SHILLONG, July 30: The Federation of Khasi – Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has decided to stage a black flag day in South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) district on August 1 next in protest against the KHADC’s decision to issue partial NOC for construction of the two-lane project from Nongstoin to Wahkaji.
The decision was taken at a meeting convened by the FKJGP central body with the different units under SWKH district held on Friday.
Tura, July 29 (IANS): Thousands of people are living in makeshift shelters in the flood-hit areas of western Meghalaya after over 23,559 households were submerged in floodwater, officials said on Friday.
No loss of life has been reported so far.
"The floodwaters have shown signs of receding and we are hopeful that the overall situation will improve in the days to come," West Garo Hills District Magistrate Pravin Bakshi said.
Guwahati, July 29 (IANS): A a female one-horned rhino was injured when a personnel of the elite Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF) opened fire on it in self-defence when it charged at him near the state's famous Kaziranga National Park, officials said on Friday.
Park officials said their teams including veterinarians are trying their best to attend to the injured female rhino.
SHILLONG, July 28: The Assam government has imposed a blockade at Khanapara and is stopping all vehicles from Ri Bhoi district which has literally cut off the Meghalaya from the national highway.
In this regard, an emergent Cabinet meeting was convened at Shillong where the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma termed the action of the Assam authorities as ‘unwarranted’ and a ‘provocation’ which will vitiate the peaceful Meghalaya – Assam relations.
SHILLONG, July 28: Livid after the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had issued a partial NOC for the construction of the vexed Nongstoin – Mawthabah road, Khasi Student Union (KSU) members on Thursday stormed the KHADC premises and demanded that the said NOC is revoked.
It may be noted here that the KHADC had on Wednesday issued a NOC for the construction of the said road from Nongstoin to Wahkaji while leaving out the portion of the road from Wahkaji to Mawthabah.
New Delhi: Ramesh Bhardwaj, the accused in the AAP woman activist suicide case that had triggered a war of words between BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, has been arrested from Sonipat in Haryana, Delhi Police on Wednesday said.
Bhardwaj was arrested by a police team from Sonipat on Tuesday night. He was brought to Crime Branch office here and questioned for several hours in connection with suicide by the woman, alongwith the local MLA of Narela, said a senior Crime Branch officer.
A non bailable warrant was also issued against him yesterday by the Crime Branch as he was not joining the probe, the officer said. “The MLA was sent back after questioning and asked to come again for further questioning. He was also asked to bring two other men Amit and Rajnikant whose names have surfaced in connection with the case to join the investigation,” said Joint CP(Crime) Ravindra Yadav.
The woman had consumed poisonous substance at her home in north west Delhi’s Narela and died during treatment at LNJP Hospital on July 19. The woman had filed a complaint against Bhardwaj for allegedly touching her inappropriately and a case of molestation was registered in June. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.
On July 20, Delhi Police had registered a case of abetment to suicide and handed over the entire matter to a Special Investigation Team. The family members of the woman had claimed that she had gone into depression after her alleged molester Bhardwaj, an AAP colleague, was released on bail. She had also alleged that the accused was being protected by the local AAP MLA.
The woman in a video recording had also levelled serious allegations against the accused Bhardwaj accusing him of pressuring her to “compromise” if she wanted to rise in the party and claimed himself to be “close to the local party MLA. Delhi BJP had held the AAP dispensation “responsible” for the death of the 28-year-old woman, drawing sharp reaction from the AAP which accused it of playing “politics over corpses”.
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta accompanied by daughters and husband of the deceased met the National Commission for Women chairperson and requested her for a “high level” probe. (PTI)
Srinagar: Curfew was re-imposed in various places in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday following clashes between protesters and security forces amid heavy rains, hours after a dragging security lockdown was lifted in all areas barring the volatile southern districts.
A police officer said here that angry young men took to the streets and hurled stones at security forces, prompting authorities to re-impose curbs on the movement of people at places where peace was breached.
The government had lifted curfew from various places in the restive valley on Tuesday. But as soon as people were allowed to move, clashes broke out in Srinagar and at some other places in southern Kashmir.
The curfew was, however, not removed from south Kashmir amid fears that a separatist-called march to Kulgam town may trigger more violence.
All link roads and entry points to the south of the valley were closed and no vehicular movement was allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar highway that runs through the region, the worst-hit in the unrest since July 8 which has left nearly 50 people dead and thousands injured.
Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in house detention, defied the restrictions and came out of his residence in upscale Hyderpora neighbourhood.
Police took Geelani, chairman of the hardline Hurriyat Conference faction, into preventive custody. He was briefly lodged at a nearby police station, police said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat faction, was also detained after he tried to march towards Kulgam, breaking the security cordon around his house here, an aide told IANS.
Earlier, in Srinagar, while curfew was lifted from most parts, the restrictions continued in some parts of the old city where a 61-year-old man died on Tuesday evening after losing control on his two-wheeler during a clash between stone-pelting mobs and security forces.
According to police, the retired government employee was injured in his head after he fell off his motorbike.
The separatists had asked people to start normal activities for some hours from Tuesday afternoon. But angry youths showed up at various places in Srinagar and elsewhere, forcing the shops to remain shut.
As many as 3,550 security force personnel and 2,309 civilians were injured following severe protests and stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir till July 25 this year, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said there were 1,029 incidents of severe protests and stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year in which 48 civilians and two security personnel were killed.
There were 730 incidents of severe protests and stone pelting in the entire 2015 in which five civilians were killed and 240 injured while 886 security forces personnel were also injured. Ahir said, replying a written question, that various steps have been taken by the police authorities which include organising police-public meetings to avoid such incidents.
Security forces were also advised to strictly adhere to the SOP and resort to use of non-lethal weapons while handling law and order situations. (Agencies)
Guwahati: This is an elephantine problem not confronted before, and the Assam government has set up an experts’ panel to solve it: How to retrieve a pachyderm washed away from the state by the flooded Brahmaputra river into Bangladesh.
The cow elephant was washed away last month from Kaziranga National Park and reached Kurigram district in Bangladesh, bordering Dhubri district of Assam.
Bangladesh officials have informed the Assam government that the cow elephant was in good health now. Earlier she was found to be weak and stressed as the locals drove her off from one place to another.
Assam has now turned to wise counsel of its experts to get the elephant back home. Assam’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Bikash Brahma said a three-member expert team is likely to go to Bangladesh early next month.
“The Ministry of External Affairs has cleared the necessary formalities. We hope to get other formalities like visa to be over by end of this month,” Brahma said on Wednesday.
However, nobody is sure about how to go about solving the weighty problem. “The team will first meet the Bangladesh forest department officials and study the feasibility on how to bring the elephant back and then take a decision,” Brahma said. The three experts are retired senior forest department official Ritesh Bhattacharyya, serving Divisional Forest Official (DFO) Suleiman Choudhury and serving veterinarian K.K. Sarma.
“All of them have substantial experience to handle such a situation,” Brahma said, adding that probably effort will be made to tranquilize the elephant.
The Assam forest department officials tried to rescue the elephant when it was spotted first near Guwahati while floating in the Brahmaputra river. However, the attempts failed as the river was in full spate then. (IANS)
Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang on Wednesday said the opposition-less Government in Nagaland, comprising of all 60 legislators, was formed under his leadership in order to pave way for inclusive and lasting solution of the Naga political issue, but such opportunity has been delayed, due to lack of unity and integrity amongst the Nagas. Speaking at the 6th Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) Fiesta-cum-General Session under the Theme “Conscia Mens Recti” (A mind conscious of integrity), which began at Local ground Mon town, as the chief guest, Mr Zeliang said the Nagas are proud of our unique history, culture and identity but unfortunately the quality of integrity and honesty is rapidly diminishing in the present Naga society, which needs to be reestablished.
On the issue of reservation policy of Back Ward Tribe Zeliang said the ENSF had brought many short comings which needed to be implemented, compelling the Government to issue fresh directives for effective implementation of the Backward Reservation policy. Because of their strong demand the Backward Tribe Commission has been passed and waiting for final approval,” he said. (PTI)
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu convened a high-level emergency meeting here to review the flood situation in the state which remained grim in four districts.
The meeting took place last night upon his arrival from New Delhi. Underscoring the need for preparedness to tackle any disaster kind of situation in an effective way, Khandu asked all the departments to coordinate and work out a state emergency mitigation plan under the supervision of the chief secretary, an official communiqué said here.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said the flood situation in Namsai district is severe due to change in the course of Nao-Dihing river which has diverted some 2000 metre towards Mahadevpur town. He said if the changed course of the river is not redirected the situation may further worsen in Mahadevpur town and parts of Namsai.
The Chief Minister is slated to make an aerial survey of flood-hit districts of Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Changlang besides Namsari whenever the weather improves. (PTI)