of an individual which cannot be known by anyone else except the voter. No candidate will be […]

22 Feb 2018 7:35 am
Assam CM confident of BJP win

SHILLONG: Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader, Sarbananda Sonowal , expressed confidence that the BJP will win the elections in Meghalaya. The Assam chief minister on Wednesday, addressed a rally at Nartiang in West Jaintia Hills, where he said that the real development should also be brought to Meghalaya at a time when whole nation […]

22 Feb 2018 7:34 am
International Mother Language Day

There are many important days in the annual calendar of the United Nations which are observed world-wide by its member countries. The UN urges states to observe these days as a reminder of their importance to our human and ecological existence. February 21 has been listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization […]

22 Feb 2018 7:32 am
Gandhi’s visit throws traffic out of gear in city

SHILLONG: The visit of AICC president, Rahul Gandhi to Shillong for a brief of two hours resulted in chaos as the traffic movement was stopped in several places from where the convoy passed. While Gandhi reached and started his address in Khyndailad, a large number of vehicles were seen crawling till IGP. There was no […]

22 Feb 2018 7:31 am
Inequality- multifaceted evils

By Sonie Kharduit “INEQUALITY” is a very simple term which we tend to relate with economic disparity. I must emphatically say that its horizon is much wider than what we can imagine. Beyond economic aspects, it also casts shadows over various dimensions, from political to socio-religious aspects and the price of this malevolent trophy of […]

22 Feb 2018 7:27 am
When will the sun shine in WKH?

By Gervasius Nongkseh The election temperature is at its highest peak. Agenda have been outlined, manifestos have been released and the momentum is built. Mud-throwing is a common phenomena and promises galore have been made. Gifts of cash and kind have been secretly distributed to lure voters. How we wish that it continues throughout the […]

22 Feb 2018 7:25 am
Will the CEO Meghalaya please reply?

Editor,   The CEO Meghalaya had organized a demonstration for various applications (Apps) such as Suvidha, Samadhan, etc. with regards to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly election 2018, few days before the filing of nominations. However, as per the Suvidha website it appears that the Congress Candidate of 16 East Shillong has not taken any approval for holding Public […]

22 Feb 2018 7:25 am
Businessman shot dead in Guwahati

  GUWAHATI: Unidentified motor-cycle borne assailant shot dead a businessman at Hatigaon area in Guwahati city at around 8.30 on Wednesday night triggering panic in the locality. Businessman Hemant Chosaria was proceeding towards his home at Kailash Nagar area in Hatigaon when the assailants shot him dead from behind and took away his bag that […]

21 Feb 2018 11:30 pm
Garo Hills gear up for Modi magic at Phulbari rally

TURA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming on his maiden visit to Garo Hills on Thursday to address an election rally at Shyamnagar playground in Phulbari. He is scheduled to address the rally at 2 O’clock in the afternoon. It is expected to be one of the biggest events in the region in recent times and […]

21 Feb 2018 11:20 pm
NCP demands NIA probe into Jonathone’s killing

  SHILLONG:  Central leadership of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asked the Central Government to institute an NIA inquiry into the murder of its candidate from Williamngar, Johnathone N Sangma at Samanda in Garo Hills recently. The Permanent Secretary of NCP, S R Kohli in a letter to the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said that apart from the death […]

21 Feb 2018 11:04 pm
Not afraid to fail, asserts Deepika Padukone

Hyderabad:  Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone said she was not afraid to fail and not afraid to talk about the way she feels. She believes that success and failure are all part of life and everybody fails at one point in their life. “I am at a stage in my life where I have been through […]

21 Feb 2018 8:22 pm
Tiger Shroff’s action hero dreams

Mumbai:  Actor Tiger Shroff, who has starred in action films like “Heropanti” and “Baaghi”, says it was his dream to be an action hero. Tiger attended the trailer launch of his forthcoming action drama “Baaghi 2” on Wednesday here where he shared that he has been preparing for this role since childhood. “I think I […]

21 Feb 2018 8:20 pm
Ex-England keeper James visits The National Inclusion Cup

Mumbai:  Former England footballer David James gave a pleasant surprise to the young participants of The National Inclusion Cup by showing up at the tournament to encourage and motivate the youth. The event has 48 teams participating from 24 different states and it includes two teams from Nepal. The custodian who made over 50 appearances […]

21 Feb 2018 8:15 pm
Australia beat Kiwis in Tri-Series final

Auckland (New Zealand): Australia defeated New Zealand by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the final of the Tri-Series Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Eden Park here on Wednesday. Australia have now risen to the joint highest spot in the Twenty20 International rankings, sharing the pole position with Pakistan. Opting to bat first, New […]

21 Feb 2018 7:58 pm
Gursimar, Sonam lead at women’s golf meet

Greater Noida:  Badwal and Sonam Chugh shared the opening rounds lead with two-under 70 each in the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour here on Wednesday. One shot behind them was Neha Tripathi, who is still searching for her first title of the season. The top three were the only players with […]

21 Feb 2018 7:53 pm
SL: Mumbai aim to keep semi-final hopes alive

Mumbai:  City FC will aim to keep alive their slim chances of entering the semi-finals when they take on NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) tie here on Thursday. Mumbai City, who topped the league stage last season, are placed seventh at the moment with 20 points from 15 matches. NorthEast United […]

21 Feb 2018 7:51 pm
NPP attacks Cong over BJP tag

  TURA: The National People’s Party has come down heavily on the Congress for branding the party with the BJP brush. “It is indeed unfortunate that Congress MP, Sushmita Dev on Sunday attacked Conrad Sangma by saying that he is a puppet of the BJP and the RSS. She had said Conrad should first go to his nearest Church, put […]

21 Feb 2018 7:44 pm
NPP attacks Cong over `BJP tag’

TURA: The National People’s Party (NPP) has come down heavily on the Congress for branding the party with the BJP brush. “It is indeed unfortunate that Congress MP, Sushmita Dev on Sunday attacked Conrad Sangma by saying that he is a puppet of the BJP and the RSS. She had said Conrad should first go to his nearest Church, put […]

21 Feb 2018 7:39 pm
Pakistan SC disqualifies Sharif as PML-N chief

Islamabad:  Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that all the decisions made by him as the party chief stand “null and void”. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar announced the decision against the Elections Act 2017 […]

21 Feb 2018 7:38 pm
Pakistan gets 3-month reprieve from terror financing watchlist: Asif

Islamabad:  Pakistan has won a last-minute reprieve at the Financial Action Task Forces meeting in Paris after member states failed to reach a consensus on a US-led motion to place Pakistan on a watchlist of countries that finance terrorism, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said. However, there was no official word from the organisation regarding […]

21 Feb 2018 7:36 pm
Deborah’s family shifted over threat perception

TURA: The family of Congress minister and party candidate from Williamnagar, Deborah C Marak, has been shifted out of Garo Hills under armed protection on Wednesday due to a threat perception reportedly intercepted by intelligence agencies. Highly-placed intelligence sources told The Shillong Times that a decision to shift the family out of Williamnagar was taken following credible inputs […]

21 Feb 2018 7:29 pm
Nine engineering students arrested after vandalism in marriage party

  GUWAHATI: Nine students of state government-run Assam Engineering College (AEC) were arrested by Guwahati police after they had resorted to cane charge and ransacking in a marriage ceremony in the vicinity of the college campus on Tuesday  night after two of the students from the college had been allegedly beaten up by some persons […]

21 Feb 2018 6:39 pm
Alphonse takes part in candle-lit  vigil in Tura for Jonathone 

TURA: Union Minister for Tourism, K J Alphonse was in Tura on Tuesday to attend a prayer service for NCP poll candidate, Jonathone N Sangma and others who were killed in an IED attack by the banned militant outfit, GNLA on Sunday night. Churches from Tura and its adjoining areas along with NGOs including the […]

21 Feb 2018 5:45 pm
Rahul resorts to road show in Shillong to woo voters

  Shillong: AICC president, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday campaigned for the Congress party in poll-bound Meghalaya in a massive road show in Shillong city ahead of the Assembly polls. The AICC chief later also addressed a rally at Khyndailad, the main business hub in the heart of hill town where he alleged that the BJP was […]

21 Feb 2018 4:47 pm
Want to stay with Real Madrid, says Zidane

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sought to quash media speculation about his future by stating emphatically that he wants to remain with the club. “I’m not tired,” the Frenchman said a week after another pre-match press conference where he described Real Madrid as the most exhausting club to manage, reports Efe. It has been […]

21 Feb 2018 4:38 pm
Barcelona draw 1-1 with Chelsea

London:  It took him eight matches and more than 12 hours of football, but Lionel Messi finally scored against Chelsea, a late goal to give Barcelona a 1-1 draw in the first leg of a Champions League knockout stage tie. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner couldn’t have picked a better occasion to end his scoring […]

21 Feb 2018 4:26 pm
India contributes $1 mn for Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita: UN

United Nations:  India in contributing $1 million for relief efforts in the Pacific Ocean Kingdom of Tonga that was devastated by Cyclone Gita last week, according to the UN. Of that $500,000 would be given as immediate relief to Tonga and another $500,000 would be allocated to it from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund (I-UNDPF), […]

21 Feb 2018 3:38 pm
Pro-Syrian government militiamen enter Afrin

Beirut:  Pro-government militiamen on Tuesday entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria in response to an ongoing Turkish military offensive, media reports said. Images were aired of “popular forces” loyal to President Bashar Assad moving toward Afrin city in pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns, Efe reported. Shortly after the militias entered the enclave, […]

21 Feb 2018 3:35 pm
Trump pushes for ban on modified guns

Washington: US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices or modified guns that enables one to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute and was used by a gunman to kill 58 Las Vegas concert-goers in 2017. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department […]

21 Feb 2018 3:26 pm
UN: Palestine calls for peace; US firm on Jerusalem move

United Nations:  Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has presented a three-point peace plan centred on convening an international peace conference by mid-year to resolve the intractable conflict with Israel and reiterated his readiness for negotiations. He told a Security Council meeting on Palestine on Tuesday that the international conference should lead to the formation of an […]

21 Feb 2018 3:23 pm
Lawyer linked to Trump campaign pleads guilty of lying to FBI

Washington: An attorney accused of masking abuses by the former president of Ukraine in cooperation with the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty on Tuesday of lying to the special counsel investigating Russian election interference. Attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI about the contacts he had with […]

21 Feb 2018 3:21 pm
Return salvo: Rahul calls for ‘BJP mukt M’laya’

TURA: Not only was he dressed like a seer — in white — but also chose to speak like one. Arriving a couple of days after Jonathone Sangma’s tragic death shocked the Garo Hills and just a day after the Congress government in the state was accused of lawlessness by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, […]

21 Feb 2018 8:12 am