TURA, Jan 19: The ongoing problems of the Garo Hills region have hurt the sentiments of most people with the call for peace getting louder. Working upon the concerns of people, the various NGOs of Tura got together on Sunday to discuss what could be done and to call for peace, while asking the militants to come forth and be a part of the peace process.
The meeting was attended by the AYWO, AAYF, the TGCSU, GHSMC, Sentinel for HR, the Mother’s Union of New Tura branch and the AMA.
Resubelpara, Jan 18: The expansion of railway line from Dudhnoi to Mendipathar in North Garo Hills is likely to be completed by March this year and the services will begin in April next. This was informed by the Member of Planning Commission (PC), B. K. Chaturvedi, who visited the site to inspect and review the progress of the 19.7 km broad-gauge railway line and station at Mendipathar on Saturday.
Baghmara, Jan 18: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South Garo Hills (SGH), Chinmay Gotmare, had a providential escape after suspected GNLA militants fired at his vehicle while he was on his way back from the election meeting in Shillong on Friday night.
The incident happened at about 8:30 pm between the villages of Jaksongram and Adugre, about 15 kms from the town of Baghamara. The DC escaped unharmed albeit with a few mental scars.
TURA, Jan 17: A chance encounter led to the revelation of the name of Monssi Momin, a War World – I & II hero, who died fighting the battle in France- a few that were acknowledged for their contributions during the war that defined the current demographics.
During World War-I in 1917, the Garos were recruited to work as labourers in France. Of the 456 who reached France, only about 120 of them returned to Tura. However, official records available say that only 58 of them died during the episode and had nothing that listed the achievements.
Guwahati, Jan 18: Bodo militants gunned down at least five people belonging to Bihar in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Friday night.
The IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants killed five people at Athiabari near Ramfilbeel under Sidli police station in Kokrajhar district along National Highway 31 around 9.30 pm on Friday, when they fired indiscriminately at passengers of a night service bus proceeding from Siliguri in West Bengal to Jonai Silapathar in Lakhimpur distrct of Assam.
SHILLONG, Jan 18: The recent address by the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress (INC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s high pitch speech on Friday did not rouse any interest in the common men except some sanguine Congress men becoming or pretending to be “hopefuls” in spite of crushing defeat in the recent assembly polls in 4 states.
SHILLONG, Jan 17: The upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) elections in Meghalaya will see as many as 55,423 new voters, of which 25,900 are female voters.
Interestingly, half of the new enrolments in the final publication consist of youths in the age group of 18-19 years since 28,149 new enrolls are in the age group of 18-19. With the new inclusion, the total number of electorates in the state has gone to 15,53,028 out of which female electorates are 7,83,270 and male are 7,69,758.