TURA, Oct 30: In a further twist to the kidnapping case of the primary school teacher from his house in Damas, Maliram Rabha was released early Thursday morning. In a first of sorts for the region, the teacher was released without any money being paid to his abductors. Rabha was released at the village of Sepikol in the North Garo Hills (NGH) district.
The kidnapping of the teacher has been mired in controversy with the police of NGH insisting that the kidnapping was the handiwork of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) area commander of North, Philifort Momin.
SHILLONG, Oct 30: Vehicular traffic in Shillong has gone beyond control. The numerous ‘one way’, ‘no entry’, ‘timed entry’ provisions in place are not just enough to tame the growing traffic congestion in the city. The chaos has reached to its peak now when interior narrow lanes which are otherwise meant mainly for pedestrians and vehicles of residents are now utilized as thoroughfares. If a solution to this is not arrived at sooner rather than later, this city may well be blocked by a traffic jam that may well not have a solution.
SHILLONG, Oct 29: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Wednesday assured the house that his Executive Committee (EC) will take steps against the alleged involvement of traditional heads in taking commission on land deals.
“The Executive Committee has taken note of this and will soon examine the matter on the need of issuing circulars to all the Himas for them to refrain from such acts of exploitation relating to buying and selling of land among our own people,” Nongrum said.
The CEM was replying to a motion moved by Umroi MDC Albinus Lyngdoh on the role of Rangbah Shnongs in the buying and selling of land within the jurisdiction of the KHADC during the last day of winter session on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, Oct 29: Opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) on Wednesday branded the ruling All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) led Executive Committee (EC) as “lacking confidence” for its inability and delay to fill up the Deputy Chairman’s post following the resignation of the member of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) earlier this month.
“The delay of the EC to hold the election of Deputy Chairman is nothing but due to lack of confidence,” former CEM Manstudy Nongrem said while participating in the Zero Hour discussion moved by MDC NA War during the last day of session here on Wednesday.
TURA, Oct 28: Militants on Tuesday kidnapped another school teacher from his residence at Damas Kaksona in the North Garo Hills (NGH) district, about 120 kms from the town of Tura. The teacher, identified as Maliram Rabha, was kidnapped by three gun toting militants who then took him towards Chitukona, further into the jungle.
While the kidnappers identified themselves as members of the Achik Matgrik Tiger Force (AMTF), the police have stated they have definite proof of the kidnapping being the handiwork of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) area commander, Philiport.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Terming it as ‘total disrespect of the Act of Hima Myriaw Syiemship’, former Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) M. Nongrem on Tuesday urged the Executive Committee (EC) to challenge an order passed by the Meghalaya High Court which stated that ‘Temporary administration of Myriaw Syiemship shall be carried out by an officer to be appointed by the Executive Committee’.
Earlier, tabling the report on the floor of the House on the first day of the winter session of the KHADC, Executive Member (EM) in charge Elaka KP Pangniang informed the House that the High Court, in its interim order passed on August 19 this year, has directed that “Temporary administration of Myriaw Syiemship shall be carried out by an officer to be appointed by the Executive Committee.”
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Seven families lost their home while houses of three families sustained partial damage when a fire broke out at Nar Sing Akra, Garikhana area of the city on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at around 12 noon, police said.
The main house that caught fire belongs to one Ashok Thakur which was housing seven families.
According to police, the incensed sticks which were burnt inside the house on the occasion of Chatt Puja could be the main cause that led to the fire incident.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Executive Member (EM) in charge of Labour, James Ban Basaiawmoit on Tuesday informed that the department is trying its best to see that all the migrant labourers obtain the labour license from the Council.
“The department will issue the labour license to the migrant labourers only after proper examination of their documents,” he said.
Replying during the Question Hour during the first day of the Council’s session on Tuesday, the EM informed that the Council has issued a total of 10,409 labour license application forms.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Commuters are facing a peculiar problem while sourcing Guwahati bound tourist taxis from Police Bazar (PB). With the earlier parking lot opposite SBI Main Branch being vacated these vehicles are now parked in the PB vicinity and source passengers from the marketplace. The drivers of these vehicles hunt for passengers from PB point and then take them to their vehicles which are parked inside MUDA parking yard, Quinton Road, Dr PB Deb Road, Traverse Lane, Oakland, Keating Road, near Hindi Balika Vidyalaya Secondary School and other nooks and corners in and around this commercial hub.
New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS): Amid opposition attack of being soft on money laundering, the Indian government Monday furnished the names of two individuals, including a promoter of the Dabur consumer goods company, and a mining company and its five directors to the Supreme Court, alleging they had funds in bank accounts abroad over which proceedings had been initiated for tax evasion.
Those named are prominent industrialist and scion of the Dabur Group Pradeep Burman, Rajkot-based bullion trader and realtor Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya and Goa-based mining firm Timblo Pvt Ltd and its five directors. The information on Burman had been secured from the French, while on others the sources were "other countries", the apex court was told.
Burman, Lodhiya and one of the directors of Timblo all reacted differently to the alleged revelation, but all claimed innocence.
SHILLONG, Oct 27: In protest against the State Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the Hima Mawphlang Lyngdohship on Monday has threatened to shut down the water supply from the source located in the village which is about 25 kilometers away from Shillong.
Stating that there are a number of reasons for this decision to be made by the Dorbar of Hima Mawphlang, a minister (Lyngdoh) of the Hima Mawphlang, NK Lyngdoh said, “One of them is due to fact that the department has constructed fencing by encroaching on many public places which falls under community land (Raid) without respecting the traditional authorities.”
Guwahati, Oct 26 (IANS): Assam’s insurgent outfit ULFA has asked cinema halls to screen each Assamese movie at least for one week in each hall in the state in its bid to boost the revival of the ailing Assamese film industry.
Avijit Asom, chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) faction opposed to peace talks with the government, issued a statement in this regard to the media Sunday.
He advised businessmen or groups who own cinema halls in Assam to facilitate shows of each Assamese movie at least for one week in each of the cinema halls in the state.
TURA, Oct 26: The recent killing of Sub Inspector, Promoth Sangma, has been shrouded in mystery with various voices calling for a high level inquiry into the events that led to his death. The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Sunday has joined this clamour for a high level inquiry into the cause of death. The outfit has also claimed that eye witness accounts have stated that Sangma’s death was a case of accidental firing and that it was his own team that shot him.
In a press communiqué issued on Sunday, the Deputy C-In-C of GNLA, Toding Marak said, “The death of Promoth Sangma who was killed in the encounter against militants in Songmagre village near Purakhasia as alleged by the Additional Superintendent of Police of West Garo Hills (WGH) Bruno A. Sangma is shrouded in mystery and contradictory with the statements of the villagers who are witnesses to the incident. The villagers informed that there were no militants in the village.”
TURA, Oct 26: The much awaited John Schlitt concert which was to be the first ever international concert in Garo Hills has been deferred by the organisers.
The organizers have deffered the concer in a show of solidarity with the flood victims of the region which brought Garo Hills to a standstill.
According to the organizers, the concert has been shifted from November 1, 2014 to January 10 as it was not possible to come up with a convenient date within the month of December.
New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS): The northeast has an almost negligible presence in Delhi Police - just 39 personnel, or a mere 0.05 percent, from the eight states among the 80,000-strong force. Officials feel the number needs to be increased to help fight rising incidents of crimes against the northeastern community.
According to official data, only 39 men from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim are serving Delhi Police. “Of these, 10 are Indian Police Service (IPS) officers while the rest are in the posts of constable, head-constable or inspector,” a police officer who did not wish to be named said.
New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos fired three stunning goals and scored another one from the penalty spot to outplay Chennaiyin FC 4-1 to record their first win in the Hero Indian Super League here on Saturday.
Wim Raymaekers and Mads JUnker scored in the second and 21st minutes before Bruno Arias and Gustavo dos Santos found the net in the 79th and 90th minutes for the Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
Brazilian World Cupper Elano Blumer pulled one back for Chennaiyin in the 69th minute with another brilliant goal through a free-kick on the night of four stunning goals.
Dynamos were searching for a win after a goal-less draw in their opening match against Pune City FC and 1-1 stalemate against table leaders Atletico de Kolkata and they were the deserved winners as they had more possession and more shots at the goal.
Captain Alessandro Del Piero did nothing extraordinary but Dynamos midfield of Bruno, Hans Mulder, Steven Dias and Shylo Malsawmtulanga controlled the middle of the park to give the home side upper hand.
Chennaiyin came back a better side in the second half after off-colour captain Bojan Djordijic was replaced by Colombian John Mendoza as they had more shots at Dynamos goal but tasted their first defeat after back-to-back wins.
With Sarturday’s win, Dymanos are now on fourth spot in the table with five points while Chennaiyin remained on third with six points.
Former India international Dias found a place for the first time in the Dynamos starting line-up in place of injured Morten Skoubo and he made an impact with a perfect assist that led to the home side’s second goal.
Even as the weekend crowd was yet to settle down, central defender Wim Raymaekers scored a stunning goal in the second minute to give the home side an early lead.
Del Piero took a short corner towards Malsawmtulanga who passed the ball to the Belgian full back Raymaekers whose booming shot from the top of the box landed in the top right corner of the Chennaiyin net.
For Chennaiyin, Harmanjot Khabra’s low shot in the 12th minute beat Dynamos goalkeeper Kristof Van Hoult but went wide.
Chennaiyin brought in John Mendoza at the beginning of second half in place of off-colour Djordijic and that gave them the much needed boost in their attack.
Mendoza had a fine left-footed low shot from inside the box but the lanky Dynamos keeper Hout was quick to dive to his left for a corner. Again in the 76th minute, Mendoza had another go at the Dynamos goal but Hout was at it again to deny him.
Before that Brazilian star Elano scored from a set piece yet again in the 69th minute for his third goal of the tournament with a fine curling effort that beat the Dynamos goalkeeper to the stunning silence of more than 15,000 strong home crowd.
Arias took the match out of Chennaiyin’s reached as he stepped up to score from the spot in the 79th minute after Shouvik Ghosh was brought down by Harmanjot Khabra inside the box.
The match ended with another brilliant goal with Dos Santos scoring just before final whistle with a solo effort just a minute after he came to the field in place of Malsawmtulanga. (PTI)
SHILLONG: Shillong Lajong rout Langsning with a comprehensive 6-0 victory in an Imperial Blue Shillong Premiere League match at Polo Grounds in Shillong, here on Saturday.
Lalrammuana scored four times to see the Reds destroy Langsning after finding his first goal through a penalty only four minutes of the match. Following the penalty, the Reds scored another five goals against hapless Langsning that struggled hard to contain the youthful Lajong attacking side.
Lalrammuana completed his hat trick in the 33rd minute after finding his second goal in the 18th minute. S. Singh made it 4-0 in the 60th minute before Lalrammuana completed his fouth goal two minutes later. It finally became 6-0 at 90 minutes match when S. Lalmuanpuia joined the bandwagon to hand Langsning a humiliating 6-0 defeat.
In the Second Division match, Lumshyiap move past Ryntih 2-1 after the latter put up a late fight. Lumshyipa gained the lead in the 31st by K. Malieh and then added his second goal twenty minutes later to give Lumshyiap a 2-0 lead. Ryntih’s K. Rngad scored a goal in the 59th minute but it was not enough to earn any points.
In the Third Division match, Sawmer threw away an opportunity for what might have been a winning team after leading Lawsohtun by two goals. M. Jana provided the breakthrough in the 19th minute before S. Suting doubled the lead in the 37th minute. However, Lawsohtun bounced back from the brink of defeat with two goals. Forward L. Kipgen was the hero, scoring twice in the 44th and 65th minutes to help his side level 2-2 with Sawmer.
Ranchi: After motorsports and football, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has now lent his support to Indian hockey by becoming the owner of the Ranchi franchise of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL).
Dhoni bought the team along with Sahara India Pariwar, who already is the owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards side in the HHIL.
The new Ranchi franchise will be known as ‘Ranchi Rays’ from third edition of HHIL to be held in January-February next year. Dhoni, a proud son of the city, himself was present on the occasion and unveiled the team logo and jersey at a posh city hotel here.
The previous Ranchi franchise known as Ranchi Rhinos, who were the inaugural champions of HHIL, was scrapped following a distrust between previous owners Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group and league organisers Hockey India (HI). As part of the arrangement, Dhoni is the principal owner of the new Ranchi franchise and Sahara are expected to provide logistical support to the team.
Besides cricket, Dhoni already has invested in two other sports – Mahi Racing and recently became the co-owner of Indian Super League side Chennayin FC. Dhoni said being a sportsperson it was natural for him to promote the national game.
“It is a special day for me, the reason being today I became associated with hockey and own the Ranchi team,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni said he would like to retain most of the Ranchi Rhinos squad but his main purpose behind this initiative is to nurture the talent.
Apart from Dhoni, other dignitaries present on the occasion were HHIL chairman and HI president Narinder Batra, Director of Sahara Adventure Sports Abhijit Sarkar, and HI CEO Elena Norman. (PTI)
Dubai: Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat in Dubai on Satuday.
After setting an imposing 438-run target, Pakistan rattled the Australians through a brace of wickets apiece from spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah to leave Australia tottering on 59-4 at stumps on the fourth day, needing six wickets for a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
Chris Rogers (23) and Steven Smith (three) were at the crease as Australia need another 379 for an unlikely win.
Australia’s best chase to win a Test was way back in 1948 when they made 404-3 against England at Headingley while their best chase against Pakistan was 369-6 at Hobart in 1999.
Australia had raced to 44-0 before Babar struck twice in the 14th over, inducing David Warner, who had scored his third successive test century in the first innings, to come out of the crease for a smart stumping when he was on 29 with his first ball and then trapped Alex Doolan (nought) leg before with his last.
Michael Clarke survived a review leg-before decision on nought off Shah before trapped in front of the wicket in the leg-spinner’s next over for three.
Shah made it 4-49 catching nightwatchman Nathan Lyon in front of the wicket on a day dominated by Pakistan.
Younis hit a record making 103 not out and Shehzad 131 to bolster Pakistan to 286-2 declared.
Younis added 168 for the second wicket with Shehzad as Pakistan plundered 248 runs after resuming at 38-0.
Younis swept Steve O’Keefe to square-leg boundary for his sixth boundary to get to his second hundred in the match following his 106 in Pakistan’s 454 in the first innings.
Australia conceded a big 151-run lead after being dismissed for 303 in their first knock.
Younis became the seventh Pakistani batsmen, but first against Australia, to score twin hundreds in a Test.
Hanif Mohammad (1964), Javed Miandad (1984), Wajahatullah Wasti (1999), Yasir Hameed (2003), Inzamam-ul Haq (2005) and Mohammad Yousuf (2006) had also achieved the distinction in the past.
With his 26th hundred, Younis also edged ahead of Inzamam (25 hundreds) as the highest Test century maker for his country.
It was actually Shehzad who set the tone for quick runs in the morning.
Shehzad, 22, drove paceman Peter Siddle for his eighth four towards long-on to reach his second Test hundred.
Pakistan, 116-1 at lunch, cut loose in the second session against a hapless Australian attack on a flat pitch.
Shehzad smashed a four and a six off O’Keefe and then hit Mitchell Marsh twice to the ropes to enter the 90s.
After reaching his hundred, Shehzad smashed two fours and a six off Siddle to take the lead past 370.
He was trapped leg-before soon after tea by spinner O’Keefe, the only successful Australian bowler with 2-112.
In the morning, Australia had looked to stop the flow of runs and had a good chance of breaking through early, but Brad Haddin failed to grasp a low catch O’Keefe when Shehzad edged one on to the pads which popped out of wicketkeeper’s hands. But O’Keefe got his reward when he induced an edge off Ali straight into the hands of Haddin with the score at 71. Ali made 30.
Younis hit a six off Lyon and then drove Mitchell Johnson to cover boundary to complete his 29th half-century in Tests, before cutting loose to his hundred. (AFP)
Basel: Rafael Nadal after suffered a 6-2 7-6 (7/4) loss in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to teenager Borna Coric on Friday and then shut down his season to undergo appendix surgery. The nine-time French Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam title winner confirmed he will have his appendix removed on November 3.
“This is the day to say goodbye for the season,” said Nadal.
“It’s the day to say I had a good first six months this year. But it was hard after that with back and (three-month summer) wrist problems and now the appendix. I’m not going to play Paris or London, I’m not competitive enough to do that. I need to do the surgery, I need to work on my back next week before the operation and need week to recover.” he added.
Nadal, who had been taking antibiotics to treat appendicitis since the Chinese swing of the tour earlier this month, said his goal is to have a month of training in December when his physical problems are mended. (AFP)