Guwahati, Sept 20 (IANS): Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Saturday said the Islamist terror group Al Qaeda is trying to set up bases in Assam as it has already established links with militant outfits operating in the state.
"I do not have any evidence as of now. But we have received some intelligence and I think they have already established links with the Assam-based militant outfits like the anti-talk factions of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) or the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)," Gogoi said.
TURA, Sept 20: Two camps belonging to Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were busted in the early hours of Saturday morning. The camps were located near the village of Chokpot in the South Garo Hills (SGH) district and were said to house between 15-25 cadres. Provisions, food, clothes as well as makeshift camps were dismantled by the police personnel. While one of the camps was deserted, the second camp located a little further contained the cadres.
The encounter took place in the morning in the South Garo Hills district near a place called Nokatgre, about 50 kms from the town of Tura.
Ardent vows to continue as CEM, rejects any pre-conditions
SHILLONG, Sept 19: “I cannot and will never accept to function as a slave CEM,” affirmed Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M. Basaiawmoit during the highly anticipated public meeting that was held at Students’ Field, Jaiaw, here on Friday.
Much to the elation of the thousands who had flocked to the venue, Ardent announced that he will continue as the CEM even as he stood firm on his resolve not to fall victim to terms and conditions put forth by other member parties of the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) which is holding the reins of power in the KHADC.
SHILLONG, Sept 20: Yet another shameful incident of vandalization in Pynthorumkhrah happened on Saturday, wherein, just three months after the desecration of the Cemetery of Pynthorumkhrah Parish, the memorial monument erected to mark the visit in 1986 of late Pope St. John Paul II in Golf Links, Shillong, was destroyed by miscreants.
It may be mentioned here that the monument was built in 2011 to mark the silver jubilee of the visit and was renovated in 2014 on the occasion of the canonisation of Pope John Paul II. During the four years of its existence, the memorial monument has been an attraction for tourists who would proudly pose for a photograph in the place where the late Pope had set foot.
SHILLONG, Sept 20: Three aggrieved candidates for the posts of Block Resource Persons (BRCs) under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) were denied appointment even after they were declared successful by the District Mission Coordinator (DMC), Ri Bhoi District, six months ago as the posts were alleged cancelled.
“We were denied the appointment letters even after the results were declared six months ago. We have made all out efforts to meet the district authority of the SSA but nothing happened till today,” the three aggrieved candidates told reporters at a news conference held here on Saturday.
SHILLONG, Sept 19: The Movement for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood, Meghalaya (MIPRL) has called for indefinite Economic Strike from September 23 to protest against the ‘intractable attitude and continuous impositions of harsh and anti-people conditions by Meghalaya Government’ in relation to the NGT blanket ban on coal mining in the state.
The decision came following failure of the state government to address the arbitrary collection of royalty in the Guidelines framed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Committee within the 10-day deadline served by the organization. Also, government failed to flag the issue during NGT’s hearing on September 16 last at New Delhi.