Jowai, July 30: The residents of Nongtalang are once again facing the problem of contaminated water polluting the water source of the village. The seven localities which depend on Amdap for water, in the past few weeks are once again facing problems as with rains, the water from Amdap turns a muddy colour. Once the water source is contaminated in this way, it takes many days for it to regain normalcy.
Environmentalist HH Mohrmen says that he was informed about this problem by the residents of the seven localities who have been affected by this problem namely Khlachympa, Rymmusan, Tympang Club, Amlariang, Shnongpdeng, Shnongklor and Banang and has witnessed the extent of the problem for himself.
Assam – Meghalaya border residents doubt possibility of peace and tranquillity
SHILLONG, July 29: People residing along the Assam – Meghalaya inter – state border areas in the Ri Bhoi district on Tuesday expressed ‘doubt’ that they will ever see peace and tranquillity prevailing in the border.
This was expressed by the people residing in Sabuda, Umwang, Jatalong and other villages located along the Meghalaya-Assam border during the visit of a delegation of 22 MDCs (ruling and opposition) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) led by its Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Tuesday.
The KHADC had decided to conduct the visit and inspection of all border areas falling under its jurisdiction with an aim to get first hand information about the problems and grievances faced by the people living there.
Daniel D Nampui
SHILLONG, July 29: Enter any house in the Laskein Block of the Jaintia Hills in picturesque Meghalaya and there is a likelihood that you will be welcomed with a cup of tea. Now, one is permitted to ask as to how this is even remotely interesting and unusual and the answer to that is in the tea itself. As opposed to your run – of – the – mill brew, the residents of the villages in this Block will offer you what is known as Cha Khoo, which means Tea Rice or tea brewed from rice when translated into English from the local Pnar dialect.
To save people from the arduous task of wrapping their brains around the concept of actually brewing tea from rice, let me elaborate a little on this tradition that has been in practice for ages. The art of brewing Cha Khow was practiced in the Jaintia Hills area of Meghalaya even before the introduction of the now common tea into the Khasi and Jaintia Hills of the State by the British during the time they reigned over this, and many other parts of India. During those times, the practice of preparing Cha Khow was very common and widely popular among the people of Jaintia Hills. As time progressed and with the easy availability of tea leaves in the ensuing years, the art of preparing Cha Khow slowly slipped into disuse and is today an almost lost art.
SHILLONG, July 28: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit on Monday said that the Council will soon seek the assistance of the state government on the need to equip its Enforcement Staff with arms, security being the main reason.
Recently, five staff members of the Enforcement Wing of the KHADC were severely injured when a mob attacked and assaulted them during a regular checking drive against illegal businesses being run by non-tribal inside the Iewduh market.
“We will write to the government for its consideration on the need to provide arms to the officials of the Council’s Enforcement Wing,” Basaiawmoit told reporters.
TURA, July 29: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan came to an end after the sighting of the crescent moon on Monday night as thousands from the plain belt of Garo Hills got together in prayer and celebrations. The whole plain belt wore a look of festivity as fervent prayers went up on the sighting of the moon. Prayers continued through the night and the region began a feast that is set to last days, if not weeks.
TURA, July 29: The town of Tura has now become witness to a huge increase in the number of cases of theft that seem to be growing by the day. The main areas of incidence have been the Tura Bazaar area and its neighbouring localities, which time and again are being ravaged by groups of thieves. The sophisticated methods of theft point to the presence of highly specialized groups, most probably helped by some locals.
SHILLONG, July 28: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday has directed all the porters (dajus) to register and obtain labour licenses from the authority concerned even as it maintained that it would soon act against illegal liquor shops operating in Iewduh market in the city.
The decision was taken during a meeting convened by the KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit which was also attended by the Syiem of Hima Mylliem, Latho Manik Syiem on Monday.