SHILLONG, June 23: The first day of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Budget Session on Monday witnessed charged atmosphere with tempers running high. With regard to the recent election of the Syiem of Malaisohmat Hima, the opposition party in the Council termed the new executive-committee (EC) ‘anti-custom’.
The leader of the opposition Pynsngainlang N Syiem and Manstudy Nongrem were engaged in a war of words with the Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit on the issue which was soon joined in by the members of the ruling All Regional parties Alliance (ARPA) and other opposition members which forced the Council’s chairperson Teilinia Thangkhiew to pass a ruling disallowing members of the Council to further debate on the issue.
Alleging that the Council was disregarding and disrespecting the age old traditional and customary practice of the Hima, the opposition vehement opposed the Council’s decision to conduct the election of Syiem of Malaisohmat.
Shillong, June 23 (IANS) Congress MP from Shillong Vincent H. Pala Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out a rehabilitation scheme for coal mine owners, miners and those dependent on coal mining following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya.
"The centre should provide efficient legal assistance to the state and to the affected parties so that the NGT is halted in its tracks from causing deep social unrest, economic despondency and increase in insurgency activities," Pala said in a letter to Modi.
SHILLONG, June 23: An Under - Trial Prisoner (UTP) identified as United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) militant Rex Miller R. Sangma escaped from a government hospital in Tura on Monday leading to the suspension of seven constables.
Rex Miller R. Sangma, a known arms supplier for UALA, was arrested on June 18 from Kharkutta in North Garo Hills after another UALA militant, Grikseng Sangma, who had been arrested from his house in Araimile locality, provided information to the police.
At the time of his escape, he was on a five day police remand.
SHILLONG, June 22: The All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organization (AJYWO) has demanded that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) should stop issuing of trading license and renewal of the same to non – indigenous people so that the indigenous people of Jaintia Hills can take up business as a way of earning livelihood especially in the present times of financial crisis in light of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining activities.
Area Commander escapes, Arms and ammunitions recovered
WILLIAMNAGAR, June 23: In a major achievement for the police in the East Garo Hills (EGH) region, a hideout of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was busted in a remote location in the district, which led to the death of one cadre and the arrest of another 2, including a woman. Police also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the site including ID cards of the GNLA cadre (along with the ID of Jimmy Momim) who escaped in the melee.
The firing between the GNLA and police lasted for about 20 minutes with a casualty on the part of the GNLA and three reported injured in the shootout.
TURA, June 22: The Balsan S Marak custodial death case, which led to the region rising up in protest, is still fresh in the minds of the people of the region, with most promising to keep the fire of protest burning. The death of Balsan opened a can of worms, some of which have the potential to take down many police personnel. With the High Court summoning the police personnel who allegedly had a hand in the torture and subsequent death after the case filed by the parents, things are set to heat up even further.
New information has now come to the fore which could turn the case completely upside down against the accused police personnel.
TURA, June 22: The increasing number of kidnapping cases in the Garo Hills region has made most fear venturing out of their homes. While, there may be reasons for the increasing kidnapping activities, the thought that has now come forward is that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat hole mining, may have led to the increase even as militants try to make up for the loss of a regular income source which the coal trade was providing.
The towns of Nongalbibra, Jadi and others through which the supply of coal was the main lifeline, now wear a deserted look as the once thriving markets are empty now with hardly any vehicle movement.