TURA, June 07: In news that is set to bring protection of the environmental in the region to the forefront once again, it has been reported that the Adhunik Cement factory in Jaintia Hills has been working without a clearance from the Ministry of Forests and Environment, ever since its inception. Not only is the factory working without clearance, there have been serious violations of the environment in the case of the company, according to a report received by this daily.
In a report sent to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, dated January 18, 2013, the then scientist appointed by the ministry to check into the clearance, Dr S C Katiyar, has found major violations within the factory and passed the information to the Central Ministry. The project consisted of a 20 MW captive power plant, along with a 1.5 MPTA cement plant and a 1.3 MTPA clinker plant.
Tura, June 07: A grenade was lobbed at the New Tura Police outpost on Saturday evening even as tensions heightened due to the prevailing law and order within the region. Luckily, the Chinese made grenade failed to burst. The incident happened at about 7:50 pm.
SHILLONG, June 07: Shillong based Garo NGOs Saturday staged a ‘Silent Protest’ against the recent gruesome killing of a mother by an militant outfit in Raja Rongat under Chokpot and the deteriorating law and order situation in five districts of the militancy-infested Garo Hills region.
Sending strong messages all militant outfits, children standing at Khyndailad, the heart of the city were seen displaying placards carrying slogans which read – “Stop killing our parents”, “there is no honour in killing”, “stop the killing, stop the violence”, “terrorism brings nothing but tears,” “They are also your mothers and sisters,” and “We condemn killing of a mother.”
New Delhi, June 06 (IANS): Eight-time parliamentarian Sumitra Mahajan was Friday unanimously elected speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced his council of ministers to the lower house of parliament as per tradition.
The name of Mahajan, the MP from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, was proposed by Modi and seconded by BJP patriarch L.K. Advani.
Mahajan, 71, is the second woman speaker of the Lok Sabha after Meira Kumar, who presided over the 15th Lok Sabha.
Complimenting Mahajan on her election, Modi said it has taken place unanimously according to the highest traditions of parliament. He thanked all parties for their support.
Day Care Centre at San Ker inaugurated, urged to start bakery
SHILLONG, June 07: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Saturday inaugurated the Day Care Centre at San-Ker, Mawroh, Shillong.
The Day Care Centre was constructed at a cost of Rs 28 lakhs. Even though it has been operational for the last 10 years ago, it never had a dedicated building. The Centre focuses on teaching self help skills besides vocational training for individuals who are mentally ill or intellectually impaired and require constant supervision. Day Care services also expose individuals to a working environment and allow them to gradually adapt and equip themselves to meet the demands of life. Activities are structured according to the needs of the individual and are given the opportunity to learn at a pace they are comfortable with so as to enable their transition towards functionality easier. The Centre provides vocational training such as candle making, paper bag making, bag making, tailoring, painting, crochet knitting, knitting and handicraft.
Opposition demands President’s Rule, Mukul resignation
Shillong, June 06: Wondering ‘how will a Garo fight another Garo’ Opposition under the banner of Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) Friday alluded that militancy has been unabated in Garo Hills because a Garo is presently leading the state. Demanding imposition of President’s Rule and resignation of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma over the failure of the state government to curb rising violence in Garo hills and the indiscriminate killings by militants, Leader of Opposition (LO), Dr Donkupar Roy, said, “Because militants are Garos, policemen are Garos, and Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is also a Garo, hence the present militancy problem in Garo Hills.”
“This is one of the reasons why we are not able to fight this menace because nobody will have the will to fight militant groups as he may feel how can a Garo fight a Garo,” he observed.
SHILLONG, June 06: The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of United Democratic Party (UDP) Friday resolved to demand President’s Rule and snap polls after the expiry of the six months period. The UDP had, earlier in the day, lent their voice to an adjournment motion moved by the National People’s party (NPP) in the state Legislative Assembly demanding the imposition of President’s Rule in Meghalaya owing to the deteriorating law and order situation in the five districts of Garo Hills.