SHILLONG, Feb 20: State police Thursday said that they are making all out efforts to bring back the members of the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) who have alleged join the Khasi rebel group – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to mainstream.
The statement came following reports that the KSU’s vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang has resigned from the Union to join the HNLC followed by a statement of HNLC confirming the joining of 13 other KSU members besides Kharmawphlang to its fold.
Shillong, Feb 20: The Governor of Meghalaya has declared February 24, 2014, as ‘paid holiday’ in the six Khasi – Jaintia Hills districts on account of election to Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).
February 24 holiday will effective in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri – Bhoi, East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills.
SHILLONG, Feb 19: The banned Khasi militant outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Wednesday confirmed that KSU leader and 13 other youths have joined the outfit even as it appealed to the pro - ILP NGOs to expand the Inner Line Permit (ILP) struggle into a human rights issue.
KSU vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang has allegedly tendered his resignation letter to the president of the Union, Daniel Khyriem, stating that the step was to send a strong message to the state government that there is a need to protect the indigenous people.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “The outfit welcomes the stand taken by Frederick Kharmawphlang and 13 others under his leadership to join the Council. These youths were victims of the Indian political system, they were hunted by the police department for many months as if they were terrorists, just because they supported the implementation of ILP.”
Shillong, Feb 19: Targeting to uplift North East (NE) India, the World Bank Wednesday launched its 2014 India Development Marketplace in Meghalaya with an aim to boost effective delivery of crucial services to the poor.
Under this, the World Bank pledges US $ 1 million in grants to be awarded to 10 social enterprises for implementing innovative service delivery in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The Development Marketplace will award the 10 organizations with grant funding up to $150,000 (Rs 94 lakh). Following the success of the 2013 India Development Marketplace, the 2014 competition focuses on enterprises in these three states.
Shillong, Feb 20: ANVC(B) has claimed that it is being targeted by GNLA and security agencies because it is sheltering deserters from GNLA, UALA, LAEF, PLF and others who wanted ‘Peace’.
In a press communiqué, ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary Doang Shira said, “It must be noted that deserters from GNLA, UALA, LAEF, PLF and others form part of ANVC(B). These cadres joined us for a Peaceful cause. They are still hunted by their members. ANVC(B) is facing the wrath as it has provided a platform for all these cadres who joined us for a cause.”
Shillong, Feb 19: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Wednesday took a jibe at the regional political parties in the state for raising emotional issues like influx and inter-state boundary for political-mileage ahead of the February 24 Councils polls whereas protection for the indigenous people and the land has been enshrined in the Constitution.
“The sixth schedule of the Constitution is there not only to protect the land but also to preserve the rich cultural heritage and way of life of the indigenous people of the state,” Dr Sangma said while addressing a public rally near here.
“We don’t need Paul Lyngdoh or Bindo Lanong (both UDP leaders) to protect the indigenous people and their land,” he asserted, adding that he has seen these political leaders telling lies just to get votes.
Chennai, Feb 19 (IANS): Six men and a woman — both Indians and Sri Lankans — convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case will be freed, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa announced Wednesday.
Announcing this in the assembly, Jayalalithaa said the government had decided to release V. Sriharan alias Murugan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar (Sri Lankans) and A.G. Perarivalan alias Arivu, Nalini and Ravichandran (Indians).
All seven had been in prison since 1991, the year a woman Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai.