SHILLONG/TURA, Oct 12: Defying the boycott called by various NGOs and a militant outfit, people of Garo Hills on Monday came out in large numbers to poll for the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), which remained mostly peaceful, except for two incidents. The total number of electorates who were eligible to cast their votes was 590456.
The figure for West Garo Hills (WGH) district was an impressive 73.46 percent and is likely to have the biggest impact in the overall figures for the region. “Remote locations too have shown impressive figures with the plain belt making a statement of intent. Most constituencies in question polled more than 80 percent. The dampener was Tura, which only polled 43.35 percent despite our best efforts”, said a visibly relieved DC of WGH, Pravin Bakshi.
SHILLONG, Oct 12: With close to 1000 tribes in the country seeking their inclusion in the ST (Scheduled Tribe) category, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram on Monday said the ministry has proposed that demands for inclusion in Scheduled Tribe category by tribes should be decided within a timeframe of six months.
Oram said the proposals to decide on ST demand in a time-bound manner, are being sent to the Union Cabinet for approval.
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Over eight lakh chemists across the country will shut their shops for a day on Wednesday to oppose the central government's alleged move to regularise the sale of medicines through e-pharmacies on the Internet.
They also warned of an indefinite strike if the government failed to address the issue within a week.
"Internet pharmacy is a new platform for the sale of medicines for the last one year. It is completely illegal and we have even apprised higher authorities that such sale of medicines is a violation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, which talks of proper prescription by doctors," All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) president J.S. Sinde said at a media briefing here.
SHILLONG, Oct 12: The minimum wage payable to the employees under the 28 Schedule of Employments has been hiked from the existing amounts with effect from April 1, 2015.
In a notification issued on Monday, the Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Labour Department has informed that the Government of Meghalaya has revised the minimum wages payable to the employees under the 28 Schedule of Employments. The daily minimum wage is Rs. 170 for unskilled workers, Rs. 181 for semi-skilled workers, Rs. 191 for skilled workers and Rs. 212 for highly-skilled workers.
Patna, Oct 12 (IANS): Around 57 percent of 13.5 million electorate voted on Monday in 49 of the 243 constituencies in the first round of battle for political power in Bihar. The two main fronts soon claimed victory.
It marked the start of an intense five-phase contest that will end on November 5 and whose outcome -- to be known three days later -- will prove whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi still retains his charisma or not.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA is determined to oust the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its allies, the RJD and Congress who had formed a Grand Alliance.
SHILLONG, Oct 12: Meghalaya may have emerged as one of the most competitive states in the country under the category of ‘North East Economies’ with a staggering Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) at $4.2 billion in 2014-2015 but many from the state differ with this picture. There are opinions from these right thinking citizens that the picture is rather darker than what meets the eyes.
While discussing this study conducted by Mint in association with Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s Institute of Competitiveness, with doctorate level students and professors of national level institutes in Shillong there are opinions that the GSDP figure needs to be relooked. These students and professors of economics and statistics, while requesting anonymity, said that the findings of the GSDP expanding to a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 percent in the decade 2004-05 to 2014-15 cannot be believed while arguing that had this been the case then the progress of a small state like Meghalaya would have been visibly clear.
Tura, Oct 11: In a very sad day for the journalistic fraternity in Meghalaya, a cameraman working with a local media house, Peitngor Cable News (PCN) – Kenny Warjri succumbed to his injuries even as another, Walton Jrywa of UB Photos, is fighting for his life after the vehicle that they were travelling in hit a tree on Sunday afternoon, about a kilometer into the Paikan-Tura road on NH51.