SHILLONG, Dec 13: If Meghalaya’s highest rural population growth among all states in the country, according to the 2011 census, is nothing to cheer about then the same continues for its Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). Meghalaya along with Sikkim, Tripura from the northeastern region has registered a 4-point decline in IMR higher than the national average of 3-point.
As per data released by the union ministry of health and family welfare, new birth deaths have declined from 50 deaths per 1000 live births to 47 whereas Odisha and Bihar in Eastern India, Gujarat in Western India, Rajasthan and Punjab in Northern India and Tamil Nadu in Southern India are the other states which have scored at par with Meghalaya.
¨IAF Chief rules out China as threat¨
Shillong, Dec 12: The decades old MIG – 21 fighter jets will be replaced by the Tejas Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) by next year. Initially the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be getting 40 of the new aircrafts as replacement for the old and reliable MIG – 21 fighter aircraft.
Speaking to reporters at Upper Shillong after the conclusion of farewell held in his honour, Air Chief Marshall NAK Browne however was full of appreciation for the MIG 21 fighter jets saying it has done a commendable job and generations of pilots have been trained in the MIGs fighter aircrafts.
Browne, who was in Shillong as part of his two – day farewell visit, informed that work for MK II which will have better radar systems, powerful engines and other features has started. Apart from Tejas, the IAF will also be having Rafale super fighter to strengthen its air defence.
Tura, Dec 12: In yet another shocker, two minor girls were raped by their step father, the elder one being raped for over two years. The shocking incident came to light after an FIR was filed against the step father at the Tura Police station. The stepfather was arrested by police on December 10 last and a case filed against him.
One Porbinson Ch Marak (50) of Dongdegre village, in the Gambegre block about 25 kms from the town of Tura, West Garo Hills, was arrested after he was brought to the Tura Police station by the Maharis of the mother of the children on charges of rape. According to reports, he had allegedly first raped his elder daughter, then only 15, and had been continuing to sleep with her over the last two years. Seemingly, he had been doing so even after the mother of the victim came to know.
Williamnagar, Dec 12: The town of Williamnagar, headquarter of East Garo Hills district, remembered their hero Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma on his 141st death anniversary on Thursday. A death anniversary ceremony was held, as is done every year, at the Chisobibra memorial of the martyr with members of the GHADC, the District Administration as well as the local MLA, Deborah C Marak, paying their respects along with the NGOs.
SHILLONG, Dec 12: Registering their stiff opposition, hundreds of village heads backed by several NGOs from Jaintia Hills region Thursday sought the immediate intervention of Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul demanding to withheld the proposed implementation of the recently Delimitation Bill passed by the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).
They also threatened to move to the High Court to seek redressal on the matter, if at all the state government decides to go ahead with implementation of the Bill in the upcoming 2014 MDC elections in the state.
Tura, Dec 12: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma Wednesday said the government has mooted for promoting the state as a popular destination for Christmas and New Year celebration. Dr. Sangma told a gathering at the Winter Festival in Tura that the rich and diverse culture of Meghalaya should be harnessed for economic benefits.
Dr. Sangma remarked that the government is contemplating to declare December and January as a calendar month for promotion of the state as a destination for celebration of Christmas and New Year. Towards this end, the tourism department has been instructed to light up and beautify Shillong and Tura in the run up to the festive month.
Tura, Dec 11: The town of Tura woke to the sound of guns when Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants shot two petrol pump attendants in the leg, severely injuring them. The incident happened at about 8:30 am in the morning, in the Chasingre Petrol Pump that is about 10 kms form the town of Tura, West Garo Hills.
An eye witness, who is also one of the victims, said that tow armed militants came from the side of the petrol pump and immediately asked them to kneel down. They then shot one Mono Hajong in the leg by which time the second petrol pump attendant ran for his life. The militants also fired at another attendant nearby who sustained injuries to his leg. Both of them were rushed to the Tura Civil Hospital. The other injured has been identified as Biswajit Saha. The third attendant managed to escape.