SHILLONG, Nov 19: The Police Bazar junction turns messy with two-wheelers, roadside vendors selling fast food, vegetable vendors besides normal market-goers, pedestrians and moving vehicles every evening. This is the time of the day when this junction takes a chaotic look and the most upsetting experience is for those who are returning home after a hard day’s work. With the fatigue that grips those dealing with grueling working hours comes the mess business of seeking taxis and other public transport to return home. The recalcitrant cabbie who hunts only for long distance passengers during this time of the day adds up to this mess collaterally. It is indeed a psyche that is only seen in the taxi drivers here who hunt for passengers taking the Nongthymmai, Mawblei, Happy Valley, Rynjah and Umpling routes. Office-goers say that the dismantling of the plaza near OB Shopping Mall has only benefitted two-wheelers and vendors selling fast food items, whereas there is nothing in sight for pedestrians like them. It is learnt from them that earlier pedestrians used this space whereas now it has been earmarked for two-wheeler parking.
TURA, Nov 18: In a major setback to Meghalaya police, two policemen were killed and another three injured while they were travelling towards Baghmara from Siju in South Garo Hills (SGH) on Tuesday. The attack, believed to be orchestrated by the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), came as a stark reminder of the earlier killings of police personnel committed by GNLA the past year in the district.
The incident happened in the village of Rewak near Siju, about 150 kms from the town of Tura, around 2 pm.
According to police, a convoy of two vehicles, one being bullet proof Gypsy was on its way from Siju to Baghmara when they were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that was planted there near Rewak.
SHILLONG, Nov 18: Meghalaya government Tuesday increased the excise slab by Rs 150 for all brands, hoping to increase its revenue by Rs 20 crore annually.
Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet Meeting here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, “The slab has been increase by Rs 150 for all different brands of different categories. Therefore, there will be an increased excise collection as well as tax collection commensuration to this increase. The expected additional resource is around Rs 20 crores annually.”
According to him, this is an exercise of the government to increase its resources and every revenue generation department has been directed to embark upon additional resource mobilization.
SHILLONG, Nov 18: Families of the four villagers in Langpih who died on May 14, 2010, in the Assam police firing Tuesday received compensation of Rs 2 lakh paid by Assam government and released through the Registry of Meghalaya High Court, but the family members expressed anguish over Assam government’s failure to punish the erring police personnel who were pronounced guilty by Justice (Retd) PC Phukan Judicial Inquiry Commission two years ago.
The four families who came to receive the compensation here said, “We are yet to get our justice as the Assam government has failed to punish the police personnel responsible behind the indiscriminate firing which resulted in the deaths of our family members.”
SHILLONG, Nov 18: Meghalaya government Tuesday said the process of disbanding the two Garo rebel outfits – A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its splinter group - the ANVC(B) will be completed by next month even as it hinted that the election for Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) will be held without increasing the number of seats.
“By first week of December, the process of disbandment will be completed,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told reporters after the Cabinet Meeting held here on Tuesday.
He said, “The action plan to complete the peace pact was discussed and departments concerned have been asked to facilitate the completion of the disbandment of the two outfits.”
SHILLONG, Nov 18: Meghalaya High Court Tuesday allowed Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to file its affidavit within two weeks in connection with the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a women’s NGO seeking disqualification of eight legislators who are ‘dual post holders’.
“The KHADC has sought for more time in filing the affidavit and the court today has granted, allowing it to finish the process within a period of two weeks,” Counsel pleading for the Civil Society Women Organization (CSWO) Nitu Syngkon informed here.
TURA, Nov 18: The village of Purasinga is a small part of South West Garo Hills (SWGH), however innovation of villagers within the place has suddenly shown the way on how to turn adversity into a friend.
Considered a pesky plant due to its uncontrollable growth, hyacinths have now become a part of a solution to better things for Purasinga. While earlier the plants were cleared from ponds and were an absolute annoyance, the same is now in demand as the village has begun the transformation of these pesky plants into works of wonder. The weeds are being used as a raw material for their new innovation for creation of beautiful hand woven useful handicrafts.
The weed which creeps across the surface of the ponds is now being used to create beautiful decorative items, including handbags, purses, hats, box, baskets and other fashion accessories.