Shillong, Nov 16: While the incident of Vikash Nandwal is still fresh in the minds of many, another incident of a businessman being set on fire jolted Shillong on Saturday.
A tea shop owner, Bisheshawar Das (45), was set ablaze by masked miscreants in his shop at Bishnupur Bazar after pouring petrol on him on Saturday morning, at about 11 am.
Das received 50 percent burn injuries and has been admitted in Woodland hospital, Shillong, police informed. The tea stall was also damaged in the ensuing fire.
Now that the NGOs and government agencies are on the lookout for trucks and pick - ups taking timber illegally, the smugglers have found a noble way to transport illegal timber - using bullock carts. This has become a new feature of the plain belt of Meghalaya, where rampant illegal timber trade is having devastating effect on the rest of the state. And, this is being done right under the nose of the authorities who are there to check the trade.
SHILLONG, Nov 16: The retirement of the “God of Indian Cricket” – SachinTendulkar – is a nostalgic moment in the lives of every Indians and Meghalaya is no way different. Though football rules the roost among the citizens here but there are many who follow this gentleman game and keeps track on what is going in the world of cricket. The Tendulkar retirement phenomenon has captured them here too and many here have opined that they cannot think the game without the “master blaster” in the park. The “little master”, as the iconic batsman is also known, has played many memorable single-handed innings which went in favour of the national team as his phenomenal records only indicates why people consider him as god in the country.
SHILLONG, Nov 15: Civil Society Women’s’ Organization (CSWO) President, Agnes Kharshiing, was finally granted bail by Court on Friday. She was detained on Saturday last week on charges of obstructing the MUDA officials on the eviction drive at Umsawli, but was denied bail throughout this week.
Sources informed that the court headed by Deputy Commissioner Judicial A Ripnar granted bail to Kharshiing on Friday evening.
Shillong, Nov 16: When the law enforcers turn criminals, the society under them is in jeopardy. So can be said about Meghalaya Police, which is witnessing cops turning criminals at an alarming rate.
Three cops were on Saturday arrested for their involvement in a robbery case at Shillong by- pass near Mawryngkneng village in East Khasi hills district earlier this month. They have been identified as Sub Inspector Sudarshan Sangma, unarmed branch constable Claipson M Marak and MPRO operator constable Basant Lama.
SHILLONG, Nov 15: Meghalaya was on Friday held hostage was an artificial shortage of salt, much like the case in Bihar, with people buying the essential ingredient at almost Rs 200 per kg! The worst affected of the lot were the villagers, who, out of fear, bought huge quantities of salt to ensure their stock until the shortage was countered. The city dwellers too were not left out of this gamut of rumor. Most stores in city were out of stock by afternoon. But the lot who made the most out of this hysteria and chaos and played along were the salt stockist and traders.
Though the respective district administrations were quick to react to this unwanted development and sent out messages that these were just rumors, but the damage was already done as most shops were out of stock.
SHILLONG, Nov 15: Evicted families from Mawlong-Mawtari and Umsawli villages have rejected government’s offer to relocate them to the dwellings for urban poor in Nongmynsong area. However, they agreed to maintain status quo on the land where the New Shillong Township (NST) will come up.
The meeting between the five evicted families and State Urban Affairs Minister Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh was held on Friday in the latter’s chamber.