SHILLONG, Jan 06: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday decided to wait for the Centre to approve the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution by extending the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for another six months.
This is the fourth time that the state government has decided to extend the term of the GHADC.
Earlier, in December last year, the state government had decided to approve a one month extension of the term of the GHADC to enable the District Council Affairs (DCA) department to complete the process of elections.
SHILLONG, Jan 06: With an aim to increase state revenue by Rs. 21.84 crores, the Meghalaya Government on Tuesday has decided to increase the excise slab on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).
After the new revision, general brand which was Rs 551 will now cost Rs 663 per case, deluxe brand which was at Rs 556 will cost Rs 675 per case and premium brand has been increased from Rs 900 to Rs 1138 and super premium from Rs 1282 to Rs 1539 per case.
TURA, Jan 05: A newly born child was found abandoned in a toilet in the colony of Balading in Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH) on Monday. The baby boy was left wrapped in a plastic bag inside the toilet and was later rushed to the hospital for emergency care and is said to be getting better.
According to information received from the Tura police, a call was made to the police at about 12:30 pm on Monday by the staff of Maternity and Child Hospital (MCH) after the baby was brought there by locals who made the discovery. He was immediately put on emergency care and his condition is said to have bene stabilized.
TURA, Jan 05: The recent case of a woman and her husband being attacked by two armed men for the alleged practice of witchcraft has brought the sceptre of black arts once again to the forefront. The 50 year old woman was shot in her leg after being held responsible for the death of a woman in the village near Raja Apal in North Garo Hills (NGH) while the husband ran away to save her life. The attack took place on New Year’s Eve.
If locals are to be believed, the act was committed by the couple for a paltry amount of Rs 1500 at the behest of someone else, although the information could not be completely verified.
SHILLONG, Jan 06: In a bid to move the process towards the attainment of peace in Meghalaya, the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Tuesday evening asserted that the government will not entertain or consider the demands and ideologies of any militant or insurgent outfit operating in the state in negotiations even as he asked them to come over ground unconditionally.
“There is no more scope to discuss on this and that demand. Now we are only talking about how to enable them to join the mainstream by taking advantage of this offer of the government. We are not talking about ideologies. We have made it abundantly clear that we are giving them an opportunity to take advantage of the call of the government to come over ground,” Dr. Sangma said after the Cabinet meeting held here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Jan 05: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Monday assured a delegation of the traditional chiefs under the umbrella of the Grand Council of Chiefs in Meghalaya (GCCM) that the Meghalaya government will soon examine the extent to which the issues flagged by the latter can be accommodated in a proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
The delegation of GCCM met Dr. Sangma seeking creation of a ‘Separate Regional Council (SRC)’.
“The Chief Minister has assured us that he will take up the matter and see how our issues can be addressed in the forthcoming proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which is at its advanced stage,” GCCM Chairman, John F Kharshiing said after the meeting.
SHILLONG, Jan 05: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Monday maintained that his government is not going to introduce new initiatives this year, but will focus more on ‘fast-tracking’ all those initiatives already taken up earlier.
“This year, we will fast track all our actions in respect to the implementation of programmes and ensuring complete transparency. Our main focus is to create more visibility in our initiatives,” Dr Sangma said.
Stating there is no question of new initiatives, he said, “Whatever has been formulated already is capable of creating a turnaround and making a difference.”