News from across the state…

Guv meets new IG of BSF
Shillong: After taking over as the new Inspector General Meghalaya Frontier, Kuldeep Saini, called on Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday and apprised  him about the security scenario at the international border of Meghalaya. He also briefed about the border domination and security situation in advent of recent input on Rohingas influx and election in Bangladesh. The Governor appreciated the duties performed and efforts by the BSF soldiers. He also extended his best wishes to all BSF personnel & their families and complimented that BSF may continue to achieve excellence and safeguard the borders through its deeds of courage and valour.

Govt’s land hurdle remark annoys Ri Bhoi body
SHILLONG: The Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) on Wednesday criticised the state government for saying it was facing problems in acquiring land for entry and exit points. RBYF president Bipul Thangkhiew said the government could purchase land at Umran Dairy for Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation. “The state government said there were hurdles with regard to land acquisition for entry and exit points. Yet it was able to purchase land without acquisition for its own department,” he said.

Grand council wants exemption from citizenship bill
SHILLONG: The Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya has written to AICC president Rahul Gandhi seeking his intervention in the NRC and issues arising out of the recently passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
“It is to be noted that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi exempted us from Panchayati Raj as there already exists institutions of self-governance,” said chairman of the council John Kharshiing in the letter. “In the same manner, this Citizenship Bill must be exempted to ensure that the traditional customary practice of residency and citizenship practiced in the tribal areas are preserved and protected in the interest of the indigenous tribes of Meghalaya,” he added.

Goethe-Institut Mumbai to hold poetry translation in city
Shillong: Poets Translating Poets is a pioneering project by the Goethe-Institut Mumbai along with the Goethe Institutes in South Asia, and in collaboration with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin will bring its forthcoming edition of the project in January. It will bring together contemporary poets writing in Assamese, German and Khasi along with translators, in a ‘poetic encounter’ among the pine and mist in the hills of Shillong. The week will culminate in programmes including language, poetry, music, theatre and dialogue on January 18 in Shillong. The project and the poems, will be documented by a photographer. As part of this upcoming edition, two essays were commissioned to provide insights into the contemporary poetry scene in Shillong and in Assam, the essays have been written by Lalnunsanga Ralte (aka Sanga Says) a poet, teacher and PHD scholar from Shillong and Shalim M Hussain a poet, writer, translator and PHD scholar in Guwahati. The essays are available online.

Woman lodges FIR against granddaughter for theft
SHILLONG: A lady, Hunmon Ryngad, has alleged that her granddaughter took away her deceased father’s documents and belongings without her knowledge.Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Ryngad said she has filed an FIR and also approached the Meghalaya Commission for Women to complain against her granddaughter, Betsy Passah (Elizabeth). The mother of the deceased, Collinson Roy Ryngad who passed away on August 15, 2018, said she visited her son’s rented house on August 21 at Umkdait, Nongmynsong, where she found documents and other materials missing from the home. In the FIR filed on September 21, 2018, she mentioned that the original land documents of Mawsiatkhnam in Mawlai, Mawlynrei and Umroi Airport in Ri Bhoi district, standing in the name of her deceased son were missing/lost. Further, she said three vehicles, ATM card, passbook, all documents of vehicles, television set, speaker, tape recorder, two gold rings and Rs 20,00,000 were found missing on the same date. Hunmon further alleged that Betsy had illegally withdrawn money from the ATM. The mother expressed her helplessness over the inaction of police despite the FIR being filed.

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