SHILLONG, June 22: The All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organization (AJYWO) has demanded that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) should stop issuing of trading license and renewal of the same to non – indigenous people so that the indigenous people of Jaintia Hills can take up business as a way of earning livelihood especially in the present times of financial crisis in light of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining activities.
TURA, June 22: The increasing number of kidnapping cases in the Garo Hills region has made most fear venturing out of their homes. While, there may be reasons for the increasing kidnapping activities, the thought that has now come forward is that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat hole mining, may have led to the increase even as militants try to make up for the loss of a regular income source which the coal trade was providing.
The towns of Nongalbibra, Jadi and others through which the supply of coal was the main lifeline, now wear a deserted look as the once thriving markets are empty now with hardly any vehicle movement.
TURA, June 21: The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) in a letter to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, has urged the government to ensure that the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is also present at the peace table for lasting peace within the region. The GHSMC has also opposed the statement of the government to tag the Garo Hills region as a ‘disturbed area’ saying that such a move will increase the hardships faced by the people.
“We are aware about the mushrooming of insurgent groups in the state and that the top priority of the government is to put a stop to the killings and kidnappings that have rocked the region,” said the general secretary of the GHSMC, Augustine Marak.
SHILLONG, June 21: The State Arts and Culture Department on Saturday organized a concert to celebrate ‘World Music Day’ at U Soso Tham Auditorium which featured an array of musical genres ranging from traditional folklore to jazz, blues, rock and slow metal performed by local artists. Also, State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M Sangma announced Rs 151 crore for setting up International Cultural Centre to promote local talent.
Besides being a treat to the music lovers of the city, the concert was also aimed at showcasing and preserving the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the three tribes of the state – Khasi, Jaintia and Garo through competition organized in various categories which was taken part in by solo artists and bands from across the state.
IMPHAL, June 21: For the sole reason of refusing to stay in his boarding, a teacher in Manipur has allegedly thrown away the answer scripts of five students and replaced them with blank sheets of paper with forged names of the students as answer scripts to show the five students did not answer in a particular subject in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) this year.
The results declared these five students of Irabot High School got zero marks in the Manipuri subjects.
Maibam Priya, Th Sanju, Naorem Chanchan, Laishram Ichal and P Sonia refused to stay at the hostel run by Arts graduate teacher Thangjam Joykumar at Ukhongsang in Thoubal district.
TURA, June 21: The spate of kidnappings in the Garo Hills region continues unabated in spite of the police doing its best to put a stop to the menace. It has now been reported that two Assam based businessman who sell sugar in the weekly haats around the region were kidnapped by unidentified militants in Rimrangpara, near Barengapara, about 50 kms from the district headquarters of Tura.
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The NDA government Friday raised the railway passenger fares by 14.2 percent in all classes and freight rates by 6.5 percent effective from June 25, a decision strongly slammed by opposition parties who termed the move anti-poor and one that would lead to inflation.
The new passenger fares and freight rates aimed at mobilising resources for the cash-strapped Indian Railways come just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned countrymen to get ready for some "bitter medicine" needed to revive the economy and ahead of the full railway budget next month.
The railway ministry said the revision of rates was done as part of the interim budget presented by the previous UPA-II government, but not implemented because of the 10-phase Lok Sabha elections spread over April-May.