TURA, Oct 11: Sand Mining has many devastating traits. For one, it destroys the river beds, changes the course of the river, causes banks to flood as well as washes away houses that lie near its path. As such the ban on sand mining has generally been welcomed by all.
However, even after the blanket ban on sand mining, the trade is flourishing in parts of West Garo Hills (WGH), especially in Damalggre and Chibbinang, albeit illegally.
SHILLONG/ TURA, Oct 11: The annual Durga Puja Celebrations have begun in earnest amidst impending movements for the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
Maha Saptami showed the way for the celebrations for Durga Puja across the state on Friday, with people from in and around different places to the biggest spectacle and celebration by the Hindu community. It however transcended all religious barriers, with the tribal population too getting together to celebrate.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: The 9th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Thursday rejected the Inner Line Permit (ILP) demand for the state through the voice vote. The ILP demand was voted out by MUA-II government in favor of a “comprehensive, integrated and institutionalized” mechanism to check illegal immigration into the pre-dominantly tribal state.
Replying to the Resolution Motion tabled by Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) legislator, Ardent Basaiawmoit, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, “My government would soon take up with the Centre a proposal for appropriate amendment to the Representation of People’s Act in order to ensure that outsiders in the state would not get voting rights”.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri Thursday affirmed that the Law and Order situation is under control and the government will ensure peaceful, safe and secure celebrations of all festivals including pujas across the state in general and Shillong city in particular.
Briefing journalists on Thursday night regarding the law and order scenario in state, Warjri appealed the people to remain calm and not to heed any rumors.
SHILLONG, Oct 11: Miscreants lobbed a petrol bomb at the puja pandal at Gorkha School in Umsning in Ri Bhoi district on Friday, but no damage was done to the pandal.
Police said the miscreants threw the petrol bomb from a faraway place and it could not reach the puja pandal.
After the incident, security has been beefed up in all the puja pandals across the district.
New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS): India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will bring the curtain down on his illustrious 24-year-old career with his 200th Test - this one against the West Indies - in November.
Tendulkar, who had retired from ODIs last December, said Thursday that the 200th Test match would indeed be his last game.
SHILLONG, Oct 10: With MPCC calling for nominations for the party ticket from aspirants for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, 10 aspirants have applied for Congress ticket on Thursday itself.