SHILLONG, Dec 07: Five labourers were crushed to death in a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills District on Friday morning.
The incident took place at around 11.45 AM at a remote mining village, Briwar Rasong, under Saipung Police Station, a senior police official said.
The five labourers were engaged in extracting coal using a makeshift crane from a rat hole coal mine located about 200 meters deep inside the earth’s crust when one of the cables snapped midway sending the crane and the debris on top of them, he said.
SHILLONG, Dec 07: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul Sangma has been assured to look into the demand of a multi-crore special package for the state by the Prime Minister of India recently, immediately after the state government sought Rs. 50,000 corer from the 14th Finance Commission to meet non-plan expenditure and give a thrust to developmental projects in the state.
MOREH, Dec 07: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will call on Myanmar authority to resolve the Indo-Myanmar border fencing issue through a diplomatic level, said Joint Secretary, North East in-charge, Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambu Singh.
The government of India will invite Myanmar for a bilateral meeting at the end of this month or the first week of next year, Shambhu Singh added.
The Joint Secretary (MHA) stated this during his official inspection conducted on Saturday at Moreh along with officials from the MHA, Surveyor General of India, BRO officials and joint political parties' delegation of Manipur. The inspection was led by Manipur deputy chief minister Gaikhangam.
Meghalaya Times being awarded Impulse Model’s Media Award for Change Maker on Friday at Guwahati, Assam. The award was jointly given by Impulse Social Enterprises, CNN- IBN and American Centre, Kolkata, for reporting on social issues during the third Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conclave themed “Moving Forward Together” organized by the American Center, Kolkata, in association with Impulse NGO Network. The award was received by Meghalaya Times Editor Thomas Lim and Joint Editor Deepak Singh on behalf of the newspaper.
Baghmara, Dec 07: In a shocking incident that took place on Friday in South Garo Hills district, a coal exporter was kidnapped from his house in the centre of the town of Baghmara. The incident happened at about 7 pm when armed men barged into the house of the exporter and took him from in front of his family at gun point.
The kidnapped businessman has been identified as Akhtar D Shira and was a resident of Baghmara, about 200 metres from the Baghmara Civil Hospital. Incidentally, rumours have been circulating that the businessman had been served a demand note, which had not been paid. The kidnapping was in retaliation to the businessman’s refusal to comply.
TURA, Dec 07: The District Administration of South West Garo Hills is gearing up to host the “Xtreme Adventure Sports Carnival” – the first ever in the State – at Ampati Football Field from December 11 to 17 next.
The carnival will witness various adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Hot Air Balloon, Running Bungee, Trampoline Catapult, Sumo Wrestling, Inflatable Rock Wall, Velcro Wall, Big Glove Boxing, Water Zorbing with Rubber Swimming Pool and many more.
Johannesburg, Dec 06 (IANS): Nelson Mandela, the man who demolished the much despised apartheid policy of racial segregation and went on to become South Africa's first black president, died Thursday at the age of 95.
South Africa grieved for its "Madiba", and world leaders paid rich tributes with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he represented the "conscience of the world".
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," President Jacob Zuma said in a late night TV announcement of his death. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."