SHILLONG, Oct 12: In a letter sent to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the Williamnagar Unit of the All India Garo Union (AIGU) has called for the removal and replacement of the standing counsel of the GHADC, Sujit Dey.
‘Local or indigenous tribal lawyers will be more effective and efficient to tackle cases as they are familiar and have well conversant /acquainted with the Garo Customary law, cultural and social practices both practically and theoretically’, opined the AIGU.
SHILLONG, Oct 11: In what can be termed as a big relief to the concerned students, the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) has decided to give ‘special-consideration’ for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the different board selection tests due to the recent natural calamities which hit several districts in the Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills region.
“The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) while bringing a humanitarian approach has decided to give a special consideration for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the tests, situated in the areas affected due to recent natural calamities,” MBOSE executive chairman EP Kharbhih said in a notice issued on Saturday.
Agartala/Aizawl, Oct 11 (IANS): Militants have kidnapped 11 people from Mizoram along the inter-state border with Tripura, police said Saturday.
"NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) extremists Friday evening abducted 16 construction workers from Rajivnagar village along Tripura-Mizoram border. Later, the rebels released five people," a Tripura police officer said.
He said all the 16 people - Bengali Muslims and Chakma tribals - were residents of southern Assam's Karimganj district. They went to Rajivnagar village under Mamit district in Mizoram as construction workers. They went to Mizoram through Tripura's Kanchanpur area.
Guwahati, Oct 11 (IANS): A day after the arrest of six persons for terror links in Assam's Barpeta district, police said that one of the arrested youth had been asked to work as a sleeper cell and to look for potential Muslim youth to be motivated for Jihad.
The Special Branch of the Assam police had Friday arrested six persons in connection with the Oct 2 blast at Burdwan in West Bengal and their suspected links with the Bangladesh-based Islamic terror network Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB).
A statement issued by the Assam police Saturday said that one of the arrested youth, identified as Shaikhul Islam alias Abdulla is one of the important members of the terror module operating in Assam.
TURA, Oct 11: A total of 25 secondary and higher secondary schools in the North Garo Hills (NGH) region have been either partially of fully damaged in the recent September 22 floods.
Confirming the news, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of NGH, W Khyllep said, “It is a huge blow to education in the region as we have had close to 25 schools damaged. School children have also lost their school books and now face a very uncertain year ahead.”
TURA, Oct 11: Outgoing Assistant General Manager (Garo Hills), Nixon Joseph on Saturday inaugurated the first Customer Service Point (CSP) of the State Bank of India (SBI) at Tura.
“The initiative will decongest the SBI branches in Tura and cater to the need of the customers, who require banking facilities”, said Joseph even as he added that the CSP at Ringrey market will act as a mini-branch of the SBI.
Joseph also informed that the CSP will have flexible working hours to facilitate the customers.
Meghalaya to get additional 22 Border Haats
Agartala, Oct 10 (IANS): India intends to set up 70 markets, colloquially called 'haats', on its border where Bangladeshis and Indians will be able to buy and sell, among other things, fish, spices, dairy and poultry products as well as handicrafts.
"India in consultation with the Bangladesh government and respective state governments has identified 70 locations in five border states to set up the 'Border Haats' in a phased manner," said a union home ministry report.
State governments of four northeastern states have also proposed to set up 15 'Border Haats' along the India-Myanmar border to develop trans-border local trades and business.
"The 'Border Haats' would be allowed to sell local agricultural and horticultural products, spices, minor forest products (excluding timber), fresh and dry fish, dairy and poultry products, cottage industry items, wooden furniture, handloom and handicraft items," an official said.