SHILLONG, Nov 21: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Friday admitted that Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri has tendered her resignation on Thursday night owning responsibility for the law and order crisis in the Garo Hills region. But her resignation is yet to be accepted, Dr Sangma told the House on the first day of the six day-long Winter Session here.
“It is a fact that Home Minister has tendered her resignation letter. I tried to prevail on her to continue in her office but I have not accepted her resignation letter,” Dr Sangma said when Opposition Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF) questioned the reason for her relinquishing her post.
Dr. Sangma also said that he would prefer it if Warjri keeps her place in the Cabinet while adding, “I will talk to her (again) and I will try to convince her to continue as the Home Minister since she is one of the most dedicated and committed cabinet colleagues.”
SHILLONG, Nov 21: In a rare event, there was no Question Hour on the first day of the Winter Session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly here on Friday. The opposition remained silent even after the Assembly session started.
On being asked, Speaker AT Mondal said that this is not the first time that the assembly has not taken up a Question Hour during the first day of the session, adding that to include or exclude this depends on the consent of the BAC.
“It is a fact that the first hour of the sitting has always been devoted to questions. But in the past too, the question hour was not taken up on the first day of the session,” Mondal said, adding that the BAC always made the list of business that should be taken up in the House for the session.
SHILLONG, Nov 21: Border Security Force (BSF) has asked the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to discourage Bangladeshi nationals from crossing the international border in order to avoid any confrontation with the Indian population residing in the border areas so that peace and tranquility is maintained in the border areas.
This issue was flagged by BSF during its recent meeting with its counterpart at Sylhet, Bangladesh. The BSF delegation left on November 17 for Bangladesh and was headed by Inspector General (IG), BSF Meghalaya Frontier, Sudesh Kumar.
TURA, Nov 20: In a major find that may help the police thwart the series of bomb blasts taking place in the Garo Hills region, the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) police arrested seven militants allegedly belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) with a huge cache of bomb making equipment.
The police apprehended the seven at about 5 am on Thursday morning and recovered 6 kgs of RDX, one 9mm pistol with 5 rounds of ammunition, detonators, mobile phones, timers, dry cells, all indicative of a plan to carry out bombings within the Garo Hills region.
SHILLONG, Nov 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma Friday informed that the committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh has been directed to complete its recommendations within one month and to start the land acquisition process for developing the already identified ‘entry and exit’ points to address the issue of influx and illegal immigration.
“We have agreed to give more time to the committee to complete its exercise within one month,” Dr Sangma said after a meeting with the 13 NGOs demanding a comprehensive mechanism to address issue of influx.
Dr. Sangma also informed that Lyngdoh has pointed out the need to further engage with the District Councils and the traditional institutions with regard to this matter as it is appropriate that traditional institutions should also be involved in the process so that the ensuing draft finalized is in the best interest of the people.
SHILLONG, Nov 21: The Agreed Text Settlement signed between the Centre, State government and A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its faction group the ANVC(B) has stated that criminal cases registered against the members of the outfits will be withdrawn.
“Criminal cases registered against members of the ANVC for non-heinous crimes shall be withdrawn by the state government,” stated the agreement which was tabled by the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on the first day of the Winter Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Friday.
SHILLONG, Nov 20: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), on Thursday said that the Meghalaya Government should have its own established policy to solve the insurgency problem through ‘political dialogue’, even as it demanded the immediate announcement of the name of the interlocutor to start the peace process.
“The existing problem of the HNLC and the Meghalaya Government could not be solved through military action and a solution will come only through political dialogue,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a press communiqué issued on Thursday.