SHILLONG, Dec 22: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Monday decided to demand the District Councils to immediately legislate a ‘law’ where specific powers of the headmen and authorities of the Dorbar Shnong are mentioned to ensure there is no abuse of powers as well as violation of human rights by them.
This decision by the UDP, the largest regional political party in the State, came in the wake of the recent order issued by the Meghalaya High Court which has shaken the traditional bodies in the state.
Raising a big question on the role of traditional heads in the state, the High Court in its order issued on December 14, has directed the state government to put an end on all types of ‘parallel government practices’ and stop the issuing of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) by headmen.
TURA, Dec 22: The town of Baghmara has been going through a tough time for the past two weeks after the only petrol pump in the town had remained shut since December 16 owing to a financial crisis faced by the petrol pump owners. If information is to be believed, the crisis has come about after the non payment of bills by the police and civil administration during the quarter. Incidentally the crisis has also led to the water supply being stopped for lack of diesel to operate the pumps to draw water.
The petrol pump which is the only one in Baghmara caters to almost the entire district including Rongara, Chokpot, Sibbari among other villages.
AMPATI, Dec 21: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Saturday said that his government will soon set up the Centre of excellence for music at Tura to provide a platform to encourage and nurture the singing talents of the region.
Dr. Sangma was leading the people of Ampati, particularly the youngsters, in karaoke singing in order to encourage and bring out their singing abilities as well as to help them overcome stage fright before the audience at Ampati Mini Stadium on Saturday evening.
TURA, Dec 22: The joy of the Christmas season may just get bigger for the Garo Hills region as the small village of Selsella sets its sight on getting itself into the Guinness Book of World Records by organizing the biggest ever celebration of ‘Song Kristan’ in the world.
The event which is set to take place on December 27 in the Narangbari playground, will see 27 groups taking part in the celebration with more than 20,000 people gathering to make the first ever attempt at the record.
“We will be attempting to create history within the Garo Hills region with the biggest ‘Song Kristan’ with 27 groups, each with more than 900 members. We are really excited and hope that we will be able to create history onDecember 27,” said Fr Jimbert K Marak, who is helping organize the event.
TURA, Dec 21: A day after the East Garo Hills (EGH) police blamed the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) of planting multiple bombs in the town of Williamnagar to attack civilians; the GNLA in a press release has rubbished the claims of the police.
On Saturday, at about 12 pm, a bomb scare had sent the whole town in a tizzy as Christmas shoppers ran home in panic. The EGH police had stated that a very reliable source had provided the information of the bomb plant and evacuated everyone before search operations for the bomb got underway.
TURA, Dec 21: The scourge of violence continued in the Garo Hills region with another man murdered on Saturday night in the village of Dilligre, Kambagpara under the Ampati Police Station in South West Garo Hills (SWGH). The victim, 35 year old Jenison Marak was a night watchman for a Guwahati based contractor and was shot dead while he was on duty.