TURA, Feb 18: Rising crimes against women and children, infringement their legal rights and their need for protection were among other issues that were discussed and debated during the day-long Legal Awareness Programme organized by the Meghalaya State Women’s Commission (MSWC) in collaboration with the District Administration, South West Garo Hills, at Ampati on Tuesday.
Participating in the programme, the Deputy Commissioner South West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, informed the Commission members and the gathering that several cases regarding crimes against women in the district have been registered and taken up and this has been possible due to proactive efforts of the district administration, the police, Social Welfare department and the Commission.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): Seizing the limited elbow room in an election year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram presented the interim budget for the next fiscal Monday saying the Indian economy was more stable today than two years ago and sought to win over key sections like scheduled castes, minorities, women, farmers and army personnel with more money for their welfare while pleasing the middle class with excise cuts to make cars, mobile phones and items of daily consumption cheaper.
The finance minister could not change the tax regime vastly, as it required legislative approvals and is generally left for the next government in an election year. The direct tax rates were left unaltered. But that did not stop him from indulging in some self-acclamation for meeting key targets while highlighting achievements of his government.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): Students and activists from the northeast on Monday met Delhi Police officials demanding action against a 'Khap Panchayat' that in a decision threatened to evict tenants hailing from the northeastern states.
"The Khap Panchayat in Munirka, south Delhi, at a meeting Sunday took a decision to force people from the northeast to leave the area. So, the concerned citizens from the northeast based in Delhi met officials at the Vasant Vihar police station," Manipuri activist Binalakshmi Nepram said in a tweet.
SHILLONG, Feb 17: With the deadline for releasing its West Khasi hills unit president Arphul Karbani expired, the Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) has called for a two-day night road blockade from February 20 and 21. Kharbani is booked under MPDA.
The decision for calling the two days night road blockade was taken at a meeting held here on Monday.
SHILLONG, Feb 17: Just ahead of the district council elections in Khasi-Jaintia hills and the impending Lok Sabha elections soon, the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has upped its arsenal against the Mukul Sangma led MUA II coalition government by preparing its “charge-sheet” of the alleged misdeeds entitled as the “ABCD” of MUA II.
The charge-sheet will be sent to the union government on Tuesday seeking action against the Congress led MUA II government.
TURA, Feb 17: In news that is sure the bring hope to all in Garo Hills that have been affected by terrorism, the GNLA on Monday came forward stating that it was ready for talks, albeit with one condition – the release of its Chairman, Champion R Sangma.
Champion, who was arrested on July 30, 2012, has been languishing in Shillong District Jail.
In a press statement the Commander in Chief (C-In-C) of GNLA Sohan D Shira, confirmed what was only being rumoured for quite some time – that the GNLA was ready for talks. The development comes in the wake of the floatation of a new outfit, A'chik Songna Anpachakgipa Kotok (ASAK), which means "vanguards of Garoland". While Reding has gone on print stating the reason for the separation from the parent unit, Sohan D Shira lashed out at the ASAK and its ideologies.
Tura, Feb 17: The recent announcement made by the breakaway faction of the GNLA, namely A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) formerly GNLA – F, of coming out of the shadow of the Sohan D Shira led GNLA, has come as a body blow to ongoing peace settlement process. While early indicators have been coming through that the GNLA was also keen to come overboard, the news of the outfit’s breakup means the process has to restart once again.
The more critical part of the process has been the suggestion that the Reding T Sangma led group has also added factions of the ANVC (B) and UALA along with it. The consortium of groups would mean that the Rimpu Marak led ANVC (B) too has broken up with one part willing for talks while the other still wants to continue the fight for Garoland. The other group in the consortium, UALA has not given any indication as to where they want to be.