SHILLONG, July 11: The assault case against 12 girls who were allegedly branded as ‘sex workers’ by women activists in Tura, West Garo Hills (WGH) District was found to be a stark case of ‘moral policing’ and ‘vigilantism’ disregarding the law, the report of the inquiry committee constituted by the Meghalaya State Women Commission (MSWC) revealed on Friday.
“It is very much a stark case of moral policing and vigilantism disregarding the law and duping the administration, police and public besides violating human rights,” MSWC chairperson Theilin Phanbuh said while quoting the findings of the report which was submitted to the State Government recently for necessary action.
WILLIAMNAGAR, July 11: The fight between the police of Garo Hills and the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) continued in the East Garo Hills (EGH) district with a camp of the militant outfit being attacked early Friday morning. A team of SWAT and COBRA commandoes of the district attacked the camp reportedly on information that a large group of militants were present in Adugre, about 20 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar.
A few weeks ago, police had attacked a camp in the area, though that did not result in any casualties for either side and not much was recovered. This time the attack was in a place called Rongchek, Adugre.
TURA, July 11: The growing clout of militancy has been a menace for almost all within the Garo Hills region. Hundreds of people have been killed through acts of militancy, most of whom have been civilians. Lives have been snuffed out in the prime and promising careers have ended in violence which seems a long way from ending.
Many of those killed have been the sole bread earners of their families, their deaths leading to a complete breakdown of earnings. Many have questioned why these same victims of militancy have not been compensated for their loss, but have come up short as they have not been able to make any headway as to how this is to be achieved. For those affected by the scourge of militancy, a central scheme is available that seeks to help victims and their families in the case of death or incapacitation.
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The following are the highlights of the general budget for 2014-15 presented Thursday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha:
* IT exemption limit for those below 60 raised from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh; from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3 lakh for senior citizens
* Investment limit under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act raised to Rs.1.5 lakh.
* Deduction limit on account of interest on loan in respect of self-occupied house property raised from Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.2 lakh.
* No change in surcharge for corporates; education cess to continue
* Excise duty on cigarettes raised from 11 percent to 72 percent
* Allocation of Rs.150 crore to improve safety of women in larger cities
* Allocation of Rs.100 crore for "Beti bachao, beti padhao" (Protect the girl child, educate the girl child) programme
* Allocation of Rs.500 to support Kashmiri Immigrants for rebuilding their lives
* Total sanitation in every household by 2019
* Colour TVs to cost less on reduced customs duties
* Free baggage allowance raised from Rs.35,000 to Rs.45,000
* Excise duty on footwear halved
RESUBELPARA, July 11: The North Garo Hills Police on Friday arrested two cadres of the ASAK outfit from the village of Dosingkol, under Mendhipathar Police Station. The two were earlier involved in the kidnapping of a trader from the Kharkutta region who later managed to escape captivity.
The trader, Indra Narayan Prasad was kidnapped from his house in Kharkutta at gun point on the July 3. However, he managed to escape the clutches of his abductors on the July 5 and reached home safely.
Direct tax exemption raised to Rs 2.5 lakh
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Tax payers could save on their salaries and consumer goods like TVs, soap, footwear, processed food and computers will cost less as the Rs.18-lakh crore ($300-billion) maiden budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government promised to arrest price rise, boost investor mood, cut expenditure and restore India's growth to 7-8 percent in three years.
During a 128-minute speech in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with a five-minute break allowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan upon his request due to momentary discomfort, a host of other proposals, both welfare schemes and reformist policy measures, were also unveiled that were aimed at a wide range of stakeholders -- from the girl child to senior citizens and overseas investors to the defence forces.
At the same time, he accepted as a challenge -- given the state of the flagging economy and rising prices -- the task to cut fiscal deficit, which indicates the extent to which the government overspends, to 4.1 percent of GDP for this fiscal, and further to 3.6 percent and 3 percent over the next two years.
SHILLONG, July 10: The Congress led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government has constituted a committee on Thursday which has been tasked with identifying the entry and exit points into the State.
“We have constituted a committee, which has been assigned with the task of identifying ideal locations for the setting up of the entry point and exit points in the State,” Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma told reporters here on Thursday.
This is the first phase towards coming up with a comprehensive mechanism to check and control inflow of influx and immigrants into the state and has come about after the Government had met with the 13 NGOs on April 29 working towards the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya. These 13 NGOs, in their proposed points, had pointed towards the need to have in place a provision for-on-the-spot ‘entry permission’ before outsiders are allowed to enter the State.