TURA, July 23: The first ever attempt to codify Garo Customary Laws, which was introduced by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), hit a roadblock in the form of protests by various NGOs of the Garo Hills region on Wednesday. The Bill to codify the Garo Customary Laws – 2009 was introduced for discussion on Wednesday but put the GHADC under severe criticism on the Bill. The point of contention was the definition of people who belong to the Garo tribe.
Of the five clauses which define Garos under the new Bill, three clauses are being opposed. The clauses, which are being opposed, are (i) A person born of a Garo mother and a non-Garo father is also recognized as a Garo/A'chik provided Garo matrilineal system, kinship and other custom and traditions are followed by him. (ii) The non-Garo father may be recognized as a Garo provided he adopts any other sub-clan or ma'chong other than his wife's ma'chong and fully identifies himself with the Garos and is accepted as such by adopting ma'chong, and (iii) A person who is born of a non-Garo mother and a Garo father is recognized as a member of the Garo tribe provided he follows the Garo customs and traditions.
SHILLONG, July 23: Independent legislator from Gambegre, Saleng Sangma, has threatened to meet the Union Minister of State in-charge of Home, Kiren Rijiju, to demand imposition of ‘President’s Rule’ in Meghalaya.
In a letter to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr. KK Paul, Saleng sought his immediate intervention with regard to the ‘nonchalant attitude’ of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma whom he termed as ‘absentee Chief Minister’.
‘Ever since Mukul Sangma took over as the chief minister of our state in April 2010, it has been observed that the CM’s office is one of the least functioning offices in Meghalaya courtesy the regular absence of the occupant of the high office’, stated Saleng in the letter.
NONGSTOIN, July 23: Even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued an order to stop the transportation of coal in the state and after the District Magistrate, West Khasi Hills (WKH) district has imposed section 144 CrPC against drivers, coal owners and coal laden trucks have tried to illegally transport coal from these areas. The enforcement of directives from NGT and district administration has become redundant as coal laden trucks are still seen along the road from Nongstoin to Shillong.
During the inspection conducted by some pressmen from Nongstoin it was found that the illegal exporting of coal is still continuing in the district. Two coal laden trucks bearing registration No.ML 05J 4197 and ML 05 F 4728 were found loaded with coal from a coal depot at Sohpian village, 7 kms from Nongstoin.
SHILLONG, July 22: A writ – petition by a businesswoman against the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) was quashed by Meghalaya High Court which has ruled in favour of the KHADC.
Deloris Marbaniang, the owner of a multi – storied RCC building at Bara Bazar, Shillong, had alleged that the KHADC had closed down nine shops in her building without adhering to the procedures prescribed under sections 7A and 7B of the Council’s Trading by Non Tribal Regulation Act, 1954. According to the writ petition, non-tribal businessmen were conducting business in Marbaniang’s old building for a number of decades after obtaining the license from the Shillong Municipal Board. However, after construction of the new multi-storied RCC building in place of the old building, Marbaniang claimed that the process to obtain the license under the said Regulation for the non-tribal businessmen was started. Marbaniang in the writ petition had also categorically pleaded that the process of obtaining trading licenses for the non-tribal businessmen under the said regulation is not only cumbersome but also time consuming.
SHILLONG, July 23: The Directorate of Census Operation (DCO) under the Office of Registrar General of Census Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) report has pegged the total number of child labour in the state at 44,469.
In the 2011 census figure for workers under the 6- 14 years of age prepared by the DCO - which functions independently of the state government- of the 44,469 , 6373 child labourers are working in Jaintia hills in the hazardous and non-hazardous profession including in the coal mines- which now has been closed because of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat-hole mining.
SHILLONG, July 23: Two people identified as Vijay Chetri of Lumdiengjri and Bimal Chanda of Madanrting were caught by the staff of Shillong District Jail as they were attempting to smuggle items into the jail premises at about 2 pm on Wednesday.
The two were attempting to throw a polythene bag over the eastern side of the high security wall adjacent to Jail Road. The polythene bag contained two mobile phones, two extra mobile batteries, nine packets of marijuana (ganja) and four packets of a powdery substance suspected to be drugs.
Jail staff was monitoring the activities of the two men through the security camera and apprehended them before they were able to lob the bag into the jail premises.
Guwahati, July 22 (IANS): A day after Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma resigned from the Tarun Gogoi government and said he would work as a "constructive opposition", the Congress state unit said he had violated party discipline and the High Command's direction was awaited.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said that no member of the Congress can identify as a separate group and that all the elected members of the party must follow the instruction of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
Addressing newsmen at the party headquarters Rajiv Bhavan, chief spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora said they have intimated the latest developments in the state unit and government to the party's central leadership and waiting for their direction in this regard.