Chandigarh: There seems to be no end to Punjab Marshalls woes in the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) as Greg Rusedski has also pulled out of their side due to a foot injury.
David Ferrer had also pulled out from the Punjab team before the start of the league while Philipp Kohlschreiber was replaced by Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis in the Pune team.
Leander Paes will have to play the legends singles match for Punjab apart from the mixed doubles and men’s doubles. “I haven’t played a singles match in a long time. But being a serve and volley player, playing on faster courts is going to help me. Hopefully I can support my team and help them win a few sets,” the 41-year-old legend said.
India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman hoped things will change for the better in the next two days. (PTI)
Bengaluru: Many tennis-lovers around the world are all well versed with the multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Williams’ powerful baseline smashes, but many wouldn’t know about her love for Indian food.
It won’t be a stretch to say that Venus does harbour a penchant for food after she revealed to tennis enthusiast that Bhindi Masala is her favourite Indian food.
“It has (the diet has changed after arriving in India), but I cheat a lot and don’t feel bad about it. I eat a lot of Indian food. I think my favourite, probably, is Bhindi Masala,” she told in an interaction organised by 94.3 FM Radio-One here on Wednesday ahead of the Champions Tennis League (CTL) match against Pune to be played at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association Stadium.
Talking about Bengaluru, Venus, a former World Number One and is ranked World Number 18 in singles at present, said she had some great memories here and is her favourite city.
“I love Bangalore (Bengaluru). It definitely is my favourite city. I have great memories playing in the city. Now I am playing a professional here. I am playing with the (Bangalore) Raptors and can’t imagine we can lose. We have to bring two wins tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday,” she said.
Thomas Enqvist, who was compared to Stefan Edberg and Bjorn Borg, showered encomiums over beautiful Indian women who haven’t yet disappointed him.
“We haven’t been disappointed at all,” Enquist said when he was asked to comment on beautiful Indian women.
However, he sheepishly revealed Indian tennis player Ramkumar Ramanathan’s penchant for beautiful women and calling him an expert on the issue.
“We have a women’s specialist in our side- it’s Ram,” he chuckled.
The Spaniard tennis star Feliciano Lopez delighted the gathering by speaking Spanish.
Later, Ramanathan, along with the entire Raptors’ team, delighted the crowd by dancing to the racy Bollywood and English numbers. (PTI)
TURA, Nov 19: Unidentified militants lobbed a grenade near the Rongram outpost at around 8:40 on Wednesday evening, though there were no casualties. The outpost in Rongram is about 15 kms from the town of Tura and falls under the district of West Garo Hills (WGH).
According to sources, a grenade was lobbed about 15 metres from the outpost near the road with the miscreants escaping before they could be identified. No group has as yet claimed responsibility for the incident.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: Members of the Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) on Wednesday uncovered a scam which was being run under the name of the Gramin Shiksha and Gram Vikas Pariyojna in several villages of Jaintia Hills.
The people behind this scam had sent letters to numerous villages offering 5 unemployed youths from each village a job on payment of Rs. 750 by Demand Draft in the name of Penther Sales Delhi. Also attached to these letters were forms for the said posts which were sent through the post office.
GNLA confirms adopting Naxalite style of operation
TURA, Nov 19: A day after the IED blast that killed two cops and injured another three, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has denied its involvement in the incident. In the meantime, the mysterious Salgro Arengh’s group have claimed responsibility for the incident.
In the IED attack, The deceased have been identified as Havildar Aldrin Lyngdoh of 3rd Meghalaya Police Battalion and an armed branch constable Aitom Sangma. The three injured were rushed to Tura on Tuesday from where two were shifted to Guwahati for treatment.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: In a raid conducted at Ward’s Lake by city police on Wednesday, 41 males and 5 females were caught consuming alcohol in full public view.
The 46 apprehended people have been sent for medical examination and non – FIR cases will be taken up against them, informed the Superintendent of Police (SP), East Khasi Hills, M Kharkrang.
“The act by such people has put the city in a very bad light for the visitors especially tourist coming from outside,” said Kharkrang even as the District Police is issuing a stern warning to public to refrain from such illegal activities in public places.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: A businesswoman has filed a petition with the Meghalaya High Court against the closing down of her shop in the city after the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) rejected her application for trading license.
Prodipta Khongwir, the owner of a shop at Madan Laban, has filed a petition against one Sngursilia Rani, the owner of a building which Khongwir has rented.
“Prodipta has filed the petition with the court just because the KHADC has rejected her application for obtaining trading license on ground that the council doubted her credential,” KHADC EM in-charge Trade Latiplang Kharkongor told reporters here.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: The Police Bazar junction turns messy with two-wheelers, roadside vendors selling fast food, vegetable vendors besides normal market-goers, pedestrians and moving vehicles every evening. This is the time of the day when this junction takes a chaotic look and the most upsetting experience is for those who are returning home after a hard day’s work. With the fatigue that grips those dealing with grueling working hours comes the mess business of seeking taxis and other public transport to return home. The recalcitrant cabbie who hunts only for long distance passengers during this time of the day adds up to this mess collaterally. It is indeed a psyche that is only seen in the taxi drivers here who hunt for passengers taking the Nongthymmai, Mawblei, Happy Valley, Rynjah and Umpling routes. Office-goers say that the dismantling of the plaza near OB Shopping Mall has only benefitted two-wheelers and vendors selling fast food items, whereas there is nothing in sight for pedestrians like them. It is learnt from them that earlier pedestrians used this space whereas now it has been earmarked for two-wheeler parking.
TURA, Nov 18: In a major setback to Meghalaya police, two policemen were killed and another three injured while they were travelling towards Baghmara from Siju in South Garo Hills (SGH) on Tuesday. The attack, believed to be orchestrated by the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), came as a stark reminder of the earlier killings of police personnel committed by GNLA the past year in the district.
The incident happened in the village of Rewak near Siju, about 150 kms from the town of Tura, around 2 pm.
According to police, a convoy of two vehicles, one being bullet proof Gypsy was on its way from Siju to Baghmara when they were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that was planted there near Rewak.
Shillong, Nov 17 (IANS): The Shillong High Court Bar Association Monday demanded the removal of Uma Nath Singh as acting chief justice of the Meghalaya High Court for allegedly threatening senior lawyers in court.
Hundreds of lawyers assembled at the Bar premises Monday afternoon and decided to submit a petition to Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu informing him about the "abusive nature" of Uma Nath Singh and that he should be removed.
"The house was disturbed and it deplored the abusive nature and behaviour of Justice Singh towards the senior advocates as well as junior members of the bar. The association was disturbed in the manner the proceedings of the court are being conducted by Justice Singh," bar association president V.G.K. Kynta told journalists.
SHILLONG, Nov 17: Meghalaya Assembly Speaker AT Mondal has thought it wise to maintain stoic silence on whether he will entertain any discussion on the alleged nexus of Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister, Deborah C. Marak, with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) during the upcoming Assembly Session.
However, the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), is unfazed as it said it will find ways to raise the issue even if the Meghalaya Assembly rules prohibit discussing something that is already in the Court of Law and thereby sub-judice.
Ever since the East Garo Hills (EGH) police filed a charge-sheet against the sitting Meghalaya Minister, Deborah C. Marak, in the Williamnagar CJM court for allegedly using GNLA militants to intimidate voters to vote for her during the last assembly elections, the UDP has been bracing to take the Congress led coalition government of Dr Mukul Sangma head-on on the alleged link of its sitting Minister with militants during the upcoming assembly session.
SHILLONG, Nov 17: The Hynniewtrep National Council (HYC) on Monday questioned the motive of the state government for setting up of a private university - Techno Global University (TGU) - even as it demanded immediate probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into its style of functioning.
“The state government should take action to derecognize and dissolve this university from the state because there are a lot of questions raised on the way and manner that it is functioning,” HYC president Donboklang Kharlyngdoh said after an inspection conducted of the Techno Global University (TGU) at Mawlai Kynton Massar in the city.
NONGSTOIN, Nov 17: The police personnel of Nongstoin Police Station recently apprehended six trucks for violating the NGT order to stop transportation of coal within the state.
Police said that the truckers have been apprehended in the recent operation to check on violators of the NGT order and during the operation six trucks along with the drivers have been apprehended and ‘stern action’ has been taken.
The six trucks which were apprehended bear the registration numbers: ML 05J- 0241, AS 01DC 2331, AS 01BC- 8175, AS 01DO- 9139, ML06- 1738, ML10- 1824.
TURA, Nov 17: In an inspiring story of innovation within the Garo Hills region, a remote village in West Garo Hills (WGH), Rangmangre used the rich fruit diversity within the region to produce juice under its own brand ‘Chengga’ and bring about change in the lives of the people of the village.
Taking advantage of the rich variety of seasonal fruits and wild berries, the village since 2010 has been producing juices which have become the rage not only within the WGH district but also within the various markets of Garo Hills.
SHILLONG: With Parliament and Meghalaya Assembly sessions due soon, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the State Congress are in a quandary over how to come up with responses to likely queries from the Opposition members on the ‘sudden’ charge sheet filed by East Garo Hills Police against Congress Minister and working president of MPCC, Deborah Ch Marak.
Deborah was charge sheeted by the police for her alleged nexus with the outlawed GNLA during the 2013 Assembly elections in the State.
The Congress is presently ‘clueless’ on how to defend Deborah when the issue will be raised both in the Parliament and in the State Legislative Assembly in the upcoming sessions.
Lok Sabha member from Tura and NPP president, Purno A. Sangma, has already asserted that he would raise the issue of politician-militant nexus in Meghalaya in the Parliament.
Purno had recently informed media persons that his party (NPP) was in favour of entrusting all cases related to the politician-militant nexus in Meghalaya either to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Congress sources revealed that the AICC was preparing the details to counter the attack from Purno when the matter is raised in the Parliament which is scheduled to sit from November 24.
The State Government will also be cornered during the upcoming Assembly session from November 21 as the Opposition is poised to raise the issue demanding action against the minister who has been charge sheeted.
Another worry for the State Government is the growing demand of Opposition parties – UDP and NPP – to have an investigation by CBI or NIA into the alleged politician-militant nexus issue.
Cabinet, CLP kept in
Meghalaya Cabinet ministers have acknowledged that they were in the dark about the charge-sheet filed against their colleague Deborah Ch Marak.
After senior party leaders including MPCC president D.D. Lapang and former Chief Minister S.C. Marak had said that they learnt of the charge sheet only from the newspapers, some more Cabinet ministers including Prestone Tynsong and A.L. Hek have also echoed the same views.
There are reports that even Home Minister Roshan Warjri was kept in the dark with regards to the charge sheet against Deborah Marak.
Incidentally, the charge sheet against the minister and working president of the party has neither been discussed at the CLP meeting nor any party forum.
SHILLONG: The burden of seeking the seized documents related to the infamous Education scam has, once again, fallen on the shoulders of the Meghalaya Police after the High Court of Meghalaya directed the State police to file a petition to get the necessary papers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Recently, the State Police had claimed that the CBI was yet to hand over the seized documents related to the Education scam.
However, a source close to the CBI said that after the verdict of the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in July this year asking the CBI to hand over the necessary papers to the police, the CBI had filed a petition in the Court.
The source added that the petition was filed by the CBI since it had begun investigation into the Education scam as per the directive of the High Court.
“Since the probe was ordered by the High Court, it was felt necessary to seek the intervention of the Court before handing over the seized papers related to the Education scam to the Meghalaya Police,” the source added.
In this context, the State Police will now have to file a petition before the High Court to obtain the necessary papers from the CBI to start the investigation.
Astonishingly, there has been inordinate delay in taking action against those named by the CBI in its report on the Education scam.
The 107-page report of the CBI had said, “It was felt necessary to examine J.D. Sangma, the then Director DEME.
“In course of his examination by the CBI, Sangma has stated that under the instruction of the then Minister of Education – Ampareen Lyngdoh – he had to change the score sheets as prepared by all the five boards duly applying white fluid on the original marks, as awarded by the members of the Board. Sangma also handed over a file containing the list received by the said Minister from different persons/ MLAs/ Ministers recommending the names of their own candidates for selection as teacher in LP schools in Meghalaya.”
TURA: Independent MLA from Rajabala and Parliamentary Secretary in charge of Irrigation in the Meghalaya Government, Ashahel D. Shira, has strongly objected to the late night ‘intrusion’ allegedly undertaken by Tura Police on Saturday night into his home without his information and has demanded a probe into the incident.
According to Shira, a police team paid a visit to his homes in two locations of Tura town in the dead of night claiming that they had reports about the movement of unknown people in the vicinity of his home.
“Some unknown person had complained to the main police station in Tura that unknown people were lingering around my house and the main station passed on the information to Chandmari beat house to check my house,” said Shira while lodging a strong protest against the police entry without prior knowledge given to him.
“They did not check one but two houses of mine and failed to find anything. What was the motive behind such a late night operation into an elected member’s house without his consent? Is this some kind of a political game to tarnish my image?” questioned Shira.
Following the arrival of the police team, the Rajabala MLA reportedly called up the officer in charge of the Tura police station for the late night intrusion but was informed that no order was given for a visit to the elected representative’s home.
“If the OC did not give any order to visit my home then who are the people who came to my place posing as policemen in the middle of the night? A thorough enquiry must be taken up and those behind this game should be found out and stern action taken against them,” demanded the Parliamentary Secretary.
Meanwhile, there was no response from the police side to queries posed by this newspaper on Sunday.
Chennai: Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya, T. Meenakumari, has been appointed Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission.
Governor K. Rosaiah appointed Meenakumari to the post, which was lying vacant, for a period of five years, a gazette notification said here on Sunday.
The post was lying vacant since 2011 and the Supreme Court had on September 16 asked the Tamil Nadu government to take appropriate steps to expeditiously fill it up.
It may be reminded that Meenakumari had, earlier, declined an offer from the Meghalaya Government to head the State Human Rights panel. (PTI)
SHILLONG: KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum on Sunday informed that he was awaiting the approval of Governor K.K. Paul to induct HSPDP MDC Morningstar Mawsor as an Executive Member in the Council.
“We are anticipating the approval by Monday,” Nongrum said, adding that the portfolio of the new EM would be decided only after the Governor’s approval.
Earlier, KHNAM MDC James Ban Basaiawmoit had resigned to pave way for induction of the HSPDP member in the EC to quell the growing rumblings within the ruling ARPA.
NONGSTOIN: Thousands flocked to Mawphanlur village in West Khasi Hills on Saturday to witness the Spring Break Fest that kicked off in this beautiful hamlet that lies beside the Mawthadraishan peak which is the highest point in West Khasi Hills.
Despite deplorable road conditions, people from all over the State and the North East and even from as far as England travelled to witness the event which drew a bigger crowd this year.
Organised by the District Arts & Culture Society in collaboration with the Registrar Cooperative Society, the District Administration and the Officer’s Club, West Khasi Hills, the one-day festival commenced with the flagging-off of the trekking event by Deputy Commissioner of West Khasi Hills, S.Kharlyngdoh at 7 am.
Later in the day, an array of events like water volleyball, motocross, kayaking, angling, rock climbing, photo and videography competitions etc., were organized.
The motocross and kayaking events turned out to be major attention drawers at the Fest.
Besides bikers from the State, those from Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland also took part in the motocross event where Kit Mawlong of East Khasi Hills emerged as the winner taking home a cash prize of 25,000.
While food stalls set up by Shillong Institute of Hotel Management had delicacies to offer to the hungry tourists, indigenous wine stalls at the venue added to the fervor of the event.
Local rock bands, singers from West Khasi Hills and DJs entertained the crowd in the evening session of the fest.
Speaking on the occasion, Kharlyngdoh who is also the Chairman of the District Arts & Culture Society said, “The Arts & Culture Society is attempting to create awareness among the people on the need to protect the environment through this year’s festival.”
The festival was also attended by Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister, P Sampath Kumar, Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner Pooja Pandey, Head of the Registrar Cooperative Society, BDR Tiwari, Rambrai Jyrngam MLA, K.P.Pangniang among others.
Visitors complain about bad road conditions
Those visiting the Mawphanlur Autumn lake Fest felt that the event could have drawn a much bigger crowd if not for the “terrible” roads leading to the area.
The bad road conditions dampened the spirits of many who travelled to witness the fest.
Talking to The Shillong Times, a tourist from England said that there are a lot of tourist destinations in West Khasi Hills and the region has the potential to attract more visitors than Cherrapunjee and many other destinations in the State.
However, for that to be achieved, the road conditions need to be improved, he felt.