SHILLONG, May 20: South West Garo Hills (SWGH) police on Tuesday arrested the accused involved in serving extortion demand to a Catholic institution in Ampati, recently.
The accused, one Somsing Marak of Arenggre village in South West Garo Hills, was arrested from his village on Tuesday morning for his involvement in the extortion call to St. Claret’s School, Ampati, on May 14 last. The case became sensitive with all the Catholic institutions in Garo Hills announcing one day closure on Tuesday due to the threat.
Girls outwit boys yet again
SHILLONG, May 23: The total pass percentage in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) stood at 54.31 per cent which is 2 per cent less over last year’s result, which was 56.31 per cent; while the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) registered pass percentage of 68.13 per cent, an increase of 10.94 per cent.
Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) declared the results of HSSLC (Arts) and SSLC on Monday here.
Of the 42807 candidates that appeared in the SSLC examination held in 109 centers, 23,248 were declared successful while a total of 19,559 students were detained.
Government asks for 6 months to implement mining policy
SHILLONG/TURA, May 19: The much awaited National Green Tribunal (NGT) hearing that was slated for Monday in New Delhi turned a damp squib after the NGT fixed the next date of hearing on June 2 in Shillong. The ban which is set to consume the whole state has been of concern due to the sheer volume of the people who would be affected by the ban itself. Numbering almost a million, the question of livelihood loss has left most asking the question – what next?
An NGT bench Chaired by Justice Swatanter Kumar and consisting of Justice UD Salvi as judicial member along with Dr. DK Agrawal, BS Sajwan and Dr. RC Trivedi as expert members after hearing miscellaneous applications by several bodies from Meghalaya which included - Labour Association, Area Seijlieh and Ka Hima Nongstoin Land Owners, Coal Traders and Producers Association, both from Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills District and the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), decided to take up all matters on June 2 in Shillong.
Tura, May 19: The Dalu Sacred Heart School held a prayer meeting on Monday within its premises to seek peace within the Garo Hills region. Stating that the Garo Hills region had now by statistics become the third most unsafe place in the country, after Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, the prayer meeting also condemned the demand note given by the A’chik National Liberation Army (ANLA) to the Ampati Parish Mission for an amount of Rs 5 lakh.
SHILLONG, May 19: United Democratic Party (UDP) Monday accused Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma of plotting against his own party by putting up a dummy candidate in the form of PBM Basaiawmoit from Shillong Parliamentary seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.
Calling Basaiawmoit an ‘unofficial candidate’ of the Mukul-faction in Congress party, UDP working president and its Shillong Lok Sabha candidate Paul Lyngdoh said, “The results have proved our point that Basaiawmoit is the unofficial-candidate of the Mukul led faction group of the Congress.”
SHILLONG, May 19: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Monday decided to “revamp” and “reform” the party in the state and at the national level as well.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the committee attending by senior leaders and party functionaries held at the Congress Bhawan here on Monday.
“We have discussed the ups and downs and we have accepted the challenge to revamp the organization and correct the wrongs,” MPCC Chief Dr DD Lapang told reporters after the meeting.
TURA, May 18: A few months after the discovery of people with dual voting rights in the plain belt area of West Garo Hills, another huge shocker came to light with the discovery of more than 50 people from only one VEC with dual job cards from both Assam and Meghalaya. The matter came to light after complaints made by locals of the presence of dual job card holders in Chibinang under Selsella block. Job cards are given under MGNREGS to Below Poverty Line (BPL) people under the government’s job guarantee scheme.
A complaint was received by the District Administration of the presence of dual voters in the VEC acting on which an Ombudsman was appointed to investigate the matter. The ombudsman, Fr Sunny Mavellil went to the site of the complaint on May 2 last.