SHILLONG: The hearing of NGT on limestone mining in the State and illegal constructions at Balpakram National Park was deferred to February 9.
The matter was listed on Wednesday after NGT had directed the state government to file its status report on lime stone mining and encroachment by way of illegal constructions in Balpakram National Park .
Counsel for the state government Ranjan Mukherjee said that the state government has already field the affidavit mentioning that there was already a hearing on the limestone mining in the High Court of Meghalaya and the state government had complied with the directions of the Court.
As far as Balpakram is concerned, Mukherjee said that illegal construction was stopped by the district administration and the area will be demarcated.
SHILLONG: After the retirement of Additional Chief Secretary P. Naik as many as five senior officers will retire this year.
While Chief Secretary Barkos Warjri will retire in March, the Commissioner and Secretary District Council Affairs J. Lyngdoh will retire in May.
Other officers, Commissioner and Secretary Information and Public Relations MHK Marak, Secretary Transport Department M. Kharmujai and Secretary Education CCM Mihsil will retire in November.
SHILLONG: Police intercepted four coal laden pick-up trucks, ML-10B-0083 driven by Freddy Mawlong, ML-10-7292 driven by Fleming Suting, ML-10A-9701 driven by Romingstar Shadap and ML-10A-7674 driven by Spin Nongrum, while they were evading the Weigh Bridge and Sales Tax check-gate at Umling (Ri Bhoi).
SHILLONG, Feb 03: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma of trying to “communalize” the issue related to traditional institutions allegedly to suit his political interest.
The party was referring to the recent statement of the chief minister where he was speaking at the 14th annual Nokma Council Conference held in Ampati, South West Garo Hills District. Dr. Sangma had emphasized on the need to strengthen and empower the Nokmas of Garo Hills, as per the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
“Now is this statement not designed to create communal clash among the Khasis, Jaintias and the Garos,” KHNAM working president Adelbert Nongrum said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 03 (IANS): Nepal army chief General Rajendra Chhetri was on Wednesday conferred the honorary rank of General of the Indian Army by President Pranab Mukherjee at a special ceremony here.
The honorary rank on General Chhetri was conferred at a special investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here for his "commendable military prowess and immeasurable contribution to fostering Nepal's long and friendly association with India".
According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan release, the citation read out on the occasion said General Rajendra Chhetri's selfless service, sincere devotion and commitment to excellence were in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the Nepal Army.
SHILLONG, Feb 03: Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Shillong, Vincent H Pala on Wednesday sought the Govenor’s intervention for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)’s early returning of the Village Administration Bill (VAB) of the KHADC.
The MP met the Meghalaya Governor, V Shanmuganathan here on Wednesday before leaving for Guwahati, to attend an official meeting.
“It was just a courtesy call but I took the opportunity to discuss some of the issues that are concerning the state with him,” Pala said after the meeting.
Itanagar, Feb 03 (IANS): Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa on Wednesday said that certain government officials were "indulging in politics", and directed them to ensure that discipline is imbibed down the line in office.
"The governor expressed his disappointment on the reported participation of certain government officials in politics and remarked that officers should serve in the government without any prejudice," Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said.
During a meeting with government officials, Rajkhowa told them that the rule of law should prevail to provide good governance in the state.
TURA, Feb 03: A cadre of the United Garo Security Force (UGSF), Bablu N Sangma (Senbreni) surrendered before the police in North Garo Hills (NGH) on Wednesday.
The surrendered cadre who was also a former cadre of the ANLCA deposited one 7.65 mm pistol along with 2 magazines and 5 five rounds of ammo.
SHILLONG, Feb 03: Over 800 past pupils of St. Edmund’s School, which is one of the premiere institute in the state, coming from across the world, are all set to converge in the city to attend the centenary celebration of the school.
The three-day celebration, which will be held from February 11 to 13, is being organized by the St Edmund’s Past Pupil Association (SEPPA), Meghalaya chapter.