SHILLONG, July 17: Meghalaya Thursday observed the 179th death anniversary of the Khasi freedom fighter U Tirot Sing Syiem by paying homage with floral tributes on Thursday.
U Tirot Singh, the tribal Khasi chief of Nongkhlaw Kingdom, was the first tribal Khasi ruler to rebel against the British Empire in 1829. However, on January 13, 1833, the British forces treacherously captured him and kept him in captivity at Dhaka where he died on July 17, 1835.
Guwahati, July 16 (IANS) The Assam government Wednesday decided to request the Centre to frame a policy for granting asylum on humanitarian grounds to people who fled their countries due to religious persecution and discrimination and taken refuge in India.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had submitted a memorandum to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh April 20, 2012, pleading that Indian citizens who had to flee due to religious persecution and discrimination at the time of partition should not be treated as foreigners on humanitarian grounds.
SHILLONG, July 16: The Behdienkhlam festival – one of the most popular religious festivals of the Pnar – a tribal community in Jaintia hills district concluded on Wednesday amidst thousands of spectators coming from all over Khasi and Jaintia hills as well as outside the state witnessing the colourful celebration held at “Aitnar” – a sacred pool.
Organized annually by the Seinraij Jowai, this unique festival is being held after sowing season is over as an expression to overcome the destructive forces of nature including diseases and an invocation to God for a good harvest. "Khlam" means ‘Plague’ and "Beh Dein" means to drive away the plague and religious fervor.
TURA, July 15: In a shocker for the police of West Garo Hills (WGH), a senior Meghalaya Police official, Gilbirth Marak was on Tuesday remanded to 14-day judicial custody on charges of molestation of a colleague. Marak is an Assistant Commandant of the 2nd Meghalaya Police Battalion and has been posted at Goeragre. He was arrested on Sunday on the complaint filed by a new woman recruit who alleged the molestation. The place of incident is about 12 kms from the town of Tura.
According to the FIR filed by the victim at Tura Police Station, Marak had called her to his residence on Sunday evening and attempted to molest her.
Coal Miners complain of equipment theft from mines
TURA, July 16: Almost three months into the blanket ban on coal mining in Meghalaya and things have turned for the worse for the many coal mine owners of the Garo Hills region. Fledgling towns like Nongalbibra and Jadi have almost completely been abandoned with just a few shops opening in these places. Furthermore, with there being no security in the coal mines as labourers have gone home, costly mining equipments are now being stolen by thieves who have taken advantage of the situation.
SK Marak, proprietor of a medicine store in the town of Nongalbibra, feels that things have gone downhill and he was contemplating what is next for him and his family. “My shop was well off even though it is small. Now with there being no customers, we are literally bankrupt and wonder when things can change,” he said.
TURA, July 15: In two separate incidents spread over two and half hours, 2 groups of extortionists were lynched to death on Tuesday near the town of Rongjeng in the East Garo Hills region. Though the lynching happened in two separate places, reportedly it is the same group of people who had initially come to a remote village of Jambal, under Rongjeng. While two of them have been identified, the remaining three’s identity is yet to be ascertained. The second incident happened in the village of Silchang Gittim, about 3 kms from the place of the original lynching. Reportedly, the second group was a part of the original group.
TURA, July 15: A group of suspected militants exchanged fire with police personnel in the Betasing area of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district on Monday evening.
Police had raided Arrengre village, 6 kms from Betasing, after receiving inputs of the presence of ultras in the area.
"When our teams were approaching the village, some militants carrying small arms opened fire on them and our boys retaliated forcing them to flee. There were no casualties," said SWGH Superintendent of Police (SP) R Muthu. Police are uncertain about the identity of the militants but suspect them to be members of either the GNLA or ASAK outfit.