SHILLONG, Aug 12: Thousands of people including traders Tuesday extend full support to the decisions to restore the lost glory of Iewduh, the biggest traditional market in the State, including the ban on sale of illicit liquor declared by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Hima Mylliem at a public meeting here.
Trade and commerce in and around the market came to a standstill with all the business establishments remaining closed during the two-hour meeting held at Motphran which started at 9 am and ended at 11 am.
“The Executive Committee (EC) has decided to implement the decisions to revamp and restore the lost glory of Iewduh which were taken at a meeting held on July 28,” KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said while announcing the decisions would be implemented with immediate effect from Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Aug 12: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent M Basaiawmoit Tuesday termed the 48 – hour bandh called by the proscribed HNLC as “illogical” and “unreasonable”.
Addressing a public meeting at Iewduh here, Basaiawmoit said, “I strongly express my disappointment and opposition against the calling of unwarranted bandh which will badly affect the common man especially the daily wage earners.”
He added, “I do not see any justification for the outfit to call this total shutdown”.
The HNLC has called for 48 - hour shutdown in the six districts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills starting from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15 to protest against NGT’s ban on unscientific coal mining as well as boycotting the Independence Day celebrations.
TURA, Aug 12: The protest against kidnapping and the demand for the safe release of SBI employee Subodh Kr Mishra got bigger on Tuesday after all banking institutions shut down their offices and rallied for the release of the kidnapped SBI employee. The banking fraternity got together to denounce the kidnapping of Mishra, who was abducted at gunpoint from Gasuapara in South Garo Hills on August 5, 2014.
In a further development, the abductors made a fresh call on Tuesday and have demanded Rs. 50 lakh for Mishra's release after confirmation of payment of Rs 5 lakhs earlier.
TURA, Aug 11: Two policemen were hurt in a case of accidental firing in the remote village of Purakhasia, about 35 kms from the town of Tura. The two, one a driver and the other a battalion constable, were hurt when a carbine accidentally went off when the constable was about to board a Gypsy on his way to an operation.
The two injured policemen have been identified as Battalion Constable (BNC) Mridul Ch Rabha while the driver has been identified as Trepatin T Sangma. While Rabha is from Mendipathar, Sangma belongs to Tura. The incident happened at about 8 am on Monday morning.
TURA, Aug 12: The 8 year old son of an employee of the Garobadha branch of Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank (MCAB) was kidnapped from his home about 3 kms from Chibinang in front of his mother after the kidnappers had looted money and jewellery from their house. The incident happened in a village called Bholarbita about 90 kms from the town of Tura at about 8 pm on Monday.
The kidnapping of minors is a continuing trend that seems within the region with bankers and their kin becoming prime targets.
SHILLONG, Aug 12: “These bandhs are killing us and nobody else,” was the remark of a villager who sells his produce on the footpath near Red Cross area in Lower Laban. He went on to say, “We cannot certainly solve issues by taxing poor people like me. Our own people are after us.” These words of the vendor, who may not have attended the best schools in town or any university, are full of wisdom.
The unfortunate part is that what this vendor can realize the bandh callers don’t. This vendor earns his living by selling his produce from his farmland back in Laitkor in the city’s outskirts as people love to buy his natural products but then who cares for a voiceless person like him? The bandh callers from another nation cannot ascertain the hardships they cause to their own brethren in the name of some nondescript reason.
SHILLONG/TURA, Aug 11: All branches of SBI in Meghalaya remained closed on Monday while hundreds of employees of State Bank of India (SBI) staged a silent peace rally to protest and demand immediate release of bank employee Subodh Kumar Mishra who was kidnapped by armed militants from Gasuapara branch in Garo Hills on August 5 last.
The silent peace rally started from Dhanketi and concluded at SBI Shillong main branch organized by the SBI Officers’ Association. During the rally, they asked militants to “stop making SBI employees’ soft targets for demands”.
All the 110 SBI branches in Meghalaya, including 41 branches in Garo Hills region, remained closed on Monday as part of the state – wide strike of the bank employees who also demanded the state government to provide security and safe working environment for them.