Shillong, Aug 31: The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday demanded Meghalaya government to appoint an interlocutor within 24 days to show its seriousness to take the peace talks forward with the outfit.
In a press communiqué issued on Sunday, HNLC Publicity Secretary Saiñkupar Nongtraw said, “The HNLC has put a step forward to initiate peace talks with the government; hence the appointment of an interlocutor is the first and foremost requirement. If the Government of Meghalaya is at all serious to take the peace talks to the first level then it should try to appoint an interlocutor within 24 days of this press communiqué.”
Shillong, Aug 31: ANVC(B) Sunday stated that militants are uniting for peace in Garo Hills in spite of differences, and opined that the region will have peace only when Central Government intervenes.
The outfit also claimed that Police has once again taken custody of the arrested 24 ANVC(B) cadres who were kept in Tura Jail for the second time after three bodies were recovered from near Oragitok recently.
According to ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary Doang D Shira, “This is clear that Police are trying to divert the fake encounter issue by creating yet another situation in Garo Hills and divert the public mind from the main issue like they did in the case of late Balsan and late Witson.”
TURA, Aug 30: The flood affected plain belt has been at the receiving end of the PHE engineered makeshift toilets for temporary rehabilitation of the affected flood victims. Allegations of misappropriation and unusable public utilities due to the fault in the structure made residents of the plain belt furious with some even dismantling the structures as anger took over.
Photos of some of these structures show entry into the makeshift toilets would itself be a huge task as there is a huge gap and no link in between. Placed just above water, the use of these toilets would mean human refuse going back into the water, which the locals contend will surely invite diseases of a more serious nature once flood waters recede.
Another complaint made by the locals is the structure being placed too high for use and beats the purpose of them being built.
NONGSTOIN, Aug 30: A heavy cyclonic storm on Saturday hits Ksehkohlong village of Mawthadraishan Block, West Khasi Hills District, without any alarm and damaged around ten houses and ravaged trees and crops in the area.
The incident took place on Saturday at around 12.30 PM when a heavy cyclonic storm that lasted around 30 minutes hit the area without warning, to be followed by heavy downpour.
In the incident, five houses have been totally damaged and the occupants have been rendered homeless while five others were partially damaged. Luckily, there was no casualty reported.
Shillong, Aug 31: UDP legislator Dr Jemino Mawthoh Sunday observed that North East has created artificial barriers in its struggle for identity which has hampered its opportunity for economic growth.
Expressing his views after attending an interaction of legislators from North East organized by Centre for Development and Peace studies and Centre for Policy Research at Guwahati on Saturday to formulate a Work Plan on "India and her neighbours", he said “My observation is that the artificial barriers we have created in our struggle for identity has hampered the opportunity for economic growth.”
SHILLONG, Aug 30: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Saturday came down heavily on the state forest department for allegedly terminating the services of 255 home guards personnel terming the act as “unceremonious” and “unprecedented”.
In a statement issued here, FKJGP-Garo Hills Zone president Pritam R Marak said, “We express our strong resentment on the sudden and unceremonious termination of services of 225 home guard officials deputed under the forest department on June 25, which is in every sense unprecedented and uncalled for.”
SHILLONG, Aug 29: Hundreds of traders from Iewduh, the biggest traditional market in Meghalaya, Friday took out a protest march to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) expressing stiff opposition against the recent demand to remove Ardent M Basaiawmoit from Chief Executive Member (CEM)’s chair.
The traders gheraoed the KHADC and threatened to call for an indefinite shut-down of the market if incumbent CEM is removed.
“We express our strong resentment against such move to remove the leader (Ardent)”, they shouted as they displayed placards which read – “We will not allow anybody to remove Ardent”.