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An Open letter to Edu Minister on ‘Education as a booming business’

TNT | LETTERS | March 23, 2019:

This is an ‘Open Letter’ to the Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on the admission fees of students from a concerned citizens of the state, Mayborn Lyngdoh R.

Picnic turns tragic as UCC Shillong student drowns in river in Assam

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SHILLONG, March 23, 2019: In a tragic incident, a student of Union Christian College, Shillong in the state of Meghalaya died after drowning in a river close to a picnic spot in Assam.

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’.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Man enters woman’s residence, molests her and escapes

TURA, March 18, 2019: A woman has lodged a complaint against a man who had entered her quarter in Chokpot in South Garo Hills district and tried to molest her.

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