SHILLONG, May 24: Meghalaya government has decided to construct the “Rabindra Bhavan” in Shillong city to commemoration of legendary noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s memory of the pine city.
This was conveyed by the State government’s Arts and Culture department in its letter dated May 8, 2014, to Malabika Bisharad, a research scholar on Tagore who has taken personal initiatives on the need to preserve the work and memories of the legendary noble laureate, who had set his footprint in Shillong during his visit in 1919.
Tura, May 24: West Garo Hills (WGH) police team of SWAT/SOT personnel caught two people carrying ammunition for ASAK, the recently formed breakaway militant group of the GNLA. The two were caught when they were coming by a private vehicle from Guwahati and were apprehended from Asanang, about 20 kms from Tura. Based on their inputs, another ASAK member was also caught by the team. Interestingly, the two of them were coming from Nagaland and were ferrying ammunition for the group.
Shillong, May 23 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is likely to reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of the growing dissidence within Congress lawmakers who seek his ouster, a Congress leader said Friday.
"The chief minister is likely to reshuffle his cabinet after the budget session to ensure stability of his government in view of the growing dissidence within the CLP," informed a Congress legislator, requesting anonymity.
The budget session is slated to be held from June 6 to 16.
SHILLONG, May 23: Even as the meeting of the nodal officers of Assam and Meghalaya is slated to be held on May 30, the Meghalaya government has directed the police department to take necessary steps to stop the extortions by Assam based militant outfits in disputed Block II area.
KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa informed that Home Minister Roshan Warjri has assured the Union that police have been directed to take all necessary steps to ensure that cases of extortion in the area are stopped.
SHILLONG, May 24: Academic results, school and college admissions besides the torrential type rainfall has played spoilsport to this year’s CALM festival are the responses of witnesses. There are also opinions that this festival could not draw the same amount of crowd from the very first time when it was held at the picturesque Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture (SAIIC). The organizer lost the SAIIC campus, as learnt, to a lurid and indecent comedy show that ignited the devotees of SAIIC then. The devotees even aired their grudge for allowing such vulgarity from taking place in a spiritual organization and threatened to take the matter to its headquarters in Pondicherry. However, since then the festival is being organized in the campus of State Central Library.
Outfit claims killing orchestrated due to poll debacle
Tura, May 23: Three days after the death of Balsan S Marak in custody, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Friday came out against the killing and demanded for a judicial or CBI probe into the incident. The outfit also termed Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma as a ‘notorious criminal’ with link to militants and alleged that the reason for the killing was the poll debacle of the just concluded MP elections, orchestrated by the CM himself.
The Political Affairs Secretary of GNLA, BIkdot Nikjang Marak in a press communiqué accused the Dr Sangma of orchestrating the whole episode with the thought of getting back at the activists for campaigning for Purno A Sangma.
“The target was the son of Jaynie Ningring's son. Jaynie has been high pitched and vocal against the sex racket in which some officers, businessmen and politicians are involved and campaigned for the veteran Purno A Sangma in the last Lok Sabha election. Shockingly, another boy, Balsan Marak, was killed in a case of mistaken identity”, said Marak.
SHILLONG, May 23: Reacting to the custodial death of Balsan S Marak, one of the accused in the infamous Tura Torture case in West Garo Hills, State Director General of Police (DGP) PJP Hanaman Friday asserted that ‘nobody is above the law’.
The DGP was reacting to a query on the increasing demand for the immediate suspension of the West Garo Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) in connection with the case.