SHILLONG, Jan 17: With Meghalaya still reeling from the arrest of Mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang in a case of sexual assault on a minor, the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma has informed that his government is setting up a special court to try cases of crimes against women and children.
“There will be special court for all cases of crimes against women and children,” the Chief Minister said after a party meeting here on Tuesday.
TURA, Jan 17: Tura Lok Sabha MP Conrad Sangma had last week questioned why there were no vigilance committees to monitor the implementation of MLA schemes in the state. On Tuesday, he found support from an unexpected corner as Tura South MLA, John Leslee K Sangma announced his support to the demand.
Welcoming the suggestion of the Tura MP for a vigilance panel, John Leslee called it ‘positive’ and ‘in the best interest of the people of Meghalaya’.
SHILLONG, Jan 16: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided to take legal recourse against what it has termed as ‘illegal encroachment of the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority into scheduled areas’.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the ruling People Democratic Forum (PDF) in the KHADC held on Monday and attended by 23 MDCs from United Democratic Alliance (UDA), UDP, HSPDP and KHNAM.
“We have unanimous decided to file a fresh petition before the Court against the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) on the matter,” KHADC chief PN Syiem informed after the meeting.
SHILLONG, Jan 16: The KHADC will soon convene a joint meeting of all the three tribal councils to discuss on the proposed amendment of the Assam and Meghalaya Autonomous District (Constitution of District Council) Rules, 1951.
The proposed meeting to be held on February 3, will hold discussion on the need to amend Rule 128 of the AD Rules which allows participation of non-indigenous community in the election process to the three ADCs in the state.
Rule 128 of the AD Rules clearly states - “All citizen of India not below the age of 18 years can contest, be electors in the District Council election”.
NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (IANS): Twenty five children from different parts of the country have been selected for Indian Council for Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Awards to be presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23.
Four of the awards are posthumous.
The Bharat Award has been conferred to 8-year-old Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life in an attempt to save two of her friends from drowning.
TURA, Jan 16: In a case that is sure to give people the shivers, a family dispute between a man and his wife in Upper Kharkutta in North Garo Hills ended after the husband beat the wife unconscious before allegedly hanging her to death.
The case is amongst a large number of emerging cases of violence amongst women in the state and is something that has been widely condemned.
SHILLONG, Jan 16: The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) office here was besieged by jugali aspirants who demanded that the Corporation issues appointment letters to them as was promised earlier.
Shouting slogans such as “We want justice” – the aggrieved candidates decided to sit on the road thereby blocking vehicles from entering the premises of the MeECL.
Backed by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) State Youth Wing, the protest was staged after the MeECL chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) PS Thangkhiew refused to meet the delegation.