SHILLONG, March 19: After 41 days in captivity, Digbijoy Das was rescued by Meghalaya Police on Wednesday and also successfully nabbed all the five abductors who had demanded Rs 2 crore as ransom for the his release.
The East Khasi hills police managed to rescue Das just in the nick of time as the abductors were planning to kill him on Wednesday itself, after keeping him hostage for almost one and a half month.
Das was rescued unharmed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem at around 3 am on Wednesday from a secluded hut in Gaspara Simola, Amsui under Nagaon District of Assam, East Khasi hills Superintendent of Police (SP) M Kharkrang informed reporters on Wednesday night.
SHILLONG, March 19: Peeved over Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh’s statement in the Assembly that two areas in Mawlai have been notified as slum areas, agitated Mawlai residents on Wednesday morning gathered at the Mawlai petrol pump and stopped the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) trucks from dumping garbage in the dumping ground in the area.
SHILLONG, March 19: There are villages in Meghalaya who have not seen a new road being built or even the old roads being repaired within their vicinity for nearly 50 years.
Moving a Call Attention motion during the last day of the Budget Session in Assembly on Wednesday, HSPDP legislator from Mawshynrut, Witting Mawsor, brought to notice of the House that 100 remote villages in Mawait area, covering eight polling stations, in West Khasi Hills district, have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha polls due to lack of development in the area.
Rahul campaigns for Daryl in Resubelpara
Resubelpara, March 18: The Congress poll bugle finally sounded in the Garo Hills region with one of their star campaigners and party Vice – President coming to the region to introduce the candidate for the Tura Parliamentary Constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) polls. Campaigning for the Congress candidate, Daryl William W Momim who is pitted against veteran PA Sangma of the National People’s Party (NPP) for the Tura parliamentary seat, he stressed that Congress believes in ‘politics of love’ and urged people to do the same.
Stating “We should understand the politics of love”, he accused the opposition, without naming any party, of trying the rule the country with power and politics of anger.
Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said Congress stands for millions of ideas as compared to the Opposition which only stands for the one. “Congress party believes in uniting people, giving power to people, power of youth, women to transform the society and the politics of love,” he stated while accusing the Opposition of trying to divide the people.
He also recalled that his relation with the region was a long one, since the time of his grandmother and former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, under whom the Meghalaya statehood was achieved.
Shillong, March 19: A vicious fire on Wednesday afternoon gutted the hotel Suruchi and partially damaged the adjoining Hotel Swastik in Police Bazaar on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was brought under control by fire fighters after over half an hour’s struggle and using four fire tender vehicles.
According to police officials as well as the hotels’ owner, the fire was triggered by electrical short circuit.
The electrical short circuit took place in hotel Suruchi and eventually spread to Hotel Swastik.
SHILLONG, March 19: Meghalaya along with regional states – Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram – have fared better than giant states like Gujarat in a recent study of the 68th National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) of the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in terms of monthly spending.
Though Gujarat has been rated as a state with lesser spending inequality alongside Bihar but this is not going to hamper the prospect of the saffron party BJP in the ensuing general election.
Shillong, March 18 (IANS): The helicopter in which Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was travelling in Meghalaya Tuesday failed to land at the the Indian Air Force Advanced Landing Ground here due to poor visibility, a party leader said.
"Our helicopter couldn't land at the helipad due to poor visibility after we took off from Resubelpara," party general secretary Luizinho Faleiro informed.
He, however, said Gandhi proceeded to Shillong by road after the chartered Pawan Hans helicopter landed safely at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.