Tura, March 04: A new outfit going by the name of Achik National Wild Animal Army (ANWAA) has begun circulating demand notes to businessmen around the districts of West Khasi Hills (WKH), North Garo Hills (NGH) as well as South Garo Hills (SGH). The new outfit which has yet to disclose names of its members or leaders has suddenly become the talk of the region due to the ‘Wild Animal’ tag in the name of the outfit.
According to information received, the demand letters were provided to a police team for further investigation to point out who may be behind the creation of the outfit. Information from sources in SGH has also confirmed that demand notes in the name of the outfit were being served to residents of the district.
SHILLONG, March 04: The Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP), Rajiv Mehta on Wednesday has instructed all the Superintendents of Police (SPs) in the districts of Meghalaya to curb what he has termed as ‘mobile menace’.
Taking heed of the availability of unauthorized SIM cards of various mobile service providers in Meghalaya which he termed as a serious security related issue as they are used by militants and criminals to create immense fear psychosis in the minds of the law abiding citizens through extortion SMS, intimidation, et al, Mehta has called for stringent measures to curb this menace directing all the district SPs to organize special and intensive drives against sellers of black SIM cards activated from Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and to take up cases against the sellers under appropriate sections of Information Technology Act and other provisions of law.
SHILLONG, March 04: The Meghalaya government on Wednesday has decided to constitute a committee tasked with the responsibility to come up with recommendations for institutionalization of the traditional institutions in the state within a period of three months.
The decision was taken during a meeting convened by the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma with stakeholders which include political parties, traditional institutions of dorbar shnongs, himas and civil society to discuss on the issue.
New Delhi, March 03 (IANS): Minus a last-minute change of mind, AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav may be out of its top body on Wednesday even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was "deeply hurt and pained" by an ugly strife that has gripped Delhi's barely month-old ruling party.
AAP sources told IANS that the majority in the 21-member National Executive, which meets on Wednesday, favoured ousting Bhushan, a leading Supreme Court lawyer and an AAP founder, and political pundit Yadav from the nine-member, decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
The decision, if carried out, would mean that Bhushan and Yadav would cease to be decision makers in a party that is sure to expand its wings in the country once it cements its foundation in Delhi.
SHILLONG, Mar 03: The All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) which is the ruling coalition alliance in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Tuesday said that it is open to the idea of working with the opposition bench, the People’s Democratic Forum (PDF).
“We welcome the offer of the PDF to work together keeping in mind the interest of the Council and the people,” KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum said after an ARPA meeting here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Mar 03: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that it is incumbent upon the Government of India to complete the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule to the Indian Constitution at the earliest.
“It is incumbent upon the Centre to fulfil its commitment and that we will follow it up more aggressively,” Sangma told reporters following the Union government failure to list the proposed amendment for discussion on the recent Budget Session in Parliament.
SHILLONG, Mar 02: An Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) was shot on the leg after he had escaped from the premises of Court in the city hereon Monday.
The incident happened at around 11.30 am when the police escort team had brought around 28 UTPs to be produced before the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
SHILLONG: The ruling coalition in KHADC – ARPA, which has been reduced to minority after nominated Congress MDC Gabriel Wahlang took oath on Friday, has threatened to resign en-masse if the State Government imposes administrative rule in the Council “succumbing to the pressure from Opposition alliance, PDF.”
“All the 15 MDCs of ARPA are ready to resign and seek a fresh mandate of the people if the State Government imposes. We all know that the present stalemate in the Council is due to the political conspiracy of the Congress party,” KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum said while speaking to newsmen here on Friday and maintaining that all the MDCs of ARPA are intact.
He said that the Congress has conspired to dislodge the present Executive Committee since they are ‘hungry for power’.
According to him, the Congress MDCs are so desperate to be in power and they managed to get the
Governor’s approval nominated MDC within few hours.
The KHADC CEM, however, pointed MDCs had never lobbied in this way concerning the overall interest of the Nongrum said they would have appreciated Congress MDCs if they had pressured the to approve the various important bills especially the Village Administration Bill.
He said, moreover, the State Government to act on the proposed amendment to but went ahead in appointing the nominated serve their political needs.
When asked the reason for the delay in forwarding the name of the nominated Government, Executive Member ( EM) PK Pangniang said,” We never really felt nominate a member since we had 17 members the coalition would be stable till two MDCs switched allegiance,” he said.
However, the CEM said the rule states council may submit its recommendation on member, but it does not specify that we need a stipulated time. ” At the session today, by surprise to see that strength of Opposition 14 to 15,” he said. Asked whether they or wait till the administrator’s rule is of three regional parties said that they take the matter to the people for their ” We want to take the decision of have to take an extreme decision on leader Pangniang said. UDP leader Teinwel however said that the matter would be taken high command. ” However, all the UDP to the people again,” he said. When step down as demanded by the Opposition KHADC CEM said that there was no so. ” We had defeated the no- confidence by the opposition. I would have gracefully if we had lost the no- confidence motion,” adding that present stalemate is a result politics played by the Congress.
and not on partisan committed to bring a member of the alliance can There is nothing like the PDF leader said, commitment to give the best EC.” years, the State will be anything in the next 30 state for the last 30 Meghalaya got the least the Chief Minister development project, lavish departments including taxation least one Government people for a ride.
said that even to get made up later.
Mawthoh on Friday financially sound because of look after itself and element of truth.
not reflective of the out the figures indicating states, he said.
when apparently we juggled up and calculations a different angle. ” charge Finance made a the Government had to also had to resort to and transport.
stated that due to the loss financial support from the Chief Minister that did we get a pittance development? Whether it is districts, payment of salaries basin development, exchequer”, he said development. The climate of Meghalaya, Mawthoh admitting that it was facing a swine flu has reached Responding to questions said, ” We have 21 planning to set up H1N1 provisions are being made Minor girl’s… ( Contd from P- 1) M Kharkrang said mortem report would tell if there was sexual It may be mentioned that one lady complaint at Mawlai police station that on accused had sexually assaulted the minor forest, Shillong.
Multi- level workforce… ( Contd from P- 3) ultimately be a game- our own people are willing to participate.” Other dignitaries who had attended Dr. Rajeev Singh, Director General, ICC, Secretary of Meghalaya, Ameising Luikham, North Eastern Council ( NEC).
Ton Sinh Thinh, Ambassador of Vietnam, Soe, Ambassador of Myanmar, Rukma Ambassador of Nepal, Syed Muazzem Commissioner of Bangladesh, Pooja Kapur, ASEAN ( ML Divison), Ministry of External Government of India were also present.
Dr. Jitendra K. Das, Director, OFRE Management was invited to address the theme session titled ” Empowerment for Inclusive Friday.
SHILLONG: The Opposition alliance – People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) in the KHADC has decided to stay the course and not rush to demand the appointment of Administrator following a stalemate in the Council after the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) lost its majority when nominated MDC Gabriel Wahlang of the Congress took oath as MDC on Friday.
Wahlang was sworn in by District Council judge Dr S Syiemlieh.
Speaking to newspersons on Friday, PDF Chairman PN Syiem said that the opposition alliance will not immediately demand for the appointment of administrators to take over the reins of the Council.
“We anticipate that the KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum will gracefully step down after the ruling coalition has lost its majority in the 30-member House,” PN Syiem stated, adding that in the floor of the House the PDF is in the majority as it has the support of 15 MDCs while ARPA has the support of 14 MDCs only since the Chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew is expected to be neutral.
Syiem further stated that in the light of the present circumstances the EC which is now in the minority cannot continue to remain in office. It should immediately step down to pave way for a new dispensation to take over the administration of the Council. He said that the ruling coalition will not be able to pass the Council’s budget or any bills in the next session of the KHADC since they are leading a minority EC.
When asked about their next course of action, the PDF chairman said, “Now it will depend on the State government and district council affairs (DCA) department to do what is required,” adding “We are now waiting for both government and DCA to guide us.”
Meanwhile, District Council Affairs Minister HDR Lyngdoh said the government is yet to receive any communication from both the ruling and Opposition on the present development in the Council hence the Government cannot step in to intervene.
The PDF Parliamentary Party leader Process T Sawkmie, meanwhile, said that the opposition alliance could have disrupted the budget session which concluded on Friday when they had moved the no-confidence motion since they both had the support of the 14 MDCs in the House.
“We had not made such move since we are concerned about the welfare of the staff. The vote on account for three months from April 1 to June 30 would not have been passed if we had disrupted the session,” Sawkmie said, adding that the PDF was formed with the sole objective of giving better service to the people.
Denying that the opposition was power hungry as alleged by some sections, Sawkmie said, “If we were power hungry then we would not have gone slow in demanding for appointment of the administrator in the Council.”
The PDF however expressed appreciation on the decision of the government to immediately approve the appointment of the nominated MDC.
“The decision of the government came after ARPA failed to recommend the name of a nominated MDC for nearly one year,” he said while stating that the rule specifically mentions the need to appoint a nominated MDC in order to have a full fledged 30 member House.
Earlier, the ARPA which was formed by three regional parties –HSPDP, KHNAM and UDP has a total strength of 17 members. However its strength was reduced to 15 after two of its executive members (EMs), namely Grace Mary Kharpuri (Ind) and KHNAM MDC PT Sawkmie, resigned from the KHNAM and from the ruling coalition – ARPA.
Kharpuri and Sawkmie had shifted their allegiance to the PDF, which recently moved a no confidence motion against the ARPA executive committee led by Adelbert Nongrum. PDF, a newly formed alliance, presently has the support of 10 Congress MDCs, 3 Independent MDCs and one NCP. The PDF chairman refused to admit that the Congress was under compulsion to allow the former KHNAM MDC (Sawkmie) to lead the opposition alliance only to manage to form the next EC to lead the Council
Rejecting such allegations, Syiem said that the PDF is a newly formed group and if he as leader of opposition of the KHUDA had to hand over the responsibility to PT Sawkmie as the PP leader of the PDF, there will not be any difficulty in handing over the post to any members of the PDF.
“Any member of the alliance can be projected as PP leader. We are not here for our personal gain but to serve the interests of the people,” Syiem said.
When asked why the PDF failed to project a leader from the Congress which has the majority members, Syiem said that the Congress is part of the PDF but the PDF is not part of the Congress.
“Any decision on any matter is being taken up as an alliance and not on partisan lines.” he said. Adding to this, PDF PP leader PT Sawkmie said that the PDF is committed to bring a stable executive committee in the KHADC adding that any member of the alliance can become a PP leader.
On the allegation that he was made a scapegoat, Sawkmie said, “There is nothing like that. We respect all members in the PDF.”
Maintaining that there will be a rotation for the post of PP leader, the PDF leader said, “The rotation will be among Syiem and Sawkmie, with the commitment to give the best service to the people besides bringing stability by forming the new EC.”
SHILLONG: The KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum used pun with a touch of irony to describe his position in KHADC on Friday.
Due to the switching of allegiance by the Independent MDC Grace Mary Kharpuri and KHNAM member Process T Sawmkie, the KHADC under ARPA is in a crisis.
However, the current state of affairs did not deter the CEM from using a pun targeting the deserters as he said,” By Congress Grace I will continue to Process my various duties as the CEM of the Council”.
SHILLONG: A day after the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma predicted a bright future for the state in terms of economic development, the Opposition UDP has come down heavily on the Congress party and the Chief Minister for the financial mess for the last 30 years under the Congress rule.
Under 14th Finance commission, Meghalaya got the least amount of money compared to other Northeastern states which was criticized by the UDP legislator Jemino Mawthoh recently.
While reacting to the comments of UDP MLA, the Chief Minister on Thursday claimed that Meghalaya will become a revenue-surplus state in the next five years.
However, the former Deputy Chief Minister and UDP leader Bindo M Lanong said on Friday that besides Mukul Sangma, during the last 43 years of statehood, several stalwarts of the Congress including Capt. W A Sangma, SC Marak, and DD Lapang had ruled the state at least for thirty years , but the Congress regime could not lift the State in terms of development.
“Congress has not been able to do anything to lift Meghalaya at least to the position of the neighbour like Tripura which was once a poor state”, Lanong deplored.
He also wanted the people to see the pathetic condition of the capital Shillong.
“There is frequent disruption of power, water supply besides the perennial traffic snarl and worsening condition of the roads in the city”, Lanong pointed out.
If the Shillong roads are in a sorry state of affairs, what would be the condition of rural roads in Khasi Hills and Garo Hills, he asked.
According to the UDP leader, under the Congress rule, everything boils down to corruption.
“There is a corruption tag for the Congress, hence everywhere, the party was ousted from power”, Lanong He said that the statement of Chief Minster that within five years, the State will be revenue surplus is only a tall and nonsensical claim.
“I can challenge that the Congress would not be able to do anything in the next 30 years after wasting the past due to the misrule of the party in the state for the last 30 years”, Lanong said.
While Mukul had gone to Delhi expecting Rs 50,000 crore, Meghalaya got the least from
Centre, Lanong said, adding it was the style of functioning of the Chief Minister which resulted in the financial crunch.
He said the poor budgetary approach including basin development project, lavish spending and lack of revenue generation from several departments including taxation and transport have mainly added to the current problem.
The UDP leader wanted Mukul Sangma to explain about at least one Government department which is having revenue surplus instead of taking the people for a ride.
Alleging that the Congress is a corrupt party, the UDP leader said that even to get tickets to contest election, one has to pay heavily which will be made up later.
Meanwhile, the UDP working president and legislator Jemino Mawthoh on Friday said that the claim of the Chief Minister that the State is financially sound because of good performance and that the state in 6-7 years would be able to look after itself and contribute to national growth is preposterous and without any element of truth.
” The justification by the Chief Minister is misleading and is not reflective of the present financial state of affairs”, Mawthoh said in a statement .
It would be interesting to know how the Government worked out the figures indicating less revenue deficit as compared to the other Northeastern states, he said.
” I fail to understand how the state can claim better performance when apparently we have failed miserably in all fronts. Perhaps, the figures have been juggled up and calculations have gone awry”, he UDP legislators said
A lay person would look at the financial health of the state from a different angle. ”
He wondered as to why the Additional Chief Secretary in charge Finance made a statement that to tide over the financial crisis owing to NGT ban, the Government had to impose a huge 20 % cut on non-plan budget since last April and also had to resort to increasing additional resource mobilization from taxation, excise and transport.
According to Mawthoh, the Additional Chief Secretary had stated that due to the loss of revenue due to the NGT ban on coal mining, the state is seeking financial support from the Centre to make good for the losses.
He said these statements of the official contradict the claim of the Chief Minister that less revenue deficit reflects good performance of the state. Why did we get a pittance when the requirement is much more?, he asked
“Can we boast that we have achieved a lot in terms of development? Whether it is creation of infrastructure, non plan expenses, creation of new districts, payment of salaries and arrears, creation of new posts , state specific programmes, basin development, and others costing additional huge expenditure to the state exchequer”, he said
The State appears to have more liabilities instead of real development. The climate of economic insecurity looms large at the people of the state of Meghalaya, Mawthoh added.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present on Saturday the first full year Budget of the NDA government, hyped as a ‘make or break’ exercise, that is widely expected to unveil sops for tax payers while pushing forward the ‘Make In India’ campaign.
Coming as it does after the Delhi electoral defeat and the Assembly elections scheduled in Bihar later this year, speculation is on whether the budget will be populist. There is expectation that the Finance Minister could raise tax slabs or hike investment limit in saving instruments.
He is also likely to pursue the path of fiscal consolidation and keep the fiscal deficit target at 3.6 per cent of GDP, down from 4.1 per cent. (PTI)
SHILLONG: The Centre is yet to respond to the State government’s request to send Oseltamivir to tackle possible outbreak of swine flu in the State.
The Centre has already sent one 1000 Oseltamivir ((Tamiflu) to Assam government. The Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Department has also sought the medicine from the Centre.
Stating this here on Friday, the Joint Director of Health Services Dr RO Budnah said that his department was awaiting response from the Centre as far as sending of all important medicine in concerned.
So far, no case of swine flu has been reported from any part of Meghalaya.
PTI adds from New Delhi: Meanwhile, swine flu deaths have breached the 1,000 mark with 40 more people succumbing to the H1N1 virus while the number of those affected crossed 18,000 on Friday with the government admitting that it was facing a shortage of laboratories for testing of the disease.
According to Health Ministry, the total number of deaths due to swine flu has reached 1,005, while the number of those affected was 18,105 till Thursday. Responding to questions on the issue in the Lok Sabha, Health Minister J P Nadda said, “We have 21 laboratories for testing swine flu. But that is not enough. We are planning to set up H1N1 testing laboratories in every state of the country and financial provisions are being made for it.”
JOWAI: West Jaintia Hills Police have arrested the headman of Lumkya and 5 others including the Chairman and VDP members for their allegedly involvement in ransacking the Forest Check Point of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) on Friday.
The arrested persons were Petrus Suting (headman), Teilang Rynjah, Mishna Dkhar, Tom Langshiang, Kalbari Mukhim and Loren Suting.
It may be mentioned that group of 15 to 20 people allegedly ransacked the Forest check point of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) located at Lumkya, Nartiang in West Jaintia Hills District. Several important documents including receipt books and cash of Rs. 50, 000 were found missing from the office, a JHADC official said.
SHILLONG: The body of seven-year old girl, Safeenia Syiemlieh from Mawlai Kynton Massar, Block C was exhumed on Friday after the recent arrest of one Walphang Sun of the same locality for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of the girl.
Syiemlieh died in mysterious manner after the branch of a tree reportedly fell on her on February 14.
The girl, who sustained grievous injuries, was shifted to Dr. H. Gordon Robert Hospital, where she was declared brought dead.
When contacted, East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang said that the post-mortem report would tell if there was sexual assault on the girl.
It may be mentioned that one lady had lodged a complaint at Mawlai police station that on January 31 the accused had sexually assaulted the minor girl at NEHU forest, Shillong.
SHILLONG: The State Government has asked the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) to “add aesthetics” to the proposed shopping complex slated to come up at Polo area of the city.
Speaking to media persons here after a review meeting on the project, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that that the NBCC has been asked to prepare its concept on the new additions as proposed by the State Government for the shopping complex in Polo.
“We have asked for some more options for the project,” Sangma said.
The next review meeting for the project would be held on March 9.
The State Government plans to build a ‘Times Square-like’ structure at the proposed shopping complex at Polo Market.
Meanwhile, NBCC officials said that the Corporation wants the funds for the Rs 150 crore project to be directly transferred to the implementing agency instead of routing it through the State Government.
“The Meghalaya Government has given a nod to it,” officials said adding that work for the project would commence as soon as the funds are made available.
SHILLONG: Community and Rural Development Minister Prestone Tynsong has admitted that not even half of the Meghalaya villages have access to basic amenities.
Speaking at the concluding event of the Special Outreach Programmes (SOPs) here recently, Tynsong said that out of the total 6,250 villages not even 50 per cent have access to the basic amenities.
“Let us try to reach out to the grassroot level”, he said while appreciating the hard work of the officers and the staff in bringing out the much needed awareness programmes to the people of the remote villages.
The three-month long Special Outreach Programmes on Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana, Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao organized by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ended here recently.
Tynsong lauded the efforts of the Government in making the public aware of the various schemes to benefit the rural people.
SHILLONG, Feb 27: Expressing their shock at the state government’s decision to nominate former Youth Congress president Gabriel Wahlang as an MDC, the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) MDCs on Fridaythreatened to resign en-mass and face fresh elections rather than allow administrator rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
ARPA parliamentary party leader and KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Albert Nongrum expressed his opposition and voiced his protest against the action taken by the state government in nominating Wahlang as an MDC. “We were shocked and came to know about Wahlang nomination only after the session,” he told pressmenon Friday.
SHILLONG, Feb 27: Of late some unscrupulous callers are trying to deceive people by seeking their retirement details in lieu of benefit amounts. One Vinayak Tripathi, who identified himself as a Central Government employee, based in New Delhi, is targeting retired people.
After the ATM incident where internet-savvy elements call customers of nationalized banks to part with their ATM pin number since their card is either blocked or its validity has expired, this is a new trend that has emerged targeting the older people in a bid to cheat them out of their hard earned money. The caller here allotted a file number to a resident of Shillong and asked him to send his details to a designated address via courier or post office along with two bank cheques.
TURA, Feb 27: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) hearing on the ban on coal mining as well as transportation ended in disappointment on Thursday for the mine owners of the state after the NGT deferred the hearing in the case till March 12. The Tribunal, which many thought would acquiesce to the demand of the state government to allow for transportation of the extracted coal until May 31, did not do so, leaving mine owners in a huge quandary.
The hearing of the case was held on Thursday in New Delhi.