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NPP, BJP make a comeback in Meghalaya election
eghalaya's political stalwart P.A. Sangma and his National People's Party (NPP) on Thursday made a strong comeback in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), defeating the ruling Congress party. Sangma's alliance partner, the BJP, which fielded six candidates, opened its account in the council by winning one seat in a straight contest in ZikZak constituency. BJP candidate Bhupendra B. Hajong defeated Congress nominee Jogadish Ch Hajong by 935 votes. Elections were held on Monday for the 29 seats of the 30-member GHADC amid a boycott by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to protest against the participation of non-indigenous tribals. The government nominates one seat. Source: IANS2015-10-16 03:19:54 PM
Voting in Meghalaya peaceful
Voting ended peacefully on Monday in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections in the western part of Meghalaya as people defied a boycott called by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to exercise their franchise. The government had blocked access to internet services from Sunday night to prevent pressure groups from circulating messages to incite voters not to take part in the election besides creating communal tension in the Garo Hills. "An estimated of 50 percent of the 590,456 voters voted till 4 p.m. in five districts of Garo Hills," Commissioner and Secretary for District Council Affairs Jopthiaw Lyngdoh told IANS. "Polling has been conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner with no report of major incidents," Lyngdoh said. Source: IANS2015-10-15 10:08:18 AM
Counting of ballots begins in five states
The counting of votes began this morning at 8 in the six legislative assembly constituencies of five states where by-elections are taking place. The six constituencies that went for polling on 27 June are RK Nagar in Tamil Nadu, Aruvikara in Kerala, Garoth in Madhya Pradesh, Pratapgarh and Surma in Tripura and Chokpot in Meghalaya. As the early trends suggested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J. Jayalalitha was way ahead of the others in the RK Nagar constituency, while Congress candidate KS Sabarinandhan was leading in Aruvikara constituency of Kerala. As far as Garoth in Madhya Pradesh constituency is concerned, BJP's Chandarsingh Sisodia was leading by 1,831 votes after four rounds of counting were complete. Trends for rest of the constituencies were not declared till 10 am.
Source: News Reports2015-06-30 09:50:18 AM
Congress wins the Chokpot assembly seat of Meghalaya
The Chokpot legislative assembly seat of Meghalaya has gone to Congress, whose Bluebell R Sangma has accounted for the seat beating oythers by a margin of 2,550 votes. The counting of votes began in the constituency at 8 am today, while the polling for the same took place on 27 June. It has been a sort of moral victory for Congress as it has won this seat after a long gap of 20 years.
Source: News Reports2015-06-30 11:35:07 AM
Congress wins Meghalaya by-election
The ruling Congress on Tuesday won the by-election in Meghalaya's Chokpot assembly constituency, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D. Marak of the National People's Party by 2,550 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told media on the phone. Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-election was announced, secured 8,042 votes while Phillipole garnered 5,492 votes. The by-election was necessitated following the death of Garo National Council legislator Clifford R. Marak early this year. Marak's wife Kalpana D. Sangma secured 5,009 votes. While independent candidate Tinkerwin R. Marak received 1,189 votes, 424 voters opted for the None of the Above category in the by-election.
Source: IANS2015-06-30 01:59:32 PM
Polling ends in by-elections in five states
The Dr. Radha Krishanan Nagar assembly constiuency of Tamil Nadu and Aruvikkara assembly segment of Kerala witnessed over 70 percent of voter turnout on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha was in fray who is contesting the RK Nagar seat. A little over 71 percent voter turnout was recorded in Dr. RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu, while Aruvikkara did better with 74.15 percent of the possible ballot being cast. The other assembly constituencies where by-elections were held on Saturday are Pratapgarh (SC) and Surma in Tripura, Chokpot (SC) in Meghalaya and Garoth in Madhya Pradesh. Polling was largely peaceful at all the polling booths in all the concerned assembly constituencies.
Source: News Reports2015-06-27 06:02:41 PM
EVMs to display images along with names, symbols
To ensure greater transparency and avoid confusion in the minds of voters, the Election Commission has decided that electronic voting machines (EVMs) would henceforth display images of the contestants along with their names and party symbols. The new system would be operational for the first time during the June 27 byelections to six assembly constituencies in five states - Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. "Following a Supreme Court direction, the Election Commission has decided to display photos of the candidates besides their names and party symbols on the EVMs," Election Commission Secretary K.N. Bhar told IANS. The images would be displayed between the party symbol and the candidate's name. "The new mode would be applicable from now onwards in all future elections to parliament and the state assemblies," he added. Source - IANS2015-06-20 03:15:11 PM
By-elections in Meghalaya on 27 June
The Chokpot legislative assembly constituency in Meghalaya is heading for by-elections in late June. The death of the sitting MLA from Chokpot, Clifford Marak on 28 February, forced the by-polls in this assembly constituency in Meghalaya. As per the schedule released by the Election Commission of India, 3 June is the day when the filing of nominations will begin and will go on till 10 June. on 13 June, the nominations will be scrutinised. The polling in the constituency will take place on 27 June, counting of ballots will be done and results will be announced on 30 June.
Source: News Reports2015-06-02 02:40:20 PM
Six new governors appointed
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday filled up vacancies of governors in four northeastern states while shifting two governors. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan comminique, V. Shanmuganthan has now been appointed as the governor of Meghalaya whereas Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (retd.) has been transferred to Mizoram for the remainder of his term which lasts till 2018. The seventh governor to be named for the northeastern state since July 2014, he will be succeeded in Itanagar by J.P. Rajkhowa. Meghalaya and Mizoram were currently being held as additional charges by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:44:25 AM
RS passes Bangladesh land boundary bill
The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to operationalise the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, and the exchange of certain enclaves of land between the two countries. The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013 was unanimously passed by the upper house, with 180 votes in favour and zero against it. The bill to operationalise the agreement with Bangladesh includes exchange of territories in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and was cleared by the union cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
Source: IANS2015-05-06 05:36:35 PM
Congress notice to Assam MLA over auto-theft link
The ruling Congress in Assam on Monday issued a show-cause notice to party legislator Rumi Nath over her alleged link with the kingpin of an auto theft racket in Mumbai and Delhi who was arrested in the state. Anil Chauhan, a kingpin in the auto theft racket and wanted by police in Mumbai, Delhi and Meghalaya, was arrested by police in Guwahati last week. The alleged link between Nath, a two-time legislator from Borkhola constituency in Karimganj district, and Chauhan came to light after the police probe revealed that Chauhan was issued car passes by the Assam legislative assembly authorities on her recommendation.
Source: IANS2015-04-07 10:21:00 AM
Meghalaya speaker confident of winning 'trust vote'
Ahead of the Meghalaya assembly taking up a 'no confidence' motion against him on Wednesday, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal on Tuesday exuded confidence that the members would continue to support him. "I am fully confident that the assembly members will continue to extend their support to me during the no-confidence motion against me. But let us see tomorrow (on Wednesday)," Mondal said. The combined opposition -- of the Meghalaya People's Front and the Hills State People's Democratic Party -- moved a no-confidence motion against Mondal, alleging that he had not allotted sufficient time for the members to take up relevant issues. MPF chief whip James Sangma said that they moved the motion to express their displeasure against the speaker for conducting the proceedings in a "biased manner". The speaker rubbished the charge levelled by the opposition saying he has conducted the proceedings as per rules.
Source: IANS2015-03-25 10:20:48 AM
Meghalaya deputy speaker quits ahead of floor test against speaker
Meghalaya Deputy Speaker and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Sanbor Shullai on Monday resigned from his post, two days before a crucial no-confidence motion against Speaker Abu Taher Mondal. Shullai's resignation was announced by the speaker on the floor of the house. "I have resigned from the post on personal ground and my resignation has no connection with the no-confidence motion against the speaker. There was no pressure neither from the MUA government nor the chief minister," Shullai told journalists. The combined opposition Meghalaya People's Front and the Hill State People's Democratic Party has moved a no-confidence motion against Mondal, alleging that he had not allotted sufficient time for the members to take up relevant issues in the assembly.
Source: IANS2015-03-24 10:29:12 AM
Meghalaya on railways' map
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said that Meghalaya has joined the railway network and Arunachal Pradesh has been linked with the national capital. "We are committed to provide rail connectivity to northeastern states and Meghalaya has been finally brought on the railways' map," the minister said in his budget speech in the Lok Sabha. "Arunachal Pradesh has been finally connected to Delhi," he said. In 2014, the central government flagged off the first passenger train service in Meghalaya connecting Mendipathar in the state with Guwahati in Assam. A project to convert the Bhairabi-Sairang track in Mizoram into broad gauge was also initiated.
Source: IANS2015-02-26 03:53:40 PM
New institution to replace Brahmaputra Board: Uma Bharti
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday said a new institution will replace the 34-year-old Brahmaputra Board to take up integrated water resource planning and management in the Brahmaputra basin. Bharti made this announcement after chairing the seventh and last meeting of the board's High Powered Review Board in the Meghalaya capital. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, and water resources ministers of the northeastern states were also present. "I can declare with a firm conviction that today is the last meeting of the Brahmaputra Board. The next meeting will be held under a new name and concept. It (board) would reincarnate with a new name and concept in which the views of every state will be incorporated," Bharti told journalists.
Source: IANS2015-02-12 10:37:10 AM
Modi greets Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur on statehood day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the people of Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur on their statehood day. Greeting the people of Meghalaya, Modi said: "My dear sisters and brothers of Meghalaya, my greetings on your statehood day. I extend my best wishes for Meghalaya's development journey." "During my recent visit to the north-east, I was fortunate to have inaugurated the first train that brought Meghalaya on India's railway map. This will add tremendous impetus to Meghalaya's progress," he added. The prime minister also said that he was "committed to leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the dreams of Meghalaya's youngsters are fulfilled and they get opportunities to shine". Extending warm greetings to the citizens of Tripura, Modi said: "I have very fond memories of my visit to Tripura in December last year. I will always remember your warm nature and the excellent hospitality."
Source: IANS2015-01-21 01:56:39 PM
160 northeast youths to join Delhi Police: Rijiju
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday announced that 160 youths from northeast states would be inducted into Delhi Police. Rijiju made the announcement while attending a meeting with senior officials at Delhi Police headquarters, considering the increasing number of racial attacks against people from northeastern states in Delhi. Rijiju said that 10 male and 10 female police officers will be inducted in Delhi Police from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. At pPresent, only 39 policemen from northeastern states are serving with Delhi Police. Of these policemen, 10 are Indian Police Service officers while the rest are either constables, head constables or inspectors.
Source: IANS2014-12-30 04:53:12 PM
Centre to hold meeting of NE chief ministers on terror: Rijiju
The central government would soon hold a meeting with all chief ministers of the eight northeastern states to discuss the security threat by jihadi groups, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijju said in Shillong on Friday. "The issue (security threat) is serious and a meeting with chief ministers of the states from the (northeast) region will be convened soon to discuss and take strategic decisions," Rijiju said. He was speaking to journalists after inspecting the India-Bangladesh border in the Dawki sector in Meghalaya. "In that meeting, strategic decision will be taken on the law and order front as well as security aspect of the whole region," he said while refusing to divulge details about the spread of terror modules in the region.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 09:52:46 AM
Meghalaya CM to share dais with Modi on Saturday after political spat
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had said Narendra Modi would never become the prime minister, would share the dais with him on Saturday to flag off the first passenger train between Assam's Guwahati and his state's Garo Hills. Sangma however made light of it. "Sharing the dais with the prime minister is nothing extraordinary," Sangma said when journalists sought for his comments on his sharing the dais with Modi at Maligaon in Assam's main city of Guwahati. In fact, Sangma and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee are the only two chief ministers who has not met Modi after the Bharatiya Janata Party unseated the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in the parliamentary elections. However, the Meghalaya chief minister said that he would meet Modi only when it was needed. Source : IANS2014-11-29 10:09:51 AM
Meghalaya home minister quits
Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri has resigned from the ruling Congress-led government, a party official said Friday.Warjri, the first woman home minister, submitted her resignation to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma late Thursday."I have resigned owning moral responsibility for the prevailing law and order situation in Garo Hills where precious lives of both civilians and men in uniform have been lost," Warjri stated.However, it is not known if the chief minister has accepted Warjri's resignation.There have been a series of explosion in Garo Hills perpetrated by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), killing two policemen and injuring three others.The militant outfit had also tossed a crude bomb at a police outpost at Rongram in West Garo Hills. However, there were no casualties.Warjri's comes ahead of the winter assembly session beginning from Friday where the combined opposition of Meghalaya People's Front (MPF) is planning to nail the government on criminalisation of politics, and total collapse of governance which led to deaths of civilians and security forces besides infiltration of militants into Meghalaya Police.(IANS)2014-11-21 12:12:19 PM
BJP Bags Kothrud constituency
Kothrud constituency’s BJP candidate Medha Kulkarni wins.
Source: Media Sources2014-10-19 10:44:49 AM
Northeast CMs' meet to decide roadmap for development
DoNER Minister Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh would meet the chief ministers of all eight northeastern states in Guwahati Aug 21-22 to decide a roadmap for the development of the region, an official said. This would be the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister's first meeting with the chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim.
Source: IANS2014-08-18 04:21:58 PM
Meghalaya Congress leaders tell Sonia about dissent
Two Congress legislators from Meghalaya met party chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and apprised her about the growing dissent within the party in the state. Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee chief D.D. Lapang and Forest and Environment Minister Prestone Tynsong drove to Sonia Gandhi's house and also expressed displeasure at the style of functioning of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
Source: IANS2014-08-06 09:50:05 AM
Meghalaya CM seeks Modi's intervention on coal mining ban
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invoke a provision of the Sixth Schedule so that central laws relating to mining are repealed following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state. "Invoke paragraph 12A (b) of the Sixth Schedule so that application of central laws relating to mining may be rescinded through a presidential notification. Thereafter, the state legislature shall make appropriate legislation to regulate mining in the state in accordance with the Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Policy, 2012," Sangma said in a letter to Modi.
Source: IANS2014-08-01 09:52:15 AM
Upset with Jaitley's budget: Meghalaya CM
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said he was upset with the Narendra Modi government's maiden budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for not including promotion of trade between India's northeastern states and neighbouring countries. "The budget speech, though generating lot of promises, there was nothing comprehensive for us. There was expectation for a 'comprehensive support system' for the northeastern states," Sangma told journalists. Source : IANS2014-07-11 11:36:38 AM
Meghalaya told not to hold talks with Garo outfit
The central government has directed Meghalaya not to hold talks with the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a rebel outfit fighting for a separate Garoland state, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said. "They (central government) have formally indicated to us that we should not continue to pursue talks with the GNLA since they (GNLA) are continuing with their criminal activities," Sangma told journalists.
Source : IANS2014-07-11 12:18:12 PM
Paul sworn-in Nagaland governor
Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul on Wednesday took over additional charge of Nagaland too following resignation of Ashwani Kumar. He was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Justice T. Vaiphei at Raj Bhavan here. Additional State Chief Secretary Toshi Aier read out a warrant of appointment issued by the President appointing Paul as the state governor. Source : IANS2014-07-02 12:37:32 PM
Meghalaya gets new chief secretary
P.B.O. Warjri, a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been appointed the new chief secretary of Meghalaya, an official said. He will succeed W.M.S. Pariat, who is retiring June 30. Warjri is currently chairman for administrative reforms and additional chief secretary in-charge of the soil and water conservation department.
Source: IANS2014-06-28 03:31:33 PM
Meghalaya MP asks Modi to rehabilitate coal miners
Congress MP from Shillong Vincent H. Pala urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out a rehabilitation scheme for coal mine owners, miners and those dependent on coal mining following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. "The centre should provide efficient legal assistance to the state and to the affected parties so that the NGT is halted in its tracks from causing deep social unrest, economic despondency and increase in insurgency activities," Pala said in a letter to Modi. Source : IANS2014-06-24 10:44:48 AM
Meghalaya MLA wants CBI probe into politician-militant nexus
Saleng Sangma, a Garo legislator in Meghalaya, asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to initiate a CBI probe into the politician-militant nexus in the insurgency-ravaged districts of Garo hills. The Independent legislator, who has survived several attempts on his life by militants, informed Rajnath Singh through a letter that Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has also said there was evidence to prove the links between politicians and militant groups. Saleng told the home minister that a militant who revealed the names of some politicians allegedly maintaining links with militant groups was killed the very next day. Source : IANS2014-06-24 12:48:38 PM
P.A. Sangma seeks Modi's intervention in Meghalaya custodial deaths
National People's Party (NPP) supremo Purno Agitok Sangma on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the twin custodial death in Meghalaya. Sangma, who is the lone NPP member in the Lok Sabha, has also asked National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan to institute an inquiry into the twin custodial death. Source: IANS2014-06-01 09:38:17 AM
No regrets for Modi remark: Mukul Sangma
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said he does not regret his remark that Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister because of his "fundamentalist background". He said the mandate in the general election was not for the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime minister-designate but for an alternative to the Congress-led government at the centre. Source: IANS2014-05-23 10:30:06 AM
Sangma leading in Meghalaya
Former Lok Sabha speaker and National People's Party (NPP) candidate Purno Agitok Sangma and sitting Congress MP Vincent H. Pala are leading in Tura and Shillong constituencies in Meghalaya. Counting of votes is in progress. Sangma is leading by 30,000 votes against Congress candidate Daryl William Cheran Momin.
Source: IANS2014-05-16 12:09:48 PM
Meghalaya to count votes under CCTV surveillance
Counting of votes for Meghalaya's two Lok Sabha seats will be done under CCTV surveillance, an election official said. Over 69 percent (10,80,845) of the 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok Sabha seats - Tura and Shillong - in the state. A total of 2,581 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been kept under security guard since balloting for the seats was held on April 9. Source: IANS2014-05-14 03:22:21 PM
Over 69 percent turnout in Meghalaya
Over 69 percent of Meghalaya's 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok Sabha seats in the mountainous northeastern state, an election official said Thursday. "The final figure of voting in Shillong and Tura constituencies was 69.03 percent," state chief electoral officer Prashant Naik told IANS. A total of 2,562 polling booths had been set up in the state's 11 districts for the polling Wednesday.
Source: IANS2014-04-10 05:35:10 PM
Voting begins in Meghalaya
Voting for two parliamentary constituencies in Meghalaya began Wednesday amidst tight security, marking the start of second phase elections in India which began April 7, an official said. Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of polling stations well before voting opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 5 p.m., said chief electoral officer Prashant Naik.
Source: IANS2014-04-09 08:01:20 AM
Meghalaya witnesses 10 pc voting
Meghalaya witnessed ten per cent of the voters exercising their franchise till 9 AM for the two Lok Sabha constituencies where polling began this morning. Defying a 12-hour bandh called by a banned separatist group in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region, voters turned out more in urban areas compared to rural areas, Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said. Governor Dr K K Paul cast his vote in the early hours.
Source: PTI2014-04-09 11:50:06 AM
Elephant scare, firing near Meghalaya booths
Voting picked up Wednesday for the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya, even as the firing of blanks was reported near a polling centre and wild elephants disrupted officials from visiting two polling booths in the state. "Around 39 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 1 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said, adding that the turnout is expected to increase as the day progresses.
Source:IANS2014-04-09 02:26:43 PM
Meghalaya records 53 percent polling
Meghalaya Wednesday recorded 53 percent polling till 3 p.m., as voting took place at a brisk pace with people turning out in huge numbers to elect two Lok Sabha members from the state. "Around 53 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 3 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said.
Source:IANS2014-04-09 04:29:20 PM
Sangma bats for smaller states
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, a nine-time MP who is returning to national politics through the Lok Sabha election, supports the demand for creation of smaller states across the country. The National People's Party (NPP) supremo, who returned to the national political scene by seeking the mandate from the Tura constituency, is fighting the Lok Sabha polls on the plank of a separate Garoland to be carved out of Meghalaya.
Source:IANS2014-04-04 04:22:10 PM
Sangma battles Congress and an indifferent electorate in Meghalaya
Unlike the rest of the country, where the two principal national parties are waging a high decibel Lok Sabha campaign, the lack of issues in the two constituencies in Meghalaya has translated into a battle of personalities - particularly in Tura where nine-time MP Purno Sangma is ranged against the Congress' Daryl William Cheran Momin, who is fighting for change
Source:IANS2014-04-03 07:55:04 PM
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