SHILLONG, June 09: Veteran politician and President of Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Hoping Stone Lyngdoh, Monday informed the House that he was treated with a broken backbone in a city hospital owing to over dilapidated road in West Khasi Hills (WKH) District.
He told the Assembly in the ongoing Re-Assembled Budget Session that he had to be admitted in the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institution of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRHIMS) and spent Rs 4 lakh for his treatment.
A sealed mineral water bottle containing an insect served to police personnel on duty at the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly for the ongoing Re-Assembled Budget Session. The bottle was from the same lot that the concerned vendor provided to legislators, officials and other persons attending the Assembly. This incident took place on Friday.
Shillong, June 08: While the Circuit Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) will have its sitting in Shillong on Monday with many praying hard that it lifts the blanket ban on the rat – hole coal mining in the state, but it is highly unlikely that anything comforting may emerge from the sitting.
The Special Circuit Bench of the Eastern Zone Bench of NGT’s Principal Bench comprising of Justice Swatanter Kumar (Chairperson) and Ranjan Chatterjee (Expert Member) will be holding its sitting from 10 am at High Court building here.
According to sources, Meghalaya Government has appealed for six months time to implement the Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Policy, which would regulate mining in state. This will be taken up by the Tribunal in its sitting on Monday here.
It can be gauged that the ban will stay in place for atleast six more months if not more.
AMPATI, June 08: The violence in Garo Hills continues unabated with yet another shooting of an Autorickshaw driver. However, unlike the case of Shom Sonar (whose killers are yet to be identified), Soumendro Paul was shot on his shoulder when he was seated in the driver’s seat of the auto on Sunday morning. He was brought to the Tura Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The incident happened in the village of Chepagre, 7 kms from Ampati, in South West Garo Hills (SWGH).
Paul was a resident of Palpara in Mahendraganj.
BAGHMARA, June 08: Two suspected GNLA militants were severely thrashed by a mob in remote Jaksongram near Baghmara in South Garo Hills (SGH) district on Sunday. The village is situated close to the Bangladesh border and is about 15 kms from the district headquarters of Baghmara. The incident happened between 4 pm to 5 pm and the two were taken to the Baghmara Civil Hospital where one died and the other is said to be in critical condition.
According to the police, the two had come to Jaksongram to serve demand notes and had even tried to take a villager to the nearby jungle. Angry villagers surrounded the two and tied them to bamboos. They were then soundly beaten up by the villagers.
SHILLONG, June 08: February 07, 2014, is a red – letter day for the Tibetans living in India as it was on this day that the Election Commission (EC) of India had passed an order which stated that children of Tibetan refugees born in India between the cut-off date of 1950 and 1987, as mentioned in the Citizenship Act 1955, can no longer be denied enrolment in voters’ lists.
This ruling was based on an August 2013 order by the Karnataka High Court, which cleared the way for granting Indian citizenship to Tibetan refugees and was expected to change a lot of things for the approximately 2.5 lakh Tibetan refugees living in India today.
MUMBAI, June 08: It is good news again for journalism in Northeast India. Woman Journalist Urmi Bhattacharjee, based at Guwahati has won this year’s Prestigious Red Ink Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2014. This award is organized every year by the Mumbai Press Club.
Urmi Bhattacharjee is a Journalist working with NDTV in its Northeast India bureau located at Guwahati and is also a regular contributor for the world famous infotainment website Yahoo.
Her investigative story in Yahoo Originals, titled ‘Inside Kaziranga’s One-Horned Dream’ has won the prestigious award as Joint Runner UP under the ‘Human Rights & Environment’ category.