SHILLONG, April 20: Union Minister of State for Power, and New & Renewable Energy (Independent Charge), R K Singh and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sagma on Friday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Saubhagya at Shillong under which a total of 1.39 lakh households of Meghalaya will be connected with electricity.
Singh has also informed that according to the scheme around 56,000 rural household in 14 unelectrified villages which has more than 5o percent of ST/ SC population will be electrified by April 30 next.
SHILLONG, April 20: As many as 9000 students in Meghalaya failed to receive their post matric scholarships due to a varied number of reasons.
Informing this here on Friday, State Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said that these students had not received this scholarship as some of them had applied for it multiple times while others have failed to give IFSC code and correct bank account number.
SHILLONG, April 19: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has maintained that there is no illegal mining that is going on in Meghalaya.
“There was reassessment done for the coal because we have seen transportation is taking place but illegal mining is not going on in the state,” Conrad said after the assembly session on Thursday.
SHILLONG, April 19: The silent protest taken out by the journalistic fraternity along the streets of Shillong on Thursday spoke volumes about unity of the media which came out in strong condemnation against an attack on one of their own.
This silent march which was organized by the Shillong Press Club (SPC) was replete with banners and posters, condemning the petrol bomb attack at the residence of the Editor of The Shillong Times, Patricia Mukhim which was carried out by unknown miscreants on Tuesday night.
SHILLONG, April 19: Congress MLA from Umroi George Bankyntiew Lyngdoh has questioned how a ‘bunch of crooks’ keeps outsmarting the state government while claiming that illegal coal mining operations are taking place in South West Khasi Hills district, leading to leakage of revenue from the transportation of extracted coal.
Moving a call attention motion during the Budget session here on Thursday, Lyngdoh drew the attention of the state government to the alleged rampant illegal coal mining reported in South West Khasi Hills District even as he expressed concern over five points which include illegal rat-hole mining, forcing of children to work as coal labourers, negative impact of mining on the environment, overloading of coal trucks and circulation of fake challans.
SHILLONG, April 19: While the solution to the decade old Assam-Meghalaya boundary row remains elusive, former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday said that that for the past five years Assam is buying time to study Meghalaya’s claim over the areas of difference, despite the state government submitting the document to Assam in 2013.
MUMBAI, April 19 (IANS): Writer Javed Akhtar on Thursday took a jibe at Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb for saying that the Internet existed during the time of Mahabharata.