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Curfew-bound Guwahati tense, high security in Brahmaputra Valley

GUWAHATI: Security measures have been geared up several notches all over Brahmaputra Valley in Assam through deployment of additional companies of paramilitary forces while Army have been kept on standby in several places after miscreants resorted to violence, vandalism and burning of vehicles in Guwahati city on Wednesday evening forcing the administration to clamp […]

12 Dec 2019 10:42 am
Conrad-led delegation to leave for Delhi today

CM to meet HM for CAB exemption SHILLONG: Under pressure, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma would lead a cabinet delegation to Delhi on Thursday to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah to apprise him about the need to exempt entire Meghalaya from the purview of CAB.“Our demand to the Centre is to keep strengthening various provisions […]

12 Dec 2019 7:36 am
Shah assures Pala, Agatha

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday assured Meghalaya MPs Agatha Sangma and Vincent Pala of looking into the demand for exempting the entire state from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Pala and Sangma called on Shah along with some other MPs from the North East amid violent protests against CAB […]

12 Dec 2019 7:34 am
Congress slams NPP for U-turn

SHILLONG: Opposition Congress on Wednesday ripped apart the Centre and the NPP-led MDA government for taking a U-turn over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Opposition leader and former chief minister Mukul Sangma termed the U-turn of the NPP from opposing the bill to supporting it, as the biggest […]

12 Dec 2019 7:33 am
Wansuk plea in vain

From CK Nayak NEW DELHI: The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which has evoked violent reactions in the North East, was passed by the Rajya Sabha with MPs from the region, including Wansuk Syiem, pleading to exempt Shillong from its ambit by including the capital in the Sixth Schedule or treating the whole state like the […]

12 Dec 2019 7:32 am
CM meets guv on ordinance

Appeal for administrators rule in KHADC SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday met the Governor, Tathagata Roy, asking him to approve the ordinance on the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act and to also promulgate Administrator’s rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.“We have briefed the governor on the details of this act […]

12 Dec 2019 7:31 am
Black Day for NE people, says NESO

SHILLONG: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), which is spearheading the movement against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, has termed Wednesday as a “Black Day” for the indigenous people of the North East after the Rajya Sabha finally passed the contentious bill. In a statement on Wednesday, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said that the NESO representing eight […]

12 Dec 2019 7:30 am
Regional parties for full exemption, ILP

SHILLONG: Regional parties in the state, which are allies in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), have decided to approach Delhi bigwigs again to seek total exemption from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and demand Inner Line Permit (ILP). The meeting of Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) comprising both UDP and HSPDP was held on Wednesday to […]

12 Dec 2019 7:29 am
ILP resolution should be sent to Centre: KSU

SHILLONG: The Khasi Students Union (KSU) central executive council (CEC) in street meetings held in Mawlai Nongkwar and Nongmensong demanded that the state government should send a resolution demanding Inner Line Permit (ILP) from the Centre. In a statement issued here, general secretary of KSU, Donald Thabah said the Manipur government had a sent a […]

12 Dec 2019 7:28 am
FKJGP calls for special session on ILP

SHILLONG: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia Garo People (FKJGP) has demanded for a special Assembly session to be convened to discuss on the vehement and prolonged demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP), and for the resolution to be sent to Delhi. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, FKJGP president Wellbirth Rani said […]

12 Dec 2019 7:28 am
Men in Blue decimate Windies, clinch series

Mumbai: KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma shared a hundred-run opening stand before skipper Virat Kohli bludgeoned an unbeaten 70 off just 29 balls as India batted the West Indies out of the series-deciding third T20 International to win it by 67 runs and grab the series 2-1, at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. Openers […]

12 Dec 2019 2:18 am
State official to judge at Asian climbing cship

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Sport Climbing and Mountaineering Association (MeSCMA) has informed that its assistant secretary Kayleigh Petra from Upper Lumparing has been selected by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) as a one of the panel judges at the Asian Youth Climbing Championship 2019 which will be held in Bengaluru from December 12 till 15. IMF is […]

12 Dec 2019 2:15 am
Meghalaya cruise to 110-run victory against Nagaland

SHILLONG: Meghalaya cruised to a 110-run victory over Nagaland in their Ranji Trophy match in Dimapur on Wednesday. Needing 292 to win, Meghalaya bowled out Nagaland for 181 in the fourth and final innings on the third day. Meghalaya resumed their second innings in the morning on 89/9, leading by 238 runs. After surviving 13 […]

12 Dec 2019 2:15 am
State U-23 teams CK Nayudu campaign gets under way

SHILLONG: Meghalaya began their campaign in the U-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy by taking on Odisha in Mangaldai, Assam, today. Sixteen wickets fell on the first day after Meghalaya won the toss and opted to field first as both teams struggled with the bat. Odisha posted 154 all out in their first innings after Mukesh […]

12 Dec 2019 2:13 am
Indefinite curfew in Guwahati, Army deployed

GUWAHATI/AGARTALA: Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew and Army was deployed in the city and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two Northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said. Army PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said two Army […]

12 Dec 2019 2:12 am
Prez signs order; Manipur now under ILP regime

New Delhi: The inner line permit (ILP) regime was extended to Manipur on Wednesday with President Ram Nath Kovind signing the order in this effect. The decision comes two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Lok Sabha that the ILP would be extended to Manipur to allay fears of the people […]

12 Dec 2019 2:12 am
NE people protest at Jantar Mantar against CAB

New Delhi: A group of people from the Northeastern states gathered at the Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The protesters slammed the government over the bill and raised slogans like: “We oppose CAB” and “We need Justice”. They carried banners like “Assam is not a dumping ground for […]

12 Dec 2019 2:11 am
Roxette singer dies at 61

The lead singer of Swedish pop duo sensation Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, who shot to global fame in the 1990s with hits like It Must Have Been Love, has died aged 61 after a long fight with cancer, her manager said Tuesday. The mother of two, who died on Monday, had been diagnosed with a brain […]

12 Dec 2019 12:36 am
Priyanka proud of husband

Priyanka Chopra is proud of her husband-actor Nick Jonas, and has congratulated him for his forthcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level. Priyanka missed the films premiere in Los Angeles as she is shooting for her next The White Tiger in Delhi. She showed her support for Nick through Instagram. In a special message on her […]

12 Dec 2019 12:35 am
Pakistan court indicts Mumbai terror attack mastermind

Lahore: Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned JuD, was indicted on Wednesday by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court here on terror financing charges, amidst intense international pressure on Islamabad to bring him to justice. The anti-terrorism court (ATC) Lahore indicted Saeed and three of his top aides Hafiz Abdul Salam […]

12 Dec 2019 12:34 am
Blast damages hospital near US base in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least one person was killed and dozens wounded when a bomb exploded close to the largest US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday, damaging homes and a hospital under construction near Bagram Airfield, officials said. The attack — which has not yet been claimed — comes as Washington resumed talks with the Taliban on […]

12 Dec 2019 12:31 am
Salman to quit Bigg Boss 13

Filmmaker-show host Farah Khan might take over hosting duties of Bigg Boss 13 once Bollywood superstar Salman Khan quits the controversial reality. Salman is quitting the show and Farah Khan will be taking over from January. He’s expected to celebrate his birthday on the sets, a TV industry source told. A report suggested that Salman, […]

12 Dec 2019 12:30 am
Myanmars Suu Kyi denies genocidal intent in Rohingya case

The Hague: Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday denied “genocidal intent” as she defended Myanmar’s military operation against Rohingya Muslims in the UN’s top court. Addressing judges in The Hague, Myanmar’s civilian leader admitted that the army may have used “disproportionate force” but said that did not prove it was trying to […]

12 Dec 2019 12:30 am
Mukul directs ire at Conrad over NPPs U-turn regarding CAB

SHILLONG: Opposition Congress on Wednesday launched scathing attacks on the BJP-led Government at the Centre and the NPP-led MDA Government for taking a U turn over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Opposition leader and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma termed the U turn of the […]

11 Dec 2019 8:22 pm
RBYF holds protest rally against CAB at Nongpoh

NONGPOH: Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) on Wednesday held a public rally at Nongpoh to register their strong opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) brought by the BJP-led government at the centre. The rally which was started from the DTO office premises and culminated at MUDA Shopping Complex premise also witness hundreds of the […]

11 Dec 2019 6:38 pm
Night curfew clamped in Guwahati city

GUWAHATI: Curfew has been clamped in Guwahati city from 6-15 PM on Wednesday to 7 AM on Thursday as the situation turned for the worse in the city in view of the raging protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). A police source informed that the situation is volatile in G S Road, R G Baruah […]

11 Dec 2019 6:16 pm
Mobile Internet banned in 10 districts of stir-hit Assam

24-hour ban begins at 7 PM on Wednesday GUWAHATI: Assam government has imposed 24-hour temporary ban on mobile internet service and data service of all mobile service providers with effect from 7 PM on Wednesday to 7 PM on Thursday in ten of the districts Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metropolitan) […]

11 Dec 2019 5:56 pm
NPPAssam dismayedby MPs CAB stance

Party unit seeks ILP for state, exemption from Bill GUWAHATI: TheAssamstate unit of National Peoples Party (NPP) has expressed utter surprise and dissatisfaction over party MP, Agatha Sangmas extension of support to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Dilip Kumar Borah, president, NPP Assam […]

11 Dec 2019 5:40 pm
HFU demands special package to farmers

SHILLONG:Hill Farmers’ Union (HFU) has demanded from the government to allocate a special package for Agriculture Department and its allied sectors such as Animal Husbandry Department, Soil Department, Horticulture Department and to recognize it as a major department. Addressing a Press conference on Wednesday, president of HFU, Commander Shangpliang said, “We want a special package […]

11 Dec 2019 4:15 pm
Protests against CAB, Agatha gain ground in GH

TURA: Protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is gaining ground in Garo Hills ahead of the centres move to table the contentious bill in the Rajya Sabha. In Tura, Combined organizations from Garo Hills comprising of the GSU (Tengsak), FKJGP, AYWO and ADE held a vehicle rally through the main thoroughfares of Tura Town […]

11 Dec 2019 4:08 pm
Anti-CAB protesters hit Guwahati streets in large numbers, police use force to control

GUWAHATI:  Police have resorted to blank firing in several parts of Assams Brahmaputra Valley including Guwahati city and Tinsukia town to control large numbers of anti-CAB protestors mostly students and youths on Wednesday. Police firing in the air to disperse large number protestors who gathered along the G S Road stretch from Ganeshguri till in […]

11 Dec 2019 2:51 pm
CAB fire singes state, Agatha

Sell-out cry against Tura MP SHILLONG/ TURA: Different political parties in Meghalaya, including those supporting the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance, have slammed Tura MP Agatha Sangma for supporting the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill while terming her stand as surprising and a sell-out.PDF leader and Cabinet Minister Hamlet Dohling said they are very surprised with the statement […]

11 Dec 2019 7:27 am
Arson, vandalism mark NESO bandh

SHILLONG/ TURA: The 11-hour North East bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Tuesday witnessed a spree of arson and vandalism in the state particularly in capital Shillong with several vehicles, including one belonging to police, bearing the brunt. The shut-down was complete. Shops and educational institutions remained […]

11 Dec 2019 7:25 am
State to press for ILP, full exemption

SHILLONG: The NPP-led MDA government on Tuesday justified its departure from its earlier stand of opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill saying the new version addresses much of the state’s concerns. NPP’s Tura MP Agatha Sangma on Monday voted for the bill in the Lok Sabha. Talking to media persons after a cabinet meeting here on […]

11 Dec 2019 7:24 am
UPF to continue fight against legislation

SHILLONG: The United Progressive Front (UPF) coalition has vowed to continue its opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) while demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state. The UPF coalition comprising PDF, NCP and an Independent, is part of the ruling MDA. Addressing a press conference, president of People’s Democratic Front (PDF) […]

11 Dec 2019 7:23 am
UDP meet today on Agatha move

SHILLONG: United Democratic Party (UDP) general secretary Jemino Mawthoh on Tuesday said the party will take a decision on Wednesday on Tura NPP MP Agatha Sangma’s sudden move to support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The UDP is a constituent of the NPP-led ruling MDA alliance in the state. Speaking to The Shillong Times, he […]

11 Dec 2019 7:23 am
KSU warns Centre on CAB

SHILLONG: The Khasi Students’ Union on Tuesday asserted that the Union government must think twice before passing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament if it wants to protect the indigenous communities of the state while accusing NPP MP from Tura Agatha Sangma of betraying the people of the state. Agatha Sangma on Monday voted […]

11 Dec 2019 7:22 am
Govt again recommends administrators rule

No bar for governor to take decision on EMs: HC SHILLONG: The state government has once again recommended to Governor Tathagata Roy to invoke administrator’s rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).Talking to media persons after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the cabinet made the recommendation as there […]

11 Dec 2019 7:20 am
Division bench vacates stay on MCS exam result

SHILLONG: The division bench of the High Court of Meghalaya has vacated the stay on declaration of preliminary examination result of Meghalaya Civil Services. Earlier on December 4, the single bench had stayed the declaration of preliminary examination result and wanted the MPSC to keep in abeyance the notification regarding the matter. With the order […]

11 Dec 2019 7:19 am
NGT hearing postponed

SHILLONG: The NGT principal bench has postponed the hearing on coal related issues to December 24. Sources said the matter came up on Tuesday but it was not taken up as there was no quorum of NGT. The state government wants to speed up the transportation and auction of already extracted coal after getting approval […]

11 Dec 2019 7:19 am
Bindo asks Roy to join politics

SHILLONG: UDP leader Bindo Lanong has asked Governor Tathagata Roy to resign from his post and join politics. Lanong criticised the statement of governor that opposing CAB is height of stupidity. “The Centre has given exemption to Sixth Schedule areas in Meghalaya from the purview of CAB. This means that the governor is opposing this […]

11 Dec 2019 7:18 am
India, WI look to go for the kill

Mumbai: With the series tied at 1-1, both India and West Indies will aim to come out with the final punch and outclass each other when they battle it out in the third and final T20I set to be played at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday evening. After winning the first T20I by a comprehensive […]

11 Dec 2019 1:41 am
Pollards IPL exposure will benefit bowlers

Mumbai: West Indies coach Phil Simmons on Tuesday said the team would be banking heavily on skipper Kieron Pollard in the series-deciding third T20 International against India as his understanding of the pitch due to IPL exposure will be “invaluable” for the bowlers. Pollard has played a lot at the Wankhede Stadium as he has […]

11 Dec 2019 1:41 am
WC is long way, lets focus on present: Rohit

Mumbai: The Indian team might be treating every bilateral T20 assignment as an audition for next year’s World Cup but vice-captain Rohit Sharma prefers to focus on the present instead of losing sleep over a marquee event, which is still 10 months away. “See, I don’t want to keep saying that we are trying to […]

11 Dec 2019 1:40 am
Shreyas should focus on off-side batting

Mumbai: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen feels Shreyas Iyer, who has been considered as an option for the No. 4 slot in India’s ODI team, should concentrate on improving his off-side batting and should spend extra time on the nets. Speaking about Shreyas on Star Sports Select Dugout, Pietersen said: “Shreyas Iyer needs to focus […]

11 Dec 2019 1:39 am
Yadavs 9-wicket haul helps Mlaya lead by 238 runs vs Nagaland

SHILLONG: Guest-professional Sanjay Yadav claimed 9/52 for Meghalaya as Nagaland were bowled out for just 136 in their first innings of their Ranji Trophy match in Dimapur on Tuesday. Meghalaya then ended the day in a precarious position on 89/9, but leading by a healthy 238 runs at stumps. Meghalaya resumed on day 2 positioned […]

11 Dec 2019 1:39 am
Its an emotional moment: Azhar on Test crickets return to Pakistan

Rawalpindi: The return of Test cricket to Pakistani soil is an emotional occasion, captain Azhar Ali said on Tuesday but that will not come in the way of his team’s efforts to make amends for a disastrous tour of Australia. Pakistani players will play Test cricket at home after a gap of 10 years when […]

11 Dec 2019 1:37 am
No more intl cricket at neutral venues: Pak

Rawalpindi: Pakistan will no longer look for neutral venues to stage home international cricket matches. “The onus will be on the other teams to tell us why they can’t play in Pakistan,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “Our default position will remain that Pakistan is safe. We play […]

11 Dec 2019 1:37 am