SHILLONG, April 25: Well, can Meghalaya live up to the growing infrastructural requirements of the nation at the backdrop of a depleting power scenario in the state and where road infrastructures are dismally poor but air services and rail networks have just started to show signs of entry. Arunachal Pradesh has stepped into the railway map of the country on April 7, 2014, and Meghalaya’s Garo Hills is also in this map but what remains a matter of concern is capital Shillong which is still dependent on road transport. The Umroi airport has started functioning after a long lull but what is required is a rail link similar to Mendipathar in Garo Hills.
Jha remanded to 10 days police custody
SHILLONG, April 24: The elusive and controversial CMJ University Chancellor, Chandra Mohan Jha (CM Jha), has been remanded to 10 days police custody by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate B Joshi on Thursday. He was produced before the local court soon after he was brought from Bihar by the Meghalaya CID after his arrest from Madhubani three days ago. But Jha blamed the Congress – led state government for his arrest.
A special CID team that had gone to Bihar to arrest Jha arrived in Shillong on Thursday afternoon and produced him before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of B Joshi at around 5:30 pm.
SHILLONG, April 24: With Meghalaya facing its worst ever load shedding in recent times, the state government has decided to hold meeting with Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to discuss the power crisis and whether the government needs to step in to bail out the corporation from the power debt of Rs 473 crore that it owes to central power corporations like the NEEPCO and others.
The recent power cuts have thrown the normal life out of gear, especially after the durations of load shedding were enhanced.
SHILLONG, April 23: Four children were charred to death in a vicious fire at Umkaduh village under Nongpoh Police station in Ri-Bhoi District on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at about 11.30 am when seven children from the same family were playing in one of the pit (three feet deep) meant for the toilet purpose, however, one minor boy set the straw on fire which engulfed the entire pit.
In this fire incident, one boy died on the spot, three injured children died on reaching Civil Hospital Nongpoh due to critical fire injuries while three boys were rescued.
SHILLONG, April 24: The vehicle of South Garo Hills (SGH) Deputy Commissioner (DC), Chinmay Gotmare, was attacked by suspected militants on Thursday night. While the DC escaped unhurt, his PSO and driver received bullet injures. This is the second incident where militants have attacked Gotmare vehicle.
The Personal Security Officer (PSO) and the driver were immediately taken to a hospital in Baghmara and later shifted to Tura hospital in West Garo Hills District. They came under attack while travelling through a remote village in the district.
A senior police official affirmed that the attack was carried out by militants near Phatburi area.
SHILLONG, April 24: After much hullabaloo, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) finally expelled Fenela Lyngdoh Nonglait from the party for her anti-party activity on Thursday.
The decision to terminate Nonglait’s primary membership was taken at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the HSPDP held in the presence of its chief Hoping Stone Lyngdoh in the city here on Thursday.
Legislator and HSPDP Joint Secretary, Witting Mawsor, informed, “We have unanimously decided to expel Nonglait for her anti party activity by disrespecting the party’s decision.”
Tura, April 23: The ongoing power cuts within the Garo Hills region has left the whole populace crying foul due to the longevity of the cuts. However, things got from bad to worse with the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) increasing the hours of power shut down in the region from the earlier 4 hours to a mind boggling 11 hours! The result has left the whole region fuming and got everyone to cry hoarse over the increase.
While on one hand, the power tariffs have been increased by the same power company, the service quality has taken a huge downturn. Some people of the region have blamed the MeECL while some others have blamed the Government’s lackadaisical attitude for the problems faced by the common man.