Meghalaya woman held for running sex racket in Delhi

Shillong, March 3 : A woman was arrested for human trafficking and running a sex racket in the capital, police said on Thursday. Police  said Keballina M. Sangma is a member of an inter- state prostitution racket.She used to lure girls from the north-east states by promising them well paying jobs in Delhi.Sangma would then force them into the sex trade, police said. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said Sangma was arrested on February 21 from a Hadimba Devi Temple at Manali in Himachal Pradesh.The accused is married and worked in a beauty parlour earlier.”She later came in contact with one Taniya through her friend Tyana Sangma in Guwahati. Taniya introduced her to Biru, Dhanraj and Nikhi who were living in Delhi and were into human trafficking. They would lure innocent girls with attractive jobs,” Yadav said.”Sangma is a resident of Meghalaya and used to target girls who were living separately from their parents and were in need of sustaining themselves,” he added.This gang was active in south Delhi and Gurugram, police said.She was also carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on her head.A woman from Meghalaya had filed a police complaint against Sangma and others on August 6, 2016.She said that she was brought to Guwahati from her village by one Radhika Marak on the pretext of a job with good salary.She was then handed over to Sangma and later to Nikhil, who forced her into prostitution.She was also beaten and threatened by Nikhil when she refused to do so.The victim had managed to escape from Nikhil’s flat and approached an NGO on August 6 last year.Police is searching for the other gang members, Yadav said.

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Entire ASAK group surrenders before the police

Shillong, March 3 : In what may be termed as a major boost to the Police’s morale that the entire A’chik Songna Anchakpagipa Kotok (ASAK) militant group led by its Commander-in-chief Reding T Sangma surrendered before the South Garo Hills police on Thursday.After years of terrorizing the region and years of engaging in a cat and mouse game with the police, cadres of the militant outfit, ASAK have finally decided to join the mainstream. Thanks to the active involvement of the Church organisations, NGOs and local durbars. According to the SP of South Garo Hills, Abraham T Sangma, as many as 8 cadres of ASAK led by its C-N-C Reding Sangma, who is wanted in many criminal activities in Garo Hills, laid down arms before the police on Thursday afternoon at around 3 pm.The cadres surrendered along with 1 HK rifle and 128 rounds of HK ammunitions, 1 HK magazine, 3 SBBL guns, 18 numbers of 12 bore cartridge, 4 walkie talkie, 31 ASAK seals, demand pads, 22 electronic detonators and explosive powder.Other than Reding Sangma, the cadres who laid down arms today have been identified Tengrang A Sangma alias Gring, Pintu R Marak alias Waira, Kiljang M Sangma alias Amrak and Seldom K Sangma alias Jorai.Meanwhile, the names of the overground workers have been identified as Hame Ch Marak, Baini Ch Marak and Tengman M Sangma. Interestingly, ASAK C-N-C reding T Sangma has recently featured in the ‘Most wanted Person’ list whereby the police had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for providing information about him.ASAK outfit is active in South Garo Hills district and has been unleashing terror at a time when the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and other outfits are dormant.

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AMDA seeks financial assistance for talented singers and dancers

Shillong, March 3: The All-Meghalaya Dancers’ Association (AMDA) has asked the State government to support talented dancers and singers in the state by extending financial assistance instead of spending money on various festivals.
President of AMDA, Kitbok Thabah, said that the state government should come up with policy to support the youth, especially talented dancers and singers in the state. Thabah also said that recently a group of 24 singers belonging to the Diethy Miracle Choice Choir, who were selected for the reality show Rising Star, could not participate in the show because of financial constraints.
The Association also urged the State government to introduce dancing and singing as subject in the school right from the primary to secondary level.
“The government should introduce a proper system for extending financial help to dancers and singers because entertainment is one of the avenues that can generate employment opportunities for the youth of the state,” AMDA said.
Asking the government to introduce special financial assistance to promote talented dancers and singers from across the state, AMDA asked legislators to also discuss the issue in the upcoming budget session of the Assembly.

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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will begin tomorrow

Shillong, Mar 02: The budget session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will begin tomorrow with the Governor’s address.

This will be the maiden speech of the Governor, Banwarilal Purohit in the State Assembly after taking aditional charge as Governor of the state.

Purohit who is also the governor of Assam, took oath as the Governor of Meghalaya on January 28 in the place of V. Shanmuganathan who quit as governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh on January 26 following allegations by Raj Bhavan staff that he was “seriously compromising” the dignity of gubernatorial office and accused him of turning Raj Bhavan into a “young ladies club”.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma will present in Assembly the budget estimates of the state for the year 2017-2018 on March 15 and the general discussion on the budget by members of the House will take place on March 17 and 20.

The session which has 15 working days, will conclude on March 24.

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GNLA chairman back in custody

Shillong, March 2: The chairman of the Garo National Liberation Army Champion Sangma was granted bail by a lower court on February 21 with two conditions that he would pay Rs 1 lakh as bond amount and would not leave East Khasi Hills district. However, Sangma is back in judicial custody in connection with an extortion in Baghmara, South Garo Hills. Police have already chargesheeted him in connection with the present case.

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UDP team meets Guv on council affairs.

Shillong, March 2 : Unhappy with the illegal transfer of the council’s money to private bank accounts and failure of the KHADC CEM P.N Syiem to provide reply to the petition submitted by UDP, a delegation of the party met the Governor on Thursday to discuss on Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council affairs. The party, led by UDP leader Bindo Lanong who is the chairman of the sub-committee on KHADC affairs, submitted a memorandum to the governor about various anomalies in the council.  The party also enclosed the copy of the party petition along with memorandum. Later Speaking to the media, Lanong said that the governor while accepting the memorandum sought documentary evidences from the party to substantiate the charges levelled against the CEM. The party will provide all the papers pertaining to issue shortly, Lanong said.

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Eastern Air Command gets it new Senior Air Staff Officer

Shillong, March 2 : Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar VM has taken over as the Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command, Shillong on March 1.  Rajesh Kumar is an alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer and National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in June 1982 as a Flying Pilot. He is a Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and an Air Force Examiner. In addition to various staff appointments at Air headquarters, the Air Officer has commanded a front line Fighter Squadron and a front line Fighter base. He was the team leader of Air Force Project Monitoring Team for AWACS at Israel. For his distinguished service, he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry during Operation Parakram.

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Shillong, March 2 : The Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (SSLC) conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education got underway today amid tight security.  The number of SSLC candidates this time has gone up to 52,100. Last year 50,126 students appeared in the SSLC examination. The SSLC examination will be conducted in 134 centres. Dispatching of examination material started two weeks ago.

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Mawngap Police Station inaugurated by Chief Minister

Shillong, March 1 : Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma today inaugurated Mawngap Police Station in the presence of H D R Lyngdoh, Minister, Home (Police), Transport etc and Kennedy C Khyriem, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism & Local MLA.

                Addressing the gathering during his Inaugural Speech, Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma expressed joy of being a part of the inauguration to dedicate the police station to the service of the people. He said that laws exist for the good of the society and the police are the custodians of the law to insulate the people from law breakers. He added that government with its various developmental programmes is committed to create an enabling environment of safe and secure society thereby ensuring that every citizen feels a sense of security and well being. He urged all to come together to achieve this objective.

                The Chief Minister also said that the police organization shoulders multi task responsibilities and policing require preparedness to acclimatize to different challenges therefore the government has drawn up plans to strengthen the police organization that is crucial for development he added. “Criminals get emboldened in the absence of law enforcing agencies therefore there is a need to create a realization of existence of law,” he said. He also stressed on the need to create a strong deterrence to crime and lawlessness that would in itself create a self regulating society. “Creation of police stations, civil sub divisions, C & RD Blocks and other establishments will have positive outcomes in a much more comprehensive manner,” he added.

                It may be mentioned here that the Mawngap Police Station have been upgraded to a police station from Mawngap police outpost. The newly inaugurated police station has been bifurcated from Laban Police Station and will cater to Sohiong, Mawphlang and parts of Mylliem.

                Earlier, Commissioner and Secretary, Home (Police), E P Kharbih read out the government notification and later handed it over to the Officer in Charge, Mawngap Police Station.

                Minister, Home, H D R Lyngdoh, Parliamentary Secretary and Local MLA, Kennedy C Khyriem, Local MDC & Lyngdoh of Mawphlang, L Blah, DGP, Meghalaya, Shillong, Dr S B Singh and Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills, M Kharkrang also spoke on the occasion.

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Shillong, March 1 : The troops of Border Security Force once again showing alertness and extra vigil on International Border, foiled the attempt of notorious smugglers and seized 300 Bottles of phensedyl cough syrup at zero line.

Acting on a tip off the troops of Border Security Force deployed, South Garo Hills distt of Meghalaya launched a joint operation with Bhagmara police  and seized  hidden a consignment of cough syrup ( 300 bottles of phensedyl) in the area of Baghmara. The items were hidden in an abandoned hut made up with CGI Sheets and wooden structure away from the vicinity of local population of vill- Asimchiring, PS- Baghmara, Distt- South Garo Hills distt, Meghalaya. The banned drug was supposed to be smuggled to Bangladesh to get very high  prices in  Bangladesh markets by notorious smugglers.

Smugglers are using different disguised techniques to smuggle the phensedyle from India to Bangladesh but BSF troops are alert and well trained to foil such attempts of smugglers.  Said Sh. P K Dubey Inspect General Special Surveillance Equipments are being utilized by BSF troops at vulnerable patches.  Troops of BSF are putting all out efforts to curb all forms of cross border smuggling. BSF is also seeking the help of Meghalaya police as well as Border Guard Bangladesh.

The seized items handed over to the concerned department for further disposal.

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CSWO shocked : Uranium Mining in Meghalaya

 Shillong, March 1 : CSWO who is pursuing over uranium issue were shocked today after the statement of the official of the AMD (Atomic Minerals Directorate) which stated that Uranium mining has nothing to do with such effects on the ecology.

According to Agnes Kharshiing President CSWO  ” This is a very wild statement trying to fool the people of the State about uranium and uranium mining.Many think in the NE people are illiterate and can be fooled by these nondescript statements by officials who forget they are Government servants.”

Uranium mining will leave behind tailing ponds which will be ‘live’ for thousands of years and takes time to disintegrate.

According to reports, The amount of sludge produced is nearly the same as that of the ore milled. At a grade of 0.1% uranium, 99.9% of the material is left over. Apart from the portion of the Uranium removed, the sludge contains all the constituents of the ore. As long as lived decay products such as Thoriumm-230 and radium-226 are not removed, the sludge contains 85% of the initial radioactivity of the ore.

The CSWO reiterates that the organization strongly oppose Uranium Mining in the State of Meghalaya and urge the Government not to wait for Companies that degrade the environment to make roads for the people of the State. The Government should see into the welfare and development of the State especially in the rural areas and not to depend on these destructive companies who come and spread wrong reports about Uranium and uranium mining and that it has no effect on the people.

Governments that want to forcefully mine Uranium, hide facts through these bogus officials who do not apply what they studied in their field and theory. Now as reported, the official of AMD said the Ore is ‘good grade’ not defining whether the Uranium Ore in Meghalaya is high grade or low grade. By saying good grade, does it mean high and if high, it contradicts a research report done by NEHU, few years back which says low grade ore is found in Meghalaya, to prove less radiation. The Organization strongly opposes the intention of any Uranium mining in the State of Meghalaya.

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Man drowned while kayaking in Meghalaya

Shillong, March 1 : Negligence to wear a life jacket claims one life on Tuesday   on Mawphanlur Lake in  West Khasi Hills district.  In a tragic incident around 2.15pm a person identified as Mr. Kyntiewdor Wahlang, aged about 35 years who was officiating as DEO cum typist in the office of the Executive Engineer PWD Roads, Mairang Division has died due to drowning in Mawphanlur Lake. He was part of a group of 30 people who went to picnic to the tourist spot. As per eyewitnesses, he and a friend of his took the kayak without the permission of the Mawphanlur Integrated Village Cooperative Society and without wearing any life jacket and wahlang drowned in Mawphanlur Lake when his kayak capsized. Apparently he kayaked for 3 rounds and the incident occurred in the 4th round. Unfortunately none of the members of the Mawphanlur IVCS were present during the incident. They were away since it is a market day in Markasa. The body has been recovered from the water and been handed over to the relatives.

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