TURA, June 25: The conflict between South Tura MLA, John Leslee K Sangma, and the CEO of the Tura Municipal Board (TMB) CEO, Zenithsky J Sangma, continued over the Ringrey Marketing hub, with the two trading words yet again. John Leslee has sought action against Zenithsky for branding him as ‘One Person’, while the CEO has sought the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), West Garo Hills (WGH) to allow for movement of people into the marketing hub.
John Leslee has also urged the Urban Affairs Minister Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh to immediately remove the CEO as he has lost the confidence of the people and is no longer fit to carry out his job and occupy such a respectable position.
Shillong, June 24: Director General of Meghalaya Police (DGP) Peter James Pyngrope Hanaman surprised everyone on Tuesday by disclosing that police have so far not been given any direction to probe the alleged militant – politico nexus in state.
“The Chief Executive (Chief Minister) of the state government has not asked the police department to probe into allegations relating to politico-militant nexus,” he said while talking to journalists here on Tuesday afternoon.
It may be noted that this statement by the DGP is in stark contrast to the claims of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma that directions have been given to the state police to probe into the allegations as the state government was unable to rule out the possibility of such a politico – militant nexus.
Shillong, June 24: The ANVC(B) has held Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma solely responsible for the present crisis in Garo Hills.
“If the situation in Garo Hills is deteriorating, blame it on Mukul Sangma. Mukul Sangma delayed the settlement process by not responding to the Centre Government in time. And till date Mukul has not finalized camp for ANVC(B) cadres in spite of Centre authorities reminding the State to do so. Mukul has delayed everything intentionally to wipe out ANVC(B) before the settlement which has led to rise of splinter groups. Mukul is solely responsible for all lawlessness and chaos in Garo Hills. Everything he did was a political gimmick. Centre Government's intervention is the only hope for Peace in Garo Hills,” stated the Breakaway faction in a press communiqué here on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, June 24: The number of deaths related to militant activities in Meghalaya has almost tripled in the last 5 years with the fatalities rising from 22 in 2010 to 61 last year, an official report has revealed.
During the period between January 2010 and June 23, 2014, 199 persons were killed due to militancy related incidents. Out of these, 93 were civilians, 89 were militants and 17 were policemen, the report made available to the press on Tuesday revealed.
SHILLONG, June 24: The State Police has taken a firm stand against its personnel who have been found to be aiding the militant groups of the state including the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). “We have some bad apples in the force and we have dismissed them from their services besides keeping them out of circulation under the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA),” Director General of Meghalaya Police (DGP) Peter James Pyngrope Hanaman said while talking to journalists here on Tuesday.
Such personnel against whom action has been taken include Havildar Betharstone R Marak of the 4th Battalion who was arrested in March 2010 along with ammunition, constable Balgra Marak and Jimberth R Marak.
SHILLONG, June 24: KHNAM MDC from Jaiaw, Adelbert Nongrum, Thursday suggested that people in mixed marriages should be stripped of their Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in keeping with the 2006 ruling of the Supreme Court.
Stating that the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) needs to frame its own rules on the implementation of compulsory registration of marriages, Nongrum said, “The ST status of Khasi people should be derecognized if they are indulging in mixed marriages.”
While moving a motion during Council’s session on Tuesday Nongrum said that 80 per cent of the people are into mixed marriages since there are no Acts to protect the identity and interests of the indigenous people.
To discourage such practice, it is important to start from the home, Nongrum said, while adding, “I will practice it from my home and if my children are going against it, their status as Khasi should be derecognized.”
SHILLONG, June 23: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit presented a deficit budget of Rs 45,890 for 2014-2015 on the first day of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s Budget Session which began on Monday here.
“The total estimated budget is Rs 104,38,26,090 which is higher than the expected revenue to be generated by the Council which is at Rs 104,37,80,200,” Basaiawmoit said while tabling the budget before the House.
Stating that the Executive Council will try its best to improve the final position of the Council, the CEM said that there is a deficit of Rs 45,890.