SHILLONG, Feb 06: Meghalaya government has sought for additional four companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to be deployed in the militant-infested areas of Garo Hills region and parts of West Khasi Hills region.
The demand for deployment of the additional force came following the increase in militancy activities including rampant cases of kidnappings, killings and extortion drives taking place in different parts of Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills.
A senior government official, under the case of anonymity, informed that the state has requested the Centre on the need to deploy four companies of CRPF to combat militancy in these areas.
SHILLONG, Feb 06: Nine candidates from East Khasi Hills (EKH) and three from West Khasi Hills (WKH) districts Thursday filed their nomination papers for the upcoming Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) election slated for February 24 on the second day of filing of nomination. The last date for filing of nomination papers is February 10.
In East Khasi hills two KHADC Executive Members (EM) were among the eight who filed their nomination papers on Thursday with the Returning Officers (RO) at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
TURA, Feb 06: The plain belt of Garo Hills, comprising of a host of people from all walks of life has always been a neglected lot, even though it has three MLAs in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Some people from within the region have made a concerted effort to change the status with the set up of a new Minority School in the New Bhaitbari region.
The school was inaugurated by the Meghalaya Speaker, Abu Taher Mondal on Thursday, who focused on the need for quality education in the plain belt areas of Garo hills. He said investment in private education was the need of the hour.
SHILLONG, Feb 05: Having stayed for over half a century in exile in India, Tibetan Spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Wednesday said India need to develop its rural areas and reduce the population in urban areas.
Stressing on need to develop sustainable economy, he said, “Sustainable economic system in rural areas must be developed. All villages should have proper schools, hospitals so that it will not be necessary for them to go to towns for education or better medical facilities.”
TURA, Feb 06: The South Garo Hills (SGH) Police arrested 3 ANVC(B) cadres on Wednesday while they were on their way to collect money from businessmen of the town. The trio were apprehended with demand notes along with ammunition for AKs, 9mm amongst others. Demand notes were also recovered from them.
The three have been identified as Neksang N Marak, Jadilson Ch Sangma and Daniel A Marak (Kaison). The police team confirmed that the three belonged to the ANVC (B) and they were caught after information of their collection came to the notice of the police team.
Shillong, Feb 05: Tibetan Spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Wednesday affirmed that his return to Tibet in present condition will be of ‘not much use’ as he will only land up in prison in China.
Speaking to journalists during an interactive session here on Wednesday, he said “if I return to Tibet, not much use as I’ll land up in prison at most.”
While acknowledging that he is aware that 99 percent of Tibetan around the world wants him to go back to Tibet, which is presently under Chinese administration, he observed that the prevailing political conditions there do not allow him to return back to his as the Chinese government will put him behind bars.
SHILLONG, Feb 05: 39 – year – old Naga M Sangma was on Wednesday released by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) after being held captive for six days.
Naga, brother of Independent legislator Samuel Sangma from Baghmara, South Garo Hills, was released after his family allegedly paid -off the demanded ransom of Rs 20 lakh.
Naga is a coal exporter to Bangladesh. GNLA militants had abducted Naga on the night of January 30 last from his house at Gasuapara in South Garo hills.