SHILLONG, July 31: Even as the protest march convened by the Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood – Meghalaya (MIPRLM) against the NGT ban on coal mining activities on Wednesday witnessed the attendance of thousands of supporters, the political waters of Meghalaya are turning turbulent with as many as 16 Congress legislators preparing to withdraw support to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s MUA –II government should ban on coal mining in Meghalaya be upheld by the Tribunal on Friday’s sitting.
These Congress legislators, in a meeting at Chairman of State Planning Board, Salseng Marak’s residence here on Wednesday had decided to wait for the ruling of Friday’s sitting of the NGT to decide on the next step they are taking.
Should the NGT order a continuance of the current ban on extraction and transportation of coal in Meghalaya, these legislators will hand in their papers thus leaving Mukul in the lurch.
SHILLONG, July 31: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today proposed to the Centre to invoke para 12 (A) of the Sixth Schedule in order that the application of ‘central laws’ relating to mining may be rescinded which according to him would allow the State government to regulate mining in the state.
The proposal was submitted by the Chief Minister following huge protest from the people of the state especially the tribal coal miners’ community against the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s ban on unscientific rat-hole coal mining which has been imposed for the past three months now.
SHILLONG, July 31: The Khasi rebel outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Army (HNLC) is using their ‘sympathizers’ for execution of various criminal activities including kidnapping to sustain its poor financial position, police revealed on Thursday.
According to police sources, the HNLC has changed its strategy from taking the trouble to cross over to Meghalaya from Bangladesh to execute their various criminal plans. “The HNLC has adopted a new tactic by luring youth as their sympathizers and using them for different anti-social activities,” East Khasi Hills (EKH) district police chief M Kharkrang told reporters at a press briefing held here in the city on Thursday.
Revealing that the outfit is facing huge financial problems, Kharkrang said, “We can understand that the outfit is in dire need of money and is trying its best to get people to do the job for them in order to sustain the outfit’s exchequer as all their resources have dried up.”
Shillong, July 31 (IANS): Power-starved Meghalaya is preparing "wind energy density maps" to identify regions in the mountainous state where wind energy could be tapped to meet the power requirement, an official said Thursday.
"The MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited) is mapping certain areas of the state where wind mills could be set up to harness the energy," John Kharshiing, co-chairman of the Meghalaya State Planning Board, told journalists.
The corporation has so far identified some wind potential areas in West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills for setting up wind mills.
The MeECL has invited tenders to carry out a wind energy programme in East Jaintia Hills.
The project entails supply, installation and commissioning of a 1 MW wind power project in Umshong village in E
SHILLONG, July 31: Sustained interrogation of the arrested ANVC (B) cadres who were picked up from Edenbari on Saturday last, including senior ANVC (B) leader, Salingbirth D. Sangma alias Solid, has revealed that the nefarious design of the outfit in perpetrating the gruesome killings of innocent migrant workers was to foment communal tension on the inter-state border of Meghalaya with Dhubri district of Assam. The arrests of ANVC (B) cadres has possibly had the salutary effect of containing wider repercussions of the situation and preventing avoidable loss of life and property.
TURA, July 31: The much debated kidnapping of a woman school teacher, Sandai Sangma, who was later abandoned by her captors near Nalbari has been the cause of a huge outcry from the people of the region. Giving details of the episode, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of North Garo Hills (NGH), JFK Marak confirmed that the woman was kidnapped by two militants belonging to the ANLCA.
"She was kidnapped by two men who took her from the place where she usually kept her scooter, near Dokasaram. She was apprehended by the two men, who made her walk through the jungle. She was abducted at 12:30 pm," explained Marak.
SHILLONG, July 30: Two days ahead of the NGT sitting scheduled on August 1, thousands of people affected by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on unscientific rat hole coal mining on Wednesday took out a ‘silent protest march’ across the city demanding immediate withdrawal of the jurisdiction of the NGT from the state of Meghalaya even as they decided to soon knock on the Centre’s door.