Shillong, May 31: In a surprise, the impact of nationwide sponsored bandh called by BJP and trade unions was also felt in Shillong city with shuttered businesses and emptied roads across the state, partially affecting the normal day to day activity on Thursday.
The nationwide bandhs sponsored by non â€“ Congress parties have never had much impact on North East much less on Meghalaya, primarily being the Congress ruled states. But one was surprised to see that the NDA sponsored one day nationwide bandh managed to disrupt normal life with public transport including local taxis staying off the road while only state owned JNNURM buses were seen commuting passengers across the city even as shops in many areas downed their shutters in Shillong city.
The nationwide bandh call against petrol price hike has received an "overwhelming" response in the state that has affected normal life across the country and even evoked mixed response in Congress-led States. However, emergency services, including hospitals and chemist shops remained open.
Shillong, May 31: Curfew was lifted Thursday in the plains belt area of Meghalaya in West Garo Hills district bordering Assam's Goalpara, an official said.
Curfew was imposed in Phulbari, Rajabala, Bhaitbari, Singhimari and other adjoining areas May 8 to prevent communal clashes between Garos and Muslims after some people circulated text messages with communal content.
Nongstoin, May 31: The driver of a truck, T Diengdoh, died on the spot while the handyman escaped with minor injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge.
According to sources, the incident took place at around 2 am on Thursday at Mawpam Village about 13 km from Nongstoin when a fully loaded coal truck fell into a gorge.
The truck was headed for Nongstoin from Maweit.
SHILLONG, May 31: Irked over the indifference matted out to North East students in the main land India, different students organization under the banner â€˜North East Studentsâ€™ Organization (NESO)â€™, on Thursday publicized its first phase of agitations by holding a sit-in-protest on June 7 at Guwahati.
Addressing a press conference here, NESO, Information and Publicity Secretary and Former KSU president, Samuel B Jyrwa said, â€œWe have decided to stage a one-day sit-in-protest in Guwahati on June 7, over the failure of the central government to address various issues affecting the North East region.â€
SHILLONG, May 31: The Civil Society of Womenâ€™s Organization (CSWO) on Thursday condemned the arrogant attitude of the Government, who closed the gates to the People with disabilities who were trying to approach the Government with their grievances and demands which should have rightfully be heard.
In an official statement, President of CSWO, Agnes Kharshiing said, â€œClosing the gates of the Secretariat was a big insult to the disabled association, and such arrogance by the government should be stopped.â€