TURA/SHILLONG Nov 14: Meghalaya’s Social Welfare Minister, Deborah C. Marak was granted bail on Friday by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH).
She was summoned by the Court in connection with a charge-sheet filed by the police for allegedly using the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) during the 2013 assembly election.
The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate F Silkam Sangma has asked the defence counsel to pay a surety of Rs. 1 lakh.
The Social Welfare Minister flanked by her husband arrived at the court at 11 am. She was represented by Advocate Kaustav Paul who moved two petitions for Deborah, which were accepted by the Court.
Paul pleaded that Deborah’s counsel be allowed to represent for trial procedures.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: Inaugurating the long awaited Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) at Shillong on Friday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma stressed that North East region of India is a key regional power in fostering ties and connecting India with South East Asia.
“In the past few years, there has been urgency for our country to foster closer ties with South East Asian nations. While the Look East policy has been the most important foreign policy to accelerate economic benefits, the NE is also becoming a key regional power,” Dr. Sangma said.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: A Children’s Day Human Chain programme was organised by the Partners of Pla Iew Club in collaboration with the B.K.Bajoria School, Garo Union Secondary School and the PGT College at Boyce Road on Friday to voice against the indiscriminate disposal of garbage all along the route which the children are forced to witness every day.
This intervention was part of the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of Government of India.
There were around 300 plus students from both the school who had formed the human chain throughout the entire Boyce road. Joining the children's initiative was the proprietor of BK Bajoria School, BP Bajoria, teachers from both the schools, the Principal of PGT College, Vanessa Kharmawphlang, a team from PGT College and President Partners of Pla Iew Club, Nicholas J Kharnami.
SHILLONG, Nov 13: Meghalaya Congress chief Dr DD Lapang on Thursday said that it is the prerogative of the party’s High Command to take a call on the fate of Social Welfare Minister Deborah C. Marak for her alleged link with militants, even as he informed that a report on the case would be submitted to the AICC tentatively by next week.
“It is not in our hands now. The AICC is the ultimate authority to terminate her as she is the incumbent working president directly appointed by the High Command,” Dr Lapang said after a one on one meeting with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday.
According to Dr Lapang, it is the High Command’s prerogative to direct the Chief Minister as the Parliamentary Party Leader or even to direct the party on what action is to be taken against Marak.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: 225 aggrieved home guards personnel have informed that they will embark upon a fast unto death agitation campaign beginning from November 20 in protest against the termination of their services.
In a letter to Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, Sanjay Goyal, the aggrieved and affected personnel said that this unprecedented termination of their services has affected them and their families as most of them are lone bread - earners of their respective families and that their financial strains have been piling up since June 25, 2014, when they were terminated without citing any reasons whatsoever.
SHILLONG, Nov 14: Traffic in the city has gone well and truly beyond control. With vehicles increasing uncontrollably and the city’s roads remaining the same in size, scenes of traffic congestion are unavoidable now.
Students, office-goers and other commuters now have to leave their homes early keeping a good amount of time in hand because it is all but uncertain whether they will be able to reach their destinations in time. Important junctions like Civil, IGP, Barik, Rhino, Rilbong Point, Dhankheti, Fire Brigade, Laitumkhrah, Police Bazar (PB), Kachari to name a few which are major thoroughfares for the public are found jammed with vehicles at all times of the day now. It is commonly heard now of commuters missing an important appointment or not reaching their destination in time because they were held up in traffic. It is due to this that many have started walking since that is the only way to reach on time as opposed to depending on vehicular transportation.
SHILLONG, Nov 13: Raising its concern over the issue of illegal immigration and influx, opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday said that there are many ‘dubious voters’ detected by the election department which calls for immediate action from the state government by deporting them.
“According to the district administration, there are many people who have come forward for enrolling their names in the electoral rolls of the state and it has been found that their credentials are doubtful,” UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh said after a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH), Sanjay Goyal on Thursday.
He however said that the number of such dubious voters detected is yet to be known since the matter is still under process.