SHILLONG, Nov 04: The Movement Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood- Meghalaya (MIPRL) has demanded the removal of Additional Chief Secretary, K. S. Kropha from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Committee and from the Mining and Geology Department with immediate effect.
MIPRL on Tuesday stated that it has been waiting for the reaction of the Government of Meghalaya on the alarming development of Kropha being implicated in the Coal Scam in Delhi, his subsequent arrest and being granted bail in the said scam.
SHILLONG, Nov 04: Maintaining that his government will not shield anyone, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Tuesday said the course of law will not be influenced and that all its agencies are ‘impartial’ and work in accordance with law.
His statement came as reaction to police filing charge-sheet against Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak on Monday for allegedly using Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) to intimidate voters during the assembly election last year.
Though he did not specify if Deborah would be dropped from the Ministry or any disciplinary would be taken against her, he maintained, “I think that is the benchmark the government has set from very beginning whenever similar questions have been posed” adding “It is basically a legal matter, so there should not be any room for anybody for trying to influence the course of law.”
SHILLONG, Nov 03: Aggrieved employees of the Mawmluh Cherra Cement Limited (MCCL) on Monday sought the immediate intervention of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for the early release of their pending salaries amounting to Rs 8 crores.
A delegation of the MCCL employees under the banner of the Mawmluh Cherra Cement Employees Union (MCCEU) was led by Leader of Opposition and United Democratic Party (UDP) chief Donkupar Roy and legislator of the party Titus Chyne to meet the Chief Minister on Monday on this matter.
SHILLONG, Nov 03: A Division Bench of the Meghalaya High Court on Monday directed Meghalaya government to file affidavit following a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing seeking disqualification of eight legislators who are holding ‘dual posts’.
Admitting the PIL filed by Kharshiing, the Division Bench comprising of acting Chief Justice UN Singh and Justice SR Sen took up the hearing on the issue on Monday.
After the motion hearing here, Kharshiing counsel, Nitu Syngkon, informed that the Court has asked the state government to file affidavit on the issue.
Tennydard Marak also in dock, chargesheeted
TURA, Nov 03: In a huge development in the case filed by MLA candidate Jonathone N Sangma against the current Williamnagar MLA Deborah Marak for taking the support of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants to win the 2013 MLA elections, the East Garo Hills (EGH) police on Monday filed a charge sheet on the charges made to the court.
Further, the role of Tennydard Marak, who had earlier questioned the tribal status of the CM, Dr Mukul Sangma is also under the scanner after police found his involvement in assisting Deborah and he was charge sheeted as well.
NONGSTOIN, Nov 03: Suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres on Friday last abducted one Nikhil R. Sangma, a school teacher of Riangdim School.
The school teacher is from Riangdim village which borders the South Garo Hills (SGH) district and is 30 kms away from Shallang Police Station.
New Delhi, Nov 02 (IANS): The BJP and the AAP Sunday lashed out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, a day after Vadra snapped at a TV crew on being questioned over his controversial land deals in Haryana.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) denounced Vadra and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the Gandhi family of "arrogance".
Sonia Gandhi Sunday visited her daughter Priyanka and son-in-law's residence, as the Congress came to the defence of Vadra, who the party otherwise said was a private citizen.
Congress sources said Gandhi spent nearly half an hour at the Lodhi Estate residence, but what they may have discussed was not known.