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Meghalaya: Dr DM Thappa to be removed as NEIGRIHMS Director

NEIGRIHMS, Shillong,

SHILLONG | October 14, 2019:

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek confirmed that the Governing Council of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) has decided to remove the present director of the institute, Dr D.M. Thappa.

“The Governing Council took the decision in its meeting which was held in Delhi today,” Hek informed over telephone from Delhi.

He said that the minutes of the meeting of the Governing Council will be forwarded to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“It is only then that an official order to remove the present director will be issued by the ministry,” Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister said.

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Earlier, the Meghalaya Government had decided to intervene to resolve the present crisis in NEIGRIHMS due to stand-off between the faculty of Cardiology department and the administration. Hek had earlier stated that the Government would not want to see that the patients suffer in view of this stand-off.

It may be also recalled that Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister had also told the Assembly during the Autumn Session held in September last that they would propose to the Union government to constitute a high level committee to inquire into the style of functioning of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

He further informed that he along with the Chief Minister had personally met former Union Health Minister, J.P. Nadda in New Delhi and apprised him of the affairs in NEIGRIHMS.

It may be mentioned that Dr Thappa had assumed charge as the Director of NEIGRHIMS in 2017.



Meghalaya: ‘Wanted’ & ‘Elusive’ GNLA cadre arrested from near Bangladesh


TURA | Oct 14, 2019:

The Meghalaya Police on Sunday evening apprehended the elusive member of the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GLNA), who had been in a cat and mouse game with the police forces, from near the border village of Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH).

The cadre identified as Nikrak M Sangma (alias Kaltush), who is a 3rd batch militant of the GNLA, is one of the last few members of the banned outfit. He was arrested last evening while returning from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Nikrak M Sangma (alias Kaltush) joined the outfit in 2011 and had been with them since. The significant arrest comes in the wake of information of criminal and militant groups like ULFA and Bangladeshi criminals looking to regroup.


Police sources stated that Kaltush was in hiding in Bangladesh and had been evading security forces for quite some time.

The senior GNLA cadre was caught in the late afternoon yesterday, Oct 13 by a specially constituted team of police forces.

“He was returning back to Bangladesh after entering India a few days ago, when he was apprehended today. He was moving across guised as a local villager when he was identified and arrested very close to the Bangladesh border,” confirmed superintendent of police, SGH, Abraham T Sangma.


The GNLA suffered a deadly blow with the encounter killing of its commander in chief, Sohan D Shira early in 2018. Ever since the incident, most of the cadres of the outfit have either surrendered or scattered across, mostly in Bangladesh.

Police sources believed that Kaltush had crossed over to Bangladesh in the year 2015 after joining the outfit in 2011.

“Since his movement to Bangladesh, he was supplying the outfit with materials, including arms, camouflague uniforms and ammunition prior to the death of Sohan. We will be seeking police custody to question him further,” said Abraham.


“While most members surrendered after the death of Sohan, Kaltush continued on in Bangladesh and was involved in anti-national activities by supporting other militant groups in activities like extortion, criminal intimidation and organized kidnapping for ransom of Indian nationals,” added the SP.

Police sources informed that Kaltush is wanted in various criminal cases in different districts, including SGH.



Deprive of banking privileges; Kharkutta residents raises complaint over SBI bank deficiencies


TURA | Oct 14, 2019:

A complaint has been raised by the residents of Kharkutta in North Garo Hills (NGH) over various issues which are being faced by the local residents.

Pradip Kurbah wins Kim Jiseok Award, dedicates award to People of Iewduh

SHILLONG | Oct 13, 2019:

Renowned filmmaker, Pradip Kurbah from Meghalaya has bagged the Kim Jiseok Award for his much-awaited movie — “Iewduh“, at the 24th Busan International Film Festival which was held from October 3-12.

PWD employee kills self over alleged denial of salary withdrawal by SBI officials

SHILLONG | Oct 12, 2019:

A PWD muster roll, who was allegedly denied withdrawal of his salary by the bank, allegedly committed suicide in Ri Bhoi district on October 4.

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