SHILLONG, Feb 12: At a time when independent states in the country are reducing power tariff to ease consumer pressures, the exact opposite is what is going on in Meghalaya. The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) in an alleged ‘headless’ move has proposed to hike the rate of power in the state across all categories of consumers. This unprecedented move has earned sever public reactions some of whom are asking for removal of the MSERC bosses for proposing this ‘monstrous’ hike whereas others have even said that such a move may seriously harm the prospect of the political candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha election if the proposed hike is not rolled back soon. This bizarre hike in tariff has even been opposed by the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong in its letter addressed to the Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSERC) – a statutory body responsible for licensing transmission, distribution and trade of electricity in the state including fixation of tariff, regulation of procurement and creation of a consumer friendly grievance settlement framework, recently.
TURA, Feb 12: Terming Tuesday’s bomb blast in Williamnagar as an act of cowardice, Opposition bench member James K Sangma (NPP) Wednesday blamed the ruling Congress led government of Dr Mukul Sangma as weak, which is the cause of rising insurgency in Garo hills.
Terming utter chaos in the law and order situation of Garo hills, he sought for a probe into politician - militant nexus. He said, "Opposition will raise the issue of law and order problem in Garo hills in the upcoming assembly".
TURA, Feb 11: Monday’s attack on a Government official who was on his way to report for field duty has left a huge question on the lips of those affected by militancy within the Garo Hills region.
Is the Dr Mukul Sangma led government serious about its commitment to peace or is it leaving too many loopholes in its fight to end militancy within the region? The answer for now is not looking very bright for a region that has been struggling to maintain its sanity in the face of an aggression that just does not want to recede.
Shillong, Feb 11: Suspected GNLA militants on Tuesday night detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Energy Petrol Pump near Williamnagar Mini-Super Market, East Garo Hills.
The IED went off at about 9.30 pm. The bomb was detonated by a wire and battery from about 30 - 40 meters.
Fortunately, there was no casualty as the petrol pump had already closed down.
However, one of pump machine was slightly damaged.
Police are investigating into the incident. Till the filing of this report, no outfit had claimed the responsibility for the IED blast.
New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS): Little known heroes from the country's North East played valiant roles during the freedom struggle, reversing a myth - like many other misperceptions - that the region didn't play a great role in the independence movement, says a new book.
"A widespread perception exists that the North Eastern region did not actively participate in the Indian freedom struggle," says the book "Little Known Fighters Against the Raj: Figures from Meghalaya". The book has been published by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia.
New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS): A 22-year-old youth from Manipur was stabbed and robbed here early Tuesday, in the third incident in a fortnight of a person from the northeast being targeted. Four juveniles have been apprehended for their involvement in the incident that was not "racially motivated", police said.
Manipuri youth Khupsiangen was returning to his Paryavaran Complex home in south Delhi's Mehrauli area from a church nearby when he was attacked around 3.30 a.m., barely 500 metres from his home.
TURA, Feb 11: The rape of a mentally and physically challenged woman in the village of Bekongre, near Chibinang in West Garo Hills, has shocked the entire region. The woman, aged about 35, was apparently raped last Friday allegedly by the driver of a vehicle, Sulaiman Rehman (about 30 years of age), who immediately absconded after the act along with the vehicle.
Relating the incident, the brother of the victim said, “We were all away from home as we went to attend the Sobha in Damal Asim. Only my younger sister and my elder sister (who was raped) were home. My younger sister went to the nearby river to take a bath. Rehman barged into the house and forcefully set himself on my handicapped sister. It was only after we were back from the Sobha that we came to know of the incident”.