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Shillong | September 9, 2019 (PTI):

The Meghalaya government has sought Rs 80 crore from the Centre for damage caused by floods in West and South West Garo Hills districts, officials said.

The demand for Rs 80 crore was put forward to a central team that visited the state on Saturday, they said.

“Revenue and Disaster department officials sought Rs 78.65 crore for damage caused by the flood in Selsella, Demdema and Tikrikilla blocks in West Garo Hills district,” an official told PTI.

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He said the South West Garo Hills deputy commissioner sought Rs 1.71 crore for damage caused by the deluge in Zikzak and Betasing blocks in the district.

Both the districts experienced the worst floods in the past 25 years, according to the district officials.

The central team headed by Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary K B Singh visited the affected areas in the two districts on Saturday and met the officials of the district administrations and the Revenue and Disaster Management department.



All security arrangements in place to ensure peaceful Durga Puja celebrations: EKH SP

The personnel are also directed to check instances of eve-teasing, drunken brawls and drunken driving. The SP informed that they have also deployed over 100 home guard volunteers and 50-100 other police man in addition to existing traffic personnel for traffic management.

By Our Reporter | Shillong, Oct 15, 2018: 

The East Khasi Hills police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that the Durga puja celebrations passed off peacefully.

Meghalaya: Judgement reserved after trial of Ex-Bangla minister Salahuddin Ahmed case

TNT News | By Our Reporter | Shillong, August 13, 2018

The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Ms D.G. Kharshiing reserved the judgment after the trial of the case relating to former Bangladesh MP, Salahuddin Ahmed ended today.

The trial of the case had been going in the Shillong Lower Court for more than three years now.

Sources informed that the court has reserved the judgment after the trial of the case completed today and the court has not yet fixed the hearing for pronouncement of the judgment on the case.

It may be mentioned that the court recorded the statement of around 11 witnesses, including police and doctors.

On July 22 2015 , the lower court had formally framed the charges against Ahmed under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946, for surfacing in India (Shillong) without valid documents.

Ahmed, the joint secretary of the BNP, was found moving aimlessly in the Golf Links area here on May 11, 2015. Meghalaya police arrested him for entering a foreign country, allegedly without valid documents.

Earlier, Ahmed had claimed that he was abducted in Bangladesh and did not know how he was brought to Shillong.

Meghalaya Poll campaign reaches new high; Union Min goes door-to-door to woo voters in Rynjah

From Our Special Correspondent

Shillong, February 18, 2018

With just nine days left for Meghalaya polls, political parties are doing their best to utilize the last one week of campaigning. The poll campaigning in Meghalaya has reached its peak with several political bigwigs throwing their hats in the campaigning.

Both BJP as well as Congress are bringing their star campaigners to campaign in Meghalaya for their respective parties.

In one of the constituencies, the BJP is organizing a big Sunday feast for the locality people of RR Colony Rynjah, Shillong. The pre-poll feast which is organised for around 150 people has drawn the attention of many as the residents and shopkeepers claimed that Union Tourism Minister and BJP’s  poll in-charge in Meghalaya KJ Alphons along with BJP National spokes person Nalin Kohli is doing door to door campaign in that particular locality to garner vote for their candidate Ernest Mawrie.

Reacting to this, sitting UDP legislator of Nongthymmai constituency Jemino Mawthoh said, “During election every one is doing campaigning, let BJP bring people from outside to do door to door campaign, let union minister do door to door campaign but how many house hold will they cover?”

He further said, “All their campaigns will not transform into vote, BJP candidate was a right hand man of Charles Pyngrope, let them bring leaders from outside and campaign here, I am confident because I am very close to the people of RR colony and such big feast or door to door campaign will not have any impact”.

This is the perhaps the first instance when a union tourism minister doing door to door campaign to seek vote for a particular candidate.

Total electorate under Nongthymmai constituency is 33791.


All you need to know about Meghalaya’s jovial leader, PA Sangma

MEGHALAYA | Sep 1, 2019:

Purno Agitok Sangma, passed away on March 4 2016 morning at the age of 68. The former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Chief Minister of Meghalaya died of a heart attack.

Here are a few facts about the man who had a very humble beginning but rose to the exalted office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha by sheer dint of his merit and determination.



Sangma was born on September 01, 1947 in village Chapahati in the picturesque West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.


He finished his graduation from St. Anthony’s College and went to Dibrugarh University in Assam for his Masters degree in International Relations. Subsequently, he also obtained a degree in Law.


Sangma was a man with many feathers in his cap. He had been a lecturer, a lawyer and a journalist before joining politics.


He began his political life as a worker of the Congress Party. In 1974, he became the General Secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress; he also remained its Vice-President for some time. He was appointed the General Secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee in 1975 and held that post till 1980.


Sangma entered into the national political scenario in 1977 when the country was preparing for the sixth General Elections. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tura constituency in his home State on the Congress ticket. He was a member of the Lok Sabha for nine terms – in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Lok Sabha.


Sangma was inducted into the Union Cabinet and assumed the office of the Deputy Minister in charge of Industry in November 1980. After two years, he shifted to the Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Minister and held that post till December 1984. For a short while, he also functioned as the Minister of State for Home Affairs. Sangma took over as the Minister of State for Labour with Independent Charge in October 1986.


He was the Chief Minister of Meghalaya between 1988 and 1990. Sangma returned to the Lok Sabha in 1991 following the General Elections and was inducted into the Union Cabinet by Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. Sangma was given the Independent Charge of the Ministry of Coal. In February 1992, he was given the additional responsibility of assisting the Prime Minister in the Ministry of Labour. In September 1995, Sangma took over as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, the post he held till the General Elections to the 11th Lok Sabha.

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Sangma was elected to the Lok Sabha for the fifth time from the Tura constituency in the 1996 General Elections. On May 23, 1996, he was unanimously elected the Speaker of the 11th Lok Sabha with universal support cutting across all political parties.


He was expelled from the Congress on May 20, 1999, along with Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar for raising the banner of revolt against Sonia Gandhi over her foreign origin. After the expulsion, he went on to form the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar. He later split the NCP. He also founded the National People’s Party on 6 January 2013.


He unsuccessfully contested Presidential election in which he was defeated by Pranab Mukherjee. At the time of death, he was representing the Tura (ST) constituency in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.



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.



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