Shillong: Electioneering came to an end on Thursday for the Nongstoin by-poll, scheduled to be held on Saturday.
Four candidates, including a woman Independent candidate, will fight to represent the prestigious seat, which had been represented by Hill State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) legislator Hoping Stone Lyngdoh for decades.
The by-election was necessitated following the demise of Lyngdoh on September 26.
The opposition, HSPDP has fielded Diodstarness Jyndiang, a close-aide of Lyngdoh. While the ruling Congress is aiming for a record win, it would face a tough battle in the by-election from its own rank and file as former health and family welfare minister Advisor Pariong was denied ticket in favour of Gabriel Wahlang.
Apart from Jyndiang and Wahlang, Mosklandar Marngar from UDP and the lone woman contestant Fenela Lyngdoh Nonglai, who has joined the fray as an Independent nominee, are the other contenders.
SHILLONG: Unhappy over the delay on the part of the State Government to make public the magisterial probe report into the killing of two villagers s at Mookhep, the pressure groups from Jaintia Hills have decided to stage a protest march towards Secretariat on November 30 holding black-flags.
The Jaintia National Council (JNC), and the Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) have decided this during a meeting held on Thursday.
According to the pressure groups, there was undue delay on the part of the Government to release the report.
On September 24 last year, two villagers were killed and several others injured at Mookhep in the police firing on a crowd protesting against the apathy of the Government to address the concerns of the people following the NGT ban on coal mining.
Following this, , a magisterial inquiry was ordered and the magistrate, East Jaintia Hills Additional Deputy Commissioner S.S. Syiemlieh submitted the report.
However, the Government rejected the probe citing that the report posed more questions than answers.
While the pressure groups wanted the government to make public the magisterial inquiry report, the state government in March this year had entrusted Wahlang to further probe the incident.
Though the deadline for submission of the probe report by Wahlang was September 24 this year, he had sought more time for examination of witnesses which was allowed by the political department.
However, Wahlang is yet to submit his report even after the completion of the probe recently
SHILLONG, Nov 19: An official letter stating that the Governor is ‘not answerable’ to any Court, has prompted a Division Bench of the Meghalaya High Court on Thursday to direct that the Governor should be advised correctly on issue related to ‘judicial matters’.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: A senior member of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Rikrak G Momin (Jarek) surrendered to the West Garo Hills police in Tura on Thursday while also accusing the outfit’s Commander In Chief (C-in-C) Sohan D Shira of bias and of using the outfit for his personal business.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: The National People’s Party (NPP) has on Thursday demanded that the state government makes public the reports of the two magisterial probes into the Mookhep firing incident which claimed two lives on September 24, 2014.
Shillong, Nov 19: Threatening to stage a black- flag march to the Main Secretariat on November 30, 2015, NGOs from the Jaintia Hills have demanded the state government to immediately make public the report of the magisterial inquiry into the Mookhep firing incident which happened in 2014.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has on Thursday expelled one of its former ministers, Dr. Adviser Pariong for directly disobeying Party orders and working against in.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: It is said that the taste of vegetables and groceries increases manifold during winter months. There is a new aura of savor, which can be attributed largely to the winter chill, are the observations of gourmets. Every vegetable looks dew fresh and attracts the consumers from everywhere, now.
SHILLONG, Nov 19: The Government of Meghalaya, on Thursday has declared 6 MDC posts as lying vacant after the holders of these posts had vacated them following the passing of the Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya) Act, 2015 in the recently concluded Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
TURA: Armed militants and criminals in Meghalaya particularly in Garo Hills are using pre-activated SIM cards originating from other NE states like Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura.
This was revealed by a senior police official on Tuesday.
The matter came to light after the police detained a young man who appeared for the post of jail warder at Tura in West Garo Hills district from whom police seized 60 unauthorised SIM cards, the police official said.
While a case was registered against the man identified as Blutcher Sangma, police claimed the the SIM cards were meant to be delivered to the outlawed GNLA.
The issue was discussed at a high-level security meeting at Tura chaired by Meghalaya DGP Rajiv Mehta.
During the meeting it was pointed out that both criminals and militant groups have been extensively using pre-activated SIM cards.
Militants and criminals alike have been using these pre-activated SIM cards to call up the families of their victims kidnapped at gunpoint to demand for ransom money making it difficult for security agencies to zero in on them.
“We are building a mechanism to contain this menace,” said a police official who took part in the high-level security meet.The performance of each district force in counter-insurgency operations, the number of kidnapping cases, availability of security forces in each district and its effective use were discussed during the meeting.
Mehta directed the district police chiefs to prepare “crime maps” indicating “hot spots” in each district that are highly prone to kidnappings and extortions by militants and criminals alike.
“Special preventive policing steps are being initiated in these crime prone hot spots to dominate and deny opportunity for the militants and criminals,” stated Meghalaya police officials. Meanwhile, Meghalaya police have decided to provide armed escort in all vulnerable routes along the national and state highways passing through the Garo Hills districts in which all private vehicle users would be pooled into a convoy system and provided the escort to their destinations to check abductions. (With inputs from PTI)
JOWAI/SHILLONG: At least 17 students of Kiang Nangbah Government College were injured when police resorted to lathi-charge, used tear gas and water cannons on Tuesday.
The students of the Kiang Nangbah Government College have been agitating protesting the State Government’s failure to fulfill their seven-point demands.
As part of their agitational programme, hundreds of students took to the streets and proceeded towards the deputy commissioner’s office.
But the peaceful march turned ugly when the Deputy Commissioner ordered for a lathi-charge. Prior to this police sprayed water and fired tear gas to disperse the agitating students.
The injured students were later admitted to the KJPA Mission Hospital here.
On the otherhand, C Syrti, Additional SP, said that there were minor injuries to as many as five constables due to the stone pelting by the agitating students.
Stones were also hurled at the Deputy Commissioner, however, there was no major injury, the Additional SP said.
Syrti said that first the students went to meet the Additional District Magistrate and since their demands were not met, they became agitated, though the Deputy Commissioner fixed November 12 for a meeting with the students since November 11 is a holiday
However, the students, while denying stone pelting, claimed that there was a cracker like explosive material fell on them resulting in injury to as many 17 students.
Members of several pressure groups and student organizations namely JSU, JYF, KSU-JH, WJNC took part in Tuesday’s march.
On Monday, the Kiang Nangbah Government College Students’ Union (KNGCSU) put the classrooms under lock and key. The students have been demanding immediate extension of the main college building, delinking of Class XII, regularization of the services of 13 casual employees, renovation of boys’ hostel, repairing of the approach road, and others.
DC’s action condemned :The JSU, JYF and other pressure groups have condemned the action taken by the District Administration and demanded that all demands made by the KNGCSU be fulfilled immediately. They also demanded compensation to all injured students.
SHILLONG: With the ongoing strike by the students of Kiang Nangbah Government College, the Deputy Chief Minister in charge Education RC Laloo has revealed the anomaly in appointment of as many as 13 persons mostly helpers by different principals in the college, without the approval of the state government.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, ) Laloo said that these 13 persons including sweepers, drivers, handymen, cook and others were appointed without any sanction from the Government and they having been availing state scale of pay for the last 18 years.
“The successive principals have appointed them without the knowledge of the state government”, Laloo said.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that following the anomaly, a departmental inquiry was conducted and the report revealed that due procedure was not followed while appointing these 13 staff between 1997 to 2011.
“In this context, we propose to give the appointed persons daily wages”, Laloo said.
The Deputy Chief Minister also asked the students to desist from agitations and to concentrate on studies considering the competitive world they live in. “During our student days, less percentage marks was not a problem in getting admission for higher studies, but now high percentage is needed, hence the students should concentrate in their studies”, Laloo said. However, the Deputy Chief Minister said that among the demands of the students, the approach road to the College, furnishing of Girls Hostel, Extension of College building and construction of buildings for the plus 2 students will be fulfilled by the Government .
SHILLONG: Former minister and four-time MDC Founder Strong Cajee passed away following a cardiac arrest in CMC, Vellore on Tuesday morning. He was 55.
Cajee, born on January 10, 1960, is survived by his wife, three daughters and three sons.
His mortal remains will be brought to the state on Wednesday and will be laid to rest on November 13 at Church of God Ecclesia at Mawlai Nongkwar.
Cajee has been active in politics since 1989 when he made it to the KHADC on a Hill People’s Union (HPU) ticket. He remained as MDC till 2009.
He had been elected as KHADC member for four consecutive terms and also held the rank of Executive Member and was also elevated to the post of Deputy Chief Executive Member (CEM). He was the first Congress MLA to be elected from Mawlai in 2008 as the seat in past was held by regional parties.
He was inducted as Minister in the Mukul Sangma-led cabinet in April, 2010 and was allotted the plum Urban Affairs portfolio. In June, 2011, Cajee along with Prestone Tyngsong, F W Momin and Augustine Marak were dropped from the ministry following their demand for change of leadership.
While Tynong secured cabinet berth later, Cajee was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in October, 2011.
In 2013 Assembly polls, he unsuccessfully contested from Mawlai on Congress ticket. Sounder Strong Cajee, his brother informed that Founder was the patron of Mawlai College, leader of Meghalaya Students Union (MSU) and the Synjuk Samla Iewrynghep among others.
While he served as an MLA he also established the Mawlai Secretariat or the Greater Mawlai Coordination Committee for development.
It was set up with the intention to convene a meeting of the Dorbar Shnong, youth gatherings , NGOs meeting etc.
“Along with me, we formed the People Democratic Movement in the year 1997 which was later dissolved,” Sounder said. Founder is remembered as a politician who had initiated a peace rally in the year 2002 at Mawlai at the heights of the violence perpetuated by the banned HNLC.
Earlier in the day, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, Deputy Chief Executive Member of KHADC PT Sawkmie, Archbishop Dominic Jala among others visited the residence of Founder.
SHILLONG: Assembly Speaker AT Mondal and the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee condoled the death of former Congress legislator, Founder Cajee.
In his condolence message, the Assembly Speaker on Tuesday said that Cajee was a grassroots political leader with extraordinary sensitivity to people’s needs.
The Speaker, while recalling the contribution of Cajee to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, remembered him as a warm, caring and jovial person.
“Cajee was committed to the welfare of the public and their needs,” the Speaker said while conveying his sympathies to the members of the bereaved family.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee President, DD Lapang in a statement expressed profound grief at the passing away of Cajee, who was also the President Mawlai Block Congress Committee.
Lapang observed that the sudden demise of Cajee was a great loss to the State and the party besides the family members. He termed Cajee as a courageous and dynamic leader who made it possible for the Congress to win the election from Mawlai for the first time.
“He was a great social worker who worked tirelessly for the people and was always behind them in all situations,” Lapang said, while adding that the void caused by his death would be difficult to fill.
The MPCC also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to God to give them the strength and solace in this hour of crisis.
JOWAI: The Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood-Meghalaya has slammed the District Administration and Police’s way of handling the agitation by students of Kiang Nangbah Government College protesting the failure of the State Government to fulfill their seven-point demand.
“We are shocked and dismayed by the way the Meghalaya Police handled the situation, resorting to lathi charge and use of tear gas against the students,” the MIPRL said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
The MIPRIL also demanded the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister in charge Education and local MLA, R. C. Laloo for not been able to fulfill the long-pending demands of the students.
“We also demand stringent action against the police and officials of the District Administration including the Deputy Commissioner, Arun K Kembhavi, who himself chased the students, which is unbecoming of the District Magistrate who should have acted in a more professional way in this case,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) also condemned the police action on students of Kiang Nangbah College.
Angela Rangad, TUR member said, “Students of the college have been making legitimate demands and we demand that people responsible for this uncalled for tear gassing and lathi charge be held accountable.”
TUR also slammed the Government’s claims of financial instability when public money is being used for “short term festivities and shows.”
“The Government refuses to fund sectors like education, health and agriculture,” the TUR said.
The 13th Shillong wine festival will be held on November 14 from 12 noon onwards at the lawns of State Central Library. Fruit wine makers from all the North Eastern states have been invited to take part in the festival.
The Yuva Lokjanshakti Meghalaya has elected new office bearers wherein Khurshid Ahmed was named the State President, Suresh Mahto, Vice President, Biswajeet Das, General Secretary among others.
The Blaze Sports Social and Cultural Association, Upper Mawprem has conveyed its best wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Diwali.
The Survey of India, Bridge Club will organize the 20th Open Bridge Competition from November 14-15.The tournament will start with pair event in memory of Late J. Bhattacharjee followed by the team of four duplicate events in memory of Late Maj Gen P.K.Gupta in Survey of India Community Hall, Barik. All contract Bridge players are requested to participate and enroll their name to Prabash Paul, Secretary of the Club.
William Carey will organize a seminar on Integrated Farming on November 30 at Ri-Bhoi Sepngi Presbytery & SELDA Vocational Center, Nongthymmai, Umsning. The seminar will have scholarly, technical, practical presentations and discussions on the topic by experts and practitioners.
The Kyrwoh News Broadcaster (KNB), a local news channel from Nongstoin will conduct a panel discussion on November 16 to be attended by all four candidates fighting it out in the Nongstoin by-poll.
During the month of October as many as 2096 violators of Motor Vehicle Act were fined by Shillong Traffic Police whcich realised a fine of over Rs 8 lakh from them.
The NCC, NSS & RRC of St. Edmund’s College in collaboration with Regional Blood Bank Pasteur, State Blood Transfusion Council, MACS & Blood Bank NEIGRIHMS organised a voluntary blood donation camp cum awareness program in the college campus as part of the college week celebration. Over 100 donors came forward for the camp. A significant feature was the large number of girl students participant in the blood camp.
SHILLONG: While stating that the ruling of the High Court of Meghalaya on AFSPA was a “slap on the government” for its failure to control the law and order situation in Garo Hills, Independent legislator from Gambegre, Saleng Sangma said that there is a need to have an NIA/CBI probe into the alleged politico-militant nexus instead of implementing the Act which “will not bring normalcy in Garo Hills”.
Sangma, a former community and rural development minister, also petitioned Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention to order NIA/CBI probe into the “nexus between politicians and militants”.
While respecting the verdict of the High Court on AFSPA, the legislator said that the Court should have also ordered an inquiry into the alleged politico-militant nexus.
“Instead of the promulgation of AFSPA, 1958, I feel that the Centre could intervene by ordering a probe by the CBI or NIA into the much-talked about politico-militant nexus to stem the rot emitted by militants and other criminal elements,” said the letter addressed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The copies of the letter were also submitted to Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan and Home Minister Roshan Warjri.
Following a meeting with Warjri, Sangma said that the Home Minister did not give any )assurance on the demand for probe into politico-militant nexus.
However, he said that Warjri was of the view that the state government will approach the Centre for deployment of more forces as the government was not in favour of implementing AFSPA.
According to Sangma, “No militancy/insurgency would survive without the backing of certain political leaders to further their own vested interests.”
Sangma said that there are various factors which led to the current unrest in Garo Hills including the delay in settling the peace package with ANVC, non-tribals contesting GHADC polls among others.
He said that failure of the government to control the situation in Garo Hills has not only led to mushrooming of militant outfits in the region but also made innocent people victims of the two systems, one run by the state government and another by militants.
SHILLONG: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Assembly that undertook the site inspections to the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme and Upper Shillong Water supply schemes on Tuesday asked the officials to rectify the shoddy laying of pipes and to ensure uninterrupted water supply.
After meeting the PHE officials, the PAC also stressed on providing safe drinking water to the people and in this regard it is collaborating with the Shillong Municipal Board.
Issues concerning the MeECl sub-station distributing power from the GSWSS project site leading to avoidable breakdown of water supply will be taken up at the level of the Chief Minister, the PAC said.
The PAC inspection was led by its Chairman Paul Lyngdoh , R. V. Lyngdoh, H. Bamon and B. Sangma, MLAs and PHE team by Additional Chief Engineer Talukdar.
NEW DELHI, Nov 10: The Home Ministry has extended the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in 16 police stations of Arunachal Pradesh and 20 kilometres along the Assam-Meghalaya border for six months and one year respectively. The latest order issued on November 4-5 came despite opposition from the state governments.
SHILLONG, Nov 10: A massive heart attack on Tuesday claimed the life of Former Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister Founder Strong Cajee.
Cajee (55) passed away at hospital in Tamil Nadu where he was undergoing a routine medical checkup.