SHILLONG, April 29: Meghalaya government Tuesday directed the Power department to find out ways and means to correct the deficiency in the functioning of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to avoid affecting the overall developmental momentum of the state and to overcome the present power crisis.
“We are directing the power department to find out what are the deficiencies that needs to be corrected, what is the kind of action that they contemplate to ensure that MeECL do not continue to be a losing concern because it will affect the overall developmental momentum of the state, at the same time, to overcome the present power crisis as an immediate measure,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told reporters here.
SHILLONG, April 28: In order to temporarily bail the state out of its present power crisis the state government has agreed to pay NEEPCO Rs 30 crore so that the power supply to the state can be resumed. NEEPCO is likely to resume its electricity supply to state within one week after the first payment is made.
Government has assured the company to clear its pending dues of around Rs 300 crore in a phase- manner.
Meghalaya Power Minister Clement Marak told reporters on Monday, “The government has decided to clear the pending power dues to NEEPCO in a phase-manner to ensure continued power supply to the state.”
Tura, April 28: On the very day when the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South Garo Hills (SGH) was ambushed by militants, another incident almost missed the spotlight. The incident was the kidnapping of five coal truck drivers by suspected GNLA militants from near the same spot where the DC was ambushed. The five have been missing since the incident.
According to police sources, on the very day at about 7 pm onwards suspected GNLA militants had stopped trucks on the road and were extorting money. After their extortion drive, they forcefully took the five drivers who belonged to the RC Coal Company of Gasuapara.
Vatican City, April 27 (IANS): Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonised by Pope Francis Sunday in the Vatican City, the country's official news network News.VA said.
For the first time in history, two popes have been elevated to the vele of sauinthood at the same time.
Pope Francis read the formal proclamation at the canonisation mass in Latin.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor who abdicated on grounds of ill health, was also present at the canonisation mass.
SHILLONG, April 28: Police Monday rescued a person at the nick of time before he could be lynched by villagers suspecting him of practicing witchcraft from Mawliehpoh village, near Tyrsat in East Khasi Hills District, about 35 kilometers from Shillong City.
Bakhraw Kharyngi (56) was rescued by a team of police who immediately swung into action after getting a tip-off on the incident before villagers who were armed with lethal weapons could harm him, East Khasi Hills District police chief M Kharkrang told reporters here.
SHILLONG, April 28: The tainted Chancellor of CMJ University, CM Jha, was Monday taken to Shillong Civil Hospital after complaining of illness in the morning. Jha, being a diabetic patient, underwent check up for diabetic and high blood pressure.
However, he was taken back to Sardar police station after the check – up where he is presently lodged.
Shillong, April 27: Irked by the adamant attitude of NHAI and government of Meghalaya to repair the dilapidated NH-44 stretch from Soomer to Malidor that has created immense inconveniences to all travelers along the said road, the aggrieved five NGOs from Jaintia Hills, namely, SRS-EJH, AJYWO-CGB, KSU-JHDU, HNYF-EJZ and FKJGP-KC, have called for 48-hour total bandh in East Jaintia Hills (EJH).
The bandh will be effective from 5 AM of April 30 to 5 AM of May 2.