Tura, Aug 17: The Assam police Saturday arrested two militants allegedly belonging to A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) from near Agia. One of the arrested has been identified as William S Sangma, the self styled leader of the group. The two were arrested along with another woman. The second militant has been identified as Jiten Lyandoh (25).
According to reports, Sangma had been in hiding in Assam after the heat exerted by the Meghalaya police. He had supposedly gone to Shillong and then escaped after two of the group, along with the brother of William, were arrested from a night bus in Mawiong, near Shillong.
Tura, Aug 17: The mega initiative for peace in Garo Hills in particular and Meghalaya in general, Shalom Meghalaya with its motto, ‘Peace is the way for a better world’ was inaugurated here on Sunday at MP Stadium by Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Rt Rev John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati and President, Social Concern, North Eastern Bishops Council.
In his message of ‘Stop Violence, Resist Injustice’ the chief guest said that violence is senseless which does no good to anyone and resisting violence through violence is not the solution. Violence only retards the growth of society and has multiple negative effects he added. He further said that resistance to injustice and change can be brought about only through education of the youth and treating them with equality and respect.
TURA, Aug 16: In a delayed news, an agent of the State Bank of India (SBI) working in the Nidanpur Mini branch, Zahidul Islam, was arrested on July 31, 2014, after allegations of duplicate bank accounts he had created in the name of women beneficiaries in the remote village. While he managed to secure bail in the case on August 6, the SBI has stated that it is awaiting information on the case before further action can be taken.
SHILLONG Aug 16: The Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC) has informed of their recent performance at the opening of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) 8, which featured Amitabh Bachchan together with the Choir will be aired on SONY TV on August 17, 2014 from 8:30 pm onwards.
The opening ceremony was held live at the Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre (SIECC), Gujarat and the event was attended by the VIPs and citizens of Surat who filled the 8000 capacity venue.
The highlight of the show was the interaction between Amitabh Bachchan and the Choir bringing about national integration through music. The choir sang ‘Vande Mataram’, a song written and composed by Neil Nongkynrih, as a concluding act.
SHILLONG, Aug 16: The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all the 11 districts of Meghalaya have been asked to direct all the petrol outlets in their respective districts to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
In a bid to thwart the nefarious intentions of armed dacoits, the state government has also assured intensified patrolling by armed police personnel in areas close to petrol outlets.
These moves have led to the Assam based Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) calling off its proposed indefinite strike.
SBI holds third rally to demand release of abducted employee
TURA, Aug 16: Continuing their demand for the safe and unconditional release of the kidnapped State Bank of India (SBI) employee, Subodh Kumar Mishra, SBI employees held their third rally in the town of Tura on Saturday. The rally, which started at 2:30 pm Saturday afternoon, took off from the Regional Branch Office (RBO) in Chandmari and ended at the same place after going through the main town, the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) office.
In a meeting held after the rally, the union decided to continue with the ongoing strike except for the five branches in Tura from Monday.
Mishra was kidnapped by suspected ASAK militants from near Chiringpara while he was on his way back to Barengapara from the Gasuapara branch. His abduction has been widely condemned with political parties, civil society organizations and the people of the town demanding his safe release.
Petrol pump owners of Garo Hills hold meeting
SHILLONG, Aug 13: The Petrol Pump Owners’ Association (PPOA) of Garo Hills on Wednesday had convened a meeting and had decided to go ahead with its indefinite strike. However, in view of the Independence Day, the petrol pumps will be opened on August 15, 2014.
In a letter addressed to the State Home Minister, Roshan Warjri, the Association demanded Rs. 10 lakh as ex-gratia for the murdered petrol pump attendant Bittu Kumar Patel’s family. They have also sought 24-hour armed police personnel to be deputed in the petrol pumps of Garo hills for the safety and smooth functioning of the petrol pumps.