Tura, Nov 24: The turbid face of militancy has been rearing its head throughout the Garo Hills region for quite some time now. Security forces have been at their wits end to maintain law and order within the whole region, with only some small pockets being spared the trouble. Tura, which till a while earlier has been bereft of most of these problems, is now under threat as militants utilize the darkness to serve demand notes that are not only hand delivered but also sent to one’s doorstep. Now, the big question on everyone’s mind is – is there a visible end?
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS): The security situation in the northeastern states continues to remain complex, with insurgency, extortion and agitations being the main disruptive elements, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Saturday.
"Persistent efforts on part of the government have resulted in considerable progress in the dialogue with insurgent and ethnic separatist groups," he said in his address at an annual conference of top police officials.
SHILLONG, Nov 23: The annual festival of the indigenous Khasi faith and culture – Seng Kut Snem – was celebrated at the Weiking Field here on Saturday with great fanfare. Youths, elderly men and women dressed in colorful traditional attires took part in the celebrations.
On November 23 every year, Seng Khasi members following the traditional Khasi faith or the Niam Khasi gather to pay their respects to God, the Almighty. This celebration is a form of Community Prayer for protection of the distinct identity of the Khasi Race.
Tura, Nov 23: For the sporting populace the annual MP football tournament holds a very important piece of the sporting firmament. It has been regular to see good crowds that cheer on and on for the teams they live for. This time the joy of the region knew no bounds when the “Darling of North East” MC Mary Kom came visiting the town on the occasion of the finale of the 8 MP Football Tournament being held in the MP stadium. The town of Tura bore witness to the sporting legend along with a host of dignitaries from the political field of Meghalaya.
Tura, Nov 18: The long awaited Baljek Airport project, which has become the dream of all within the Garo Hills region, finally got a fillip when the project completed its land acquisition, paving the way for the completion of the project.
Cheques for the land acquired for the project was handed over to the land owners in the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi. The cheques were handed over by the DC himself who expressed hope that the project would now take off in right earnest.
A total of 58 acres of land has been acquired for the expansion of the airport to make it ready for use and complete the dream that has been pending for quite a while. The area was required for the construction of the runway as well as to ensure the airport was made according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) specifications.
Tura, Nov 18: The rape of a less than 2 and a half year old in the town of Tura, West Garo Hills, has left the whole town fuming. The incident took place about a week ago but was not reported by the victim’s parents due to fear of social ostracism and pressure from the accused family.
Based on the complaint of a citizen, police apprehended the accused, who is a juvenile, from his house late in the evening on Monday and brought to the Tura police station for questioning, with the child being sent for a medical following the report. The accused is a student of Class IX and is about 15 years old.
SHILLONG, Nov 18: States falling under Special Category like the North Eastern (NE) states on Monday expressed their reservation on the move of Centre to bring liquor and petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), citing that these items are the major sources of revenue.
This emerged during the course of discussion at the meeting of the “Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers” held in Shillong here on Monday.
In the revised draft of the Bill circulated to the states, the Centre has proposed inclusion of petroleum and liquor under GST.
SHILLONG, Nov 18: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Monday asked the Meghalaya Police to pull – up its socks and be much more ‘pro-active’ in tackling the law and order problem in state and ensure peace.
Reacting to Saturday’s petrol bomb attack on a tea stall owner by arsonists, which happened to be the second such gruesome attack on innocent lives, Dr Sangma said, “We have directed the district administration to handle the situation and also convened a review meeting on the law and order.
SHILLONG, Nov 18: The condition of Bisheshwar Das (45), a tea stall owner at Bishnupur Bazaar who was set ablaze by masked miscreants on Saturday last, is said to be stable.
This was informed by East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Sanjay Goyal, who has inquired about the victim’s health on Monday evening, at about 4 pm, from the Guwahati – based NEMCARE hospital where Das is currently being treated.
“We are keeping constant touch with the hospital authority as well as the family members of the victim,” Goyal said.
SHILLONG, Nov 17: Intensifying their stir, the fourteen NGOs Sunday announced fresh three-day ‘night-road-blockade’ from November 19 to 21, demanding immediate implementation of the Inner-Line Permit (ILP) system to check unabated inflow of illegal influx into the state.
The decision was taken at a meeting of 14 NGOs which is a conglomeration of KSU, FKJGP, HNYF, GSU, JSU, RBYF, AJYWO, JYF, CSWO, KWAADA, AYWO, AIGU, ADE and FAF held on Sunday.
SHILLONG, Nov 17: The incidents of arson have once again resurfaced in Shillong city, only this time they are much more violent then the last time. In the past two days, there have been at least three major incidents of arson in various parts of the city; with one involving burning of a person, the owner of Babua Tea Stall - Bisheshwar Das (45)- who received over 50 percent burn injuries and is presently undergoing treatment in Guwahati.
Unidentified arsonists struck once again during the wee hours of Sunday morning. This time the target was Sulleman compound, Lumdiengjri. But there was no human injury.
SHILLONG, Nov 17: While the Meghalaya police are yet to get any breakthrough on the culprits of Saturday’s petrol bomb attack on a tea shop owner at Bishnupur Bazar, the victim who is struggling to survive from his burn injuries was on Sunday shifted to a hospital in Guwahati, Assam, for further treatment.
The tea stall owner, Bisheshawar Das (50), who sustained 50 percent burn injuries after a group of three miscreants went inside his shop and pour petrol on him, was taken to NEMCARE hospital, Guwahati on Sunday afternoon, a senior police official informed here.
Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS): Sachin Tendulkar ended his fairytale cricket reign in style at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday , hours after which he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
Before the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced the Bharat Ratna, Tendulkar's teammates presented him a gift of an innings and 126-run victory over the West Indies in a shade over seven sessions. With it India wrapped up the series, winning the two Tests in a little over five days, the time normally allotted to one Test.
Shillong, Nov 16: While the incident of Vikash Nandwal is still fresh in the minds of many, another incident of a businessman being set on fire jolted Shillong on Saturday.
A tea shop owner, Bisheshawar Das (45), was set ablaze by masked miscreants in his shop at Bishnupur Bazar after pouring petrol on him on Saturday morning, at about 11 am.
Das received 50 percent burn injuries and has been admitted in Woodland hospital, Shillong, police informed. The tea stall was also damaged in the ensuing fire.
Now that the NGOs and government agencies are on the lookout for trucks and pick - ups taking timber illegally, the smugglers have found a noble way to transport illegal timber - using bullock carts. This has become a new feature of the plain belt of Meghalaya, where rampant illegal timber trade is having devastating effect on the rest of the state. And, this is being done right under the nose of the authorities who are there to check the trade.
Shillong, Nov 16: When the law enforcers turn criminals, the society under them is in jeopardy. So can be said about Meghalaya Police, which is witnessing cops turning criminals at an alarming rate.
Three cops were on Saturday arrested for their involvement in a robbery case at Shillong by- pass near Mawryngkneng village in East Khasi hills district earlier this month. They have been identified as Sub Inspector Sudarshan Sangma, unarmed branch constable Claipson M Marak and MPRO operator constable Basant Lama.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: The Border Security Forces (BSF) on Thursday rescued a coal exporter who was abducted by suspected Garo militants from Indo-Bangladesh border in South Garo Hills (SGH) District of the state.
The coal businessman was identified as Janking Marak from Lower Gasuapara village of the district.
He was rescued from the zero line of the International border in Gasuapara, BSF officials said.
They said the BSF intercepted four militants who were abducting the victim. However, when challenged by the BSF, the militants fled and left behind the victim.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: The ‘Ka Pomblang Nongkrem’ Festival ended amidst a sea of people from various villages in the area and several foreign and domestic tourists flocking to the courtyard of the grand Iing Sad here to witness the oldest traditional ritual of the festival which ended the Nongkrem Dance on Thursday.
Significant in its presentation, the festival of Pomblang Nongkrem or Nongkrem dance is basically a harvest festival of the Khyrim Syiemship (state) usually held for five days.
Shillong, Nov 14: Outrightly rejecting any move to dethrone Pynshngainlang Syiem as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President, Dr DD Lapang Thursday said “We cannot afford to have differences at this juncture”.
He explained that with MDC elections just a couple of months from now changing of leadership in the KHADC does not arise. He said this after the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting held on Thursday night while showing his support to Syiem’s leadership.
Tura, Nov 14: A meteor fall in the areas bordering Bangladesh created panic amongst residents of the Garo Hills region. The meteor, which fell inside Bangladesh, lighted up the night sky at about 10:30 pm on Wednesday, and was watched by almost everyone present during the event in the Garo Hills region. The meteor fell close to Dumnikura BOP, in the Sherpur district of Bangladesh, adjacent to the international border and the impact was heard even 40 kms away from the blast radius.
Dumnikura is a border outpost in South Garo Hills and is also very close to where the five police personnel were killed last week.
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