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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.

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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.

Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma exudes confidence in NPP’s victory ahead of LS polls

Shillong/Tura | March 20, 2019

A day after Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma led-National Peoples Party (NPP) received a major boost with the joining of 15 BJP leaders in Arunachal Pradesh including 2 ministers and 12 other sitting legislators, NPP National President and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma expressed his happiness and exuded confidence in winning the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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He said, ” Firstly we are very happy that the leaders have expressed their faith in the ideology of the party and I would like to welcome them all to NPP. This is the beginning of a very positive sign for the party in Arunachal Pradesh and we hope that more people will join us. We do hope that with more people joining in, NPP will fare very well in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections”.

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Reacting to a query as to whether NPP has become the only alternative in Northeast India, Conrad said, ” We have been trying to build the party on this ideology and people have begun to realise our ideology and are joining us”.

Speaking about the candidature of his sister Agatha Sangma and her chances of victory from Tura Parliamentary constituency in upcoming General Elections, the CM said, ” It is never easy and no election can be taken for granted. The first rule of election is to ensure that one is not over confident. We are working hard and I am happy to see peoples’ response and we are expecting a positive response”.

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Conrad Sangma is currently campaigning for NPP candidate for Tura parliamentary seat Agatha Sangma at Resubelpara. She has also been a former MP and was part of 15th Lok Sabha. She was the youngest Minister of State in the UPA 2nd Manmohan Singh Cabinet.

Meghalaya’s former kickboxing player Samuel Hashah files nomination, assures to take up issues of ILP, CAB among others

Shillong | March 20, 2019

Shillong Parliamentary seat independent candidate, Samuel Hashah filed his nomination before East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Abhishek Bhagotia on Wednesday afternoon.

Hashah will be contesting against two-time Congress Shillong MP Vincent H Pala and ruling MDA nominee and UDP leader Jemino Mawthoh.

The independent candidate is a former kickboxing player who had represented Meghalaya in various national events. He is the second candidate to have filed his nomination for the Shillong Parliamentary seat.

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Talking to reporters after filing his nomination, he said that one of his top agenda is to raise and resolve the long pending inter-State boundary dispute with Assam. He said that the second issue is the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

“I am strongly against the CAB and there is a need to alert the state government for the protection of the indigenous people of the state,” he said.

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The young aspiring politician assured that if elected as MP, he would take up and pressurize the Centre for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to check influx and illegal immigration into the state of Meghalaya while adding that the demand for ILP is gaining momentum in the state following the move to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which seeks to provide citizenship to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Hashah also assured to raise problems related to inter-state boundary dispute with Assam and international border with Bangladesh besides stressing the need to address the increasing drop out rates in the state through proper education policy in place.

Dr. DD Lapang appointed as National Vice President of Conrad Sangma led-NPP

Shillong | March 20, 2019

Dr DD Lapang has been appointed as the National Vice President of the National Peoples’ Party (NPP) with immediate effect.

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The notification came through a formal letter of appointment by the President of the NPP who is also the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.

The development comes not even a day after NPP received a major boost with the joining of 15 BJP leaders in Arunachal Pradesh including 2 ministers and 12 other sitting legislators.

Lapang, who is also the former Chief Minister of the State, had left the Congress last year after he claimed that he was sidelined by the AICC leadership. The Congress, however, claimed that he (Lapang) left the party due to his vested political interest as he wanted to join the NPP.

SC asks miners’ families if they want decomposed bodies to be recovered

New Delhi, March 20, 2019: The Supreme Court sought to know from the relatives of miners, who were trapped in an illegal mine in Meghalaya three months ago, whether they want to recover the bodies which might have been “decomposed” by now.

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