Shillong, Aug 29: The Shillong Press Club (SPC) in an emergent meeting on Wednesday strongly condemned the brutal attack on working journalists by sponsors of a bandh on Tuesday in various parts of Assam as well as allegedly by security personnel.
â€œThe attack is seen as a direct affront on members of the Fourth Estate while faithfully discharging their duties,â€ SPC President David Laitphlang, said.
â€œThis is a downright cowardly attempt to stifle freedom of expression and transparent and factual dissemination of information,â€ he added.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: In view of the â€œagitationsâ€ sponsored by ANVC(B), the State government has directed all the district administrations in Garo hills to be â€œvigilantâ€ to ensure that peace and tranquility in the region is not disrupted.
â€œGovernment has directed all the Deputy Commissioners to keep strict vigilance in their respective districts, to ensure that peace and tranquility in the region is not disruptedâ€, State Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh told the Meghalaya Times here.
The ANVC (B) has called for an â€œindefiniteâ€ road-blockade in Garo Hills from Wednesday evening, even as it has declared â€œBlack-Flag-Revolutionâ€ demanding the resignation of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Purno K Sangma and his deputy for their alleged corruption that it claimed has drained the coffer of the district council. Also, it has declared GHADC bandh from Thursday.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: In compliance with the Supreme Court ruling, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has directed the state government to take appropriate action pertaining to safety measures on â€œabandonment of borewells and drilled well in the stateâ€, to avoid any mishaps, officials Wednesday said.
The order came in view of the complaint lodged by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) with the Ministry on the non-compliance of the state governments and its concerned authorities with the directions of the Supreme Court in matter of â€œMeasures for Prevention of Fatal Accidents of Small Children due to their falling into Abandoned Bore Wells and Tube Wellsâ€.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: To deal with the dearth of coins in the market, the United Bank of India (UBI) on Wednesday organized the first ever â€˜Coin Melaâ€™ in the pine city.
With both customers and vendors in this hill station refusing to deal and trade in small denomination coins (25 and 50 paise), many find it difficult to fetch Re 1 and 2 coins, and have to settle for an candy or chocolate for a change.
The trend flowing the hill city when someone offers a 50 paise coin, the response one gets is 'yeh nahi chalta haiâ€™ (it wonâ€™t work) and infact they tender the customer with chocolates, matchboxes to accommodate the transactions.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: The son of a businessman in Garo Hills has been abducted by suspected armed cadres of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Tuesday night.
Konu Mahanta who is the son of one businessman exporting coal to Bangladesh was abducted by a group of eight armed cadres at around 7.30 pm Tuesday night from Chokpot in South Garo hills district, police said.
Police sources said, â€œA case has been lodged and police have immediately swung into action to rescue the abducted victimâ€.
â€œOperations have been intensified to nab the cadresâ€, a senior police official said here.
He said, â€œIt is highly suspected that the reason behind the abduction is to demand a huge ransom from the family for his (Kontu) releaseâ€.