SHILLONG, July 15: Meghalaya, which often complains about encroachment by Assam in certain border areas of the state, finds itself in an encroachment row now. It is reported that encroachers from Meghalaya are denuding the Gharbhanga Reserve Forest (GRF) in the outskirts of neighbouring Guwahati.
The forest lies upstream of the famous Vedic age Shiva Temple of Basistha in the southeast corner of Guwahati. There are allegations that this is going on with tacit support of the local administration, that is, the village headman of the border village in Meghalaya in that area.
SHILLONG, July 15: A mother and her daughter were allegedly raped by a man at Mawlai Phudmawri, police said.
One Kyrshan Rapsang allegedly raped the daughter first in October last year and later in July this year raped the mother in their residence at Mawlai Phudmawri, read a FIR filed by the mother.
SHILLONG, July 14: All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge North East V Narayanasamy on Tuesday expressed his doubt that the Centre can resolve the Naga issue.
Addressing newsmen after a meeting held here on Tuesday, Narayanasamy said, “The Prime Minister (PM) had given an assurance that he will settle the Naga issue within 18 months.”
“Instead of resolving the Naga issue, the Narendra Modi government is complicating the Naga issue,” he opined.
According to him, on one side the Home Ministry is saying that this Khaplang faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) organization should be banned and on the other side the Naga mother group says they want negotiation with the Kaplang group.
SHILLONG, July 14: Opposition National People’s Party (NPP) on Tuesday said there is an apparent lack of concern on the part of the Government of Meghalaya to draft and submit the guidelines in the form of the Mining Plan to the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, NPP Spokesperson, James K Sangma said, “This is despite the directive of the NGT instructing it to submit the Mining Plan within a stipulated time.”
SHILLONG, July 15: Meghalaya Minister of Social Welfare, Deborah C Marak on Wednesday said that it is the basic right of every child to be born in a safe and non discriminatory environment.
The Minister said this in her speech as chief guest of the Two-Day State Level Workshop on Child Rights, Child Protection, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act) organized by the Meghalaya State Child Protection Society & the District Child Protection Unit, Social Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya on Wednesday at State Convention Hall, Shillong.
TURA, July 14: Alleging targeting of former members of the breakaway faction of the Achik National Volunteers Council [ANVC-(B)] by police, the former chairman of the now disbanded outfit, Bernard N Marak (Rimpu) in a letter sent to State Home Minister, Roshan Warjri has asked for immediate cessation of activities that he opined are threatening peace within the region. Marak also asked for the immediate distribution of the rehabilitation package to give the former ANVC(B) cadres breathing space.
“I would like to pray for the immediate stop to operations against our ex members as it is sending the wrong message. This (Tuesday) morning, the police came looking for one of our ex cadres in my house. They even had his younger brother with them who is a school student, who had been arrested a couple of weeks ago”, said Marak.
SHILLONG, July 14: The Congress party on Tuesday accused the NDA government of failing to provide a fund flow to the North East states ruled by it even as it alleged that Union Ministers have no powers but simply make empty announcements for the region.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge North East (NE) V Narayanasamy said, “The DoNER Ministry had even failed to provide funds to the region. The centrally sponsored schemes from the DoNER Ministry and also in the Budget, the money and funds which have been flowing to NE during the UPA regime have been drastically cut.”