Tura, July 14: The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) has been a scheme which was supposed to provide a lifeline to connect remote villages to the mainstream. However, most of these roads within the Garo Hills region have not been completed to provide for an all weather lifeline to the people. The situation in Balipara, close to the Tikrikilla town has been a case in point, with the contractors (NEC) claiming completion of the road, whereas the ground reality is completely otherwise. The All India Garo Union (AIGU) pointed out anomalies to the story of the road.
AIZAWL, July 14: A geologist from Mizoram Dr Lallenmawia has informed that Mizoram falls under category number one or 'proven commercial productivity zone' which roughly estimates there could be about 170 million metric tonnes of untapped crude reserves. The oil reserve could be even more and, if tapped, the state would witness an economic boom to the extent of earning a sobriquet of Kuwait of the Northeast India, the geologist said.
TURA, July 13: Hinting at the role of external factors at play for creating the tense situation in Garo Hills and along the border areas of Assam, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi announced that a CID enquiry has been instituted that would get to the bottom of the problem and find and book the creators of the situation.
Shillong, July 12 (IANS): Narendra Modi has "all the qualities of a prime minister", former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma said Friday adding that the Gujarat chief minister will become prime minister provided the BJP has the numbers in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"He (Modi) has popular support in the Hindi-speaking belt, but is yet to reach out to people in the South (India). If the BJP comes to power, I am sure he will be the next prime minister, as he also has all the qualities of a prime minister," Sangma told journalists here.
TURA, July 13: The West Garo Hills District Administration on Saturday announced the lifting of curfew from the region. Almost simultaneously, the economic blockade set up by the people of Mankachar and Hatsingimari was also withdrawn.
West Garo Hills DC Pravin Bakshi made the announcements and said things were getting back to normal which was a very good sign. Bakshi said, “In view of the bettering of relations and the reduction of violence we have announced a withdrawal of the curfew as it had been affecting the movement of the buses in the night. We reviewed the situation and are happy with the current state of affairs. We thereby decided to withdraw the curfew that has been imposed since the June 21.”
SHILLONG, July 13: “Behdienkhlam Festival” of the Jaintia tribal or pnar people in Meghalaya concluded on Saturday amidst participation of thousands of tribal people in a ritualistic expression to overcome the destructive forces of nature including diseases and an invocation to God for a good harvest.
Considered as one of the important festivals of Meghalaya, it is celebrated during mid-July every year after the sowing season is over. "Khlam" means ‘Plague or Pestilence’ and "Beh Dien" means to drive away the plague with sticks and religious fervor.
SHILLONG, July 12: National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday sought the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya until such time the hyped “comprehensive mechanism” to check influx in this tribal-dominated state.
“We demand the implementation of the ILP as a stop-gap-arrangement till such time a comprehensive mechanism is put in place to check influx in the state,” James Kongal Sangma, NPP Spokesperson told reporters here.
The demand is one of the 12-point resolutions adopted by the state executive committee meeting of the party which was held here on Friday and attended by their national president Purno A Sangma.