TURA, Oct 07: The recent visit by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma to the flood affected areas in the plain belt of Garo Hills saw a furious CM asking everyone in the Garo Hills region to stop wanton destruction for the purpose of mining stones. A furious Mukul asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of both the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) and West Garo Hills (WGH) districts of the state for the immediate shutdown of quarries after imposition of Section 144 CrPC.
The CM’s convoy moved through Garobadha towards Hallidayganj before reaching Chibinang, but the CM made four unscheduled stops, angered by the destruction being caused to the hills of the region. Reportedly, there are more than 150 such quarries, some of which have moved more than a kilometre inward, cutting through the hills.
TURA, Oct 07: Three cadres allegedly belonging to the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) outfit were severely thrashed by angry villagers in Harigaon, near Mukdangra about 25 kms from the town of Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH).
The trio, reportedly among a group of six had been serving demand notes to the residents of the region and angry villagers caught hold of them and at about 8 pm Monday night resulting in a sound thrashing.
The beating was so severe that all three were sent to the Tura Civil Hospital for treatment and are said to be under close observation.
The Superintendent of Police (SP), WGH, Mukesh Singh confirmed the incident stating that the three were involved in extortion. The trio has been identified as Dilip Dalu from Dalupara, Gili Marak (22) of Nokatgre, Mukdangra and Sundaybirth Marak (33) also of the same village in Mukdangra.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: A fire broke out in a wooden shed constructed at the back of Meghalaya’s only specialized maternity hospital - Ganesh Das hospital - when a transformer exploded causing panic among patients and public on Monday evening.
According to officials of the hospital, the incident took place at around 5 pm, when a transformer installed at the backyard of the Ganesh Das hospital exploded which led to fire incident.
However there were no casualties reported.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: The Congress led Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) on Monday decided to wait till Tuesday before taking a decision on whether to put up a candidate or not for the post of Chief Executive Member (CEM) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), the election of which is slated on Wednesday.
The meeting of the KHUDA held on Monday night was inconclusive as the leaders including MDCs failed to arrive at a decision pertaining to election for the post of the CEM in the KHADC even as the filing of nomination for the post will end at 12 noon on Tuesday.
Agartala, Oct 07 (IANS): India would develop a river port in Bangladesh to ferry essentials, foodgrain and heavy machinery to northeast region from different parts of the country and abroad, an Indian diplomat said here Tuesday.
"To develop the Ashuganj port over river Meghna, India would provide necessary funds. Both northeastern states of India and Bangladesh would be benefited if the river port's necessary infrastructures were developed," India's Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka Sandeep Chakravorty said.
He said: "The WAPCOS (Water, Power Consultancy Services Limited) is preparing a DPR (Detailed Project Report) to develop the port."
WAPCOS, under the union ministry of water resources, offers consultancy services in all facets of water resources, power and infrastructure sectors in India and abroad.
SHILLONG, Oct 06: Thousands of Muslims across Meghalaya Monday solemnly observed the Eid-ul-Azha in view of the recent floods and landslides in the state, which has claimed 56 lives.
"There were no decorations on mosques across the state this time. Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in a solemn way this time following the recent natural disaster in Meghalaya," Shillong Muslim Union general secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum said.
Nongrum said the money saved during the Eid celebrations will be donated to the flood victims in Garo Hills region in the western part of Meghalaya.
TURA, Oct 06: In one of the most gruesome acts to have come to light in recent times, a fifteen year old girl’s body was found in the district of East Garo Hills (EGH) near Williamnagar with her head separated from her body.
The body was completely naked and an initial inquest hinted at rape before the murder. The girl’s body was found about eight kms from the town of Williamnagar in a densely forested area. Williamnagar is about 80 kms from the town of Tura.
The victim has been identified as a 15-year-old from a locality in Williamnagar. She had been missing since September 28, 2014 and her body was found late Sunday night from Khera reserve forest, an isolated location with almost no habitation. The spot, where the body was found was about 500 meters away from national highway 44-E, which goes towards Songsak from Williamnagar.