TURA, Jan 17: A chance encounter led to the revelation of the name of Monssi Momin, a War World – I hero, who died fighting the battle in France- a few that were acknowledged for their contributions during the war that defined the current demographics.
During World War-I in 1917, the Garos were recruited to work as labourers in France. Of the 456 who reached France, only about 120 of them returned to Tura. However, official records available say that only 58 of them died during the episode and had nothing that listed the achievements.
SHILLONG, Jan 17: The upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) elections in Meghalaya will see as many as 55,423 new voters, of which 25,900 are female voters.
Interestingly, half of the new enrolments in the final publication consist of youths in the age group of 18-19 years since 28,149 new enrolls are in the age group of 18-19. With the new inclusion, the total number of electorates in the state has gone to 15,53,028 out of which female electorates are 7,83,270 and male are 7,69,758.
TURA, Jan 17: In the continuing fight against money being withdrawn with literally nothing as evidence, another college meant to benefit the people of the town of Phulbari was affected by corruption. The Shyamnagar College, proposed to be built under the MPLAD scheme of 2010-2011 is nothing but a picture of a few pillars and posts that have come up in place of what was supposed to be a college.
SHILLONG, Jan 17: Terming the move of Congress led Meghalaya government’s decision to extend the tenure of the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) as ‘political-gimmick’, United Democratic Party (UDP) Friday said the decision was highly unjustified, and the extension of six months to GHADC is an insult to intelligence of Garo people.
The tenure of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has been extended for another six months, while for the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) the extension is only for 15 days.
SHILLONG, Jan 17: The President of Hynniewtrep Awakening National Movement (HANM), Lamphrang Kharbani, has confirmed that he will contest from Langrin constituency in the upcoming MDC election on February 24.
Shillong, Jan 17: The cities and towns in Meghalaya will soon see their streets illuminated self-sustainably, without taxing the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and affecting the electrical supply in thousands of homes.
Meghalaya Government, under the Green City Project (GCP), has sanctioned Rs 25 crore for installation of over 378 solar-lights, that will replace the existing street-lights.
SHILLONG, Jan 16: The National People’s Party (NPP) has refused to let the allegation on Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma die down.
On Thursday, former Lok Sabha Speaker and National People’s Party (NPP) president Purno A. Sangma charged the chief minister of being the “common chairman” of all the militant groups, which are operating in the Garo Hills region.
“Who is the chairman of ANVC(B)? Who is the chairman of ANVC? Who is the chairman of GNLA? I think it is only one person called Mukul,” the NPP national president told journalists here.
TURA, Jan 13: The recent attack near a Petrol pump in the Hawakhana area of Tura has been widely condemned by the people of Tura and the whole region; however, the claiming of responsibility being taken by the A’chik Tiger Force (ATF) has shocked the area.
While old hands like GNLA, ANVC(B) and UALA were widely thought to be active, the random act of hurling a crude bomb at a crowded petrol pump has been met with ridicule. With the bomb, what has been an open secret has come to the fore – the ATF too wants a share of the money pie and does not want to be left behind.
SHILLONG, Jan 13: The state government has recently submitted its proposal to the Centre on the need to increase the number of seats in the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the state.
Earlier, the government has also granted the extension of the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) to another six months and 15 days for the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).
SHILLONG, Jan 13: Traditional chiefs from two villages under the New Shillong Township (NST) area Monday threatened to stage a hunger strike in-front of the office of the Syiem of Hima Khyriem, demanding immediate halt to the decision of selling tribal lands within ten days.
The decision came following the alleged illegal selling away of the tribal lands falling under the Mawpdang Raid and subsequently the failure of the Syiem of Hima Khyriem to act on the several petitions submitted to him by aggrieved dorbar shnongs.
SHILLONG, Jan 13: Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Monday said it would soon seek the audience with President, Prime Minister and Oppositions at the Centre to highlight on the alleged ‘tacit’ and ‘unholy’ nexus of the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma with a Garo militants at the national level even as it demanded for immediate probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
TURA, Jan 13: The albatross of Education has been hanging over the MUA II Government for a long time with most the ministers being part of the process. While progress has been slow in the case, due to comprehensible reasons, aggrieved teachers now have something to cheer for as the process of termination of the tainted teachers is set to begin soon.
On the other hand, most of the teachers who were illegally appointed have replied to the show cause notice issued by the Education Department.
SHILLONG, Jan 13: The three day function of the concluding phase of the 150th Birthday Celebration of Swami Vivekananda here in Shillong came to an end on Monday at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Cultural Centre (RKMVCC).
Governor of Meghalaya, Dr KK Paul, speaking as Chief Guest on the occasion, urged the youths to follow the ideals of the Swami. He said, Vivekananda stressed on the awakening of the inherent strength. Narrating an incident from the life of Swami Vivekananda he said, at Chicago when he was questioned about the peculiar dress he wore, the Swami replied, ‘in your country a tailor makes a gentleman, but in our country character makes a gentleman.’ Dr Paul said he was very much touched when he learned about the incident.
Shillong, Jan 12: He is barely less than five feet tall yet stood like a rock at the epicenter of the newspaper world of Shillong for 50 years. This is Devin Kharsyntiew, a resident of Mawlai Nongkwar known to one and all as Bahrit.
It was in 1964 when Bahrit, as a young boy embarked on his career as a newspaper boy. In those days, when Shillong was a laid back township, there were at the most two or three newspapers doing the rounds on a weekly or at best bi-weekly basis. Back then, a daily publication was a distant dream. To survive as a newspaper hawker those days was something that only the resilient could manage, fortunately, Bahrit was one of them. In fact, there weren’t many newspaper hawkers or vendors and Bahrit was very much so one of the first, if not the first.
Shillong, Jan 10: The Politician – militant nexus in Meghalaya is nothing new to most but it has never been officially confirmed. There have been numerous attempts in the past by police department to ascertain these nexuses, but such finding were either eschewed or remained inconclusive. However, for the very first time a militant outfit has come out in open to declare its connections with a politician, who is none other than the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma himself.
Ironically, Dr Sangma has always maintained that there is indeed a Politician – militant nexus, especially in Garo Hills, and claimed to have proof in this regard on many occasions. This revelation could put the CM in a tight spot and may give an upper hand to his rivals, who otherwise has a very domineering attitude and way of life.
In an open letter to Dr Sangma dated on December 28, 2013, released to the media on Friday, the ANVC(B) has threatened to return to the jungle and promised to bring down Dr Sangma and his House as he did not keep his promise to the outfit in return for their alleged services to keep him at the helm of affairs.
SHILLONG, Jan 10: Meghalaya finds itself in an unimpressive position very much in contrast to what chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma has said in the national capital on the penultimate day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas while taking on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and crediting the UPA-II government “obscurely” for building the strong foundation for better days ahead. If Dr Sangma is indeed sure about the strong foundation being laid down by the leadership of the congress led UPA government at the centre then the state of Meghalaya would not find itself staring at high percentage of drug abusers among children besides indiscriminate transfer of IAS officers and a rising non-working population.
SHILLONG, Jan 10: The 13 pro Inner Line Permit (ILP) groups on Friday decided to welcome the invitation of the state government for talks on the issue relating to influx slated on January 15 next.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the groups held in the city here on Friday.
NONGSTOIN, Jan 10: The police of West Khasi Hills (WKH) District has arrested one Phillington Nongphud (31), a Church Elder of Mawruksoin village who is also a 4th year student of John Robert Theological Seminary, Mawklot on Friday on charges of serving demand note.
The Superintendent of Police WKH District, S. Nongtnger said Phillington was arrested from Shillong Club for allegedly serving a demand note of Rs. 12 lakh to a businessman from WKH in the name of the ANVC on December 17, 2013.
“Since then we had been monitoring the situation and have subsequently arrested him, Nongphud confessed his guilt and a case will be registered against him”, concluded Nongtnger.
SHILLONG, Jan 10: One of the heritage and most attractive buildings of Meghalaya, the All Saint’s Cathedral has been a “pilgrim” since 1877 “like a fine-drawn note from a one-stringed lute,” as Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore eulogized about the Church in one of his poems.
And yes, neither could the earthquake of 1897 nor the “blazing Sun” of the years gone by could stop the cathedral, affiliated to the Diocese of North East India, from celebrating the centenary year from Saturday.
SHILLONG, Jan 09: A ‘Red Beacon Campaign’ will be launched in Meghalaya by Thma-U-Rangli-Juki (TUR) to protest against the abuse of powers and violation of the recent Supreme Court ruling.
The Supreme Court (SC) has directed all States to drastically restrict the number of VIPs using the red beacon on their cars and ruled that only Constitutional authorities are entitled to the privilege which guarantees right of way.
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