SHILLONG, Aug 12: “These bandhs are killing us and nobody else,” was the remark of a villager who sells his produce on the footpath near Red Cross area in Lower Laban. He went on to say, “We cannot certainly solve issues by taxing poor people like me. Our own people are after us.” These words of the vendor, who may not have attended the best schools in town or any university, are full of wisdom.
The unfortunate part is that what this vendor can realize the bandh callers don’t. This vendor earns his living by selling his produce from his farmland back in Laitkor in the city’s outskirts as people love to buy his natural products but then who cares for a voiceless person like him? The bandh callers from another nation cannot ascertain the hardships they cause to their own brethren in the name of some nondescript reason.
TURA, Aug 11: Two policemen were hurt in a case of accidental firing in the remote village of Purakhasia, about 35 kms from the town of Tura. The two, one a driver and the other a battalion constable, were hurt when a carbine accidentally went off when the constable was about to board a Gypsy on his way to an operation.
The two injured policemen have been identified as Battalion Constable (BNC) Mridul Ch Rabha while the driver has been identified as Trepatin T Sangma. While Rabha is from Mendipathar, Sangma belongs to Tura. The incident happened at about 8 am on Monday morning.
TURA, Aug 11: Job holders working under the payroll of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have decided to go on a two-day strike from Tuesday onwards over the nonpayment of dues for the past four months. The Council which last paid salaries to its employees way back in the month of March has been riddled with protests over the salaries that it is supposed to pay.
TURA, Aug 11: After the furor over the ‘Codification of Garo Customary Law’ attempt made by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the NGOs of East Garo Hills (EGH) including the GSU, AIGU, FAF, Mothers' Federation, WGCSU, ICFS, AYF and ASCOT met the CEM, Alphonse A Sangma at his residence to convey their apprehension of the Bill in question. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) on Saturday at his residence in Dakopgre in Tura.
The NGOs have demanded the scrapping of some sections of the Bill to ensure non - tribals were not given a free hand in becoming a Garo through the laws.
SHILLONG/TURA, Aug 11: All branches of SBI in Meghalaya remained closed on Monday while hundreds of employees of State Bank of India (SBI) staged a silent peace rally to protest and demand immediate release of bank employee Subodh Kumar Mishra who was kidnapped by armed militants from Gasuapara branch in Garo Hills on August 5 last.
The silent peace rally started from Dhanketi and concluded at SBI Shillong main branch organized by the SBI Officers’ Association. During the rally, they asked militants to “stop making SBI employees’ soft targets for demands”.
All the 110 SBI branches in Meghalaya, including 41 branches in Garo Hills region, remained closed on Monday as part of the state – wide strike of the bank employees who also demanded the state government to provide security and safe working environment for them.
SHILLONG, Aug 11: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Monday asked government to immediately roll-back the recent fare hike for Shillong Public Transport Service (SPTS), Shillong Special Public Transport Service (SSPTS) and Shillong Supplementary Transport Service (SSTS) run by Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
In a letter to Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, FKJGP President Joe Marwein said, “The increase in the fare by 100 per cent of the existing rate is unjustified and unreasonable. This is going to have a severe impact on people who depend on this public transport service to commute from one part of the city to another, students and poor families.”
SHILLONG, Aug 10: Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday called for 48-hour bandh to protest NGT’s ban on rat-hole coal mining and boycott the Indian Independence Day in Khasi – Jaintia Hills.
The bandh will be effective from 6 PM of August 13 to 6 PM of August 15.
In a press communiqué issued on Sunday, HNLC Publicity Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw informed, “The total shutdown will commence from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15.”
He explained the shutdown on August 13 and 14 is being called to protest against NGT’s ban on coal mining which has affected the livelihood of the people, and August 15 will be a sign of protest against the policy of the Government of India in forcing the signing of the Instrument of Accession and annexed Agreement on August 17, 1948, at gunpoint.