SHILLONG, Aug 29: The much anticipated talks between NGOs and the state government failed on Thursday, resulting in the former calling for a 12 – hour bandh on Monday to press for speedy implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
With the government giving its usual excuse of devising a much ‘stronger’ mechanism than ILP to check influx in state, the discontented NGOs walked out of the meeting on Thursday, rendering it inconclusive. Subsequently, after a short meeting, the NGOs declared the bandh on Monday, to be effective from 5 am to 5 pm.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: The internal dissidence that cropped up recently in the Congress led MUA-II government may seem to have died down but it may not last more than three months, if the words of a high level and well placed source in the government are to be believed. The AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Luizinho Faleiro, through his intervention may have persuaded the dissident members for the time being “but he could not put a permanent lid,” is what sources disclosed on Thursday.
Shillong, Aug 29: To showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Khasis under one-roof, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will organize a “Monolith Festival”- first of its kind- to promote, preserve and conserve the tribal indigenous cultures.
The two days “Monolith Festival” will be held on October 25 and 26 at the famous heritage-village Mawphlang constructed over 7 - acres of land in East Khasi hills district.
SHILLONG, Aug 28: Acting on the order issued by the Syiem (Chieftain) Hima Mylliem, the representatives of Hima Mylliem confiscated and took over the toll gate situated at Lum Shillong (Shillong View Point) on the ground that the toll gate operated by Raid Laban is illegally since it does not fall under Raid Laban jurisdiction.
Shillong, Aug 29: Hysteria caught Shillong Thursday afternoon when news of failure of talks between the Government and NGOs on Inner Line Permit (ILP) spread. Business establishments were petrified with the news even as the traffic in and around Khyndailad (Police Bazaar) quickly thinned.
SHILLONG, Aug 28: Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem arrested Joint Director of Mechanical, Directorate of Agriculture- Ropsil Lamare for his involvement bribery of over Rs 3 lakh from M/S Horizon Marketing a company based at Tura.
SP M Kharkhrang stated- “The Joint Director has demanded Rs. 3 lakhs from a Tura based company – M/S Horizon Marketing by asking Rs 5000 per power tiller supplied by it to the department.”
SHILLONG, Aug 28: The conglomeration of pressure groups and NGOs batting for the introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya said that they would intensify their agitations, if the state government is not willing to implement the ILP system.
The FKJGP President Joe Marwein said, “We will attend the meeting with the expectation that our demand is considered by the government and I feel that there is no other mechanism which will check the influx better than the ILP.”