SHILLONG, June 17: Five persons died when their houses got buried under a massive landslide trigged by incessant rains at Umiam in Ri Bhoi District on Saturday. The incident took place at around 5 AM, when there was heavy downpour, police said. The victims are labourers of a saw mill factory located in the area.
The deceased have been identified as Shanti Lama (15), Lobo Mohanto (25) and Bobby Mohanto (19).
Police however said search is still on to recover the bodies of two other victims Kristina Lama (27) and Reena Lama (19).
Efforts are on to clear the debris.
Kolkata, June 17 (IANS): The ongoing Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state that has paralysed tourism in the West Bengal's Himalayan town of Darjeeling in the summer season may also cripple business in the forthcoming Durga puja holidays, say operators.
Darjeeling, due to its vantage location in the Eastern Himalayas, straddling nature reserves and Buddhist sites, as well as proximity to northeast India, Nepal and Bhutan - draws around 600 tourists per day during summer till July.
However, with the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown, the stream of tourists has come down to a trickle. Around 45,000 travellers were estimated to be present before the start of the agitation on Monday.
SHILLONG, June 17: With India in general and North East in particular reeling under the dilemma of ban on cow slaughter, as well as the festival of Eid next week, cattle smuggling across the border has spiked. As such, Border Security Force (BSF) troops have been alerted about the increase in cattle smuggling in coming days.
Deputy Inspector General, Meghalaya Frontier, U. K. Nayal, has instructed Intelligence branch of Meghalaya Frontier about the increase in cattle smuggling in coming days due to upcoming Eid festival in Bangladesh. After analyzing the new trends, she has issued new directives to teams of Eastern Command of BSF.
NEW DELHI, June 16 (IANS): The government has made it mandatory to give Aadhaar number while opening a new account and also to link the existing accounts with the Aadhaar numbers of their holders. This will surely prove to be a problem in Meghalaya where many are vehemently opposed to the implementation of Aadhar number as not disclosing it by December 31 will lead to suspension of the account till it is done.
SHILLONG, June 17: The North Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) on Saturday condemned the remarks of the pro-vice chancellor (Pro VC) for accusing the teachers of attempting to destabilize the university’s normal function.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, NEHUTA president Prof XP Mao said, “We feel that it is the pro-VC not NEHUTA, who is trying to divide NEHU community so as to succeed in hiding the manipulative/forging act of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor and get some special consideration for himself.”
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS): Bhutan has assured an Indian delegation led by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General Archana Ramasundaram that it will not allow anti-India activities on its territory.
Bhutan's commitment came during a meeting between Ramasundaram and the Bhutanese Home Minister in Thimpu, an SSB statement said here.
SHILLONG, June 16: The Special Operations Team (SOT) of Meghalaya police on Thursday apprehended Khasi Student Union (KSU) activists who were attempting arson at an unknown location.
These five KSU activists were intercepted by a SOT patrol at Golf Links here in the city on Thursday and had tried to flee.