Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Shillong, May 11: In the wake of power crisis that left the city crippled for the past few weeks and the rains that have just seemed to start seriously, people in Meghalaya, especially in Shillong city, have been suffering due to acute water shortage. The dependence of residents on the bountiful monsoon, which the state is endowed with, has put them in a quandary during dry months.
Despite the problem of water scarcity being pretty endemic, most here are still aloof to the work ‘rain water harvesting’.
Although this is embedded in the local culture, with most old Assam-type houses having some sort of mechanism that collected the rainwater that fell on the roofs to be used for household purposes, but this practice is dying out with more and more RCC buildings with cement roofs being built.
Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Tura, May 10: The Impulse NGO Network has taken a strong note of the alleged torture of 12 girls here by the activists. The network is preparing a detailed case study and is taking up the matter with State and National Commission for Women.
They are pitching that bail should not be granted to the five accused activists involved in the case and compensation rights for the girls be given.
Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO network Shillong, said, “Impulse case info centre is preparing a detailed report based on the information available. We are collecting all relevant data and contacting the victims and their families. We will document and analyze the case thoroughly”.
Shillong, May 10: The Supreme Court has ordered a stay on the proceedings of inquiry by State Level Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) constituted to probe into the Scheduled Tribe status of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma.
In its order on Friday, a four- judge bench comprising Chief Justice RM Lodha, Justice AK Patnaik, Justice K Balakrishnan and Justice SS Nijjar directed Meghalaya government to put a halt to the inquiry commissioned by the SLSC till disposal of the petitions.
The order read “Further proceedings before the State Level Scrutiny Committee shall remain stayed”.
District administration institutes Magisterial Inquiry
Tura, May 09: In a huge case of human rights violation by none than the NGOs themselves, 12 girls were on Thursday night rescued from their custody by villagers. The 12 girls had been held captive for eight days by the ‘activists’ in the rented residence of Jaynie Ningring N. Sangma at Danakgre, in the outskirt of Tura town, and have severe bruises marks on their lower body parts.
The teenagers were allegedly picked up by the NGOs activists from their residences on the allegation that they were indulging in “illegal sex trade”. Interestingly, they were taken away to be counseled by members of the Church.
SHILLONG, May 10: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People –South West Khasi Hills District (FKJGP-SWKD) Saturday, citing a recent survey conducted, said majority of the villages in the district have expressed strong reservation against the proposed move of the state government to set up a designated camp for the cadres of a Garo based rebel outfit in the area.
The survey was conducted by a high level committee of the FKJGP-SWKHD which submitted its report in a meeting held at Mawkyrwat on Saturday.
Tura, May 10: 8 people, travelling from Rongram to Phulbari, were on Saturday attacked by 4 men in Tebronggre in West Garo Hills, about 30 kms from the district head quarter of Tura. The vehicle was stopped by the four with country made guns and the loot was perpetrated by them at gun point. In the ensuing melee, one person was also hurt, four were let off and the location of the remaining three could not be ascertained.
SHILLONG, May 09: The release of NGOs members arrested during the Inner Line Permit (ILP) agitations depends on the Court following the State government’s decision to revoke the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).
The state government revoked the MPDA under which the arrested members of the NGOs were booked to facilitate the NGOs demand; however, the NGOs will have to move the Court for their release, a senior official from the home department informed on Friday.