SHILLONG, June 11: While welcoming the decision of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the excavated coal, the United Democratic Party (UDP) Wednesday said instead of a total ban on rat hole mining, the Tribunal should examine the actual cause of environmental degradation.
“In this instant case, it is the improper stocking of excavated coal, the absence of mine closure plans and lack of effective Acid drainage intervention- a result of unplanned, unregulated mining, which has been detrimental to the environment,” UDP secretary Allan F Dkhar said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, June 11: The 24 - hours bandh of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) was almost total with most of the people choosing to stay home as business establishment and educational institutions remained closed. No untoward incident was reported from any parts of the city.
The bandh began from Tuesday 6 pm and concluded at 6 pm Wednesday.
Except for the government offices, all other offices were closed including the financial institutions as the banks reported just about fifty percent attendance and had to be closed.
TURA, June 11: An accused in the case of the gruesome rape of an eight year old near the Chibinang area in West Garo Hills (WGH), has submitted documents to prove that he is a minor. The rape, which came to light only 5 days after it happened, had been in the headlines because of the compromise attempted by one of the uncles and the mother of the victim with the accused and his family, while a suo moto was taken by police in the absence of a case filed.
The incident happened near the village of Chibinang in a village called West Bholarbhita about 90 kms from the town of Tura.
TURA, June 10: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Tuesday lambasted the Leader of Opposition (LO), Dr Donkupar Roy for his comments on “complications of fighting Garo terrorist by a Garo leader, by Garo police". The outfit in a statement issued on Tuesday said Dr Roy was instigating the Garos.
Dr Roy had remarked “how will a Garo fight another Garo” on the floor of the House in the ongoing Re-Assembled Budget Session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
Senior leader of outfit Savio Marak said, “It is a known and accepted fact that the Garos, the Khasis and the Jaintias follow the matrilineal form of society, where the authenticity of being a Garo or a Khasi or a Jaintia lies in the very blood of a mother. The tribes of Meghalaya will not disagree that this is a serious traditional issue of the society for centuries.
SHILLONG, June 11: In a move to ensure that the mining activities in the state will meet environmental safety standards, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma Wednesday said Government is coming up with a separate fund to reclaim all the land degraded by coal mining and make it fit for vegetation and farming activities.
“The State government will earmark a separate fund to replenish all these areas to make them fit for vegetation and farming activities,” Dr. Sangma said while replying to the general discussion in the Assembly on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, June 10: Expressing its concern over what it termed as the pathetic condition of health care facilities in the different health centres of the state, the Opposition on Tuesday asked the state government to improve the health of its health department.
United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator Paul Lyngdoh, participating in the discussion on the motion on the style and functioning of the Health Department of Meghalaya in the Assembly on Tuesday, said, “The government should first restore the health of the health department before it extends such health care services to the people of the state.”
TURA, June 10: The gathering was muted as the call for peace within the Garo Hills region grew incessantly louder. Placards urging for permanency of lasting peace bore testimony to the thoughts of the people living in the constant shadow of fear and death were on constant display as more than 3000 people from all communities of Tura town converged at the Chandmari playground to show their solidarity with the victims of militancy on Tuesday. The gathering then proceeded through the town in silence to pledge their support to bringing back normalcy.