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MeECL officials’ abduction could ignite Khasi – Garo clash: HANM

Posted in January 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Jan 28:
The HANM Central Body has expressed its concern over the abduction of two Khasi engineers from MeECL, by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and has asked the outfit to release the abductees immediately so as to avoid any chances of intra-state tribal clashes between the Khasis and the Garos.
The Public Secretary of the organization, Rakesh R Marak said, “As citizens of the minority’s state, the GNLA should have thought twice before carrying on the crime against our fellow citizens which are like our own family members”.
The organization has requested the said militant outfit to release their prisoners without any injuries, for the HANM does not want any sort of communalism to corrupt the State and further stating that things like this should not happen again.


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HTWA to hold peace rally for release of MeECL employees

Posted in January 2012

Our Bureau
Shillong, Jan 28:
The HynniewTrep Welfare Association (HTWA), Tura in protest against the abduction of two officials serving in MeECL of West Garo Hills District will organize a Peace Rally from Chandmary Playground field to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on January 31.
The organization has requested all individuals to join the Peace March to show solidarity and pressure for an early and unharmed release of the two abducted officials.


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Cement plants under scanner of Jaintia Hills citizens

Posted in January 2012

Staff Reporter
Shillong, Jan 28:
A meeting of three Elaka Narpuh, Rymbai, Sutnga  was recently held to discuss the points regarding the apparent false allegations leveled against Dolloi’s Headmen, District Council and different departments of State government, for issuing the NOCs and clearances for establishing of cement industries and mining in these areas.
The meeting was attended by Minister PHE, Sitlang Pale, former Minister, HS Siangshai, President Jaintia Hills Cement Manufacturers Association, Thomas Nongtdu along with Dollois and Headmen concerned with other prominent localities.

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HANM demand release of former members

Posted in January 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Jan 28:
The HANM has asked the police to release the movement’s East Khasi Hills ex-President, S Lyngdoh as he is no longer a member of the organization.
Referring to the burning issue of the kidnapping of the two engineers, the President of the HANM Central Body, Lamphrang Kharbani said, “The Extortion case against S Lyngdoh is just a small trifle as compared to the terrorism reining the areas of Garo Hills, Shahlang, Borsora, and west Khasi Hills and other parts of the state”.


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Shira – foreign delicacy tangled in Khasi cultural for centuries

Posted in January 2012

Donboklang Majaw
SHILLONG, Jan 28:
A couple of steps from being just a paddy, Rice flakes are commonly known as Poha in  Bihar or Jharkhand as it is where it’s so famous. But it is also very famous as a local commodity in the state of Meghalaya. The Khasis Called it “Shira” and it is mainly procured from both the northern and the southern borders (Assamese border and the Bangladesh International Border) since time immemorial.
Shira is widely sold in Cherra Bazaar or Iew-Sohra both as heavy merchandise and as a trifle, and is being transported even to other parts of Meghalaya in bulk. Most of this Shira comes from Shella and Tyllap near Bangladesh border where the price is cheapest, ranging from Rs 75 – Rs 80 a kilo depending upon the quality of rice.
But once up in Sohra market, the price also goes up to round about Rs 95 – Rs 100 a kilo respectively.
On market day (Iewbah Sohra), there can be seen many shops or ‘basa’s selling Rice flakes; but only a few of them sell this commodity extensively, rather most of them make this as one of their varieties.

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