SHILLONG, Jan 23: The public address system or loud speakers that are largely seen in various parts of the city are an informative tool to alert the masses with information concerning them. But what is disturbing is the playing of music before and after every announcement. Though playing music is not objectionable in any way but what is needed is to play perhaps local language music or promote an upcoming talent, who are literally unheard in this big world of commercial publicity, through this medium.
‘Nexus with militants’ slur on Mukul is like kite flying’
SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya Chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma finally found respite on Wednesday when his senior party colleagues and former chief minister Salseng C Marak and the Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent Pala stoutly defended him by saying that the allegation of the chief minister having a nexus with the militant outfit ANVC(B) is some sort of kite flying.
Dr Sangma has been under attack from the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) ever since the ANVC(B) political secretary Ajaju Marak, who has reportedly left the organization, revealed that the chief minister had used them to catapult himself to the post of the chief minister during the last Assembly term.
Shillong, Jan 22 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday hinted at taking legal action against former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Sangma for accusing him of being the "common chairman" of three militant outfits in the state.
"I am afraid that I may be compelled to move to the court of law to seek redressal on defamation against him (Purno Sangma)," Dr Sangma told journalists.
The chief minister termed the National People's Party (NPP) chief's allegations as a sign of "desperation" and "frustration" after having failed to make an impression in last year's assembly polls, where the NPP won only two seats.
"He should respect the mandate of the people," the CM said.
TURA, Jan 22: Support for the 5 year old who lost his limbs in an accidental electrocution has been pouring in from all quarters of the Garo Hills region with NGOs and citizens alike, making efforts to contact the family. The boy, Chidam Marak, had his hands amputated after the freak accident while relieving himself in front of an open transformer last year.
However, the MeECL, whose negligence led to the accident, is yet to answer to the request of the Deputy Commissioner to contribute to the rehabilitation of the boy.
A resident of Tura, Emphong Sangma, upon hearing of the incident said, “This is really sad and we need to ensure that the boy gets the best chance to live a normal life. I will definitely contribute to help with the efforts”.
Chengkal Marak and J M Marak of North Garo Hills also promised their part. Chengkal said, “We have been moved by the plight of the boy and me and my friends will definitely help”.
SHILLONG, Jan 22: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary in-charge of Meghalaya Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho Wednesday held a review meeting in the city to seek opinions from State Congress leaders and functionaries before the finalization of the candidates from the Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election.
During the meeting, Sadho met all the Congress legislators, leaders of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), District Congress Committees (DCCs), Mahilas and Youth Congress besides candidates for the party ticket.
It may be mentioned here that four Congress leaders including incumbent MP Vincent H Pala have applied for the party ticket from Shillong Parliamentary seat, while nine aspirants including Sports Minister Zenith Sangma have sought for the party ticket from the Tura Parliamentary seat.
SHILLONG, Jan 22: Meghalaya faces a peculiar and ironic situation each year in which Garo Hills having the most number of militant groups have been observing various National Day celebrations without any hitch, but Khasi-Jaintia Hills has been witnessing shutdowns.
Like in other years, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has joined other militant groups from the northeast in calling a general strike or shutdown during this year’s Republic Day celebrations.
SHILLONG, Jan 21: The Meghalaya Government Tuesday rubbished accusations of “surrendering to the demands of militants” leveled by the Opposition, with regards to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), and said it “cannot be like Nazis and gas militants.”
“We cannot be like Nazis…We cannot Gas them (militants),” Commissioner Secretary Home, Jophtiaw Lyngdoh said when asked about his views of giving in to militant’s demand as accused by the Opposition, National People’s Party (NPP).
SHILLONG, Jan 21: Six outlawed terrorist organizations from the North East India have called for 16 hours general strike to boycott the Republic Day on January 26. The general strike will be effective from 1 am to 5 pm on January 26 in the entire region.
In a press communiqué on Tuesday, United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA –I) said, “All these years, the people of our region, struggling for freedom and independence, have been boycotting India’s Republic Day with observing the General Strike every year as a symbolic rejectin of India’s Constitution”.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to adjudicate within eight weeks on petitions seeking the cancellation of the ST status of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma.
During its hearing a Division bench headed by Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice MY Eqbal disposed of two petitions, without giving its opinion on the issue, and instead asked the commission to adjudicate the matter within eight weeks.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: Protesting against the adamant attitude of the state government, Jaintia Hills based NGOs have announced a two-day night road blockade in the region from January 27 to 28, demanding immediate repairing of the deplorable National Highway- 44.
The NGOs have also threatened to intensify their stir if the state government remains irresponsive towards the demand put forth.
GUWAHATI, Jan 20: With the recent killings by NDFB(S) in lower Assam, 15 top leaders and cadres of IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were declared as “Most Wanted Terrorists” by Assam Police on Monday and announced a cash reward of Rs. 95 lakh as bounty.
During a press conference held at Guwahati, Assam Police ADGP AP Raut said that, police had declared 15 top leaders and cadres of the outfit including its Chairman, C-in-C, General Secretary, Military Secretary on the most wanted terrorists list.
“We have also announced a total cash reward of Rs 95 lakh to catch them dead or alive,” Raut said.
TURA, Jan 20: In a tragic incident that happened in the month of November last year, a five year old boy was electrocuted while he was relieving himself in front of an open transformer by the side of a road. The electrocution left the boy, Chedan Marak, unconscious and close to death. However, he survived but lost the use of both of his hands which were amputated following the incident.
The sad incident happened on November 16 last year near the Chasingre transformer.
Shillong, Jan 19: The wave bent on establishing Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s link with militants is not in any mood to give up its fight yet. Though Dr Sangma has outrightly denied the links, the accusations, nonetheless, keep resurfacing.
In the latest development, one of top leaders of ANVC(B), to which Dr Sangma has been linked to, has tried to reaffirm this politician – militant nexus but twisted the perceived story by revealing that the CM does not have any connects with its Chairman, Rimpu N Marak; he has links with its parent body – ANVC.
GUWAHATI, Jan 19: Bodo militants continued their killing spree in lower Assam, targeting Hindi speaking people and minority community people, as a result at least eight people were killed and eight others injured.
IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) killed one more Hindi speaking person in Dhubri district of lower Assam on Sunday. According to reports, NDFB (S) militants shot dead a trader at Mangolchora bazaar under Bogaribari police station near Gauripur in Dhubri district.
TURA, Jan 19: The recent discovery of a former World War-I (WW-I) fighter amongst the Garo community has led to excitement and incredible responses from within the region with some people asking for the Government to support the family of the slain martyr.
Monssi Momin was given a medal by the British Government for laying down his life trying to free the world from the forces of Hitler and his allies in WW-II as well as his contribution in WW-I for fighting against Central Powers.
TURA, Jan 19: The ongoing problems of the Garo Hills region have hurt the sentiments of most people with the call for peace getting louder. Working upon the concerns of people, the various NGOs of Tura got together on Sunday to discuss what could be done and to call for peace, while asking the militants to come forth and be a part of the peace process.
The meeting was attended by the AYWO, AAYF, the TGCSU, GHSMC, Sentinel for HR, the Mother’s Union of New Tura branch and the AMA.
Resubelpara, Jan 18: The expansion of railway line from Dudhnoi to Mendipathar in North Garo Hills is likely to be completed by March this year and the services will begin in April next. This was informed by the Member of Planning Commission (PC), B. K. Chaturvedi, who visited the site to inspect and review the progress of the 19.7 km broad-gauge railway line and station at Mendipathar on Saturday.
Guwahati, Jan 18: Bodo militants gunned down at least five people belonging to Bihar in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Friday night.
The IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants killed five people at Athiabari near Ramfilbeel under Sidli police station in Kokrajhar district along National Highway 31 around 9.30 pm on Friday, when they fired indiscriminately at passengers of a night service bus proceeding from Siliguri in West Bengal to Jonai Silapathar in Lakhimpur distrct of Assam.
Baghmara, Jan 18: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South Garo Hills (SGH), Chinmay Gotmare, had a providential escape after suspected GNLA militants fired at his vehicle while he was on his way back from the election meeting in Shillong on Friday night.
The incident happened at about 8:30 pm between the villages of Jaksongram and Adugre, about 15 kms from the town of Baghamara. The DC escaped unharmed albeit with a few mental scars.
SHILLONG, Jan 18: The recent address by the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress (INC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s high pitch speech on Friday did not rouse any interest in the common men except some sanguine Congress men becoming or pretending to be “hopefuls” in spite of crushing defeat in the recent assembly polls in 4 states.
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