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Police quick to clarify on release of Hek’s son; says case is bailable offence

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, April 10, 2018: 

Amid criticisms from several quarters over the alleged ‘partiality’ of the police when it comes to handling an accident case which involved a minister’s son, the district police chief on Tuesday clarified that the police’s hands are tight since it is a baliable case and because no FIR was filed by the deceased’s family.

Living Megalithic Culture of Khasi-Jaintia can help understand global megalithic culture better

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Shillong News | Shillong, April 10, 2018:

As archaeologists and historians from across the world continues to collect every piece of pre-historic remains and records to ascertain the significance of Megaliths and Monoliths spread across the globe, an expert and author from Bangalore upheld that the living Megalithic Culture of the Khasi-Jaintia in Meghalaya might hold the key to understanding megaliths all over the world.

KSU closes various banks’ offices for working on occasion of Shad Suk Mynsiem

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, April 09, 2018:

The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Monday closed many financial institutions’ offices after they were informed that the banks located within the jurisdiction of East Khasi Hills district remained open despite the fact that today was declared a ‘holiday’ on occasion of Shad Suk Mynsiem.

NCP candidate Krenila Marak files nomination for Williamnagar by-poll today

From Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, April 09, 2018: 

As the date for the Williamnagar by-poll approaches, NCP candidate and wife of Late Johnathone N Sangma, Krenila R Marak filed her nomination paper today in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.

Tragic road accident in Ri Bhoi district kills 4, injures 6 others

Shillong News Desk | Shillong, April 9, 2018:

In yet another tragic incident, four people lost their lives while six others were injured in an accident which took place at Mawpun village under Ri Bhoi district on Monday morning.

Man kills clouded leopard, posts meat for sale on social media on OLX Tura page

From Our Correspondent

Tura, April 8, 2018

In a heinous and an ignorant act, an endangered clouded leopard was killed and its meat posted for sale on social media prompting animal rights activists to go on an overdrive seeking action against the culprits.

The clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is a wild cat occurring in the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China. Since 2008, it is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ with totals suspected to be fewer than 10,000 mature individuals, with a decreasing population trend, and no single population numbering more than 1,000 adults. The clouded leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya.

One Facebook user, Dodohm Chambukong, posted a photo on popular facebook page Olx Tura wherein he posted a photo of an endangered clouded leopard that was killed by them, seeking Rs 2000 for the cat. The user later deleted his account though screenshots of the same were kept by activists who sent the same to the Wildlife and Forest departments.

The matter was also notified to the West Garo Hills police who promised to act on the matter and ensure the people behind the episode were taken to task.

 Earlier too there were posts of some users who had posted their kill of the animals and when questioned blamed their ignorance to their actions.

“This is a condemnable act and the culprits need to be punished. The clouded leopard is an endangered animal and needs to be protected. How can people just kill these animals and boast of killing something that may not even last until our next generation? The Wildlife team needs to wake up,” said one Avinash Marak, a member of environmental NGO, CEPARD.

Another activist rued the lack of endangered species that were earlier regulars in the Garo Hills firmament, now not even being seen in places where they used to visit.

“Earlier people near Phulbari would see the annual coming of the amur falcon but our greed has ensured they never visit. Whenever they did, people with air guns and ‘batuls’ would shoot them down for meat. How heartless can we get,” asked another activist, SR Sangma.

The matter of the killing of clouded leopard and its sale on FB is currently being jointly investigated by Wildlife and police teams.

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