SHILLONG, June 24: The State Police has taken a firm stand against its personnel who have been found to be aiding the militant groups of the state including the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). “We have some bad apples in the force and we have dismissed them from their services besides keeping them out of circulation under the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA),” Director General of Meghalaya Police (DGP) Peter James Pyngrope Hanaman said while talking to journalists here on Tuesday.
Such personnel against whom action has been taken include Havildar Betharstone R Marak of the 4th Battalion who was arrested in March 2010 along with ammunition, constable Balgra Marak and Jimberth R Marak.
Shillong, June 24: The ANVC(B) has held Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma solely responsible for the present crisis in Garo Hills.
“If the situation in Garo Hills is deteriorating, blame it on Mukul Sangma. Mukul Sangma delayed the settlement process by not responding to the Centre Government in time. And till date Mukul has not finalized camp for ANVC(B) cadres in spite of Centre authorities reminding the State to do so. Mukul has delayed everything intentionally to wipe out ANVC(B) before the settlement which has led to rise of splinter groups. Mukul is solely responsible for all lawlessness and chaos in Garo Hills. Everything he did was a political gimmick. Centre Government's intervention is the only hope for Peace in Garo Hills,” stated the Breakaway faction in a press communiqué here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, June 24: The number of deaths related to militant activities in Meghalaya has almost tripled in the last 5 years with the fatalities rising from 22 in 2010 to 61 last year, an official report has revealed.
During the period between January 2010 and June 23, 2014, 199 persons were killed due to militancy related incidents. Out of these, 93 were civilians, 89 were militants and 17 were policemen, the report made available to the press on Tuesday revealed.
SHILLONG, June 23: The first day of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Budget Session on Monday witnessed charged atmosphere with tempers running high. With regard to the recent election of the Syiem of Malaisohmat Hima, the opposition party in the Council termed the new executive-committee (EC) ‘anti-custom’.
The leader of the opposition Pynsngainlang N Syiem and Manstudy Nongrem were engaged in a war of words with the Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit on the issue which was soon joined in by the members of the ruling All Regional parties Alliance (ARPA) and other opposition members which forced the Council’s chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew to pass a ruling disallowing members of the Council to further debate on the issue.
Alleging that the Council was disregarding and disrespecting the age old traditional and customary practice of the Hima, the opposition vehement opposed the Council’s decision to conduct the election of Syiem of Malaisohmat.
SHILLONG, June 24: KHNAM MDC from Jaiaw, Adelbert Nongrum, Thursday suggested that people in mixed marriages should be stripped of their Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in keeping with the 2006 ruling of the Supreme Court.
Stating that the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) needs to frame its own rules on the implementation of compulsory registration of marriages, Nongrum said, “The ST status of Khasi people should be derecognized if they are indulging in mixed marriages.”
While moving a motion during Council’s session on Tuesday Nongrum said that 80 per cent of the people are into mixed marriages since there are no Acts to protect the identity and interests of the indigenous people.
To discourage such practice, it is important to start from the home, Nongrum said, while adding, “I will practice it from my home and if my children are going against it, their status as Khasi should be derecognized.”
SHILLONG, June 23: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit presented a deficit budget of Rs 45,890 for 2014-2015 on the first day of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s Budget Session which began on Monday here.
“The total estimated budget is Rs 104,38,26,090 which is higher than the expected revenue to be generated by the Council which is at Rs 104,37,80,200,” Basaiawmoit said while tabling the budget before the House.
Stating that the Executive Council will try its best to improve the final position of the Council, the CEM said that there is a deficit of Rs 45,890.
Shillong, June 23 (IANS) Congress MP from Shillong Vincent H. Pala Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out a rehabilitation scheme for coal mine owners, miners and those dependent on coal mining following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya.
"The centre should provide efficient legal assistance to the state and to the affected parties so that the NGT is halted in its tracks from causing deep social unrest, economic despondency and increase in insurgency activities," Pala said in a letter to Modi.