SHILLONG: The industrial units in Ri Bhoi alone is yet to pay a pending amount of over Rs 76 crore as the electricity bills at a time when the state is unable to clear the dues to NEEPCO resulting in frequent power cuts.
As per the reply to RTI query by Tennydard Marak, Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL), Umiam said that there is an outstanding amount of Rs.76,58,03,196.79 as on March 31,2013 pending alone in Byrnihat, Ri-Bhoi district as many industrial units are yet to clear the amount.
The break- up of the outstanding amount includes Umadutt Industries Limited (Rs 627441.35) KK Beverage Private Limited (Rs 108751.02),Colortak(Meghalaya ) Pvt Limited (disconnected on May 31,2010) Jai Kamakhya Alloys Private Limited (Rs 2 lakh-disconnected on May 25,2013),Meghalaya Bitchem Private Limited( Rs 116775), Shree Sai Praksh Alloys (Rs 175392522), Utkarsh Trexim Private Limited (Rs 31133.08-disconnected since December 17,2013), Satyam Alloys (Rs 8884073-disconnected since June 27,2013) ), Milestone Beverage Private Limited (Rs 471922.10), Umadutt Industries (Rs 77623), Meghalaya Cast and Alloys Private Limited ( Rs 2072990.07), Satya Megha Ispat Pvt limited (Rs 61136442.54-disconnected on March 30,2013), NR Roller Flour Mills Private Limited (Rs 1511325.49-disconnected on December 1,2009), Hindustan Coco Cola (Rs 943650.95), Megha Plast Private Limited ( Rs 6572130.38 allowed to pay in installment ), Timpack Private Limited ( Rs 26996513.62-disconnected on June 3,2009), Yoke Print P.Limited ( Rs 266.72),Kamakshi Ispat Private Limited (Rs 25766485.31-allowed to pay installment), Commercial Iron and Steel Limited (Rs 12079.80), Nalari Ferro Alloys Private Limited ( Rs 3772315.19), Trikutta Ferro Alloys(Rs 1879601.04-disconnected on March 14,2014), Khasi Alloys Private Limited ( Rs 34151.67), Trishul High-Tech Industries ( Rs 16759016.61-disconnected on April 13,2011), Bhram India Private Limited (Rs 8373916.99-disconnected on March 30,2013), Purbanchal Alloys Limited ( Rs 104523988.44-disconnected on June 27,2014),Greystone Smelters (Rs 116650377.2-disconnected on August 21,2012 ), Nezone Alloys (Rs 1664334.88-disconnected since June,27,2012) HM Cement Private Limited (Rs 239241.50), Meghalaya Ispat ( Rs 21816.26), Bimla Ispat Alloys and Private Limited (Rs 171611.36- disconnected since June 27,2013), Anirudha Steel Private Limited( Rs 3512582.37- disconnected since August 11,2009), Seven Sisters Plastic Private Limited (Rs 118431), Gita Ferro Alloys Private Limited (Rs 15096333.65-disconnected since September 19,2007), Janitia Ferro Alloys Private Limited (Rs 58831104.84-disconnected since November 30,2013), Meghalaya Sova Ispat Alloys Limited (Rs 71445349.37-disconnected since July 19,2007), Meghalaya Alloys Private Limited (Rs 51786898.99-disconnected since March 30-2013).
The RTI applicant Marak wanted to know why such a huge amount incurred for the power consumption is still pending and why no measure has been initiated to collect the huge outstanding amount from the consumers?
According to Marak, industries have been allowed to carry on with its activities despite the huge outstanding amount.
“Due to the negligence of the power department, the common people including students, and small business units have become the worst sufferers. The public at large suffered due to inefficient handling of the situation by the department. Whether the department will at all be able to collect the pending amount or the same will go into bad debt account”, Tennydard asked.
According to Marak, this is nothing but a proved case of bad governance of the Meghalaya Government.
“It is equally unfortunate that the Chief Minister and his colleagues were busy watching World Cup Football at Brazil forgetting their priorities leaving the common people in agony,” he said.
NGT ban on Coal: MLAs, miners, Nokmas meet to continue fight
TURA, July 17: The fight to reverse the ban of the NGT against coal mining in the state of Meghalaya continued unabated with a meeting held at Shallang. The meeting held on Wednesday was attended by MLAs, MDCs, coal miners, along with the various stake holders who decided to fight the ban to ensure the livelihoods of the lakhs can resume. The meeting also decried the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards those affected by the ban.
Georgeman S Marak, the joint secretary, said, “Dont give the NGT a gun, bullets and license or they will shoot everyone they feel like. The bill in Parliament is set to be tabled soon and we hope the MPs will support our right to a livelihood”.
“I had placed a question in the Assembly regarding the ban on coal but it was turned down by the Speaker who stated that the matter was sub-judice and could not be discussed. It seems the government is not interested in saving the livelihoods of people”, said MLA, Witting Mawsor.
TURA, July 17: In another major blow to the A’chik Songna Anchakpagipa Kotok (ASAK) outfit, North Garo Hills police apprehended 5 cadres of the outfit from the district on Thursday morning. The five were on their way to the border of Assam to buy arms and ammunition for the outfit. They were apprehended from Soksan, about 3 kms from Mendhipathar, and about a 100 kms from the town of Tura.
“We apprehended them at about 1:20 am in the morning today (Thursday), when they were travelling in a Maruti car to go to the Assam border to buy guns. They had Rs 1 lakh 40 thousand with them in hand. Our team apprehended the five based on very specific information of their movements”, said SP, North Garo Hills, Jerry Marak.
TURA, July 17: In a joint operation conducted by the East and South Garo Hills police, militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were attacked in the ongoing thrust to end militancy in Garo Hills. Though two militants were injured in the exchange, but all of them managed to escape.
The incident took place in a remote village of Warima Songmagre, a few kilometres from Chokpot in the South Garo Hills (SGH) region. Though there were no casualties from either end, the police managed to recover quite a stash of arms and ammunition from the spot, after the militants deserted the hideout. Senior cadres of the outfit, including Jangjang and Kongsil were allegedly present, but were able to escape due to the presence of civilians.
SHILLONG, July 17: Meghalaya Thursday observed the 179th death anniversary of the Khasi freedom fighter U Tirot Sing Syiem by paying homage with floral tributes on Thursday.
U Tirot Singh, the tribal Khasi chief of Nongkhlaw Kingdom, was the first tribal Khasi ruler to rebel against the British Empire in 1829. However, on January 13, 1833, the British forces treacherously captured him and kept him in captivity at Dhaka where he died on July 17, 1835.
Guwahati, July 16 (IANS) The Assam government Wednesday decided to request the Centre to frame a policy for granting asylum on humanitarian grounds to people who fled their countries due to religious persecution and discrimination and taken refuge in India.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had submitted a memorandum to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh April 20, 2012, pleading that Indian citizens who had to flee due to religious persecution and discrimination at the time of partition should not be treated as foreigners on humanitarian grounds.
Coal Miners complain of equipment theft from mines
TURA, July 16: Almost three months into the blanket ban on coal mining in Meghalaya and things have turned for the worse for the many coal mine owners of the Garo Hills region. Fledgling towns like Nongalbibra and Jadi have almost completely been abandoned with just a few shops opening in these places. Furthermore, with there being no security in the coal mines as labourers have gone home, costly mining equipments are now being stolen by thieves who have taken advantage of the situation.
SK Marak, proprietor of a medicine store in the town of Nongalbibra, feels that things have gone downhill and he was contemplating what is next for him and his family. “My shop was well off even though it is small. Now with there being no customers, we are literally bankrupt and wonder when things can change,” he said.
SHILLONG, July 16: The Behdienkhlam festival – one of the most popular religious festivals of the Pnar – a tribal community in Jaintia hills district concluded on Wednesday amidst thousands of spectators coming from all over Khasi and Jaintia hills as well as outside the state witnessing the colourful celebration held at “Aitnar” – a sacred pool.
Organized annually by the Seinraij Jowai, this unique festival is being held after sowing season is over as an expression to overcome the destructive forces of nature including diseases and an invocation to God for a good harvest. "Khlam" means ‘Plague’ and "Beh Dein" means to drive away the plague and religious fervor.
Sao Paulo: American star Jennifer Lopez added a dash of glamour to the colourful World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday in a vivid contrast to the violent anti-tournament protests in the city.
J-Lo, wearing a carnival-inspired and revealing green outfit, appeared from a trapdoor along with rapper Pitbull to sing the official World Cup song with Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.
The ceremony was held ahead of the opening game between Brazil and Croatia.
With her participation not confirmed until the last minute, J-Lo was a welcome sight as she rose up from inside a giant ball positioned on the stadium floor.
Gold-shirted fans started arriving at stadium on Thursday morning, several hours before kick-off, and there was a huge cheer when the opening ceremony started.
Figures dressed as trees walked on stilts and children representing flowers bounced on trampolines around the huge, glowing ball in the centre of the stadium.
It was not long before samba music kicked in and traditional dancers celebrating Brazil’s ethnic and geographical range took the floor.
Acrobats dressed as balls replaced the dancers and 64 children came in juggling balls on strings, to another big roar as a giant Brazilian flag entered the rapidly filling arena.
Finally the big ball opened to reveal Brazilian singing star Leitte, swiftly followed by J-Lo and Pitbull.
Lopez, showing off her trademark Latin dance moves, belted out the official World Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)” with her fellow performers before they disappeared back down the trapdoor.
A worldwide TV audience of several hundred million is expected for the opening game in which hosts and favourites Brazil were scheduled to face Croatia.
Earlier, military police clashed with masked anti-World Cup protesters demonstrating a few kilometres away against the huge cost of staging the tournament.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up an earlier, smaller protest near a Sao Paulo subway station.
Meanwhile, a strike hit the functioning of Rio de Janeiro’s airports.
All 61,600 tickets were sold for the opening match. Twelve 12 foreign heads of state were to attend the Group A game. (AFP)
Salvador (Brazil): Holders Spain open their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Friday (Saturday in India) in a repeat of the 2010 final with the Dutch out for revenge.
Andres Iniesta’s strike four minutes from the end of extra time in the Johannesburg final crowned Spain as world champions for the first time and now, four years later, the European giants clash again at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova in the mouth-watering opening match of Group B.
With South American dark horses Chile and Australia still to come, a win for either side would set the group’s agenda.
Captain Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel De Jong and Dirk Kuyt are the five survivors from the 2010 final in the current squad and the Dutch have made no secret of their desire for revenge.
“It was a big chance for us to win the World Cup and we were really close,” said Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar. “It should always burn inside to make something right. To play against them now in the first game is a great challenge.”
Veteran midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who will win his 100th cap in the match, said the wounds of that defeat were still raw.
“It’s like a scar that hasn’t yet healed. It always gets me down when I think about it,” said the Galatasaray star.
As the double European and reigning world champions, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain are bidding to join Brazil and Italy as the only teams to have enjoyed back-to-back World Cup wins.
The ever-loyal Del Bosque is expected to make just one change from the side which started and won the Euro 2012 final with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta coming in for Alvaro Arbeloa at right-back.
Cameroon clash key for mercurial Mexico
Meanwhile, mercurial Mexico host a troubled Cameroon in the sides’ World Cup Group A opener in Natal on Friday looking to take the first step towards an eventual first appearance in the quarterfinals in nearly 30 years.
Like Mexico, Cameroon endured a tough qualifying campaign that again underlined the central African country’s reputation for internal strife.
Much of that in recent years has revolved around superstar Samuel Eto’o, whom the Cameroon federation once issued with a lengthy ban.
Although Cameroon possess class midfielders in the shape of Alex Song and Enoh Eyong, all eyes will likely be glued on Chelsea striker Eto’o – a four-time African Player of the Year who will be appearing in his fourth finals.
In 2010 the African side left with zero points from three games, and this time Volker Finke’s squad threatened to refuse to board the plane to Brazil due to a row over bonuses. A deal was finally reached, but the episode has enhanced the general feeling that the ‘Indomitable Lions’ will whimper and not roar. (Agencies)
Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Argentina’s open training session ended in disorder as more than a dozen fans invaded the pitch and reached Lionel Messi and his team mates before security guards could intervene.
One fan knelt down in front of Messi and started shining the Argentina captain’s boots on Wednesday evening.
Messi laughed, received a hug from the fan and gave him his sweater before a security guard pulled him away.
Other fans ran off with one of the balls that the Argentines had used during the training session.
Argentina-Brazil is one of the world’s fiercest football rivalries, but you couldn’t tell from the scenes at Independencia stadium in Belo Horizonte.
After cueing for hours to get free tickets, some 10,000 people watched the practice, many of them in Argentina shirts.
While some where visitors from neighbouring Argentina, the majority appeared to be local residents who, at least temporarily, had switched allegiances.
“Brazilians like Argentina. The rivalry is a myth,” said Vinicius Andrade, 20.
Tiago Tanure, a 16-year-old wearing an Argentina shirt, was one example. “Messi, (Sergio) Arguero. I like the team, I like the country,” he said.
Debora Demetrio, 36, came to see Messi but said she was ashamed to see so many Brazilians wearing Argentina colors.
“Very sad,” she said, with a smile that revealed she wasn’t too upset. “I’m 100 percent for Brazil.”
Fans from both sides are hoping for an epic final between the South American football powers. Brazil have won five World Cups and Argentina two.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has admitted he is still suffering after being overlooked by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella for the World Cup and intends to ignore the four-week long tournament.
The 30-year-old was discarded from the Argentine set-up after missing a penalty in his country’s quarterfinal Copa America exit at the hands of eventual winners Uruguay three years ago. (AP)
RECIFE: For many fans the experience of seeing their team in the World Cup will be out of this world, but for the American and German astronauts aboard the International Space Station it will literally be the case when their teams clash in the tournament.
Americans Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and German Alexander Gerst will be watching from 230 miles above the earth when their teams meet in their final Group G game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife on June 26.
The trio featured in a Youtube video posted on the NASA website encouraging fans around the world to enjoy the spectacle before showing some acrobatic football skills carried out in zero gravity conditions.
“We want to wish all the teams and fans on the ground in Brazil a great World Cup. Have fun and have a peaceful games,” said Gerst, decked out in his German national team shirt.
Not to be outdone, fellow astronaut Reid Wiseman had donned a Team USA jersey before imparting a similar message.
“Have fun, play hard and we’ll be watching on the International Space Station,” he said.
Weisman and Gerst joined the expedition in May of this year, and whoever wins will have bragging rights aboard the space station for the next few months until their scheduled return to earth in November.
Germany open their World Cup campaign against Portugal in Salvador on June 16 before meeting Ghana on June 21 in Fortaleza.
The US will take on Ghana in Natal on June 16 and Portugal on June 22 in Manaus before the showdown against the Germans. (Reuters)
HALLE (GERMANY): The switch from clay to grass did not go according to plan for Rafael Nadal on Thursday and the Spaniard was jettisoned from the Gerry Webber Open here with a 6-4, 6-1 second-round defeat by maverick German Dustin Brown.
A player who is almost unbeatable on clay, having won the French Open in nine of the past 10 years, proved to be more vulnerable on grass.
He has now lost his last three matches on the slicker surface dating back to 2012.
Instead of chalking up his 700th tour win with victory over Brown, Nadal suffered a setback in his hopes of getting some much needed grasscourt practice before he heads to Wimbledon.
“I will enjoy this evening until 12am. Biggest win of my career!” exclaimed Brown after the famous victory.
Roger Federer was not immune to grasscourt jitters either.
The Swiss began his first match on the lush green surface this year with a 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2 second-round win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion owns more grasscourt titles (13) than any other player since tennis turned professional in 1968 but that expertise could not prevent him from dropping the first set against an opponent who has no proven track record on the surface.
The second seed, chasing a seventh title in Halle, squandered five break points in the first set against the 47th-ranked Sousa.
But Federer, who was beaten in the fourth round of the French Open by Ernests Gulbis, ran out a comfortable victor after easily winning the next two sets.
“It was slightly frustrating at times clearly, but nevertheless I served well and kept on doing my thing,” Federer told reporters.
“It was important to stay calm and actually I think it gives me more confidence winning this way. I had to stay calm, fight through the match and find a way and then the last set and a half were much better. So, I’m actually pretty happy now.”
Federer will face Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan for a place in the semifinals.
In other tennis news, there was a big upset in the Queen’s Club event in London as well as Andy Murray was denied his 20th successive win on grass when he was beaten 7-6 (10), 6-2 by Radek Stepanek in the third round.
Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first ATP title at Queen’s in 2005 and went on to win the Wimbledon warm-up tournament three times.
But he failed to take advantage of eight set points after leading the first-set tiebreaker 6-2, and Stepanek survived to convert with his second set point.
Meanwhile, Lleyton Hewitt remained one victory short of Federer’s record of 122 match wins on grass after losing 6-3, 6-4 to Feliciano Lopez in the second round on Wednesday. (Agencies)
Barcelona: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has signed for English Premier League club Chelsea from Barcelona, he confirmed on Thursday.
Fabregas, who is preparing for the World Cup with the Spain squad in Brazil, is believed to have signed a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £30 million (Rs 299.17 crore).
The 27-year-old former star of Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal said he had “unfinished business” in English football and revealed that Arsenal had decided not to use their option to re-sign him.
He said in a statement: “I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice.
“Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.”
Fabregas said it was “extremely important” to him that the move was completed before Spain begin their World Cup defence “so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy”.
With Barcelona having had a rare trophyless season and with Luis Enrique appointed as the new head coach, Fabregas was allowed to leave the Catalan giants and he said Chelsea were an attractive option.
“They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies,” he said. (AFP)
Mumbai: Former India cricketer-turned commentator Ravi Shastri feels the 2015 World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will be a very open tournament because of the surfeit of limited-overs cricket, including T20 events like the IPL.
“I think this is a very open World Cup. Australia have bounced back in a brilliant fashion. After the win in the Ashes series, they won in South Africa. It might be Test cricket but that confidence will bounce into one day cricket as well. So they will be a big threat to any opposition,” Shastri said at a function connected to the mega cricket event and organised on Wednesday evening by the Australian Trade Commission at the Cricket Club of India.
“This is going to be a very evenly matched World Cup because of the volume of limited-overs cricket that is being played, the amount of T20 cricket that’s being played. It has made batsmen more innovative and fearless. They have got a new trick up their sleeves coming up all the time.
“That’s why I feel this World Cup (scheduled from February 14-March 29, 2015) in Australia (and New Zealand) is going to be very exciting,” said the former India player, who won the Man-of-the-Series award in the Champion of Champions ODI tournament held in Australia in 1985.
Regarding India’s chances of retaining the crown they won for the second time at home in 2011, Shastri felt that it depended on how mentally and physically fit the players will be after completing an exhausting tour of Australia where they will play Tests and ODIs against the hosts.
“Because the pitches will have a little bit of bounce, the grounds are big, so you will have to come up with new ideas. You have to be fit, strong. India will embark on a very long tour of Australia (prior to the World Cup).
“It will be interesting to see how fit the players will be, how mentally fresh the players will be when they decide to compete. But it’s going to be one heck of a World Cup,” he said. (PTI)
SHILLONG: In an attempt to end the controversies over the cost and time overrun of the Myntdu Leshka Hydro power project, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday proposed to conduct an audit of the power project by an independent third party.
Replying to the motion on the State’s power scenario raised by UDP legislator Jemino Mawthoh, Mukul Sangma proposed that the audit will present clarity on the various factors leading to the time and cost overrun and other aspects of the project.
Stating that that there were a number of factors which led to the project incurring cost and time overrun, Sangma added that certain components of the project had to be revised due to ‘geological surprises’ and re-designing had to be done in many cases. He added that successive governments had made attempts to tap the potential installed capacity of the State but the ideas could not be conceptualized due to fund constraints.
According to Sangma, if the need is to adopt correct approach and effective management of the project, the government will have to take decisions based on a strong political will along with the support from all concerned.
The Chief Minister even castigated the non-Congress Government in Meghalaya for canceling major projects that were initiated by the Congress Government in 2007.
Sangma also referred to the cancellation of a number of proposed power projects signed with private developers and central PSUs in 2007 including the 500 MW thermal project in East Garo Hills and the 85 MW Mawphu project by the then non-Congress government.
He stated that the decision to cancel the projects were more of a political decision than an executive decision even he attacked the Opposition saying that one of the factors for the prevailing power scenario in the State is due to the tendency of taking decisions on political considerations.
Sangma pointed out that Meghalaya and other states have failed to take advantage of the vibrant Electricity Act, 2003 since there is trend to doubt the intention of the Government.
Highlighting the various initiatives taken by the government to come up with solutions to the State’s power woes, Sangma said there is no other answer to this problem but to increase power generation capacity by tapping all available resources in the State, including hydro projects of all sizes.
Sangma also informed that the government has decided to develop some power projects in the inter-state border with Assam, and said, “We have asked NEEPCO to discuss the proposal with the government of Assam.”
Sangma said the government is also reviewing all power projects including the 85MW Mawphu hydel power project.
Sangma informed that the bidding process for the 22.5 MW power project in Garo Hills has been completed and government will have to indicate the availability of funds and the process will complete within this month for construction to take off. He also said the Stage I of the Kynshi project has been completed.
To bridge the demand and supply gap, the Chief Minister stressed on the need to tap sources like solar, wind and energy from biomass.
Earlier, while moving the motion, UDP MLA Jemino Mawthoh said the State which has tremendous installed power capacity has not been able to tap the resources while adding that Meghalaya has a total installed hydro power capacity of 3000 MW while there is coal installed power capacity of 1000 MW but Government has not been able to harness even one-third of the installed generation capacity.
NPP legislator James Sangma, while participating in the motion, said that MeECL suffers from acute shortage of manpower besides the Government also needs to update its technology with twenty years of planning to improve the power scenario of the State.
He also stressed on the need to effectively implement the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) State to provide electricity to rural and far flung villages of the State.
SHILLONG: NPP legislator James K Sangma demanded an apology from Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in the Assembly on Thursday for referring to his father and former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma as a Bangladeshi.
The NPP legislator had raised a supplementary question on whether those Bangladeshis who had been detected in the State were deported back to which the Chief Minister replied that there are relevant provisions of the law to act on illegal migrants and that it was for the court to decide on the matter.
Not happy with the Chief Minister’s reply, James said, “The Bangladeshis have not been deported back and the government has shielded them.”
The Chief Minister retorted back saying that the member “is casting aspersions on the Judiciary”.
As the argument carried on, James, while stating that mere prosecution will not solve the problem of illegal immigration, added that the State Government was not showing sincerity in tackling illegal immigration from Bangladesh.
Reacting to the NPP legislator’s allegation that the Government was guilty of allowing illegal immigration, the Chief Minister replied “Yes, like your father who came from there.”
Angered over the Chief Minister’s remark, James demanded an apology from Chief Minister for the personal attack on his father who is the Lok Sabha member from Tura.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prestone Tynsong intervened and said that the Chief Minister was seated when he uttered the words about James’ father and hence there was no need for an apology.
The Speaker later intervened and said that the comments of the Chief Minister would be expunged from the proceedings of the House.
Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy also joined in and stated that attacks of personal nature should be avoided by one and all in the House.
However, there was no apology from the Chief Minister.
The Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) has condemned the Chief Minister for his statement in the Assembly on Thursday that Purno A Sangma was from Bangladesh.
NPP state president W.R. Kharlukhi termed the Chief Minister’s statement as irresponsible and cheap and claimed that the Chief Minister was ignorant of the facts.
Despite being the Leader of the House, the Chief Minister lacks manners and has no respect for the decorum and sanctity of the august House, Kharlukhi stated.
He reminded that it is a well-known fact that Purno Agitok Sangma is the son of Late Chimri A Sangma and Dipchon Marak and was born in the village of Chapahati in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. He also advised the Chief Minister to do his homework before making such utterances.
SHILLONG: Only 5,735 Bangladeshi nationals, who had entered the State illegally since 1972, have been detected and prosecuted in the last 42 years.
Informing this in the State Assembly during Question Hour on Thursday, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the State Government did not have any record about the number of Bangladeshis who had entered the State on or before March 24, 1971.
He also said that at the moment the National Register of Indian Citizens was not available which otherwise would have helped in ascertaining the total number of Bangladeshis residing in the State.
“There is a move to have this national register of Indian citizens which would help in identifying the total number of Bangladeshis who have migrated to India especially to Meghalaya,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that the Meghalaya Government is contemplating to challenge the ruling of the High Court of Meghalaya which has given recognition to Bangladesh nationals who have settled in this Northeastern state on or before March 24, 1971 as Indian citizens.
Replying to a supplementary question moved by Opposition leader Donkupar Roy if the Government would involve the Dorbar Shnong in checking of illegal immigrants, Sangma assured that the Government would explore all possibilities to strengthen the mechanism to check the inflow of illegal migrants into the State.
Outfit holds Govt responsible for NGT ban on coal mining
SHILLONG, June 12: Holding government and politicians responsible for the present crisis arising out of the rat – hole coal mining ban by National Green Tribunal, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Thursday warned of taking the path of violence if it meant ending the this crisis. The outfit also expressed its gratitude to the people of Khasi and Jaintia Hills who extended their full support to the 24 - hour shutdown called on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the mining ban.
“All the while the only thing that was enjoyed by the government from the coal trade was its huge income that came in the form of revenue and toll gates,” HNLC Publicity Secretary, Saiñkupar Nongtraw, said in the statement issued here on Thursday.
CM blames ‘political consideration’ for power crisis
SHILLONG, June 12: With the recent severe criticism that the Myntdu Leshka Hydro Electric Project (MLHEP) has received due to its inability to address the power crisis in the state, Meghalaya Government is proposing to set up an independent body to audit the overall implementation of the Project.
“We propose to have an audit on the Project by a third independent party in order to get a better clarity on the various factors leading to the time and cost overruns and other aspects of the project,” Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma said on the floor of the House during the Assembly session on Thursday.
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