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8 of 10 in 2014, can BJP repeat its magic in Maharashtra?
Source:  Oneindia News
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:15

Mumbai, Apr 18: 10 constituencies are polling in Maharashtra today, which includes constituencies in Marathwada and Vidarbha, which have been plagued with farmer issues. Bigwigs in the Congress such as Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan are testing the waters

Implement ILP: KHNAM
Source:  The Shillong Times
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:11

SHILLONG: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) president, Pyndap Saibon said the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act should be improved and demanded the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP).
In a statement issued here, he said the implementation of ILP has been a long pending one and reiterated that it is a shield to protect the minority community.
“Till today, the party is firm on its demand for ILP. It will ensure that we know who enters and who leaves the state,� he said.
Saibon said Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is giving personal views without consulting other organisations. He criticised him for listening to the suggestions of BJP and the RSS to increase vote bank politics.

Ex Peruvian President Dies After Shooting Self As Police Close In
Source:  NDTV News
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:10

Alan Garcia, a two-time president of Peru, died Wednesday morning after shooting himself as police attempted to arrest him in the wide-ranging corruption scandal that has implicated scores of leaders...

News from across the state
Source:  The Shillong Times
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:10

MPUF meets DC over toll gate
SHILLONG: The Meghalaya People’s United Front, East Jaintia Hills District (MPUF-EJHD) met the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills, FM Dopth regarding the two toll gates of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in Jaintia Hills.They were informed that the public can make payment at either of the toll gate and on entering the other toll gate, they should produce the entry receipt and not to make a second payment. In a press statement, the organisation urged the public to approach the DC if the toll gates do not accept the entry receipt.

‘Adhere to waste generator’
Shillong: The Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District along with Nongpoh Town Committee (NTC) has directed the general public which are under the Nongpoh Town Area to adhere to the obligation of waste generator as specified under Rule 4 of SWM Rule, 2016 failing which stern action including penalty ranging from Rs 5000 onwards under “Polluters Pay Principle” will be imposed. They will be impeded as co responder in NGT cases. The full text of SWM Rule, 2016 can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Tough fight in Tamil Nadu as state sees first polls after Jaya, Karuna
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:09

National parties piggyback Dravidian parties to get enough numbers for central coalitions.

Opp slams govt on Ksan mine incident
Source:  The Shillong Times
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:09

SHILLONG: The Opposition Congress has slammed the NPP led government over the ongoing rescue operations at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills where 16 coal miners, mostly from West Garo Hills, are feared dead.
Congress MLA from Rajabala, Azad Zaman on Tuesday said that it is more than four months since the incident happened and initially the state government did not show any seriousness in the rescue operations or else things would have been different.
He stated that central agencies were involved in the rescue operation only after AICC president, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on the matter.
The statement came from Zaman as the state government is likely to make an appeal before the Supreme Court to discontinue the rescue operations as it is not yielding any positive results.
�The state government has not given enough importance and they may be miners but everybody’s life is precious,� he added.
The accident occurred on December 13 last year when water flooded the rat-hole mine trapping 16 miners. Bodies of two were retrieved subsequently. Another body was also detected, but it could not be brought out.
Pointing out that with so many months gone by there is no chance of retrieving the bodies and even if they are able to do so it would be just skeletons.
Zaman said that it is now up to the Supreme Court to continue or call off the rescue operation.
He also suggested that instead of spending lot of money on the rescue operators, the amount should be utilized for the welfare of the bereaved families.

Garo dance to be showcased in London
Source:  The Shillong Times
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:09

SHILLONG: For the very first time, Garo dance of Meghalaya and Cheraw dance of Mizoram will be performed at the International Dance Day celebrations in London on April 27. This year the programme is dedicated to highlight the empowerment of tribal communities of India. Women presenting these dances have been trained locally for the past few months. Apart from these dances, Siddi dance of Karnataka and Pawara Adivasi dance of Maharashtra will also be showcased.
The event, organised at the Church of Scientology in London, also aims to highlight the initiatives taken to empower the tribal and forest dweller communities of India.
They include MSP (Minimum Selling Price) for MFP (Minor Forest Produce), establishment of two central Tribal Universities in India, Tribal Research Centres and Centres of Excellence to preserve the uniqueness of tribal traditions including folklore, promoting the indigenous art forms such as tribal dances and paintings, running of Ekalavya Model Residential Schools, national fellowships and scholarships and national overseas scholarships through Ministry of Tribal Affairs for higher studies abroad, skills development programmes for tribal youth, value addition centres for enabling their self-sustenance, Van Dhan and other welfare schemes.
Coordinators of this event Ragasudha, who is herself a trained classical dancer and a Limca Book world record holder in dance, and Sushil Rapatwar say “We are pleased to be creating awareness about a tiny portion of the vast tribal culture and heritage of India. Saora, Gond, Bhil, Pithora and Warli arts are a rich treasure and a substantial means of non-agricultural income for these tribal communities leading to their empowerment.”
They added that the indigenous tribal dance forms, especially from the North East are rarely seen in Britain. Proud to be presenting a combination of dancing and development of tribal communities on this occasion. We have earlier presented in British Parliament Houses Baghurumba of Assam and Hojagiri of Tripura from North East, Lambadi, Mathuri and Gond dances of Telangana and also presented Saora dance at an event in Switzerland few months ago. There is so much scope to research and introduce the rich tribal art forms to the audiences here in the UK�.

Voting begins in phase two of LS polls in Bengal
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:07

Voting begins in phase two of LS polls in Bengal

Siliguri: Long to medium sized queues were seen before polling booths, as voting began at 7 a.m. for three northern West Bengal constituencies in phase two of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday.

Colourfully attired tea garden workers and their dependents were among those who turned out in strength in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri constituencies, while Muslim community members were seen in good numbers at the prestigious Raiganj seat in the early hours.

The polling would continue till 6 p.m.

A total of 49,32,346 voters — 25,22,887 men, 24,09,372 women and 87 registered in the ‘other’ category — are eligible to express their democratic choice across 5,390 polling stations to decide the fate of 42 candidates in multi-cornered fights basically involving the Trinamool, BJP, CPI-M and the Congress.

In 2014, the Trinamool Congress had won Jalpaiguri, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) bagged Raiganj while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured Darjeeling.

The Trinamool, BJP, Congress and Left Front spearhead CPI-M are in fray in all three the seats.

The star constituency is Raiganj in North Dinajpur district, where sitting MP Mohammad Salim of the CPI-M is taking on former Union Minister and Congress nominee Deepa Dasmunsi, BJP state general secretary Debasree Chaudhuri and Trinamool candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal. Ten other candidates, including five independents, are also in fray.

In Darjeeling — famed for its tea, timber and tourism, BJP’s Raju Singh Bisht is taking on Trinamool’s Amar Singh Rai, Saman Pathak of CPI-M and Congress’ Sankar Malakar. There are also seven candidates from other registered parties and five independents.

Trinamool has renominated its sitting MP Bijoy Chandra Barman in Jalpaiguri, where the BJP ticket has gone to a medico Jayanta Kumar Ray, Congress has fielded tea workers’ leader Mani Kumar Darnal, with the CPI-M fielding Bhagirath Chandra Roy.

The subsequent phases of polls will be held on April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

The votes will be counted on May 23.

Source:  The Shillong Times
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:06

There’s fresh concern that the scenario of joblessness in India is worsening. The reference is to a report released by the Centre for Sustainable Employment under Azim Premji University, which found in a study that some 50lakh jobs were lost since the time of Demonetisation in November, 2016. Without doubt, Demonetisation halted money circulation for a period and resultantly slowed down manufacturing and economic growth, even as PM Modi’s controversial step had its positive sides.

For one, huge amounts of hidden funds came into the formal economy driven by the banking sector and this is having a salutary effect on tax collections. For another, demonetisation applied partial brakes on black money circulation and new rules thereof make it more difficult to deal with cash in hidden modes. The positive effects of all these could be long-term. The roll-out of the GST upset the marketing systems even as it aimed at unifying market taxation systems across the country. This too is a work in progress, and a beginning has been made. At the same time, prima facie, demonetisation will remain as a stigma on the image of the Modi government. The present Lok Sabha polls are fought by the Opposition by highlighting this issue as well. More of emphasis on the part of the principal Opposition and its leader Rahul Gandhi, though, is now on the Rafale deal in which an alleged Modi crony, Anil Ambani, pocketed a huge commission.

It is also noted in the study that fall in jobs graph is on for many years – after Liberalization and globalization which led to the flooding of Chinese goods into the Indian market, and a resultant downturn for Indian manufacturing sector. “After remaining at around 2 to 3 per cent for the first decade, the unemployment rate steadily increased to around 5 per cent in 2015 and then just over 6 per cent in 2018,” the study noted. Mahatma Gandhi, in his wisdom, had sought to encourage the small-scale and cottage industries sector that offered jobs to the rural population, alongside agriculture.

Now, essential items like clothes and soap are mass produced by machines. At the same time, new sectors of employment have sprung up, which are largely urban-centred; like the services sector which is giving jobs to millions as technicians and sales and marketing personnel. Their numbers are not finding full reflection in studies on job generation. Overall, thus, the actual scenario of job loss might not be as worse as studies project.

North Korea Test-Fires New Weapon, First Since Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit
Source:  NDTV News
Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:06

North Korea announced that it test-fired a new tactical guided weapon on Wednesday that increased the "combat power" of the country's military.

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