Tura, Oct 09: Residents of Balongre, on the outskirts of the town have been without water for more than 18 months. The small hamlet, even after numerous complaints and pleadings still struggle to get access to clean drinking water, which they earlier had access to, before the construction of a new road through the village itself. Though the village of a 120 households has been without water for the last year and a half, they have been water bills to pay.
The PHE however cited helplessness as many were unwilling to provide land for the setting up of pipes. The village comes under the Rangsakona constituency.
SHILLONG, Oct 09: Newly elected Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum will submit the list of the Executive Members (EM) of the new Executive Committee (EC) to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr KK Paul for his approval on Friday.
“We will be submitting the list of EMs to the governor for his approval by tomorrow,” Nongrum said.
According to him, the list to be forwarded to Governor has the names of the same MDCs which were in the EC led by Ardent Basaiawmoit.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Wednesday appointed former Union Minister V. Narayanasamy as in-charge of Meghalaya and other north eastern states, except Assam.
He replaces former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, who has been appointed as President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC).
A press statement issued by AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi read: “The Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved that Shri. V. Narayanasamy, a former General Secretary of the AICC will hold the charge of Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya which were earlier assigned to Shri Luizinho Faleiro who has now been appointed as President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.”
SHILLONG, Oct 08: Six persons including a hardcore criminal were arrested by the police for their involvement in a robbery case, looting Rs 2.82 lakh from passengers in a remote village in East Khasi Hills (EKH) district.
“They have been arrested by the police for looting passengers of two vehicles at Laitumsaw village, the incident of which took place on Monday,” district Superintendent of Police (SP), M Kharkrang said.
The accused have been identified as Pynshai Rani alias Newstar Kharbani (32), Balbir Singh (26), Raju Biswas (35) and Monu Singh (23), all from Sweeper Lane Bara Bazar, Govind Chettry (38) of Lumkshaid, Mawprem and Phrangkupar Nongrang (38) of Mawlai Phudmawrie, he said.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) leader Adelbert Nongrum on Wednesday became the 27th Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) even as he maintained that issues concerning the Council and the region would be his top priority.
The Council’s chairperson, Teilinia Thangkhiew announced that Nongrum was elected as the new CEM unopposed after the opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) decided not to contest for the post.
Just after the announcement, Nongrum bowed down on the floor of the House in prayer before taking over the CEM’s chair.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The Maitshaphrang Movement on Wednesday decided to launch an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the failure of the Meghalaya government to frame the rules for implementation of the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act which was passed in 2012.
“We have decided to launch our indefinite hunger strike from next week,” Maitshaphrang convener Michael Syiem said at a press conference held on Wednesday.
According to him, the indefinite hunger strike was proposed to start on Wednesday but could not since the organization had failed to get the necessary permissions.
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The National Highway 40 (NH-40), which is the lifeline for several landlocked states in the North East region of India, is at present in a terrible condition. The four-lane work was designed to allow a smooth ride besides providing better connectivity to other states – which are dependent on this highway. However, the good work has now been overshadowed by consistent landslides which do not need any rainfall to take place because of the unscientific cutting of hills to make additional two lanes which is causing enormous damage. A frequent commuter on this highway, also popularly known as the GS Road, said that it has become a deathtrap as it is a matter of luck whether a traveler escapes the sliding hill-tracts with earth, trees, boulders and other materials flowing down onto the road. He also said that one should consider oneself fortunate if he/she can get through this highway unhurt considering the unstable hills through which this highway winds itself.