NONGSTOIN, July 23: Even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued an order to stop the transportation of coal in the state and after the District Magistrate, West Khasi Hills (WKH) district has imposed section 144 CrPC against drivers, coal owners and coal laden trucks have tried to illegally transport coal from these areas. The enforcement of directives from NGT and district administration has become redundant as coal laden trucks are still seen along the road from Nongstoin to Shillong.
During the inspection conducted by some pressmen from Nongstoin it was found that the illegal exporting of coal is still continuing in the district. Two coal laden trucks bearing registration No.ML 05J 4197 and ML 05 F 4728 were found loaded with coal from a coal depot at Sohpian village, 7 kms from Nongstoin.
SHILLONG, July 23: Two people identified as Vijay Chetri of Lumdiengjri and Bimal Chanda of Madanrting were caught by the staff of Shillong District Jail as they were attempting to smuggle items into the jail premises at about 2 pm on Wednesday.
The two were attempting to throw a polythene bag over the eastern side of the high security wall adjacent to Jail Road. The polythene bag contained two mobile phones, two extra mobile batteries, nine packets of marijuana (ganja) and four packets of a powdery substance suspected to be drugs.
Jail staff was monitoring the activities of the two men through the security camera and apprehended them before they were able to lob the bag into the jail premises.
Guwahati, July 22 (IANS): A day after Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma resigned from the Tarun Gogoi government and said he would work as a "constructive opposition", the Congress state unit said he had violated party discipline and the High Command's direction was awaited.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said that no member of the Congress can identify as a separate group and that all the elected members of the party must follow the instruction of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
Addressing newsmen at the party headquarters Rajiv Bhavan, chief spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora said they have intimated the latest developments in the state unit and government to the party's central leadership and waiting for their direction in this regard.
TURA, July 22: The brutal killing of a 30 year old casual labourer in the outskirts of the town of Tura on Monday has escalated tensions along the Meghalaya-Assam border, with the SUCI announcing a protest march through the towns of Mankachar, Garobadha and South Salmara to protest the killing.
Miah (30) was working as a casual labourer in construction sites in the town of Tura and had Rs 5,000 in his pocket. Initial reports indicate that he was killed in an attempt to loot the money in his possession. The incident happened near Danakgre, about 8 kms from the town of Tura and Miah’s body was found near the Montfort Centre, by children who were playing there.
SHILLONG, July 22: A writ – petition by a businesswoman against the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) was quashed by Meghalaya High Court which has ruled in favour of the KHADC.
Deloris Marbaniang, the owner of a multi – storied RCC building at Bara Bazar, Shillong, had alleged that the KHADC had closed down nine shops in her building without adhering to the procedures prescribed under sections 7A and 7B of the Council’s Trading by Non Tribal Regulation Act, 1954. According to the writ petition, non-tribal businessmen were conducting business in Marbaniang’s old building for a number of decades after obtaining the license from the Shillong Municipal Board. However, after construction of the new multi-storied RCC building in place of the old building, Marbaniang claimed that the process to obtain the license under the said Regulation for the non-tribal businessmen was started. Marbaniang in the writ petition had also categorically pleaded that the process of obtaining trading licenses for the non-tribal businessmen under the said regulation is not only cumbersome but also time consuming.
SHILLONG, July 22: “I am ready to step down if holding dual position as MLA and MDC is unconstitutional.” This was said by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit while reacting to a recent petition filed by the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO).
The CSWO had filed a petition to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr. KK Paul seeking the disqualification of MLAs who are also MDCs at the same time.
SHILLONG, July 22: The Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood – Meghalaya (MIPRLM) Tuesday sought the immediate intervention of the state government on the need to grant ‘moratorium’ to the coal business community for payment to banks and financial institutions due to ban on coal mining and sale of coal by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
“We urge the state government to intervene into the matter since the ban on coal mining by the NGT has adversely affected the business community and organization to a great extent,” MIPRLM vice chairman Erwin KS Sutnga told reporters at a news conference held here on Tuesday.