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Meghalaya govt bans bandh
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 15:
Published on 16 Jan. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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The Meghalaya Cabinet today decided to declare bandh as “illegal”, even banning media from disseminating information on agitations in the State. The cabinet’s approval assumed significance in the backdrop of the Gauhati High Court declaring the bandhs “illegal and unconstitutional” in Assam and Meghalaya. “We have decided to impose a ban on bandh and a notification will be issued soon in consonance with the ruling of the Supreme Court and Gauhati High Court,” Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Law Bindo M Lanong said. Upholding a Kerala High Court’s judgment declaring bandhs “illegal”, the Division Bench of Gauhati High Court comprising of Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Arun Chandra Upadhyay had directed the Assam and Meghalaya government to take steps for preventing infringement of fundamental rights on accounts of bandhs. The notification, he said would bar person or group of persons, political parties and organisations from holding bandh or any form of agitational programmes. “Violators will be dealt as per provisions of law and bound to pay the causes of damage due to bandh as per the amended Meghalaya Maintenance Public Order Act, 1953,” he said. “The ruling of the Gauhati High Court against holding bandh has come at the right time as the state and people has been affected with frequents bandhs,” Lanong said. He said the bandh has not only affected the day to day activities of the common citizens but had created a negative impact on the functioning of the educational institutions in the state. Govt to minimize sugar price Expressing concerns over the rising price of Sugar, the Meghalaya government today decided to intensify its effort to minimize the price of sugar in the State. In a statement issued here, the Cabinet also reviewed the price situation in the state and assured consumers that it will ensure that the rise in prices of sugar will be minimized. During the last three to four months, the railways have not been able to place adequate number of rakes with the Food Corporation of India for the purpose of the transporting sugar, the statement said. To overcome this, the government will take up the matter with the concerned ministries to ensure that the full quantity of Public Distribution System sugar reaches the State.

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