SHILLONG, March 28: Garo Hills based militants Friday withdrew their proposed 12- hr bandh in the entire state following the release of its surrendered cadre.
United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) Chairman Chiindik Marak, on behalf of other four militant groups - LAEF, ASAK, ANCA and ANLCA, informed that they have withdrawn their proposed Meghalaya shut – down as surrendered ANLCA cadre Charles D. Shira was released on Thursday.
SHILLONG/TURA, March 28: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has received the recommendation from the Government of Meghalaya to appoint interlocutor to initiate dialogue with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). Also, the outfit on its part has lifted the temporary ban it had imposed on Congress from campaigning in Garo Hills for the April 9 Lok Sabha election in state.
Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) Director in-charge of North East JPN Singh, Friday informed that the MHA received Meghalaya Government’s recommendation letter on Thursday evening, but due to the many layers that the process goes through, the letter could have been delayed before reaching the concerned officer.
WILLIAMNAGAR, March 28: The ongoing construction of the National Highway – 44 E through the East Garo Hills region has been progressing at a meandering pace. The construction which is set to connect Shillong to Tura through the NH 51 is being constructed by the BSC &CC – a joint venture company.
However, a recent discovery has left the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People – Eastern Circle fuming. The reason for the anger is the dumping of waste into the nearby Simsang.
SHILLONG, March 28: As part of the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) to increase the voters’ turnout, the District Election Officer, South West Khasi District, Mawkyrwat will organize a Bike Rally from the DC Office Complex to the market place on Saturday at 3.30 pm.
Besides the Bike Rally, there will be a signature campaign, slogan display competition an appeal to voters by District Icon Benningstar Lyngkhoi, International marathon Runners from Sakwang village, South West Khasi hills and a short play by local Iong Lajong Cultural Organization and District Election themes songs performed by the local youths.
NONGSTOIN, March 28: Five NGOs from West Khasi Hills District have decided to continue their agitations with regards to the unyielding attitude of the government in fulfilling the demands for implementing Soihpian- Nongstoin road up to Urkali.
The NGOs including West Khasi Student Union (WKSU), Nongstoin Circle, Western People Movement (WPM), Western Youth Federation (WYF), Western Youth Welfare Council (WYWC) Nongstoin Circle and Hynniewtrep People Social Organization (HPSO) Central Body.
"We will continue our agitations after the April 09 Elections are over, as the government is still obstinate with adhering to our demands,” said President WYF Mawkordor Kharsyiemlieh on Friday at a meeting with the NGOs.