SHILLONG, March 27: In a bid to address the challenges related to unemployment and influx, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Thursday took a tough stand by deciding not to issue fresh trading licenses besides licenses on those trades which indigenous people are capable of taking up would also be cancelled.
Addressing pressmen on Thursday, KHADC Executive Member (EM) in-charge of trade Latiplang Kharkongor, who is also a KHNAM MDC from Nongthymmai informed that the Council has decided to stop issuing of fresh trading licenses to non-tribals to protect local interests in trade and labour.
NPP Supremo bats for Garoland, asks outfits to shun violence
TURA, March 27: The National People’s Party (NPP) election bandwagon moved to the East Garo Hills (EGH) region with former Lok Sabha Speaker and Tura candidate Purno Agitok Sangma asserting the need for creation of a Garoland state carved out of Meghalaya but without the use of guns and bloodshed.
He stressed the importance of dialogue and the democratic process for the voice of the people to be heard if Garoland was to become a reality. He stressed, "The voice of the people is more powerful than a grenade or AKs. I seek your vote for Garoland. Your fight for creation of Garoland by guerrilla movement is not correct. Be a voice for the A'chik and eschew violence. I will lead the fight and ensure that Garoland is created". He asked all militant groups to come forward to raise their voice through other means other than violence.
Tokyo clarifies his stand, says he is not connected with ASAK
TURA, March 26: Independent legislator from Rongara – Siju Constituency in South Garo Hills Rophul S Marak’s name has reached the hit list of the dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
This was revealed by Mingran T Sangma on Tuesday at Tura while interacting with journalists. Mingran has been indicted by GNLA to be one of the main persons behind the formation of militant outfit ASAK (A’chik Songna An’chakgipa Kotok).
Mingran listed number of people, which includes the whole ASAK team, as well as MLA Rophul S Marak who are now the targets of GNLA.
According to him, the GNLA is set to wipe out ASAK and any of its supporters for breaking up from the group itself. He alleged the recent killing of Servison R Sangma in Williamnagar, which the GNLA team had said was accidental, was not accidental at all. He alleged the killing had been thought off and planned accordingly.
GUWAHATI, March 26: Congress chairman Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will visit Assam from March 27 for election campaigns in the state.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Assam for election campaigns in the state and will address three rallies.
A top source of Assam Pradesh Congress said that Rahul will take part in two election rallies in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency for the party candidate Bhupen Bora and another rally in Dibrugarh LS constituency for the party candidate Paban Singh Ghatowar.
TURA, March 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday highlighted the “secular” and the pro-tribal ideology of the Congress to strike an emotional chord with the people of South Garo Hills.
Addressing a rally at Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH) to drum up support for Daryl William Ch Momin, the Congress candidate from Tura Parliamentary seat, Dr Sangma said, “The indigenous communities do not enjoy their rights in Tripura and Assam, but in Meghalaya the Congress has ensured the rights of the Garos.”
SHILLONG, March 26: The Election Commission Wednesday allotted election symbols to candidates contesting for Shillong and Tura Parliamentary seats in Meghalaya even as none of the candidates withdrew their nomination papers.
Altogether, 10 candidates are all set to battle each other for the two Parliamentary seats in state in the ensuing Lok Sabha (LS) poll slated for April 9.
“There was no withdrawal of nomination papers by candidates from Shillong seat,” election officials said here.
SHILLONG, March 26: Concerned over illegal land acquisition within the territory of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit Wednesday said his committee would bring in measures to check land alienation from the people.
"I am confident that we would be able to come up with a legislation to protect any exploitation of the land of the local indigenous people. We need to have a strong law to support this major decision of preventing all future acquisition of land from those who failed to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Council," Basaiawmoit told the House on Wednesday.