SHILLONG, March 03: Wine merchants of Meghalaya who have been reeling ever since the State Government amended its Excise Rules have been given partial relief as the state government relaxed some of the stipulations therein on Friday.
As per the new amendment to the said rules which were approved by the state cabinet which met on Friday, wine shops have now been permitted to operate at a distance of 50 metres from places of worship, educational institutions and hospitals with restrictions on timings.
SHILLONG, March 03: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) is yet to inform the office of the Speaker that it has suspended the incumbent CEM of the KHADC, PN Syiem for a period of three years.
This was revealed on Friday when Speaker, AT Mondal said, “There has been no communication to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly from the party on this (suspension).”
Mondal had revealed this while reacting to a point of order raised by Syiem during the first day of the ongoing Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly where he had inquired about the fate of suspended members inside the House.
SHILLONG, March 03: Followers of the traditional faiths such as those following the Niam Tre and Niam Khasi should be accorded minority status as opined by the Coordination Committee of Seng Khasi and Sein Raij which filed a petition with the Governor in this regard on Friday.
In the memorandum submitted to the Governor, the Coordination Committee pointed out that under the Constitution of India in Article 29 (1) and 29 (2) any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same and no citizen shall be denied admission into any educational maintained by the state or receiving aid out of state funds on grounds only of religion, race, caste, language or any of them.
SHILLONG, March 02: The Governor of Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit has asked the United Democratic Party (UDP) to provide him with documentary proof on the allegations of scams perpetrated by the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) in the KHADC.
The Governor had asked for this proof after delegation of the UDP, led by its working president, Bindo M Lanong had submitted a petition to him at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.
SHILLONG, March 03: Ri Bhoi district will witness the coming of trains with the commissioning of the Tetalia-Byrnihat railway line in March 2018 even as work on this project is currently underway.
Delivering his address in the Assembly on Friday, Meghalaya Governor, Banwarilal Purohit said that the state now figures on the rail map of the country with the commencement of the train service between Duhnoi-Mendipathar-Gauhati in the North Garo Hills District.
SHILLONG, March 03: The 40 megawatts New Umtru Hydro Electric Project with 2 units of 20 megawatts each according to the Governor of Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit.
“The first unit is expected to go for trial run in the last week of March, this year,” Governor Banwarilal Purohit informed while delivering his Address in the Assembly on Friday.
SHILLONG, March 02: The once dreaded A’Chik Songna An’Pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) has now been rendered defunct with the surrender of its Commander in Chief, Reding T Sangma besides eight cadres in South Garo Hills (SGH) district on Thursday.
The entire ASAK militant group led by Reding alias Saljapang of Mindikgre surrendered before the district police chief Abraham T Sangma on Thursday in presence of ADM AC Marak, church leaders, members of peace forum and NGOs.