SHILLONG, Oct 12: In a letter sent to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the Williamnagar Unit of the All India Garo Union (AIGU) has called for the removal and replacement of the standing counsel of the GHADC, Sujit Dey.
‘Local or indigenous tribal lawyers will be more effective and efficient to tackle cases as they are familiar and have well conversant /acquainted with the Garo Customary law, cultural and social practices both practically and theoretically’, opined the AIGU.
SHILLONG, Oct 11: In what can be termed as a big relief to the concerned students, the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) has decided to give ‘special-consideration’ for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the different board selection tests due to the recent natural calamities which hit several districts in the Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills region.
“The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) while bringing a humanitarian approach has decided to give a special consideration for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the tests, situated in the areas affected due to recent natural calamities,” MBOSE executive chairman EP Kharbhih said in a notice issued on Saturday.
TURA, Oct 11: A total of 25 secondary and higher secondary schools in the North Garo Hills (NGH) region have been either partially of fully damaged in the recent September 22 floods.
Confirming the news, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of NGH, W Khyllep said, “It is a huge blow to education in the region as we have had close to 25 schools damaged. School children have also lost their school books and now face a very uncertain year ahead.”
Agartala/Aizawl, Oct 11 (IANS): Militants have kidnapped 11 people from Mizoram along the inter-state border with Tripura, police said Saturday.
"NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) extremists Friday evening abducted 16 construction workers from Rajivnagar village along Tripura-Mizoram border. Later, the rebels released five people," a Tripura police officer said.
He said all the 16 people - Bengali Muslims and Chakma tribals - were residents of southern Assam's Karimganj district. They went to Rajivnagar village under Mamit district in Mizoram as construction workers. They went to Mizoram through Tripura's Kanchanpur area.
TURA, Oct 11: Outgoing Assistant General Manager (Garo Hills), Nixon Joseph on Saturday inaugurated the first Customer Service Point (CSP) of the State Bank of India (SBI) at Tura.
“The initiative will decongest the SBI branches in Tura and cater to the need of the customers, who require banking facilities”, said Joseph even as he added that the CSP at Ringrey market will act as a mini-branch of the SBI.
Joseph also informed that the CSP will have flexible working hours to facilitate the customers.
Tura, Oct 09: Residents of Balongre, on the outskirts of the town have been without water for more than 18 months. The small hamlet, even after numerous complaints and pleadings still struggle to get access to clean drinking water, which they earlier had access to, before the construction of a new road through the village itself. Though the village of a 120 households has been without water for the last year and a half, they have been water bills to pay.
The PHE however cited helplessness as many were unwilling to provide land for the setting up of pipes. The village comes under the Rangsakona constituency.
SHILLONG, Oct 09: Newly elected Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum will submit the list of the Executive Members (EM) of the new Executive Committee (EC) to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr KK Paul for his approval on Friday.
“We will be submitting the list of EMs to the governor for his approval by tomorrow,” Nongrum said.
According to him, the list to be forwarded to Governor has the names of the same MDCs which were in the EC led by Ardent Basaiawmoit.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) leader Adelbert Nongrum on Wednesday became the 27th Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) even as he maintained that issues concerning the Council and the region would be his top priority.
The Council’s chairperson, Teilinia Thangkhiew announced that Nongrum was elected as the new CEM unopposed after the opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) decided not to contest for the post.
Just after the announcement, Nongrum bowed down on the floor of the House in prayer before taking over the CEM’s chair.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Wednesday appointed former Union Minister V. Narayanasamy as in-charge of Meghalaya and other north eastern states, except Assam.
He replaces former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, who has been appointed as President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC).
A press statement issued by AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi read: “The Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved that Shri. V. Narayanasamy, a former General Secretary of the AICC will hold the charge of Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya which were earlier assigned to Shri Luizinho Faleiro who has now been appointed as President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.”
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The Maitshaphrang Movement on Wednesday decided to launch an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the failure of the Meghalaya government to frame the rules for implementation of the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act which was passed in 2012.
“We have decided to launch our indefinite hunger strike from next week,” Maitshaphrang convener Michael Syiem said at a press conference held on Wednesday.
According to him, the indefinite hunger strike was proposed to start on Wednesday but could not since the organization had failed to get the necessary permissions.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: Six persons including a hardcore criminal were arrested by the police for their involvement in a robbery case, looting Rs 2.82 lakh from passengers in a remote village in East Khasi Hills (EKH) district.
“They have been arrested by the police for looting passengers of two vehicles at Laitumsaw village, the incident of which took place on Monday,” district Superintendent of Police (SP), M Kharkrang said.
The accused have been identified as Pynshai Rani alias Newstar Kharbani (32), Balbir Singh (26), Raju Biswas (35) and Monu Singh (23), all from Sweeper Lane Bara Bazar, Govind Chettry (38) of Lumkshaid, Mawprem and Phrangkupar Nongrang (38) of Mawlai Phudmawrie, he said.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The National Highway 40 (NH-40), which is the lifeline for several landlocked states in the North East region of India, is at present in a terrible condition. The four-lane work was designed to allow a smooth ride besides providing better connectivity to other states – which are dependent on this highway. However, the good work has now been overshadowed by consistent landslides which do not need any rainfall to take place because of the unscientific cutting of hills to make additional two lanes which is causing enormous damage. A frequent commuter on this highway, also popularly known as the GS Road, said that it has become a deathtrap as it is a matter of luck whether a traveler escapes the sliding hill-tracts with earth, trees, boulders and other materials flowing down onto the road. He also said that one should consider oneself fortunate if he/she can get through this highway unhurt considering the unstable hills through which this highway winds itself.
SHILLONG, Oct 07: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday offered partial relief to the coal miners in Meghalaya by allowing them to pay three equal installments of royalty on the extracted and assessed coal even as the interim ban will continue prohibiting unscientific, unregulated and impermissible rat hold coal mining in the state.
The order came in view of the petitions filed by the coal miners associations expressing their difficulty to pay royalty within 14 days in accordance with the guidelines of the NGT reconstituted committee headed by additional chief secretary KS Kropha and principal secretary MS Rao.
Earlier, the committee in its guidelines, has directed that payment of royalty should be within 14 days.
SHILLONG, Oct 07: With the decision of the opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Allaince (KHUDA) not to vie for the top post, Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) leader Adelbert Nongrum is all set to be elected as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
Nongrum was the only candidate who filed his nomination for the Council’s top post on Tuesday after the Congress led KHUDA decided not to put up any candidate for the election.
TURA, Oct 07: The recent visit by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma to the flood affected areas in the plain belt of Garo Hills saw a furious CM asking everyone in the Garo Hills region to stop wanton destruction for the purpose of mining stones. A furious Mukul asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of both the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) and West Garo Hills (WGH) districts of the state for the immediate shutdown of quarries after imposition of Section 144 CrPC.
The CM’s convoy moved through Garobadha towards Hallidayganj before reaching Chibinang, but the CM made four unscheduled stops, angered by the destruction being caused to the hills of the region. Reportedly, there are more than 150 such quarries, some of which have moved more than a kilometre inward, cutting through the hills.
TURA, Oct 07: Three cadres allegedly belonging to the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) outfit were severely thrashed by angry villagers in Harigaon, near Mukdangra about 25 kms from the town of Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH).
The trio, reportedly among a group of six had been serving demand notes to the residents of the region and angry villagers caught hold of them and at about 8 pm Monday night resulting in a sound thrashing.
The beating was so severe that all three were sent to the Tura Civil Hospital for treatment and are said to be under close observation.
The Superintendent of Police (SP), WGH, Mukesh Singh confirmed the incident stating that the three were involved in extortion. The trio has been identified as Dilip Dalu from Dalupara, Gili Marak (22) of Nokatgre, Mukdangra and Sundaybirth Marak (33) also of the same village in Mukdangra.
Agartala, Oct 07 (IANS): India would develop a river port in Bangladesh to ferry essentials, foodgrain and heavy machinery to northeast region from different parts of the country and abroad, an Indian diplomat said here Tuesday.
"To develop the Ashuganj port over river Meghna, India would provide necessary funds. Both northeastern states of India and Bangladesh would be benefited if the river port's necessary infrastructures were developed," India's Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka Sandeep Chakravorty said.
He said: "The WAPCOS (Water, Power Consultancy Services Limited) is preparing a DPR (Detailed Project Report) to develop the port."
WAPCOS, under the union ministry of water resources, offers consultancy services in all facets of water resources, power and infrastructure sectors in India and abroad.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: A fire broke out in a wooden shed constructed at the back of Meghalaya’s only specialized maternity hospital - Ganesh Das hospital - when a transformer exploded causing panic among patients and public on Monday evening.
According to officials of the hospital, the incident took place at around 5 pm, when a transformer installed at the backyard of the Ganesh Das hospital exploded which led to fire incident.
However there were no casualties reported.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: Thousands of Muslims across Meghalaya Monday solemnly observed the Eid-ul-Azha in view of the recent floods and landslides in the state, which has claimed 56 lives.
"There were no decorations on mosques across the state this time. Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in a solemn way this time following the recent natural disaster in Meghalaya," Shillong Muslim Union general secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum said.
Nongrum said the money saved during the Eid celebrations will be donated to the flood victims in Garo Hills region in the western part of Meghalaya.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: The Congress led Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) on Monday decided to wait till Tuesday before taking a decision on whether to put up a candidate or not for the post of Chief Executive Member (CEM) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the election of which is slated on Wednesday.
The meeting of the KHUDA held on Monday night was inconclusive as the leaders including MDCs failed to arrive at a decision pertaining to election for the post of the CEM in the KHADC even as the filing of nomination for the post will end at 12 noon on Tuesday.