SHILLONG, Dec 03: A day before the night road blockade called by the pro-ILP NGOs starting from Wednesday, miscreants set on fire haystack which was kept for feeding cows in Gaushala Mawlai.
The incident took place around 10 am on Tuesday.
East Khasi hills SP, M Kharkrang, informed that the haystack was completely charred and is estimated to have cost Rs 2.40 lakhs.
Shillong, Dec 03: 14 Assam Rifles along with Mizoram Police, based on specific information, seized a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from a truck in Mizoram's Serchhip district, officials informed on Tuesday.
The seized arms and ammunition included 10 modified assault rifles along with 20 loaded magazines, four Chinese rifles along with eight loaded magazines, one light machine gun (LMG), 39 live grenades, one foreign-made pistol, one telescope used for rifles, a pistol silencer and 535 rounds of live cartridges.
SHILLONG, Dec 03: Ignorance and superstitious believes can only aggravate the conditions of the persons with disabilities. Ignorance on the part of the parents especially those living in the rural areas of the state have aggravated the conditions of the PWDs, president of Association of Challenged People Meghalaya (ACPM) Elkin Rynniaw said.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities here on Tuesday, Rynniaw said in the rural areas People with Disabilities (PwDs) are taken to traditional healers for treatment thereby aggravating their conditions.
SHILLONG, Dec 03: For the first time since the inception of the district, the people of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) celebrated the International Day of the Differently-Abled or the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) at Ampati Mini Stadium on Tuesday.
The celebration, which was jointly organized by the District Social Welfare Office, District Administration, Bethany Society, SSA unit and the District Election Office, Ampati, drew large participation of the differently-abled persons along with their families, NGOs, nokmas and gaonburas, church elders, district officials, teachers and students.
SHILLONG, Dec 02: Just two days after the public rally, the thirteen pro Inner Line Permit (ILP) groups Monday announced fresh agitation with three-day ‘night road blockade’ from December 4 to 6, as a mark of intensifying their stir to pressurize the state government to implement the ILP system to contain unabated influx into the state.
The 9 PM to 5 AM night road blockade will be effective in all the eleven districts of the state, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) Vice President, Fredrick Kharmawphlang, said in a statement issued here on Monday.
Shillong, Dec 02: Police will complete the process of charge-sheet of the 86 cases registered against the pro Inner Line Permit (ILP) activists of different NGOs by the end of this month and then it will be put up on fast track mode before the special court constituted by the state government.
East Khasi hills SP M Kharkrang informed that seven summon notices have been served against the ILP activists but they are yet to turn up before the investigating officers of different police stations.
SHILLONG, Dec 02: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Monday said that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said, “The demand for ILP especially fighting against alienation of tribal land, will continue but without having to give a chance to violence.”
Tura, Dec 02: In another boost for the police team in West Garo Hills (WGH), three UALA cadres have surrendered before the Police in a span of three days. The surrender comes close on the heels of the same militant outfit suffering major blows recently. While, 3 cadres of the outfit were killed in counter insurgency operations in the East Garo Hills, the surrender of the three surrendered militants point to the fact that all is not well in the camp of the UALA group.
KOHIMA, Dec 01: President of India Pranab Mukherjee has asked for the transformation of the North East Region (NER) into an area of peace and opportunity, while accentuating that the region is also a ‘natural bridge’ between the country and the South East Asian (SEA) countries.
Speaking as chief guest at the celebration of 50th Nagaland Statehood Day and also inaugurating the ‘Hornbill Festival’ simultaneously at The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, off Kohima on Sunday morning, Mukherjee said, “The states of North East (NE) India should lead our partners of South East Asian Countries.”
Shillong, Dec 01 (IANS): Five arms smugglers, including a former Nagaland Police official, have been arrested in Meghalaya and a cache of high-frequency wireless sets seized from them, police said Sunday.
"Acting on a tip-off, we arrested five people Saturday night and seized six high-frequency wireless sets from their hideout at Maikhuli area bordering Assam's Kamrup district," Ri-Bhoi district police chief C.V.S. Reddy said.
Tura, Dec 01: The recent admission in Court by the former Director of Education, J D Sangma, of the involvement of the former Education Minister, Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh, upon whose alleged direction he reduced the cut offs for specific candidates, is sure to open another can of worms in an already complicated scene. While the Government has been trying to clear its name, the involvement of many within the ruling MUA II government has been ascertained by various influential agencies, yet the government is still inactive in getting the people behind the episode, under the purview of law.
Shillong, Dec 01: International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) on December 3 shall have an additional reason for joyous celebration as a day where the differently-abled from all walks of life shall assemble together in Tura, West Garo Hills, to celebrate the day, receive awareness about the rights and issues of the physically challenged and gather information about the schemes and programmes conceptualized by the government for their welfare and empowerment.
The theme for this year’s Badhte Kadam is “how to create a barrier free environment for the disabled”.
¨ Over 20,000 participate in rally, voice support for ILP ¨
Shillong, Nov 30: Inner Line Permit (ILP) activists on Saturday burnt the effigy of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma during a public rally here even as they vowed to intensify their stir to achieve their demand for implementation of the ILP in state. The rally, however, was peaceful as till the filing of this report no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.
The Pro-ILP NGOs leaders, who were all in hiding ever since the ILP agitations took off three months ago, surfaced in the rally called by them. Addressing the rally of over 20,000 people, who had gathered at Students Field in Jaiaw, all the leaders asserted their commitment to continue the agitation till the state government decides to implement the ILP.
Political leaders from the UDP like Paul Lyngdoh and Jemino Mawthoh were also seen in the meeting besides HSPDP supremo and veteran legislator HS Lyngdoh and KHNAM leaders.
Shillong, Nov 30: Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul has stressed that premier institutions in state should be supported by the government so that they can keep up with the best in the world.
Speaking at the platinum jubilee celebration of St Mary’s college, Shillong, here on Saturday, Dr Paul said government must ensure that premier institutions like this (St Mary’s college) are supported so that they can keep with the best in the world.
SHILLONG, Nov 30: Despite the fact that Meghalaya boasts of reputed institutions like Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, National Institute of Fashion Technology and others, local candidates hardly finds seats in them because of their inability to clear the competitive examinations conducted by these prestigious institutes for admission. But with the efforts of the state government, the city has recently witnessed the opening up of a reputed training centre for competitive examinations whereas another vocational training institute is in the pipeline.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: Meghalaya government on Tuesday sought an award of Rs 50,000 crore from the Fourteenth Finance Commission to meet the state's requirement in term of infrastructural and other development related issues.
“We have asked for an overall award of around Rs 50,000 crore which includes the pre-devolution of Rs 35, 000 crore to cover all the basic needs of the state including the upgradation of state’s specific needs, maintenance of roads and to enable the state to complete various schemes,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told reporters after the first sitting of the Commission held here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has maintained that the state government will not call the agitating pressure groups for talks if it is on the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP). The chief minister also ruled out of any deadlock in the state.
“There will be no discussion on ILP,” affirmed Dr Sangma while talking to reporters at the sideline of the 14th Finance Commission meeting held here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: That the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) earlier assessment of militancy in the North East (NE) going fully wrong is a proven fact now with the formation of new militant outfit like A’chik Tiger Forces (ATF) in Meghalaya besides Assam being declared Maoist hit. Amidst tall claims that militancy in the northeastern region is on the wane in the recent past by the MHA the same ministry has gone on record to declare Assam a Maoist hit state while tagging it with the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. This act is also applicable in Manipur. This tagging will apply on the state whereas Meghalaya will also be attached to this act in specified areas because of sharing border with Assam.
SHILLONG, Nov 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said that state government cannot rule-out nexus of any politicians with militant organizations while adding that law will take its own course if such allegations are substantiated with evidences.
“We cannot rule out any nexus of any politicians with any militant organizations,” Dr Sangma told reporters here.
He said, “Therefore, the security agencies are required to actually monitor this (alleged nexus) and verify this,” adding “Whenever such information are brought to the notice of the government and can be substantiated with any substantiated evidence, the Law will take its own course.”
Shillong, Nov 26: The sixth version of the immensely successful and eventful Tura Winter Festival “Ahaia” shall be rolled out this winter with all traditional grandeur from December 9 to 11 in Chandmary Field, Tura, with the theme “Give Peace a Chance!”
The three day festival apart from concentrating on celebration of the unique art and culture, rich traditions of Garo Hills, multi-culturism of diverse communities and their folk dance, folk lore and ethnic festival wear shall also make a definite call for peace and tolerance.
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