SHILLONG, June 26: The main problem which lies in Garo Hills (GH) in terms of militancy and dacoity is the socio-economic condition of the people living in the region, observed former Leader of Opposition and leader of National People’s Party (NPP), Conrad K Sangma.
Talking to Meghalaya Times, Conrad said the state government has not been able to do enough in the western part of the state.
SHILLONG, June 26: Demystifying the issue of child labors and its clauses, VV Giri National Labour Institute Expert Dr Onkar Sharma on Wednesday stated that the child labour law in the country does not put 100 percent prohibition on child labours even as he asserted that the law provides for prohibition of 80 occupations.
Addressing a press conference after the two day orientation programme, Dr Onkar Sharma, however stressed that the Central Government has to initiate action against any mines that flouts labour norms and employs child labor.
Tura, June 25: The unnecessary spread of rumours is worsening the atmosphere of fear amongst the people of Garo Hills (GH). This comes at a time when the whole region is tense and curfew is in place in the town of Tura and neighboring places of West Garo Hills. The District Administration has already advised people against the spread of rumours which could derail the process of bringing back normality within the region.
CID on Tuesday sealed CMJ University Chancellor, CM Jha’s house – ‘Swasti Niwas’ near Crinoline falls, Shillong. Two of his vehicles were also seized from the building compound. Notices were also pasted asking Jha to appear before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shillong, on July 19, 2013.
Additionally, CID has advised the tenants of ‘Swasti Niwas’ to consider shifting their tenancy at the earliest to evade forceful eviction before the auction of the building, in case Jha does not turn up.
SHILLONG, June 26: Director of Regional Resource Training Centre, Nagaland, Dr P Ngully on Wednesday affirmed that Meghalaya including the North Eastern Region has the highest prevalence of addiction related problems, even as Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Deoborah C Marak informed that the state will soon have a “Drug Policy” soon.
Speaking during the Consultation Meet to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Shillong on Wednesday, Ngully said alcohol users are the largest group seeking for medical treatment in the north eastern region after cannabis and heroin users.
Bodies handed over to families
Tura, June 25: After the massacre in Nongalbibra, which left 8 people dead by dacoits, the administration has been trying its utmost to try and ensure that things did not get out of hand. The deaths had left the whole state in shock and particularly the Garo Hills region, which remains to be tense. The thing the people had feared most was the handover of bodies of the victims to their families and the reaction that would come after.
Shillong, June 25: Former Chief Minister and State Planning Board (SPB) chairman Salseng C Marak is upset that Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has not convened any meeting to discuss the Garo hills violent situation and felt that deploying additional security forces is not the answer but engaging the militant groups in a dialogue might be the best option to bring back normalcy in the region.
Marak left for Garo hills on Tuesday and will be visiting all the violence affected areas.