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KSU members nab drug peddler, addict in Mawkyrwat

SHILLONG | March 21, 2019:

KSU members of South West Khasi Hills District and Mawkyllut Unit caught a drug peddler and an addict while they were disembarking a vehicle at Laitlawsang near the office of the Superintendent of Fisheries, South West Khasi Hills District Mawkyrwat on Wednesday night.

4.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Garo Hills

TURA | March 21, 2019:

A minor quake shook Meghalaya on Thursday at around 8 pm.

According to IMD officials, an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 with 10 km depth jolted Meghalaya today. The epicentre was traced at East Garo Hills.

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Mukul Sangma calls Conrad a ‘hypocrite’ and a ‘puppet’

TURA | March 21, 2019:

Congress Tura MP candidate and Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday lashed out at the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma over his statement on flagship programmes introduced by the previous MUA government, and called him a ‘hypocrite’ and a ‘puppet’.

Missing youth’s dead body found from river in Laitkroh

SHILLONG | March 21, 2019:

The state police on Thursday afternoon pulled out the dead body of a missing 23-year-old man from a river in Laitkroh, East Khasi Hills.

According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Dominic Kharkongor, resident of Mawjrong.

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Kharkongor was reported missing since March 15 and almost one week since his disappearance, his dead body was spotted in the river.

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When asked whether there was any sign of murder, EKH SP (city) Steve Rynjah said “We did not find any signs of murder but that cannot be ascertained until and unless we receive the post mortem report.”

India’s deepest shaft cave discovered in Meghalaya

SHILLONG, March 21, 2019: A five-member team of cavers of the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA) have discovered India’s deepest shaft at Krem Um Ladaw.

Meghalaya: Kerala priest suspended from ministry after molestation charges; Fake name allegedly used by accused

Tura | March 20, 2019

Following the charges of molestation on a priest from Kerala a few days ago in Garo Hills, Meghalaya, the Church has taken cognizance of reports in the media of the priest’s wrong doing and has suspended the accused priest from all priestly ministries.


The letter of suspension was signed by the Bishop of Tura, Rt Rev Andrew R Marak who added that the Church did not know about such acts committed by her priests and would never support it. The Bishop also sought wide circulation of the order in an effort to ensure that there were no flare ups within sections of the same community.

The letter stated that the priest, who is now in judicial custody, was suspended pending investigation into the molestation case by the Provincial Superior of MSFS Congregation.


Interestingly, more skeletons seemed to have tumbled out of the cupboard of the accused priest after it was found that the name he submitted to the police was one of many such IDs he carried. The matter came forth through the suspension letter of the Bishop which put his name as Abraham Ponvilel (MSFS) and not Biju Joseph as given to the police and media.

The accused was a priest of the Somonpara Parish in South Garo Hills and is originally from the state of Kerala.

On the morning of March 16, the accused priest got on the bus from near Guwahati on the Millennium Wave night bus when he allegedly tried to hold the hand of a female fellow passenger seated next to him. The incident allegedly took place after the bus left Paikan in Goalpara district of Assam, a little after midnight, where a dinner stop is made.

The case led to the priest being man handled by passengers who later handed him over to the police at Bajengdoba PS in North Garo Hills.

Following the incident, the 27 year old victim was subjected to mental torture after some miscreants on social media began to call her names and tried to shame her, allegedly for naming the priest. An FIR was filed at the Tura PS in WGH, on the harassment she was meted out with police now on the lookout for those involved in naming and shaming her.

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