SHILLONG, Jan 28: Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Tuesday reiterated its stand demanding the chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma to step down alleging the latter has occupied the post with aid from the militant and an independent inquiry must be instituted into the politician – militant nexus even as it said that the CM is welcome to drag them to Court.
“We will pressurize the centre to institute an independent inquiry because Dr Mukul Sangma became the chief minister by default with the aid of the militants and the government should be dismissed forthwith,” UDP legislator from Nongthymmai, Jemino Mawthoh, told reporters at a press conference here on Tuesday.
TURA, Jan 28: A three day cultural extravaganza is set to rock the district of South West Garo Hills from Wednesday. Aptly titled, ‘Rhythm of the Hills’, the event will kick start in the village of Betasing, about 10 kms from the district headquarter.
The three day event will showcase the indigenous culture of Garo hills vis-à-vis demonstrate dances from the region.
The gala event will be inaugurated by Arts and Culture Minister Clement Marak. The Governor of Meghalaya, Dr KK Paul and Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma will attend the closing ceremony on January 31.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: Sitting Congress' Rajya Sabha MP, Wansuk Syiem, filed her nomination for the lone seat to the Upper House from Meghalaya on Monday.
The Rajya Sabha elections is scheduled for February 7 next.
Syiem, who is also a senior Congress leader, became the first woman from Meghalaya to be elected to Rajya Sabha on April 11 last year. She was elected to the Rajya Sabha on April 11 last year through a bye-election held to fill up the vacancy caused by the resignation of the then Upper House MP Thomas A. Sangma, who unsuccessfully contested the 2013 Assembly Election as the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate.
TURA, Jan 27: One of the worst kept secrets of the state of Meghalaya has been its incomplete construction of roads; bridges are development programmes that keep getting stalled for reasons that are as known as the delay. The three decade old construction of Warima Bridge over Simsang River at Williamnagar in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills is one of those and may even compete for a record of sorts. However, in news that may lighten quite a few hearts, the bridge may finally see the light of day, if things work out for the people, whose antagonism is understandable.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: Aimed at improving the internal security of the state, Meghalaya government Monday approved fast tracking the creation of a Special Multi-Task Force (SMTF) or Special Force-10, a ten-company strength force, aimed at counter insurgency operations, maintaining law and order problems besides others.
The new force will also open up job avenues for the youth of the state.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: The Congress on Monday released candidates list for the ensuing district council elections to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) to be held on February 24.
But the list does not figure any woman candidate as the party said that not a single woman applied for the party ticket.
The list includes the name of JHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Madonbai Rymbai from Sohmynting – Khliehtyrshi and former CEMs, Lamdibok Sumer from War East and Hambertus Nongtdu from Rymbai Khliehriat.
SHILLONG, Jan 27: The boycott call by six separatist militant outfits from the region on January 26 on account of Republic Day could not spoil the spirit of the people who defied the call and attended the celebration at Polo ground on Sunday. That these routine boycott calls on Republic and Independence Day is losing its sheen and influence on the general masses can be ascertained from the big participation of people in the day’s celebrations. As thousands of people gathered at the Polo ground in the state capital where the official celebration is organized every year there is a common cord strike by the Governor of Meghalaya and his Assam counterpart. Both of them strike this cord while delivering their speeches on militancy in their respective states.