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Mukul break his silence over boundary dispute

Posted in March 2012

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma finally broke his silence, after being accused of leading an insensible government in dealing with the age old Meghalaya – Assam boundary dispute by the member of the Opposition, during the recently concluded Budget Session, 2012 saying Assam counterpart has sought time to study the documents submitted by Meghalaya over its claim on 12 areas which has remained disputed between the two neighboring states.
The citizens of Meghalaya were indeed shocked to know that Assam Assembly has resolved not to discuss any boundary dispute claiming there is no difference at all. The report provoked the Opposition Members in Meghalaya Assembly demanding more aggressive action to counter the resolution adopted by the Assam government in Assembly.
It may be recall that 12 areas of differences was the outcome of the talk between the Assam and Meghalaya Primer held on June 5, 2010, held at the Assam Secretariat, Dispur, which resolved to constitute a Joint Committee to be headed by the Chief Secretaries of both the states, to formulate a modalities for solving the Inter- States Border disputes within 45 days have been considered as a positive steps towards the friendly relations between the neighboring states.

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Meghalaya SWAT team along with CRPF breaks jinx of GNLA kidnapping

Posted in March 2012

Thomas Lim

One of the most commendable actions showcased  by the Meghalaya Police Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by rescuing five persons from the captivation of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) instantly on receiving of information at about 12:30 AM on Thursday. A group of militants had kidnapped five persons from Wahkaji, West Khasi Hills and fled away in a Bolero Camper, while the operation team reached Lad Mawreng, they came across the vehicle and directed the driver to stop. The militants, numbering around six jumped out of the vehicle and started firing indiscriminately at the police team and fled towards the thick undergrowth under the cover of darkness. The police also retaliated and during search of the area, they managed to apprehend one Anthony Marak a GNLA cadre of Rajai, Ranikor and seized one AK – 56 Rifle, three magazines and 47 rounds of ammunition along with plastic coated wire meant for IED, magazines pouches and other clothing items.
After leaving the five kidnapped persons, Bolan Rabha, Ranjan Koch, Proveen Khalari, Halostar Myrthong, Andrias Myrthong at Mawngap Police Out Post, the operation launched the second attempt at about 3.50 pm the SWAT team managed to nab two other GNLA militants, identified as Sen P Marak and Manuel G Momin from Mawngap, all are employees of the company involve in Hydro Project in Meghalaya, Police also recovered one .38 fabricated Pistol along with a magazine. The operation had continued till late night.

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GNLA’s day out left Police face Red

Posted in March 2012

Thomas Lim

Ration is the necessities for every mankind, so also for every member of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), believes to be living in the wild forest in Garo Hills, surrendered themselves to the nature for a free state. But the basic necessities for minimum comforts is every human wants, such desires have brought GNLA Action Commander, Ringrang Momin along with other cadres to Daranggri Bazaar, West Garo Hills district to purchase the articles in crowded market, spending as long as 7 hours, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on March 27, 2012 uninterrupted by any authorities and went back to the jungle said to have “shocked” the top brass of the Meghalaya Police when media published the photographs of the cadres while shopping.
The shopkeepers and general public was not even panic spotting the GNLA cadres armed with arms and camouflage uniform, they said to have offered them food and fruits and appreciated they cause which have managed to eradicate the local hooligans.
In recently concluded Budget Session 2012, state Home Minister, H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh had justified the needs for combating militancy in Meghalaya, more so the Meghalaya’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) operation specifically in Garo Hills to curbed GNLA, huge funds are being spend on such operation, while the general public especially the women folks has expressed their concerned and insecurity due to the present of the above personnel turning Garo Hills like a war zone by the ambushed from time to time.

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Wah (River) Umkhrah should be declared as drain

Posted in March 2012

Thomas Lim

Once a crystal clear river passing through picturesque pine city of Shillong, where State’s first Padmashree awardee, Silverine Swer, on her 100th Birthday Celebration last year recalled herself as young girl swimming in Wah (River) Umkhrah. While anglers recall fishing along the bank of Wah Umkhrah. Today is the concern of as many as 19 social and civil organizations along with district administration, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Defense authorities are all putting an efforts to sensitize the public for cleaning up the very same river.
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) consultant, Dr Eric Harrison, while inspecting the construction work of the artificial turf at Polo Grounds during first week of March last year, could not accept that Wah Umkhrah is a river, he had mistaken it as the drainage system along the Artificial Turf and demanded to raise the banking wall higher to prevent the pollutant water to spoil the turf.
Recently Project Director, Indian Green Service, C Srinivasan too could not accept Wah Umkhrah as the river, he compared the river in his home city Vellore which is minimum seven feet wide, while here in Shillong, due to rampant encroachment he feared that  it will someday turned into a simple outlet by besides the house!

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Meghalaya Traffic Police have “no right” to compound drivers

Posted in March 2012

Thomas Lim

After the exposure by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report for the year ended March 31, 2011 has revealed abnormal delay in issuing of learner and driving license in Meghalaya, ranging from 31 days to 461 days, while other states could complete the same within 24 hours. Meghalaya Chief Minister had also accepted on the Floor of the state assembly in the just concluded Budget session that in the absent of Driving School in the state, driving license is being issued in random, meaning no competent authorities what so ever is in the state to check on driving license, meaning the Traffic Police have been compounding the drivers illegally basing on Driving License.
To begin with, anyone can acquire a driving license, without any test, provided one is willing to pay an amount ranging from Rupees five hundred to Rupees two thousand to the agent found in the DTO office itself. This speaks of the standard of drivers in the city- “unprofessional”. This applied to both the commercial and private drivers.

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