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Shillong medical college construction may start in March
Source:  The Shillong Times
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:52

SHILLONG: The hurdles pertaining to the construction of long delayed Shillong Medical College finally seem to be clearing now as the KPC group is looking to begin the construction of the project by the end of March or first week of April.
An official of the KPC group, while talking to The Shillong Times, said that the new agreement for the project is due and the entire process will be over in March. “We are hoping that the construction work for the dream project of Shillong would begin by March end or April first week,� the official said.
When asked about the delay in the project, the official said that the KPC is nobody to question the government for the delay.
Initially, Meghalaya government had decided to construct the Medical College in Reid Chest Hospital in Jhalupara but later, the government decided to shift the project to Umsawli.
When contacted, Health Minister, AL Hek said that the department has to hold a bit of negotiation after which the land would be handed over to the KPC group for the construction of the project.
Former chief minister Mukul Sangma had in 2017 laid the foundation stone for the state’s first medical college in the existing Reid Chest Hospital in Jhalupara, five years after the MoU was signed.
The initial project cost was Rs 250 crore but it will be escalated to around Rs 350-400 crore since the project has been delayed for long. The state government would hand over at least 20 acres of land to the group for construction of the medical college based on the norms of Medical Council of India.
Sources said that the medical college is the need of the hour in Meghalaya as even after 48 years of statehood, the state does not have its own medical college.
Tura medical college
On the other hand, work for the Tura medical college is on though it faces several challenges sometimes.
Officials said that since the location of the medical college is quite remote, issues keep on emerging and West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner is in constant touch with the implementing agency to ensure that the hurdles are cleared and work does not get affected.
It was also informed that various segments of the project, including administrative building, boys and girls hostels besides the fencing work of the project, are going on.
As of now, the construction, which began last year, is scheduled to be completed within three years as per the timeline.
The Centre had sanctioned Rs 189 crore for the medical college and the state government has requested for a revised estimate of Rs 244 crore.
The college with 100 seats will come up on 100 acres at Doldegre, 8 kms from Tura in West Garo Hills.

Locals detained by Assam Police released
Source:  The Shillong Times
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:50

SHILLONG: The state police informed that two youths of Mawlan-A village, who were detained by the police personnel of Boko, Assam, were released on Saturday.
As per inquiry carried out by the West Khasi Hills police, it was learnt that the two youths identified as Debarius Mawlein and Arlingstar Marwein were detained on charges that they were violating provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.
It was further informed that the duo went to Boko market in their private vehicles on Friday, in inebriated state prompting the authorities to detain them.
Moreover, the police have said that the detention of the youths has no relation with the inter-state border dispute which occurred at Umwali, West Khasi Hills.
On February 19, the villagers of Umwali had complained that Assam Police had trespassed into the villages, and wanted to construct a border outpost on private land of a tribal villager. The villagers had registered protest against the alleged attempt to set up the new police outpost.

MLAs air voice of people, says Sawkmie
Source:  The Shillong Times
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:50

SHILLONG: The opposition Chief Whip and Congress MLA, P T Sawkmie has said that it is wrong to say that the majority is not supporting the demand for ILP.
In response to Cabinet Minister AL Hek, Sawkmie said that as the MLAs represent the people of the state, the decision on ILP resolution should be considered as the voice of the people.
“From the statement of Hek, it is very clear that the BJP is not interested in implementing ILP�, Sawkmie said.

UDP board to decide fate of Paul, Pathaw
Source:  The Shillong Times
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:49

SHILLONG: Though many members in the United Democratic Party are of the view that the two UDP MDCs, Paul Lyngdoh and Teibor Pathaw, who had switched allegiance to the United Democratic Forum (UDF) from the UDP-led United Democratic Alliance (UDA) should be expelled, the UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawtoh has said that as per the party principles and constitution, it is the parliamentary board of the party which will take a final call on the matter.
Mawthoh on Saturday said that the party has its own principle and procedure and as per the procedure, the party has to take action step by step into the matter.
“We have given them the show cause notice and they also appeared before me and the party president,� he said.
According to Mawthoh, as per the party constitution, the matter now has to be discussed in the parliamentary board and it is the prerogative of the board to take a final call on the matter.
Sources had earlier claimed that the mood of the majority in the party is to expel them, but then under the constitution of the party, the parliamentary board will have to decide with regard to the elected representatives and only after that they will take a call�.
The parliamentary board will meet next week to discuss the action of the MDCs.

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead
Source:  India Today
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:46

Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada's presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats' national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he's too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.

KHNAM counters Hek over ILP remark
Source:  The Shillong Times
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:46

GUWAHATI: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has expressed surprise over the Health Minister AL Hek’s remark that “only 30,000 citizens in Meghalaya were demanding ILP in the state�.
“This statement is immature and has not been made with clear knowledge. Is he trying to say that the 60 MLAs who unanimously passed a resolution for implementation of ILP represent only 30,000 people,� KHNAM spokesperson Thomas Passah reacted on Saturday. Cabinet minister and BJP MLA AL Hek had told the media on Friday that there was a “mixed response� to the demand for ILP in the state and that the entire population of Meghalaya, which is about 35 lakh, may or may not agree to the demand for ILP.
Countering the minister’s remark, Passah claimed that the ILP demand had the support of the entire population.
“We are very disappointed with the delay tactics and the casual attitude of the central government. We had expected some very positive response,� he told The Shillong Times on Saturday.
Reiterating the party’s doubts on the seriousness of the state government as well, which includes the 60 MLAs, Passah said, “Now the picture is clearer that there are MLAs/ministers who do not wish ILP to be implemented for vote-bank politics. And the reason is because they themselves are not clear what ILP is. They are merely assuming that ILP is anti-non-indigenous, which is totally wrong. Actually, it is the other way around as implementation of ILP will help us identify the genuine non-indigenous population of the state�.
He further said that implementation of ILP will not take away rights of other people as granted under the Constitution.
“On the contrary, ILP will give protection to the identity of the residents of the state in accordance with the Constitution of India. Then again, contrary to what has been assumed, ILP will facilitate tourism growth wherein tourists would be able to explore the beauty of the state in a more safe and secured environment and in an organised manner,� the KHNAM spokesperson said.
Citing an example, he further said that Sikkim, which has an ILP-like system, is one of the most happening tourist destinations of India.

Prahar Janshakti Party leader shot dead in Akot
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:36

A local leader of the Prahar Janshakti Party (PJP) was allegedly shot dead by two unidentified assailants at Akot town in Akola district, police said

Inter Milan Game Among 3 Postponed Over Coronavirus Fears In Italy
Source:  NDTV News
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:36

The matches between title-chasing Inter Milan and Sampdoria, Atalanta against Sassuolo and Hellas Verona versus Cagliari have been pushed back to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Chandrashekhar Azad dares RSS chief to contest elections
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:35

Those who are keen to save the nation are not afraid of any punishment, says Bhim Army chief

Himanshi Khurana blasts Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidhath Shukla, says learn how to talk to women first
Source:  IBTimes India
Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:19

Bigg Boss 13 contestant Himanshi Khurana has taken a sly dig at Sidharth Shukla by saying that he does not know how to respect women.

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