SHILLONG: While AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya, V. Narayanasamy, remained non-committal on the controversial charge-sheet against MPCC working president and Cabinet Minister Deborah Ch. Marak, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Friday asserted that the ongoing events was a clear indication of the State Government’s commitment towards ensuring the provisions of law and reiterated that his government would not be an obstacle to the course of the law.
While lashing out against the controversy being created over the issue, he said that the Government and the party should be appreciated for not interfering into the course of the law.
On whether the minister (Deborah) would be dropped from the Cabinet, the Chief Minister said that the party would demonstrate whatever is appropriate and necessary, at the right time.
New Delhi: Nearly six months after he led the BJP to a historic win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to reshuffle his cabinet on Sunday to bring in fresh talent to ease work pressure on some ministers.
The first expansion and reshuffle of the three-tier ministry will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1 pm.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is slated to be inducted as the defence minister, said on Friday that he will resign on Saturday.
Informed sources said two more representatives from the Shiv Sena could be inducted into the Modi ministry despite the logjam over the party’s participation in the BJP-led Maharashtra government.
New ministers may be taken from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar besides Haryana and Maharashtra — two states where the BJP was elected to power for the first time last month.
Among those most likely to be inducted are BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and party general secretary J.P. Nadda, an old associate of the prime minister.
The sources said BJP MPs Giriraj Singh, Jayant Sinha and Birender Singh, may bet cabinet berths.
The Modi government now has 22 cabinet members and 22 ministers of state, some holding independent charge. (IANS)
SHILLONG: A woman from Mawlai was cheated of Rs.11 lakh by her ‘Facebook friend’ Eric Jack, who had enticed her with the promise of sending her a parcel containing electronic items, clothes and cash.
As per an FIR lodged with the police on Friday, the victim stated that she had developed a friendship over the past six months with her Facebook friend, one Eric Jack.
In the first week of September 2014, the victim received a call from one person claiming to be an agent of M/s Allied Courier Company, New Delhi, informing that her parcel has reached the courier office and also that a certain sum of money meant for her has been deposited at the RBI Central office, the victim said in the police complaint.
In order to claim the money, she was asked to deposit certain sum of money, amounting to Rs.11 lakh, over a period of time in the accounts of one Nitish Anand and one Sunil Verma.
It was only when the victim was again asked to deposit Rs.2.5 lakh that she realized that she had been cheated.
NONGPOH: While Nagaland waits for the last batch of Amur Falcons to come back from Mongolia, the migratory birds have made a small hiatus at two Ri Bhoi villages in Meghalaya much to the delight of bird lovers in the State.
It was a proud moment for Ri Bhoi District as a high-value visitors arrived here causing much excitement among both bird lovers and the general public.
The migratory birds began their journey from South Africa and arrived in North East India from Siberia en route to their final destination via Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. These handsome raptors have one of the longest migration routes of upto 22, 000 kilometers in a year.
From Ri Bhoi District the migratory birds will fly to their next destination, Nagaland.
These birds arrive in these villages in Ri Bhoi during the month of October-November every year. The birds are unusual in that they migrate for a long distance over the sea and also continue their journey at night.
However, neither the State Wildlife department nor the State Biodiversity Board was aware or prepared for the arrival of such significant visitors.
The arrival of the migratory birds of prey was first informed to Esron Marwein, representative of the Energy & Resources Institute, New Delhi (TERI) who took the initiative to conduct an inspection to clarify on the matter with some officials representing the Natures’ Foster Organization, Bongaigaon, Assam, and discovered birds feathers scattered over a large area in the two villages which confirmed the presence of Amur falcons.
Taking note of such an important event in the district, Marwein, accompanied by members of the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) met Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner P. Pandey and apprised her of the matter and urged her to take initiative to ensure the safety and protection of the prized visitors during their stay in the remote villages of the district.
Acting promptly on the matter, the DC promulgated an order banning hunting and killing of the birds with immediate effect.
Marwein, with the help of the RBYF, organized an awareness meeting at Tyrso village on Thursday, and informed the people on the value and the importance of the visit of these birds to the State.
The RBYF, meanwhile, has lambasted the Meghalaya State Biodiversity Board for taking no initiative to set up biodiversity management committees in all villages of the State as directed by the National Biodiversity Authority Board of India.
“The Amur Falcons are given due importance in Nagaland which has been declared as the ‘Capital of Amur Falcons’,” RBYF said, while taking the initiative to declare Umru & Tyrso villages as the ‘Migration Resort of Amur Falcons’.
SHILLONG: Taking strong cognizance of the trend of over charging by local cabbies, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Sanjay Goyal has directed the District Transport Office (DTO) to display the taxi fares in hoardings across the city.
Speaking to reporters here, Goyal, who also heads the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), said that he has already written to the department to make public through hoardings, the actual taxi fares to curb the menace of overcharging by cabbies.
The local taxi fares were last revised in 2011 but cabbies often quote their “own rates” thus leaving the passengers in a state of confusion and helplessness.
The DC informed that the issue was also discussed during a meeting with the taxi association which was informed of the frequent complaints made by people.
Goyal also felt that the local taxi association needs to sensitize the cabbies on several aspects.
“We have impressed upon the taxi association that the drivers should dress and behave properly,” the DC said.
Goyal also informed that the RTA would look into the matter of reviewing the taxi fares in view of the floating prices of diesel and petrol.
Though the State Government has launched buses and maxi taxis as means of public transport, a major chunk of the people still solely depend on local taxis for commuting.
“The local taxis are also accused of charging a minimum of Rs 10 for any distance citing shortage of change as one of the main reasons for their inability to pay back,” observed a commuter.
JOWAI: As part of the 100 Days Festival, the Soil and Water Conservation Division (T & CC) organized a cleaning drive-cum-awareness programme at Syntu Ksiar on Thursday.
Present on the occasion were Parliamentary Secretary in-charge Soil and Water Conservation Division, Comingone Ymbon, Acting Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills, DM Wahlang, Director of Soil and Water Conservation Department, D. Langstieh along with other officials and members of the Dorbar Shnong among others.
Addressing the gathering, Ymbon said, “Syntu Ksiar is a beautiful place visited by many from within and outside the State and hence it is extremely important that the tourist spot is kept clean.”
SHILLONG, Nov 06: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Thursday has threatened to take up intensive agitations if the state government fails to scrap the notification of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) proposing to make Khasi subject as a compulsory elective subject.
In a notification issued on September 5, 2013, the MBOSE had decided to allow the students to choose MIL as a compulsory elective subject and not only as an optional subject as was done earlier as part of its proposal to change the existing structure and scheme of studies for the HSSLC examinations.
Copy of Health Education paper available as police get into action
TURA, Oct 30: In what will surely set the cat amongst the pigeons, the question papers of two schools in the plain belt of West Garo Hills (WGH) have been leaked prior to the exams. A copy of the exam paper for Friday’s Health Education paper is available with Meghalaya Times as information on the leak surfaced. Two schools, Bholarbitta HS and the Kalapani HS School have been circulating the exam papers since the beginning of exams on October 22.
According to information available, the question papers of the first paper, English was made available to some students through SMS from a phone number 9615790633, allegedly belonging to someone from within the schools itself. The headmaster of the Bholarbita School is one Zahiruddin Sheikh while Prakash Bose is in-charge of the Kalapani School.
SHILLONG, Oct 30: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Thursday handed over uniforms to the Hima Mylliem to distribute to at least 232 porters (dajus) who are operating in Iewduh market.
The initiative taken by the KHADC is to streamline the market and to prevent petty crimes often committed by persons pretending to be porters.
For a long time now, the porters who are working in the market do not have proper uniform and this has been a major challenge for the public who depend on their services.
SHILLONG, Oct 30: The Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood – Meghalaya (MIPRL) on Thursday submitted an advance representation on the current blanket ban on coal mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) which will be arriving in the state on Friday.
“The representation has highlighted the economic plight of the people, the legal and constitutional position as well as the police firing at Mukhep which resulted in the deaths of late Setlang Phawa and Derister Siangshai and the injury of six other people,” the Movement vice chairman Erwin K Sutnga said.
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.