TURA, Dec 21: The 2 day Nokpante (bachelor house) festival ended on Saturday amidst a call to return to tradition in the village of Damas in North Garo Hills (NGH). The festival has been held every year since 2012 by the Damas Youth Forum (DYF) and celebrates bachelorhood the Garo way, through various games, rigorous training as well as a fashion show to showcase traditional wear. The festival was held by the DYF along with the art and culture department of Meghalaya and began on Friday.
SHILLONG, Dec 20: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced a grant of Rs 2 crore for the welfare and foreign training component of the North East Police Academy in the outskirts of the city.
The grant is for the financial year 2014-15 and provision of Rs one crore will be made for foreign training component from next financial year 2015-16, Rijiju said.
Rijiju was addressing at the Dikshant Parade (passing out parade) of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) probationers and Sub Inspectors of the 40th Batch Course at the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) where he said that challenges like terrorism, insurgency and left wing extremism persistently threaten to disrupt the development and progress of the nation.
Tura, Dec 20: The threat of presence of bombs in the town of Williamnagar sent the whole town in a tizzy on Saturday afternoon. Shoppers, gathered for the onset of Christmas, had to scurry for cover after the police of East Garo Hills (EGH) moved into multiple areas in search of the bomb. Police suspects it to be a handiwork of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) led by area commander of Chokpot, Hedeo.
The scare started at about 12 pm after police got a tip off on the presence of an explosive from a very reliable source. The tip off indicated to the presence of explosive at either the main Bazar, the office of the SP and the Sumo stand.
Market goers ran for cover immediately after the police arrived with information of the bomb. Shops shut down and shoppers had to quickly get away from the danger zone.
SHILLONG, Dec 19: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday said setting up of proper Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) will have unimaginable impact in the lives of the people living in the Indo-Bangla border.
“I want to have proper integrated check posts where custom, forests, banking everything will be there and it is going to have unimaginable impact in the lives of the people around the periphery,” Rijiju said. He also informed that the proposed ICP in Dawki will be third in the country.
According to Rijiju, the initiative is to transform the economy of the region.
SHILLONG, Dec 20: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) on Saturday demanded immediate action against a contractor for alleged sub-standard work on a drain at Don Bosco which has started to caved in since Friday, endangering public life.
“We urge that immediate action be taken against the contractor for such poor construction which could have led to accidents, and loss of life, and inquire if the contractor has had any experience in such work. Take note of all the works having undertaken by this contractor and book him/ her as per law as the public should not face the consequences of a failed decision and construction,” CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said in an FIR lodged with Laitumkhrah police station on Saturday.
SHILLONG, Dec 19: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that if North East region is not peaceful then the idea of it becoming a ‘trading hub’ will never be fulfilled even as he called upon all insurgent groups to refrain from violence.
“All ideas of creating this region as a trading hub will never be fulfilled if North East is not peaceful,” Rijiju said after a meeting with top officials of the state government held in the city on Friday.
“As a leader from the North East region as a minister in the central government we are going to work closely in close coordination with the state government and we want peaceful atmosphere to achieve our goals,” said Rijiju.
“I have become Minister of State for Home Affairs and I have taken a personal interest to take special care for the North East region,” he said.
SHILLONG, Dec 19: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that the state government needs to put in extra efforts to finish the process of land acquisition to pave the way for the completion of the remaining unfenced areas along the Indo-Bangla border.
”I admit there are issues with the state government and I hope with extra efforts they can finish the process of land acquisition after which the border fencing will be done,” Rijiju said.
Meghalaya shares a total of 445 kilometers of international border with Bangladesh even as the MoS informed that out of this, only 80 kms remains unfenced.