TURA, Sept 18: A deserter of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), who had run off with an INSAS rifle was killed on Thursday in an encounter conducted by the joint forces of North Garo Hills (NGH) police and the Army unit of Damra. The killed militant had been terrorizing residents of the region and was also involved in the kidnapping of a woman school teacher, Sandia K Sangma on the July 29, this year.
The militant who was also a leader of a new gang of dacoits was killed in a village called Bangsi Minol, near Dainadubi of which he was a resident. The killed militant has been identified as Teseng Sangma (Werang), while another Gobin Sangma was able to escape. The place of incident is about 110 kms from the town of Tura.
TURA, Sept 18: In what can only be termed as a shocker for the region, the body of a 44 year old man, who had been reported missing since Saturday last was found in the outskirts of Tura on Wednesday, near Danakgre. The man identified as Emport Marak of Ringgi Songgital in the outskirts of Tura had left home in his auto rickshaw on Saturday morning with Rs 16,000 to buy a cow but did not return. The murdered man’s head had been smashed possibly with a stone and his body was highly mutilated.
SHILLONG, Sept 18: Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul on Thursday said that effective early warning systems require strong technical foundations and good knowledge about the risks even as they must be strongly ‘people-centered’.
“They must be strongly people centered – with clear messages, dissemination systems that reach those at risk and have knowledgeable responses by risk managers and the public,” he said.
Dr Paul was addressing the inaugural function of the two day Regional Conference on ‘Geo-informatics for early warning of disasters, with special emphasis on NE Region’ held at the Multi-Conventional Hall, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
Stating that public awareness and education are critical, he said, “Effective early warning systems must be embedded in an understandable manner and relevant to the communities which they serve.”
SHILLONG, Sept 17: The State government on Wednesday announced that the historic Motphran over bridge will be dismantled from September 20, after technical experts declared the latter to be unsafe for use by pedestrians.
The over 30 year-old bridge was built near a sandstone monument erected by the British to pay tribute to the brave souls who selflessly laid down their lives for the cause of Britain during World War I.
“The Motphran Bridge will be dismantled on September 20 and the process of dismantling will continue till the following day on September 21,” officials said.
SHILLONG, Sept 18: The hoardings on one of Shillong’s landmarks – the over bridge at the Motphran junction shows Priyanka Chopra playing arguably one of the country’s greatest athletes, Manipuri pugilist Mary Kom.
In the movie which is directed by Omung Kumar, the Manipuri pugilist rises over all adversity, conquers all foes and surmounts all opposition. Not so is the fate of the over bridge which is scheduled to be demolished on September 20, 2014 after the East Khasi Hills district administration had imposed a total restriction on movement on the dilapidated over bridge.
SHILLONG, Sept 17: The long awaited peace pact between the two militant outfits- A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its breakaway faction ANVC(B)- and the Meghalaya and union governments is all set to be inked in New Delhi on September 24.
After a meeting with the ANVC leaders here on Wednesday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, “The final signing of the agreed text for settlement will be signed next week on September 24 in Delhi”.
SHILLONG, Sept 17: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) sleuths on Wednesday arrested an official of the Meghalaya Education Department after he was caught taking bribe from a school teacher at his office in West Khasi Hills (WKH) district.
The Sub Divisional School Education Inspector Lufter Rahman was arrested by the CID from his office at Mairang in the district, Special Superintendent of Police (CID), CA Lyngwa informed.