SHILLONG, Aug 10: Questioning who is Dr Mukul Sangma to oppose the demand for a separate Garo state, Former Lok Sabha Speaker and incumbent MP from Tura constituency Purno Agitok Sangma Sunday asserted that a Chief Minister has no jurisdiction over demand of separate statehood.
Speaking to reporters here, the National People’s Party (NPP) Chief said, “Where is the question of having a dialogue on the bifurcation of the state with the Chief Minister, who is he, he has no jurisdiction… it is the power of the Centre government, it is the power of the parliament to create new states and to reorganize new states… Chief Minister has nothing to do with this.”
Shillong/Tura, Aug 10: The State Bank of India (SBI) Officers Association SBI Staff Association has decided to call for a strike on Monday across the state to demand safe release of the kidnapped SBI employee, Subodh Mishra, from near Chiringpara in South Garo Hills. Mishra still remains untraced even after 6 days of his kidnapping by 6 armed militants allegedly belonging to ASAK.
The closure of the banks comes after a protest rally held by the Bankers’ Club in Tura on Saturday to demand the safe release of Mishra. On August 5, Subodh Mishra was abducted by six unidentified gunmen while he was proceeding towards Barengapara in West Garo Hills on his motor bike after discharging his duty for the day.
Tura, Aug 10: The recent spree of kidnappings in Garo Hills region has hit normal life really hard. The kidnappings have accompanied demands for money and most have had to shell out their hard earned money to pay for their lives. The kidnapping of two employees of the State Bank of India (SBI) has now put fear into most of those who are working in remote areas of the Garo Hills region.
One employee of the Gasuapara branch in South Garo Hills from where Subodh Mishra was kidnapped said he never wanted to go back to the branch. “Money and job may be important, but my life is more important. We have been working with villagers and that has meant traveling to these villages. Where is the guarantee that I can come back alive”, he said on the condition of anonymity.
TURA, Aug 09: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Saturday put the Garoland question as a non-starter and said that no dialogue on the subject would be entertained. He, however, invited militant outfits to shun violence and come forward to the mainstream.
Dr Sangma assured that the government had worked out a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. He said militants will avail benefits from the government if they come forward and follow the path of peace. "We have designed a comprehensive mechanism to rehabilitate militants," he said.
AMPATI, Aug 10: The District Administration of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) is bracing itself to tackle the onset of drought-like situation which has affected the cultivation of paddy in as many as 315 villages in the district.
Out of the total number of affected villages in the district, 162 villages are under Betasing block and 153 fall under Zikzak block and the total area affected is 4123 ha, as per the report submitted by the Agriculture department.
Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma will hold a meeting with the district line departments on Monday to take stock of the situation.
Agartala/Guwahati, Aug 10 (IANS): The union home ministry has alerted the north-eastern states over possible terror attacks in the run-up to Independence Day, officials said Sunday.
The ministry has asked the states to take steps to foil any attempt by militants to upset peace.
"The home ministry has alerted the north-eastern states to maintain strict vigil in the run-up to the Independence Day and thwart any attempt by separatist outfits to create a violent situation," a Tripura government official said.
"The central and state governments have also asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to further tighten vigilance along the India-Bangladesh border to prevent trans-border movement of militants," he said.
SHILLONG, Aug 09: City-based rock band - ‘Dymbur’ was on Saturday crowned 'Meghalaya Icon V' as part of the government's initiatives to create awareness on HIV/AIDS through music and promoting local talents.
The other bands- ‘Empirical Tribe’ and ‘Sky Level’- were crowned the first and second runners-up respectively.
Dymbur - the title winners of Meghalaya Icon V 2014, received a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh while Empirical Tribe and Sky Level received cash awards of Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 respectively apart from special gifts.
Organized by the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS), Meghalaya Icon V winner will be the brand ambassadors for MACS.