SHILLONG, April 23: Four children were charred to death in a vicious fire at Umkaduh village under Nongpoh Police station in Ri-Bhoi District on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at about 11.30 am when seven children from the same family were playing in one of the pit (three feet deep) meant for the toilet purpose, however, one minor boy set the straw on fire which engulfed the entire pit.
In this fire incident, one boy died on the spot, three injured children died on reaching Civil Hospital Nongpoh due to critical fire injuries while three boys were rescued.
Tura, April 23: The ongoing power cuts within the Garo Hills region has left the whole populace crying foul due to the longevity of the cuts. However, things got from bad to worse with the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) increasing the hours of power shut down in the region from the earlier 4 hours to a mind boggling 11 hours! The result has left the whole region fuming and got everyone to cry hoarse over the increase.
While on one hand, the power tariffs have been increased by the same power company, the service quality has taken a huge downturn. Some people of the region have blamed the MeECL while some others have blamed the Government’s lackadaisical attitude for the problems faced by the common man.
SHILLONG, Apr 23: The rising mercury level in the state is started to be felt everywhere now. The dry westerly winds and lack of flow of moisture from the Bay of Bengal on which this region depends for its rainfall is nowhere to be seen. It has been learnt from weatherman that almost all the regional states are burning much over their normal temperatures during this time of year and Meghalaya is no stranger to this phenomenon.
In Shillong, the temperature is above six degree from what it used to be in the month of April earlier. In neighboring Guwahati the city is boiling at 40 degree Celsius, up by nine degrees, where people are saying that they have not experienced such heat in the last fifteen years.
Garo Hills gets concerned, Churches look to end trend
TURA, April 22: Few days after the revelation of satanic worshippers in the town of Tura, West Garo Hills (WGH), pictures of the trail of destruction left by them are beginning to emerge. Sightings of damaged graves and desecrated graveyards have been made to substantiate the presence of satanic worshippers.
If some reports are to be believed, quite a few of them have now come out openly about their worship of Satan and have even begun to use the social media to appeal to others to join them. The worrying trend has made a lot of people sit up and take notice with Church elders working on what needs to be done to bring them back into the fold.
Nongstoin, April 23: The construction of Riangdo- Athiabari road has once again hit an impediment, with the Assam Police halting the work near Hahim Bridge.
The Khasi Student Union (KSU), Mawshynrut Circle, conducted an inspection of the said road and found that the contractor has stalled the work as the Assam police won’t allow him to complete the construction by claiming that the area was under the territory of Assam.
Jha is contesting as an independent candidate, Govt dissolves varsity
Shillong, April 22 (IANS): Chandra Mohan Jha, an independent candidate contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar's Jhanjarpur constituency and wanted by Meghalaya Police for fraud and selling fake certificates, was Tuesday arrested in Bihar, officials said.
"Our CID (Criminal Investigation Department) team along with Bihar Police arrested Jha from Madhubani during his campaign," Meghalaya Director General of Police Peter Hanaman said.
"He (Jha) is currently in custody of Bihar Police. We will seek from the Court there (Bihar) his transit remand to Meghalaya for further investigation into criminal charges filed against him," Hanaman said.
SHILLONG/TURA, April 22: The National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s directive to ban “rat-hole-mining” in Meghalaya has come as a big jolt to coal miners in the different parts of the state.
Majority of the coal miners’ associations in the state have expressed their stiff opposition to the order of NGT which was passed on April 17.
The Hima Nongstoin Coal Traders’ and Producers’ Association (HNCTPA) in West Khasi Hills District Tuesday decided hold a public meeting at Nongpyndeng village near Nongstoin to protest against the order.