SHILLONG, Oct 19: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President, Dr. D. D. Lapang, met the General Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge Meghalaya, V. Narayanasamy at New Delhi on Sunday and had an hour long discussion on matters pertaining to the functions of the MPCC.
During the discussion, Narayanasamy stated that he is visiting Meghalaya on November 5 - 6 to discuss at length the various party matters and most importantly to encourage unity among the party members, which is a matter of concern and of prime importance.
Shillong, Oct 19 (IANS): It's been termed "Paradise Unexplored" but poor internal communication between India's northeastern states and the lack of connectivity to the region are the major hurdles tour operators face in promoting it as a tourist destination, an expert says.
"Northeast tourism suffers from two fundamental inadequacies: poor internal communication between the states and poor connectivity. Travelling by road is arduous and time-consuming," Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, honorary permanent representative of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, said.
NEW DELHI, Oct 18 (IANS): The government Saturday deregulated diesel prices by linking the fuel cost to market-based pricing.
The decision was taken by the union cabinet at a meeting held here.
While announcing the decision on diesel price deregulation Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: "Price of diesel will be linked to the market, and therefore, depending on whatever is the cost involved, is the element that consumers will have to pay."
"Just like petrol prices, diesel cost will now be governed by market forces. The diesel prices were being increased by 50 paise or so over the last few months."
SHILLONG, Oct 18: A recent survey by the United Nation Population Fund India has found that nearly 71% of India’s elderly population has to work. This holds especially true in the case of Meghalaya where many elderly people who are engaged in some type of work or the other have said that they are working out of compulsion and necessity and not by choice similar to what the findings of the survey by the United Nations agency says.
TURA, Oct 18: South West Garo Hills (SWGH) Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ram Singh has warned people; particularly the unemployed youth not get swayed by a fraudulent letter being circulated in and around the district with the assurance of providing employment to the unemployed and village development schemes.
TURA, Oct 18: In another tragic tale, a class IX student of Shyamnagar Higher Secondary School, in Phulbari, lost her life when she drowned in the Rongai River where she had gone fishing. The incident happened at about 12:30 pm on Friday. Rongai is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra.
The drowned girl has been identified as Wilme Ch Momin (19) and was a resident of Phulbari. The incident took place just behind the GHADC forest gate in Phulbari about 85 kms from the town of Tura.
According to locals, Wilme was present there along with a lot of other people who were fishing in the tributary of the Brahmaputra. She along with another two minors, both about 9 years old slipped into the river. While the people were able to save the two minors from drowning, Wilme was beyond reach and drowned in the water.
TURA, Oct 18: Two founding members of the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) on Saturday laid down their arms in the Tura Police Station. The surrender comes in the wake of continued police offensive and sustained operations which have dealt a severe blow to UALA.
SHILLONG, Oct 18: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Saturday was full of optimism that the present political crisis that has plagued the KHADC of late has seen its final chapter with the willingness of the Mawkhar MDC of KHNAM to step down from the EM post that he was holding.
“Basaiawmoit’s decision to step down from the post of EM gives us reason to believe that the crisis in the All Regional Party Alliance (ARPA) will end allowing the alliance to complete its term without any problem,” Nongrum said.
SHILLONG, Oct 17: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) Friday took a bold decision by sacrificing one post of Executive Member (EM) held by the party for the sake of accommodating Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) MDC in the new Executive Committee (EC).
The decision was taken at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the KHNAM, a day after its leader and KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum decided not to drop Nongskhen Independent MDC Grace Kharpuri from the EC.
SHILLONG, Oct 16: In a never ending political drama in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), its chief executive member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum Thursday revoked his decision of allotting one more Executive Member (EM) post to HSPDP by retaining Nongskhen MDC Grace Mary Kharpuri in his Executive Committee (EC).
“The situation has compelled me to take this decision for safeguarding the prestige and reputation of the district council,” Nongrum said here.
According to him, the ongoing political instability has almost made the district council to be a defunct organization in the past two months.
SHILLONG, Oct 16: Just out of jail contract killers were arrested along with arms from a village in West Jaintia Hills District on Thursday before they could execute their proposed assignment which is yet to be uncovered by police.
Acting on intelligence inputs, police from the Special Cell of West Jaintia Hills immediately launched a swift operation drive and arrested the two accused, police said.
Deimon Dhar (28) and Thomas Jones Ryngkhlem (27) were arrested by the special cell of the district police from a house-cum-liquor shop owned by one H Rymbai at Mookabeng village, West Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Herbert G Lyngdoh said here.
Guwahati, Oct 16 (IANS): An air force personnel, held hostage in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, was Thursday rescued in a joint operation by Assam and Meghalaya police.
Anand Mohan Das, 40, was posted at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Borjhar near the Lopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here.
Das, who hails from West Bengal, had gone to the district for some personal work with two people - Nekibur Zaman and Sofikul Islam, a police officer said here.
Tura, Oct 16: In a horrific incident in South Garo Hills (SGH), a father accidentally shot his 8 – year old minor son, critically injuring him. The incident happened in the village of Dagalgre, about 3 kms from Chokpot, and about 65 kms from the town of Tura. Interestingly, the father immediately absconded after the shooting. The absconding father has been identified as Alas R Sangma.
Shillong, Oct 16: The National People’s Party (NPP) Thursday demanded for the tripartite ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ signed between New Delhi between the Government of India, State Government of Meghalaya and the ANVC and ANVC (B) on September 24, 2014, to be made public. It also sought for an NIA probe into Militant-Politician nexus.
In a press statement issued here on Thursday, NPP Meghalaya Spokesperson James K Sangma said, “The details of this ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ are not known since this document has not been made public. In the interest of the public who are the biggest stakeholders, we demand that the Agreed Text of Settlement should be made public as the people of Garo Hills have the right to know the details of the so called Settlement.”
SHILLONG, Oct 15: In the name of saving the regional parties alliance, Nongskhen MDC Grace Mary Kharpuri was made a “scapegoat” when the KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Wednesday decided to drop her from the post of Executive Member (EM) to accommodate the demand put forth by the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).
KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum, also leader of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), dropped Kharpuri following the pressure from HSPDP to accommodate its member to the post of EM in the new Executive Committee (EC).
The HSPDP has proposed the name of Mawshynrut MDC Morningstar Mawsor for the post of EM.
Shillong, Oct 15: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul M Sangma met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday in New Delhi and handed over Memorandum to the Government of India for Financial Assistance for Repair/Restoration of Properties and Infrastructure Damaged by Flood/Landslide in September 2014.
Due to recent flash floods and landslides in the State, Meghalaya suffered from extreme damages to the life and properties of the people of the State. As the State is not in a position to meet the financial requirements for rebuilding the lives of affected people and their infrastructure, hence a memorandum for financial assistance was submitted to the Government of India.
SHILLONG, Oct 14: It what can be construed as definite rip in All Regional Party Alliance (ARPA) which is at the helm of affairs at the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), three members of the Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) were absent from the ARPA emergency meeting called on Tuesday.
With the failure of the three HSPDP MDCs to attend this meeting, KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum was left with no other option but to re-convene the meeting on Wednesday.
HSPDP leaders Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, who quit the CEM post last month, the Council’s chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew and Pyniaid Sing Syiem, who had resigned on Monday from the deputy chairman’s post of the Council were the three MDCs who remained absent from the meeting which was convened to discuss the sudden resignation of Pyniaid Sing Syiem from the post of deputy chairman of the Council.
SHILLONG, Oct 14: Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) Tuesday refused to drop its proposal to the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) demanding three post of Executive Members (EMs) in the new Executive Committee (EC) led by Adelbert Nongrum in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
“We have decided to stick to our demand,” HSPDP spokesperson N Lyngdoh told reporters after a meeting of the party held here on Tuesday night.
While the HSPDP is already having two EMs in the new EC, the party is demanding for one more post in its fold.
It has proposed the name of Mawshynrut MDC Morningstar Mawsor as the EM in the new EC.
TURA, Oct 14: The Williamnagar murder case of a 15 year old took another turn after allegations made by the mother of the victim, Grikchina Sangma, of the girl being pregnant when she was killed and habitually being raped by the step father. The turn of events has led to the doctor performing the investigation asking for an expert to look into matter as the body was highly decomposed.
The murder of the 15 year old which has been mired in controversy after the discovery of her beheaded body was condemned by all sections of the state. Her body was discovered in the Khera Forest reserve after she had been missing for about a week.
TURA, Oct 14: Continuing the offensive against the threat of militancy, the West Garo Hills police on Tuesday busted a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) camp at Sakalgre village, near Rongram, about 22 km from Tura in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills (WGH) district. According to information received, two senior cadres of the outfit managed to escape.
Police sources said senior cadres Baichung, an area commander and Jarek managed to escape after the attack on the camp. The exchange of fire took place around 12 noon.
The operation was led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos and Special Operation Team (SOT) of WGH. “The militants opened fired at the approaching police personnel and we had to retaliate,” said WGH Superintendent of Police (SP), Mukesh Singh.