Shillong, March 14: Sticking to their earlier commitment, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) have affirmed their support to Rev PBM Basaiawmoit for the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2014 for the Shillong Parliamentary seat.
This decision was taken by the two regional parties in a meeting held at the residence of HSPDP President, Hoping Stone Lyngdoh on Friday.
SHILLONG, March 14: It has come to the notice of the Customs Department that certain unscrupulous elements of crime syndicate have been duping ordinary citizens by posting as customs officers through calls, emails and swindling large sums of money from unsuspecting people.
These criminals, suspected to be having country wide network pick targets through telecom subscribers database emails and even facebook accounts.
SHILLONG, March 14: Three new recruits of the banned Khasi rebel outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) were arrested on Friday by police while they were travelling towards the Indo – Bangla border with an intention to cross over to Bangladesh even as state police have intensified operation in the region.
East Khasi hills SP M Kharkrang said, “We immediately acted on intelligence input that some youths who have been recruited by HNLC are bound for the border for crossing over to Bangladesh.”
AICC makes correction for Tura LS seat
Shillong, March 13: All India Congress Committee (AICC) Thursday declared its 2nd list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2014, including the name of candidate for Shillong Parliamentary seat and also correcting the name of Tura candidate.
A total of 71 names were announced in the 2nd list, which also includes sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent H Pala’s name for the Shillong Lok Sabha (LS) seat and corrected the name for Tura seat to Daryl William Cheran Momin from Zenith Sangma.
WILLIAMNAGAR, March 14: The combined NGOs of East Garo Hills (EGH) threatened to intensify their agitation to ensure the kin of Washington Marak, who was killed in a fake encounter four years ago, is provided compensation for their loss. They also moved to seek action against the erring police officers, led by DSP TC Chacko, and to ensure they were punished according to the law of the land.
For the uninitiated, Washington N Marak was a carpenter who was killed in an encounter with the police when a group of police personnel swooped down on his village in EGH. The operation was led by TC Chacko, who was then posted in EGH.
A few days after his killing, information came through that the person killed was in fact a carpenter and had nothing to do with the GNLA. The NHRC looked through the case and after the investigation asked the Meghalaya Government to provide compensation to the family of the victim as the encounter was fake.
SHILLONG, March 14: Meghalaya, which is reeling under acute power crisis forcing the MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd.) to introduce load shedding in phase-wise manner in the entire state, can expect to get respite from a solar power developer in the country in the near future. With the state government hunting for alternative power arrangements to meet its growing demand for power in the state, it has in the recent past sought for a power exchange from the ONGC Tripura Power Corporation at Palatana – which is a 726-MW combined cycle plant between ONGC and Tripura government. And now with a target of 22,000 MW solar powers by the year 2022, Meghalaya can bank on sourcing power from these renewable sources though industrial experts said that the state should rather invest on renewable energy instead on depending on external sources.
WILLIAMNAGAR, March 13: Days after the kidnapping of a Garo Students Union leader, Dreambirth Momin by suspected A’chik National Liberation Army (ANLA) the region breathed a sigh of relief after he was released on Thursday afternoon.
The kidnapping had left the whole region breathless and the GSU members worried on the safety of their member.
Speaking on the kidnapping, the General Secretary of the GSU (CEC), John Miltu A Sangma said, “This is a very wrong act and we condemn the kidnapping. Thankfully he has come back to his home unhurt. However, the act itself is despicable as Civil Society workers should not be held to ransom”.