SHILLONG, Sept 20: Three aggrieved candidates for the posts of Block Resource Persons (BRCs) under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) were denied appointment even after they were declared successful by the District Mission Coordinator (DMC), Ri Bhoi District, six months ago as the posts were alleged cancelled.
“We were denied the appointment letters even after the results were declared six months ago. We have made all out efforts to meet the district authority of the SSA but nothing happened till today,” the three aggrieved candidates told reporters at a news conference held here on Saturday.
Ardent vows to continue as CEM, rejects any pre-conditions
SHILLONG, Sept 19: “I cannot and will never accept to function as a slave CEM,” affirmed Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M. Basaiawmoit during the highly anticipated public meeting that was held at Students’ Field, Jaiaw, here on Friday.
Much to the elation of the thousands who had flocked to the venue, Ardent announced that he will continue as the CEM even as he stood firm on his resolve not to fall victim to terms and conditions put forth by other member parties of the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) which is holding the reins of power in the KHADC.
SHILLONG, Sept 19: ANVC(B) Friday informed that its delegation for signing the ‘final settlement’ or peace pact will be led by its Chairman Rimpu Marak and its Commander Mokus Ch Marak accompanied by general secretary Jakrik, Political Secretary Dogamdot, Organising Secretary Akimbri and other top officials.
The outfit said each officer represents the Garo cadres of Khasi Hills, Garo Hills and Assam which were the original areas of proposed Garoland, adding that all leaders agreed to join the final settlement in view that peace has to be restored in Garo Hills as aspirations of the people are being over shadowed by situations that has taken a centre stage.
SHILLONG, Sept 18: The State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Owners, Miners & Dealers Forum (SCCCOMDF) has requested all coal miners and dealers throughout the state not to pay royalty or transport coal till further instructions.
Secretary, SCCCOMDF, M. Kharkongor informed that representatives of SCCOMDF who were recently at New Delhi had attended the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Court Principal Bench as the impleaded party on the matter concerning the ban on coal mining in the State.
SHILLONG, Sept 19: The Movement for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood, Meghalaya (MIPRL) has called for indefinite Economic Strike from September 23 to protest against the ‘intractable attitude and continuous impositions of harsh and anti-people conditions by Meghalaya Government’ in relation to the NGT blanket ban on coal mining in the state.
The decision came following failure of the state government to address the arbitrary collection of royalty in the Guidelines framed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Committee within the 10-day deadline served by the organization. Also, government failed to flag the issue during NGT’s hearing on September 16 last at New Delhi.
GUWAHATI, Sept 19: At least four army personnel were injured in a powerful explosion triggered by United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) in Upper Assam's Sivsagar district along Arunachal Pradesh border on Friday morning.
According to reports, the incident took place at Kherbari area near Sonari in the Upper Assam district, where a powerful IED was exploded.
''The IED was exploded when an army vehicle had passed the area, in which four security personnel were injured,'' a top police official said.
TURA, Sept 18: A deserter of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), who had run off with an INSAS rifle was killed on Thursday in an encounter conducted by the joint forces of North Garo Hills (NGH) police and the Army unit of Damra. The killed militant had been terrorizing residents of the region and was also involved in the kidnapping of a woman school teacher, Sandia K Sangma on the July 29, this year.
The militant who was also a leader of a new gang of dacoits was killed in a village called Bangsi Minol, near Dainadubi of which he was a resident. The killed militant has been identified as Teseng Sangma (Werang), while another Gobin Sangma was able to escape. The place of incident is about 110 kms from the town of Tura.