SHILLONG, June 20: In the wake of recent allegation leveled by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Executive Member (EM) Latiplang Kharkongor that he had interrupted a checking drive conducted by the Council on June 17, Meghalaya Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai Friday clarified that KHADC has to take into consideration the cooperation of the Dorbar Shnongs while conducting such checking drives on trading license which is mandated in the Trading by Non-Tribal Regulation Act.
Narrating the details of the events that had occurred on June 17 last, Shullai said, “On that day, when I was on my way home, I saw the officials conducting the checking drive and had only enquired from them whether the Dorbar Shnong had been informed or not. I had not stopped them. In fact I was suggesting to the enforcement officials the need to inform the Dorbar Shnong regarding such activity within the area.”
TURA, June 20: The Plain Belt area of West Garo Hills (WGH) has come into focus once again with the rape of another minor. The incident happened on June 16 - three days before it actually came to light in New Bhaitbari area which falls under the Selsella block. Just two weeks prior, another 8 year old had been raped about 30 kilometers from the area.
This time the victim was a girl a little over 9 years old – and the accused in the case is her uncle. New Bhaitbari is about 60 kilometers from the WGH headquarters Tura.
Ataur Rehman (32) was apprehended by the Phulbari Police Thursday after he allegedly raped his niece.
SHILLONG, June 19: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday informed that the government will examine the need to declare certain areas in the five districts of Garo Hills as ‘disturbed areas’.
Expressing his unwillingness to immediately delve into the issue, Dr. Sangma, while briefing the press after a Cabinet Meeting on Thursday said, “All those aspects will be jointly examined by all concerned. So far, we are not ruling out anything on the matter, as of now we will not talk about that but we will look into those aspects.”
BAGHMARA, June 19: The whole of South Garo Hills (SGH) remained without power for more than 2 days and a night leading to huge outcry against those at the helm of affairs. Alleging neglect of the district, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Baghmara called for the resignation of the Power Minister, Clement Marak, for the step-fatherly attitude to the district’s woes even as they lambasted the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of SGH, Chinmay Gotmare, for the extended leave he is on.
The whole of SGH was without electricity from Monday to Tuesday even as earlier Chokpot was without electricity supply for close to two weeks with power only being restored recently. Even Raja Ronggat, where the infamous murder of a woman took place earlier this month, gets electricity supply very rarely.
SHILLONG, June 20: The Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM) has emphasized the need for setting up of a permanent ‘Tribunal’ to look into all issues related to the codification of customary laws and rights of the different chiefdoms (Himas) under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
“We urge the State government and the KHADC to urgently consider the setting up of a permanent Tribunal to look into the issues relating to the codification of customary laws and rights of the people in the region,” GCCM chairman John F Kharshiing told reporters at a news conference held here on Friday.
Tura, June 19: Taking the whole rescue of the State Bank of India (SBI) manager, Arvind Kumar to a whole new level, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Thursday alleged that the whole episode was a well thought out plan to malign the name of the outfit. Denying any involvement in the kidnap drama, GNLA senior cadre Savio Ch Marak said the episode was orchestrated completely by the police, who managed everything.
Taking strong exception to the rescue of the Kumar, Savio said “The Tura police held the GNLA responsible in the kidnapping of a bank official of Ampati and later rescuing him safely. The whole episode was nothing but a planned drama staged by the SP, West Garo Hills, Mukesh Singh and the Additional SP, Bruno Sangma”.
SHILLONG, June 19: An MoU was on Thursday signed between the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and the Dr YSR Educational and Welfare Foundation, Andra Pradesh, for the purpose offering free higher education to students from Meghalaya.
Union’s Education Cell along with a member of the foundation, Madhu Sudhan, Thursday informed, "The MoU is being signed with the objective to providing free higher education to students especially those coming from poor financial background from Meghalaya and other parts of the North East."