SHILLONG, Nov 13: Meghalaya Congress chief Dr DD Lapang on Thursday said that it is the prerogative of the party’s High Command to take a call on the fate of Social Welfare Minister Deborah C. Marak for her alleged link with militants, even as he informed that a report on the case would be submitted to the AICC tentatively by next week.
“It is not in our hands now. The AICC is the ultimate authority to terminate her as she is the incumbent working president directly appointed by the High Command,” Dr Lapang said after a one on one meeting with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday.
According to Dr Lapang, it is the High Command’s prerogative to direct the Chief Minister as the Parliamentary Party Leader or even to direct the party on what action is to be taken against Marak.
SHILLONG, Nov 13: Raising its concern over the issue of illegal immigration and influx, opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday said that there are many ‘dubious voters’ detected by the election department which calls for immediate action from the state government by deporting them.
“According to the district administration, there are many people who have come forward for enrolling their names in the electoral rolls of the state and it has been found that their credentials are doubtful,” UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh said after a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH), Sanjay Goyal on Thursday.
He however said that the number of such dubious voters detected is yet to be known since the matter is still under process.
TURA, Nov 13: Residents of Jatrakona in South Garo Hills (SGH), about 70 kms from Tura and 50 kms from the town of Baghmara are seemingly now at the mercy of criminal gangs from Bangladesh, something that the recent kidnapping and release of a teacher after ransom, indicates. The village of about 3000 people, Garos and non-Garos alike has been living in constant fear due to the open border and the land acquisition problems in the area. The village lies on the Indo-Bangla border in SGH.
Taking the seriousness of the issue at hand and the danger posed by the open border, the Garo Students’ Union – Southern Zone (GSU–SZ), has requested the concerned authorities to help the people in danger. The NGO has asked for the set up of a battalion camp to dissuade further infiltrations and danger to the citizens of the region.
SHILLONG, Nov 12: Jaintia Hills based NGOs on Wednesday announced a two-day night road-blockade on November 19 and 20, protesting against the adamant attitude of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) towards the erratic power supply which has hit the student’s community in the region.
Called by the Jaintia Students’ Movement (JSM) and Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF), the road blockade which will be effective in the entire district of East Jaintia Hills will be effective from 7 pm to 5 am on both the days.
TURA, Nov 13: A villager from near Rongjeng, Ropson T Sangma, in East Garo Hills (EGH), was killed late on Wednesday after his family failed to pay a ransom demand to unidentified miscreants. His body was recovered by the EGH police on Thursday and handed over to the family after a post mortem was conducted.
Sangma, a temporary resident of Rongapgre village near Rongjeng was kidnapped on November 6 by unidentified kidnappers who led him away. Sangma was a resident of Rongjeng Waja in the district.
SHILLONG, Nov 13: At a time when the school education scenario in the state is in an utter mess, the state government, overlooking all sides has gone ahead once again with its M-tablet distribution. This is the second year in a row that the Meghalaya Government has distributed these gadgets to the students of higher secondary schools in the state despite critical response from all quarters last year.
Parents and teachers, while objecting to the distribution of the M-tablets to students in light of the Supreme Court of India judgment banning the use of such gadgets in schools, observed that the government’s attention should rather go into the deplorable school infrastructure, condition of students who are deprived of text and exercise books and other teaching aids besides the plight of teachers.
Truckers transporting Coal as cement
SHILLONG, Nov 12: The West Jaintia Hills (WJH) District Administration Wednesday directed the police to ensure that no trucks transporting cement should cross the district without proper papers from competent authorities.
The order came in the wake of some truckers who managed to illegally transport coal by declaring their mercantile load as cement and thereby violating the order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
In view of this, a six point directive was issued by the district magistrate to ensure that such vested interest who are attempting to violate the order of the NGT are checked.