SHILLONG, Oct 16: Just out of jail contract killers were arrested along with arms from a village in West Jaintia Hills District on Thursday before they could execute their proposed assignment which is yet to be uncovered by police.
Acting on intelligence inputs, police from the Special Cell of West Jaintia Hills immediately launched a swift operation drive and arrested the two accused, police said.
Deimon Dhar (28) and Thomas Jones Ryngkhlem (27) were arrested by the special cell of the district police from a house-cum-liquor shop owned by one H Rymbai at Mookabeng village, West Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Herbert G Lyngdoh said here.
Guwahati, Oct 16 (IANS): An air force personnel, held hostage in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, was Thursday rescued in a joint operation by Assam and Meghalaya police.
Anand Mohan Das, 40, was posted at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Borjhar near the Lopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here.
Das, who hails from West Bengal, had gone to the district for some personal work with two people - Nekibur Zaman and Sofikul Islam, a police officer said here.
Tura, Oct 16: In a horrific incident in South Garo Hills (SGH), a father accidentally shot his 8 – year old minor son, critically injuring him. The incident happened in the village of Dagalgre, about 3 kms from Chokpot, and about 65 kms from the town of Tura. Interestingly, the father immediately absconded after the shooting. The absconding father has been identified as Alas R Sangma.
Shillong, Oct 16: The National People’s Party (NPP) Thursday demanded for the tripartite ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ signed between New Delhi between the Government of India, State Government of Meghalaya and the ANVC and ANVC (B) on September 24, 2014, to be made public. It also sought for an NIA probe into Militant-Politician nexus.
In a press statement issued here on Thursday, NPP Meghalaya Spokesperson James K Sangma said, “The details of this ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ are not known since this document has not been made public. In the interest of the public who are the biggest stakeholders, we demand that the Agreed Text of Settlement should be made public as the people of Garo Hills have the right to know the details of the so called Settlement.”
SHILLONG, Oct 15: In the name of saving the regional parties alliance, Nongskhen MDC Grace Mary Kharpuri was made a “scapegoat” when the KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Wednesday decided to drop her from the post of Executive Member (EM) to accommodate the demand put forth by the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).
KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum, also leader of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), dropped Kharpuri following the pressure from HSPDP to accommodate its member to the post of EM in the new Executive Committee (EC).
The HSPDP has proposed the name of Mawshynrut MDC Morningstar Mawsor for the post of EM.
Shillong, Oct 15: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul M Sangma met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday in New Delhi and handed over Memorandum to the Government of India for Financial Assistance for Repair/Restoration of Properties and Infrastructure Damaged by Flood/Landslide in September 2014.
Due to recent flash floods and landslides in the State, Meghalaya suffered from extreme damages to the life and properties of the people of the State. As the State is not in a position to meet the financial requirements for rebuilding the lives of affected people and their infrastructure, hence a memorandum for financial assistance was submitted to the Government of India.
SHILLONG, Oct 14: It what can be construed as definite rip in All Regional Party Alliance (ARPA) which is at the helm of affairs at the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), three members of the Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) were absent from the ARPA emergency meeting called on Tuesday.
With the failure of the three HSPDP MDCs to attend this meeting, KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum was left with no other option but to re-convene the meeting on Wednesday.
HSPDP leaders Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, who quit the CEM post last month, the Council’s chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew and Pyniaid Sing Syiem, who had resigned on Monday from the deputy chairman’s post of the Council were the three MDCs who remained absent from the meeting which was convened to discuss the sudden resignation of Pyniaid Sing Syiem from the post of deputy chairman of the Council.
SHILLONG, Oct 14: Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) Tuesday refused to drop its proposal to the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) demanding three post of Executive Members (EMs) in the new Executive Committee (EC) led by Adelbert Nongrum in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
“We have decided to stick to our demand,” HSPDP spokesperson N Lyngdoh told reporters after a meeting of the party held here on Tuesday night.
While the HSPDP is already having two EMs in the new EC, the party is demanding for one more post in its fold.
It has proposed the name of Mawshynrut MDC Morningstar Mawsor as the EM in the new EC.
TURA, Oct 14: The Williamnagar murder case of a 15 year old took another turn after allegations made by the mother of the victim, Grikchina Sangma, of the girl being pregnant when she was killed and habitually being raped by the step father. The turn of events has led to the doctor performing the investigation asking for an expert to look into matter as the body was highly decomposed.
The murder of the 15 year old which has been mired in controversy after the discovery of her beheaded body was condemned by all sections of the state. Her body was discovered in the Khera Forest reserve after she had been missing for about a week.
TURA, Oct 14: Continuing the offensive against the threat of militancy, the West Garo Hills police on Tuesday busted a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) camp at Sakalgre village, near Rongram, about 22 km from Tura in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills (WGH) district. According to information received, two senior cadres of the outfit managed to escape.
Police sources said senior cadres Baichung, an area commander and Jarek managed to escape after the attack on the camp. The exchange of fire took place around 12 noon.
The operation was led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos and Special Operation Team (SOT) of WGH. “The militants opened fired at the approaching police personnel and we had to retaliate,” said WGH Superintendent of Police (SP), Mukesh Singh.
TURA, Oct 14: A recent report in the aftermath of the September 22 floods has put the blame on the massive deforestation of the Garo Hills region as a major cause for the increased damages. The report by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pointed at this deforestation as being responsible for the situation. A ground reality check would confirm the findings of the NDRF.
In most places where damage has taken place, forests have been hacked down leading to the place being vulnerable to massive landslides and cracking. As roads have been cut through hills, the omnipresent danger is that if not scientifically managed, the same is set to cause problems in the future as well.
SHILLONG, Oct 13: Lok Sabha MP from Tura, Purno Agitok Sangma, has been directed to appear before the Delhi High Court on November 24, 2014 in the wake of an Rs 25 crore defamation suit filed by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma.
The defamation case has also been filed against a Shillong based English daily and a national news channel which have also been directed to appear before the Court on the same day.
SHILLONG, Oct 13: Sohryngkham MDC Pyniaid Sing Syiem of the Hill State Peoples’ Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Monday resigned as the Deputy Chairman of the Khasi Hill Autonomous District Council (KHADC), just five days after the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum was elected.
“I decided to quit the post due to three main reasons,” Syiem told reporters after he tendered his resignation to the KHADC Chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew in her office chamber on Monday.
SHILLONG: A strong anti-corruption body is yet to become a reality in the State as the Chairperson and members of the Meghalaya Lokayukta are yet to be appointed by the State Government.
There were a series of agitation in the past expressing concern over the delay in the formation of an effective Lokayukta for Meghalaya.
Pending a full- fledged Lokayukta, the corruption cases involving officials are currently being handled by the State Vigilance Commission headed by the Chief Secretary and this has almost become ‘defunct and toothless.’
The latest regarding Meghalaya Lokayukta is that the rules framed by the Political Affairs department will have to get the approval of the Cabinet before the Chairperson and members of the Meghalaya Lokayukta are appointed.
An official with the Political Affairs department said on Sunday that the Cabinet will meet to finalise the rules related to the appointment of Chairperson and members for the Commission.
Meghalaya Lokayukta consists of a Chairperson and four members.
There were a series of amendments to the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act and finally the Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill, 2014 was passed in the March session of the Assembly this year. However, there is no headway in the appointment of the Chairperson and members of the Lokayukta even after several months.
SHILLONG: The formation of Meghalaya State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has hit hurdles with the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya, Meena Kumari, expressing her inability to hold the post of Chairperson of the Commission offered by the State Government, an official source said.
14 months after the State Cabinet approved the formation of the State Human Rights Commission, the Government is still searching for a suitable candidate to hold the post of Chairperson.
After the Cabinet, on August 13 last year, approved the formation of the State Human Rights Commission the Government had only fixed the salary and allowances of the Chairperson and other members.
In the Assembly session held in March this year, the State Government had tabled the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (Salaries and Allowances and other Terms and Conditions of Service of the Members) Rules, 2014.
In the absence of the State Human Rights Commission, the cases of violations of human rights are on the rise as there is no whistleblower to monitor instances of human rights violations.
The cases of human rights violations are now being probed by the magistrates and several such probe reports which lack in depth, are gathering dust in government departments pending action.
A Chairperson and two members constitute the State Human Rights Commission.
A government official said that while Additional Deputy Commissioner M.B. Challam has agreed to be one of the members of the Commission, the Government will shortly finalize one more member for the Commission.
Moreover, search is also on for the Chairperson of the Commission since (retd) Chief Justice Meena Kumari did not want to hold the post due to her preoccupation with her family.
Several meetings were held in the past to shortlist the names of suitable candidates to head the State Human Rights Commission, but no consensus could be reached on the matter.
SHILLONG: Suspected UALA militants kidnapped a trader and a driver hailing from Assam in West Garo Hills District on Saturday, police informed on Sunday.
According to police, on Saturday at around 9.45 am, around eight persons, claiming to be from UALA, came to Gondagre weekly market in Tikrikilla, West Garo Hills District, and abducted the two persons.The armed militants fired 10 to 15 rounds in the air before escaping along with the two persons.
The abducted persons have been identified as Kalam Ali (25) a driver hailing from Hatisilla under Lakhipur PS in Assam and one Joynal Ali (50), a grocery shop owner, hailing from Baburbhita under Lakhipur, Assam.
JOWAI: The All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation (AJYWO) has threatened to resort to agitation if the State Government failed to repair the deplorable National Highway 44.
According to the AJYWO, the Jowai-Badarpur Road (NH-44) from Soomer in West Jaintia Hills to Malidor in East Jaintia Hills is in a pathetic condition and in need of urgent repair.
“East Jaintia Hills is the most neglected district and it seems that the State Government is not taking any initiative to repair this important highway,” AJYWO president M.H. Dkhar said, adding, “If the government fails to repair the road we will have no other options but to organize a series of agitational programmes.”
The AJYWO threat comes at a time when the Silchar-Lumding MG railway line in Assam has been closed for good to pave way for upgradation of the line into a broad gauge one, putting the NH-44 under additional duress as hundreds of trucks carrying essential items are now passing daily through Meghalaya to Barak Valley, Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur.
Meanwhile, the AJYWO also expressed concern over the erratic power supply in East Jaintia Hills. “There are many villages which have not got electricity for months,” the AJYWO stated.
The AJYWO urged MeECL officials to take prompt action in providing regular power supply to the district, saying that the frequent power cut have affected various kinds of works and also the student community.
Vishakapatnam/Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Hudhud pounded the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday killing five people and leaving a trail of destruction with Vishakapatnam being the worst hit.
SHILLONG: The 18 Degrees festival which concluded on Saturday has found resonance among the youth of the city who welcomed the government’s initiative to provide a platform to the youngsters to showcase their talent.
Be it through music, dance, bike stunts or mural paintings, there was abundant scope for everybody to display their skills in the three-day festival.
However, a section of observers felt that the programme could have been integrated with tourism to attract more visitors to the city. Observers also felt that some of the events could have been organized at Khyndailad keeping in mind the ‘tourist factor’.
The festival, meanwhile, was also criticized for being ill timed in the wake of the recent floods in the State. Nevertheless, it managed to attract youths of the city who made a beeline to the venue. The youth felt that similar events should be organized on a regular basis for the benefit of the youngsters.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had asserted that the 18 Degrees festival would only get bigger in the years to come.
SHILLONG: Purbayan Airlines has expressed its willingness to operate the Guwahati-Tura-Shillong flight service.
The Self Help Group base in Assam has approached the State Government on this matter and if the idea materializes it would give a new lease of life to Baljek Airport which has remained a non-starter ever since it was inaugurated.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said that the Commissioner and Secretary, Transport department, had written to him on the feasibility of the services. “We have told in our submission that the service is feasible,” Bakshi said. It may be mentioned that the District Administration of West Garo Hills, earlier this year, handed over the Baljek Airport to the State Transport department for its future development.
The District Administration has acquired 58 acres of land for the expansion of the Airport at a budget of around Rs. 2.59 crore.
However, there is a stretch of land which is under litigation as two Nokma are claiming that the stretch of land belongs to them.
The expansion of Baljek Airport would pave way for landing of atleast 30-seater aircraft in the Airport, which has remained non-functional since the time it was inaugurated with much fanfare by Pratibha Patil, the then President of India, almost four years back.
The airport set up at Jengjal, around 33 km from Tura, was built at a cost of Rs 12.52 crore. It was inaugurated on October 23, 2008.