SHILLONG, Jan 25: India’s North East and the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya have a rich tradition of Indigenous medicine. There are many plants used in day to day life for nutritional source, as home remedies for small ailments or chronic diseases. These do not need any special training but good enough for preventive and therapeutic use. There is a need to record these home remedies for future scientific verification. With this aim the city based Asian Confluence has organized an interactive session “Conserving Indigenous Knowledge on Traditional Medicine: Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition Practiced in India and South Africa” at its conference centre on the sidelines of a survey visit to Meghalaya by scientists from University of Kwazalu-Natal, Department of Public Health Medicine, Durban, South Africa and Tata Institute of Social sciences (TISS), Mumbai on Friday.
SHILLONG, Jan 24: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Friday reprimanded the Meghalaya Government here and directed it to submit the final report about the 15 missing miners from 2012, by April 4 - the next date of hearing of the Tribunal.
“The fate of human beings cannot be that of cattle… The truth must come out,” the Tribunal stated while passing its order here at the Meghalaya High Court.
The Tribunal was chaired by Justice MS Nambiar as the judicial member and Ranjan Chaterjee as the executive member.
Expressing shock, the Tribunal said that the Meghalaya Government and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) “can’t wash their hand off” from finding out the truth about the disappearance of the coal miners in the 2012 coal mishap in South Garo Hills.
SHILLONG, Jan 23: Meghalaya hospitals are yet to put in place a disaster management plan, as directed by the State Government, following the AMRI hospital disaster of Kolkata in 2011.
Meghalaya Government officials said that the hospitals in the State have sought an additional eight weeks from today to put in place a disaster management plan in their respective hospitals.
“We have given the hospitals eight weeks from today to set in place a disaster management plan in their hospitals,” Principal Secretary, in-charge education, PK Srivastava said after a workshop on Hospital Safety Mass Casualty Management and Hospital Disaster Management Planning here at the Secretariat.
SHILLONG, Jan 23: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Thursday released its first list for the upcoming MDC election to KHADC and JHADC. On Thursday, the MPCC announced candidates for 26 seats of the 29 seats in Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC). The remaining three names will be announced later.
Shillong, Jan 23: The HSPDP on Thursday released the second list of candidates for the forthcoming MDC election to KHADC and JHADC.
The party declared 9 names in the second list, comprising of 8 candidates for KHADC and 1 for JHADC.
HSPDP Spokesperson, Goldenstar Nonglong, appealed to masses to look for ‘vision, integrity, responsibility, transparency and knowledge’ of the candidate rather than the party.
SHILLONG, Jan 23: The breakaway faction of the ANVC styled as the ANVC(B) led by its chairman Rimpu Marak has been asked by the Union and the state governments to furnish details about the strength of its cadres’ and arms inventory soon so the outfit can be part of the final settlement for peace which will be signed and executed soon.
Senior home department officials said that the ANVC(B) leader Rimpu R Marak has been communicated this message during the tripartite meeting held between the state, centre governments, the ANVC and ANVC(B) on Thursday.
SHILLONG, Jan 23: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) is contemplating to put up candidates in Meghalaya for the upcoming district council and Lok Sabha elections. The AAP has appointed CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing as one of the three state coordinators along with twelve other members for enrolment drive in all the districts of the state.
“We have constituted the preparatory committee in the state in order to organize the district committees of AAP in Meghalaya,” AAP National Executive Member in-charge of North Eastern States Camp, Habung Payeng, told reporters on Thursday.
SHILLONG, Jan 23: The public address system or loud speakers that are largely seen in various parts of the city are an informative tool to alert the masses with information concerning them. But what is disturbing is the playing of music before and after every announcement. Though playing music is not objectionable in any way but what is needed is to play perhaps local language music or promote an upcoming talent, who are literally unheard in this big world of commercial publicity, through this medium.
‘Nexus with militants’ slur on Mukul is like kite flying’
SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya Chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma finally found respite on Wednesday when his senior party colleagues and former chief minister Salseng C Marak and the Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent Pala stoutly defended him by saying that the allegation of the chief minister having a nexus with the militant outfit ANVC(B) is some sort of kite flying.
Dr Sangma has been under attack from the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) ever since the ANVC(B) political secretary Ajaju Marak, who has reportedly left the organization, revealed that the chief minister had used them to catapult himself to the post of the chief minister during the last Assembly term.
Shillong, Jan 22 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday hinted at taking legal action against former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Sangma for accusing him of being the "common chairman" of three militant outfits in the state.
"I am afraid that I may be compelled to move to the court of law to seek redressal on defamation against him (Purno Sangma)," Dr Sangma told journalists.
The chief minister termed the National People's Party (NPP) chief's allegations as a sign of "desperation" and "frustration" after having failed to make an impression in last year's assembly polls, where the NPP won only two seats.
"He should respect the mandate of the people," the CM said.
TURA, Jan 22: Support for the 5 year old who lost his limbs in an accidental electrocution has been pouring in from all quarters of the Garo Hills region with NGOs and citizens alike, making efforts to contact the family. The boy, Chidam Marak, had his hands amputated after the freak accident while relieving himself in front of an open transformer last year.
However, the MeECL, whose negligence led to the accident, is yet to answer to the request of the Deputy Commissioner to contribute to the rehabilitation of the boy.
A resident of Tura, Emphong Sangma, upon hearing of the incident said, “This is really sad and we need to ensure that the boy gets the best chance to live a normal life. I will definitely contribute to help with the efforts”.
Chengkal Marak and J M Marak of North Garo Hills also promised their part. Chengkal said, “We have been moved by the plight of the boy and me and my friends will definitely help”.
SHILLONG, Jan 22: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary in-charge of Meghalaya Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho Wednesday held a review meeting in the city to seek opinions from State Congress leaders and functionaries before the finalization of the candidates from the Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election.
During the meeting, Sadho met all the Congress legislators, leaders of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), District Congress Committees (DCCs), Mahilas and Youth Congress besides candidates for the party ticket.
It may be mentioned here that four Congress leaders including incumbent MP Vincent H Pala have applied for the party ticket from Shillong Parliamentary seat, while nine aspirants including Sports Minister Zenith Sangma have sought for the party ticket from the Tura Parliamentary seat.
SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya faces a peculiar and ironic situation each year in which Garo Hills having the most number of militant groups have been observing various National Day celebrations without any hitch, but Khasi-Jaintia Hills has been witnessing shutdowns.
Like in other years, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has joined other militant groups from the northeast in calling a general strike or shutdown during this year’s Republic Day celebrations.
SHILLONG, Jan 21: The Meghalaya Government Tuesday rubbished accusations of “surrendering to the demands of militants” leveled by the Opposition, with regards to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), and said it “cannot be like Nazis and gas militants.”
“We cannot be like Nazis…We cannot Gas them (militants),” Commissioner Secretary Home, Jophtiaw Lyngdoh said when asked about his views of giving in to militant’s demand as accused by the Opposition, National People’s Party (NPP).
SHILLONG, Jan 21: Six outlawed terrorist organizations from the North East India have called for 16 hours general strike to boycott the Republic Day on January 26. The general strike will be effective from 1 am to 5 pm on January 26 in the entire region.
In a press communiqué on Tuesday, United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA –I) said, “All these years, the people of our region, struggling for freedom and independence, have been boycotting India’s Republic Day with observing the General Strike every year as a symbolic rejectin of India’s Constitution”.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to adjudicate within eight weeks on petitions seeking the cancellation of the ST status of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma.
During its hearing a Division bench headed by Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice MY Eqbal disposed of two petitions, without giving its opinion on the issue, and instead asked the commission to adjudicate the matter within eight weeks.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: Protesting against the adamant attitude of the state government, Jaintia Hills based NGOs have announced a two-day night road blockade in the region from January 27 to 28, demanding immediate repairing of the deplorable National Highway- 44.
The NGOs have also threatened to intensify their stir if the state government remains irresponsive towards the demand put forth.
GUWAHATI, Jan 20: With the recent killings by NDFB(S) in lower Assam, 15 top leaders and cadres of IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were declared as “Most Wanted Terrorists” by Assam Police on Monday and announced a cash reward of Rs. 95 lakh as bounty.
During a press conference held at Guwahati, Assam Police ADGP AP Raut said that, police had declared 15 top leaders and cadres of the outfit including its Chairman, C-in-C, General Secretary, Military Secretary on the most wanted terrorists list.
“We have also announced a total cash reward of Rs 95 lakh to catch them dead or alive,” Raut said.
TURA, Jan 20: In a tragic incident that happened in the month of November last year, a five year old boy was electrocuted while he was relieving himself in front of an open transformer by the side of a road. The electrocution left the boy, Chedan Marak, unconscious and close to death. However, he survived but lost the use of both of his hands which were amputated following the incident.
The sad incident happened on November 16 last year near the Chasingre transformer.
Shillong, Jan 19: The wave bent on establishing Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s link with militants is not in any mood to give up its fight yet. Though Dr Sangma has outrightly denied the links, the accusations, nonetheless, keep resurfacing.
In the latest development, one of top leaders of ANVC(B), to which Dr Sangma has been linked to, has tried to reaffirm this politician – militant nexus but twisted the perceived story by revealing that the CM does not have any connects with its Chairman, Rimpu N Marak; he has links with its parent body – ANVC.
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