Woman kidnapped by suspected ANLCA
TURA, July 30: In a first within the Garo Hills region as well as for militants of Garo Hills, a woman school teacher was kidnapped by suspected Achik National Liberation Co-operation Army (ANLCA) militants while she was on her way back home from school in Dokasaram.
The village is located about a 120 kms from the town of Tura and falls under the North Garo Hills (NGH) district.
Woman kidnapped by suspected ANLCA
SHILLONG, July 30: Meghalaya police on Wednesday were successful in stopping an abduction bid and arrested three alleged over ground workers of the Khasi rebel outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) before they could abduct the son of a businessman from the city.
Acting on inputs, the city police team immediately took action and arrested the three from a locality in the city, East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, Superintendent of Police (SP) (Shillong city) Vivek Syiem said.
Jowai, July 30: The residents of Nongtalang are once again facing the problem of contaminated water polluting the water source of the village. The seven localities which depend on Amdap for water, in the past few weeks are once again facing problems as with rains, the water from Amdap turns a muddy colour. Once the water source is contaminated in this way, it takes many days for it to regain normalcy.
Environmentalist HH Mohrmen says that he was informed about this problem by the residents of the seven localities who have been affected by this problem namely Khlachympa, Rymmusan, Tympang Club, Amlariang, Shnongpdeng, Shnongklor and Banang and has witnessed the extent of the problem for himself.
TURA, July 29: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan came to an end after the sighting of the crescent moon on Monday night as thousands from the plain belt of Garo Hills got together in prayer and celebrations. The whole plain belt wore a look of festivity as fervent prayers went up on the sighting of the moon. Prayers continued through the night and the region began a feast that is set to last days, if not weeks.
SHILLONG, JUL 30: The Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Wednesday has proposed to deploy its members to escort and provide security to the Enforcement Staff of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in its trading license checking drive even as it demanded arrest of all those involved in the recent attack on the Enforcement Staff and members of the press before it takes matters into its own hands.
This proposal was conveyed to the KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit by a delegation of the KSU led by its president Daniel Khyriem, who met him in his chamber on Wednesday following the recent attack on the Council’s staff.
Assam – Meghalaya border residents doubt possibility of peace and tranquillity
SHILLONG, July 29: People residing along the Assam – Meghalaya inter – state border areas in the Ri Bhoi district on Tuesday expressed ‘doubt’ that they will ever see peace and tranquillity prevailing in the border.
This was expressed by the people residing in Sabuda, Umwang, Jatalong and other villages located along the Meghalaya-Assam border during the visit of a delegation of 22 MDCs (ruling and opposition) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) led by its Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Tuesday.
The KHADC had decided to conduct the visit and inspection of all border areas falling under its jurisdiction with an aim to get first hand information about the problems and grievances faced by the people living there.
Daniel D Nampui
SHILLONG, July 29: Enter any house in the Laskein Block of the Jaintia Hills in picturesque Meghalaya and there is a likelihood that you will be welcomed with a cup of tea. Now, one is permitted to ask as to how this is even remotely interesting and unusual and the answer to that is in the tea itself. As opposed to your run – of – the – mill brew, the residents of the villages in this Block will offer you what is known as Cha Khoo, which means Tea Rice or tea brewed from rice when translated into English from the local Pnar dialect.
To save people from the arduous task of wrapping their brains around the concept of actually brewing tea from rice, let me elaborate a little on this tradition that has been in practice for ages. The art of brewing Cha Khow was practiced in the Jaintia Hills area of Meghalaya even before the introduction of the now common tea into the Khasi and Jaintia Hills of the State by the British during the time they reigned over this, and many other parts of India. During those times, the practice of preparing Cha Khow was very common and widely popular among the people of Jaintia Hills. As time progressed and with the easy availability of tea leaves in the ensuing years, the art of preparing Cha Khow slowly slipped into disuse and is today an almost lost art.