SHILLONG, Aug 06: Opposition National People’s Party (NPP) on Wednesday has condemned the recent decision of the Meghalaya government to extend the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for another six months terming it as “undemocratic.”
“It is not only undemocratic and unconstitutional but also politically motivated and therefore completely unjustified,” NPP legislator and spokesperson James K Sangma said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
He added to this by saying that the move to extend the term of the GHADC has further exposed the nefarious design of the Chief Minister who is doing all this solely for his self protection and political survival.
Emotional DC WGH hits out at reports of pilferage
TURA/SHILLONG, Aug 05: A day after the sensational revelations made in a local newspaper against him, the former Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Garo Hills (EGH) and current DC of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, has come out aggressively against the report, terming the same biased and baseless. Bakshi also lashed out at Vijay Kr Mantri, the current DC of EGH, terming him delinquent and accusing him of being behind the whole ‘explosive story’.
“The report is patently fabricated, false and manufactured and has been leaked by the DC, EGH, Mantri and is condemned by me. The documents to which the journalist is privy to has been leaked from the office of Deputy Commissioner, East Garo Hills, Vijay Kr Mantri, or he himself allegedly. It is a concocted report which had been framed by Vijay Mantri himself who now has been transferred out of the district on charges of corruption and nexus with militants,” Bakshi claimed in a statement issued to media houses on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Aug 05: Following a contempt petition, the Meghalaya High Court on Tuesday issued notices to police officials of West Garo Hills (WGH) district including its Superintendent of Police (SP) asking them to file their affidavits within a period of four weeks time.
The contempt petition filed by one Nitu N Marak, who was arrested by the West Garo Hills District police on May last, was admitted by the court, sources said.
In her petition, Marak had alleged the SP of WGH of violating the Supreme Court judgment in D K Basu Vrs West Bengal government in 1992, in not following guidelines while arresting a person.
Shillong, Aug 05 (IANS): Meghalaya has sounded an alert for Japanese encephalitis after seven people tested positive for the virus and 23 others are suspected to be suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome, an official said Tuesday.
"We have sounded a health alert in the state after seven people were tested for Japanese encephalitis," Chief Secretary P.B.O. Warjri informed.
Warjri, who held a meeting with medical officials, said the government has taken steps to contain the spread of the virus.
Meghalaya has procured four MAC ELISA kits from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.
SHILLONG, Aug 05: The Enforcement Wing of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Tuesday evicted over a hundred illegal hawkers who were running businesses without obtaining trading licenses in the Iewduh market.
“We have evicted over a hundred illegal hawkers who are operating their businesses in the market after they failed to obtain the trading license from the Council,” the Council’s Executive Member in-charge Trade Latiplang Kharkongor said here.
The checking drive by at least 40 personnel of the Council’s Enforcement Wing this time was conducted under tight security.
TURA, Aug 05: A State Bank of India (SBI) employee, posted at the remote Gasuapara branch in South Garo Hills (SGH), was abducted on Tuesday while he was on his way to Barengapara, near Dalu in West Garo Hills (WGH).
Subodh Kr Mishra was posted in the branch as a clerk and had been on his bike when six to eight (eye witness accounts) gun toting militants stopped him on a highway while he was on his way to his quarters in Barengapara. The incident took place at about 4:30 pm near the village of Chiringpara, a few kms from Gasuapara. Gasuapara is about 60 km from Tura in WGH.
SHILLONG, Aug 04: The abnormal hike in the electricity bills issued by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has irked consumers in the state capital even as the United Democratic Party (UDP) has demanded an immediate redressal of the matter.
“We have received complaints from several consumers of the city expressing strong opposition against the sudden inflated electricity bills issued by MeECL,” UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh, also a legislator from Nongthymmai said here.