Meghalaya resents Punjab giving funds directly to Sikhs in Shillong

first_imgThe Meghalaya government on Monday took exception to its Punjab counterpart providing funds for the benefit of people residing in Punjabi Lane here without informing the State government.The issue was raised in the Assembly by Urban Affairs Department Minister Hamlet Dohling. He informed the House that the Punjab government had sanctioned ₹1.5 lakh for treatment of 10 Sikh widows in 2015. It had also sanctioned ₹10 lakh for the construction of the Guru Nanak School at Bara Bazar in 2016, he added. “I am surprised that the Punjab government had sanctioned funds directly to the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner without informing the State government,” he said while replying to a supplementary question raised by Congress MLA from East Shillong Ampareen Lyngdoh.Shilling had witnessed large-scale violence in June last year following clashes between Sikhs living in Punjabi Lane and local tribals. NCP MLA Saleng A. Sangma attacked the government saying it reflected its irresponsible attitudelast_img read more

World Cup: Lloyd, Hussain back India

first_imgLegendary West Indian captain Clive Lloyd on Friday said the current Indian ODI squad is well equipped to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. “India is very good side. Their batting is strong. Also they are currently No 1 Test side in the world,” Lloyd, who led West Indies to the Cup glory in its 1975 and ’79 editions, told Headlines Today, as former greats such as Kapil Dev, Arjun Ranatunga, Sourav Ganguly and Md Azaharuddin sat to review the Cup preparations of different teams, along with cricket analyst Charu Sharma and former cricketer Nikhil Chopra. Former England captain Nasser Hussain, while favouring India and Sri Lanka, also echoed the views of Lloyd, who cautioned against complacency on the fielding front, saying a good fielding side that stops the run flow wins games in an ODI. “Obviously India are a very good side. They have superstar names,” Hussain said, adding, no one should write off the Aussies, despite the Ashes loss.  While former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail believed his national team was better prepared compared to 1992, when Imran Khan made his country the world champions, Kapil Dev said it’s an open WC. “Everyone is on an equal footing,” said Sourav Ganguly.last_img read more