SHILLONG, May 05: The 13 Pro – ILP NGOs Monday served a one - week deadline to state government demanding immediate and unconditional release of the three members who were arrested and booked under the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA) last year.
The decision to serve a week’s deadline for the release of the three members belonging to two NGOs was taken at a meeting of the thirteen NGOs held on Monday.
Tura, May 05: In order to make a fast buck, some miscreants in the town of Tura have been visiting non Garo colonies to extort money pretending to be a part of prominent NGOs of the region. While the Garo Student’s Union (GSU) has been the name most commonly used, (being the biggest NGO of the region), other NGOs like the FKJGP, A’chik Youth Welfare Organization (AYWO) and Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) have also not been spared by the posers. The NGO themselves have come out very strongly against these acts stating that those trying to extort had no connection with them and warned of strong action.
Official address cited is Microsoft office
Kolkata, May 04: Photoshop is the most widely used software for enhancements to photographs. However, one company took the mantle of makeover a little too far and created a company that only exists on their website and not on the ground. The Kali Pradip Chaudhari led KPC group lists Chemgenpharma, a pharmaceutical company as one of its group with a fully functional lab and premises in the Salt Lake Area. A check on the ground found a shocker in store – one that is likely to have huge repercussions.
For the uninitiated, the KPC group is the same one which won a contract from the Meghalaya government to the tune of Rs 250 crore for setting up of the Shillong Medical College in November 2012. They supposedly also share close ties with the West Bengal government though there is no paper trail on the projects they have with the WB government other than the Medical College and the Shova nursing home being in Kolkata. Both are supposedly run by the group.
SHILLONG, May 04: NEEPCO has agreed to resume power supply to state as soon as Meghalaya government makes the initial payment of Rs 30 crore, provided the latter will also make additional Rs 20 crore for the next three months.
The payment arrangement was made during the tripartite meeting in New Delhi between NEEPCO, state power department and the Union Ministry of Power on May 2.
Meghalaya commissioner & secretary ( in-charge power) Jopthiaw Lyngdoh informed that the power department will try its best to initially pay Rs 30 crore either on Monday or the subsequent days. He said, “As soon as we make payment of Rs 30 crore, NEEPCO has agreed to restore power immediately.”
Guwahati, May 05: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has congratulated Itanagar based scribe Tongam Rina for being honoured by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as an information hero. Rina, who works for Arunachal Times, an influential English newspaper of Arunachal Pradesh, has been included in the list of ‘100 information heroes’ released by the Paris based media watchdog on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
Rina, 34, is the only Indian journalist to figure in the RSF list.
Pressure groups, NGOs friends with Outfit; Vivek Syiem in hit list
Shillong, May 04: Proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday demanded the immediate release of HANM President Lamphrang Kharbani along with four other youths arrested on Friday night, or face four days of total shutdown. The outfit has warned of announcing total shutdown of all the state government offices and departments including the central government on May 8, 9, 12 and 13 respectively.
The Council also warned all government officials to respect the decision of the HNLC, stating “anybody going against the Council orders will do it at their own risk”.
SHILLONG, May 03: Continuing its anti-insurgency operations to flush out militants in the state as well as their sympathizers, police on Friday night arrested Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) president Lamphrang Kharbani along with four others for their alleged nexus with the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
Kharbani and the four others were arrested from Rangthong, a remote border village in South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) district while they were on their way back to Shillong after meeting the leaders of HNLC in Bangladesh, police sources informed.