SHILLONG, March 25: If Jail Road has become the Chandni Chowk of Shillong, than the road alongside Lady Hydari Park is no better either. This road particularly the area near the entrance to the park turns out to be a “crowded theatre” said pedestrians during peak hours of the day.
Parents and guardians of Pine Mount School (PMS), located on the other side of this park in the Pine Mount Ridge, opined that entry of vehicles dropping and picking school students coupled with customers thronging the BSNL office besides movements of patients to a couple of clinics located here makes this road one of the busiest in the city.
The scene of clogged vehicles, two-wheelers and pedestrians near the entrance of the park is a common sight that one may get to see anytime of the day calling traffic authorities to strike an immediate solution.
SHILLONG, March 24: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent M Basaiawmoit Monday came down heavily on the United Democratic Party (UDP) for back-stabbing its two allies in the Council – Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) while campaigning for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Basaiawmoit said, “The action of the UDP tantamount to back-stabbing its partners in the Council when it had earlier decided that the Lok Sabha election will not affect the relationship of the regional parties in the district council.”
SHILLONG/TURA, March 24: The nomination papers of all the 10 candidates contesting from the two Parliamentary Constituencies in Meghalaya were found to be valid after scrutiny on Monday here.
Eight candidates are vying for the Shillong Lok Sabha (LS) seat while two are vying for the Tura Lok Sabha seat, the polling for both the seats will be held on April 9.
The scrutiny of nomination papers started at 11:00 am.
TURA, March 24: The six convicted in the December 13, 2012 Williamnagar gang-rape case were on Monday awarded 10 years of Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Rs. 5000 each by a fast track court, here. It brought to a close one of the most heinous crimes committed against women and the rising trend of rape and molestation.
Ad-Hoc Judge N D Sangma pronounced the sentence, "This court is mandated to consider all circumstances bearing on the question of sentence and impose a sentence commensurate with the crime committed".
The convicts have also been fined an amount of Rs. 5000 each. The Court verdict also stated that if the convicts failed to pay the fine the sentence would be increased by another six months for the offense. The six sentenced on Monday are Laston Marak, Tobath Sangma alias Patrick, Platon C Marak, Chengchow D Sangma, Kisen N Marak and Chingkam Ch Marak alias Chiong. All of the convicts were between the ages of 18-20 years when the crime was committed.
SHILLONG, March 24: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC)’s Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Monday hinted that there is an ‘element of doubt’ in the manner the project of the Council’s Khasi Heritage Village was implemented even as he informed that a team of experts would be engaged to probe into the matter.
“We would involve a team of experts (accounts and audits) to help the us ascertain whether there is any misappropriation of funds or not by the previous Executive Committee (EC) led by Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-I),” Basaiawmoit told reporters here.
Bible story of David and Goliath draws inspiration for Daryl
TURA, March 23: It was a solemn Sunday for Congress candidate Daryl William Momin (27) who is pitted against veteran Purno Sangma of the National People’s Party (NPP) for the April 9 Lok Sabha poll. The Congress candidate spent the day in a close gathering with his friends and well wishers in prayer as they try to break the grip of the NPP Party President, P A Sangma in the coming LS polls.
The meeting drew an analogy of the Bible story of David and Goliath in comparing Daryl Momin with the giant of Indian politics, Purno Sangma, a former Lok Sabha speaker, who represented Tura seat for eight consecutive times since 1977. Momin was motivated by Pastor Rev Janang R Sangma, who explained the Biblical story.