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Shillong police seize 529 gms of heroine worth Rs 1 cr in city

SHILLONG | July 24, 2019:

The Anti Narcotic Task Force of Meghalaya police on Tuesday seized 529 grams of heroine worth over Rs one crore in the street market.

Informing this, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Claudia Lyngwa said that the seizure of 529 grams of heroine was made yesterday by the ANTF team.

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She said that the seizure was made from a Manipuri lady in Maranryting locality who is not a dealer but a supplier.

Informing that the newly formed ANTF is focused on the supply line, Lyngwa said that if they can control the supply line they are hopeful that they can control the menace.

Stressing on the need of the society to cooperate with the police to make sure that the culprits are booked as per law, Lyngwa said that Narcotic Drugs and Pyschotropic Substance act does not only allow seizure by police but every seizure must have witnesses. She further requested for the assistance of the Rangbah shnong(s) and added that without independent witnesses, their hands are tied.

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Meanwhile, SDPO Sadar police station, Jagpal Singh said that apart from areas like Madanryting, Mawlai, Jhalupara and polo area, the menace is not about localities anymore as it has spread far out and putting all of them behind the bars is not the solution.

It may be mentioned that as per available records with the police, there are around 11,000 drug injectors while many use it in different forms.

Meghalaya: Re polling to be held on April 15 in polling station under Selsella after ‘human error’

Shillong | April 13, 2019

The State Election Department on Saturday confirmed that re-polling will be conducted in one polling station under Selsella Assembly constituency — 35 Konarchar after crisscrossing of machines and mismatch of the figures was detected due to ‘human-error’.

The re polling will be held on April 15 from 7 am to 4 pm.

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“The by-poll in Selsella Assembly constituency was held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls on April 11; perhaps because of the simultaneous elections being held and because of the presence of two sets of machines, one for the Lok Sabha and one for the bye-election, there was a human error that occurred,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor had informed reporters on Friday.

The same was confirmed by the CEO today through a letter to the media as seen below:

He informed that this matter was reported to the department late on Thursday evening, almost close to midnight. “It was only when the polling parties returned to the polling centre in Tura that the matter was reported to the State Election officials,” said Kharkongor.

He stated that the sector officers were able to detect a mismatch while checking and ascertaining the total number of votes in both the control units of the EVMs that were used for MP and Assembly by-polls.

“Immediately, on receipt of this information, the Returning Officer prepared a report and sent it to us on Friday morning and the same was forwarded to the ECI with the recommendation to conduct a re-polling in this particular polling station,” added Kharkongor.

Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Additional NDRF team rushed, trapped miners’ family losing hope

Shillong, Dec 28 (IANS) The Central government on Friday rushed an additional National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team to Meghalaya to assist the state in evacuating 15 miners who are trapped inside an illegal coal mine for 16 days now.

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Coal India Limited (CIL) officials have rushed to the site in remote Ksan area in East Jaintia Hills district. A two-member team from Kirloskar Brothers’ Limited has already reached the site.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Spokesman Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said a C-130J Super Hercules has been tasked to airlift NDRF rescuers from Bhubaneswar to Guwahati on Friday.

“We have been to the mining site on Thursday and made preliminary assessment along with the NDRF team. We have discussed plans and strategies with the NDRF and State administration how to dewater from the pit,” N. Mahapatra of Kirloskar Brothers’ Limited, told IANS.

“We require a good number of powerful pumps to suck out the water and this has been informed to our senior officials,” he said.

CIL Director Technical Binay Dayal, who arrived in Shillong on Thursday and held discussions with district authorities, said that the first task is to try to get the map of the illegal coal mine.

“Our logistics and technical team are on the way to the mining site. We are hopeful that our powerful pumps reach the site soon. We have been told that several other agencies would also provide necessary assistance,” he said.

The district administration has temporarily suspended pumping of water from the coal pit since December 24. However, the NDRF rescuers team dived inside the main shaft of the coal pit but could not locate any of the miners.

“The rescue operation is still on and our divers dived yesterday (Thursday) to locate the trapped miners but could not locate any of them. There is nothing in the main shaft of the coal pit. We have used all our equipment with us including SONAR to find out if any of the miners are trapped in the main shaft,” NDRF Assistant Commandant Santosh Kumar Singh, told IANS.

Asked if the rescuers have lost hope to evacuate the trapped miners over ground, Singh said, “Rescuers never lose hope. We are all putting our best efforts to rescue them.”Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Additional NDRF team rushed, trapped miners’ family losing hope

However, the relatives of the trapped miners are losing hope and are expecting a miracle to occur.

Congress MP’s goof up in LS: Cites miners trapped in ‘Mizoram’ instead of Meghalaya

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NEW DELHI | December 28, 2018 (PTI):

Congress’ Shillong MP Vincent H Pala made a faux pas in the Lok Sabha on Thursday when he cited Mizoram instead of Meghalaya while moving an adjournment notice on the miners trapped in East Jaintia Hills district.

Nokpante’s Garo song nominated for ‘Best Pop’ song in VIMA Music Awards 2018

TNT | MUSIC | Tura, Dec 09, 2018: 

In yet another musical achievement, a Garo song titled “Walnam Ka•sara Pring- An Ode to Life” by Nokpante has been nominated in the Best Pop song category for the VIMA Music Awards 2018.

Pictures speak a thousand words | Highlights of Rugala Ceremony of Wangala Fest 2018

Tura | Nov 09, 2018: 

The Rugala Ceremony of the 100 Hundred Drums Wangala Festival held at Asanggre near Tura today witnessed the participation of hundreds of spectators.

It may be mentioned that a day ahead of the Wangala, a ritual called Rugala is performed by the Nokma (A Village Chief) and in this ritual, the offering of the first hand special rice-beer along with cooked rice and the vegetables are given to Misi Saljong, the Great Giver.

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