NGT notice to Meghalaya Govt

CAG report: Air, water quality in Shillong, other parts far from satisfactory New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal’s eastern zone bench has issued a notice to the Meghalaya government over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on air, water and environmental pollution in the state. Gauhati High Court had in 2012 taken suo moto action on the CAG report which had expressed concern [Full Article...]

KHADC receives HC boost

Operation trading license SHILLONG: In a significant judgement, the High Court of Meghalaya single bench has made it mandatory that a tribal who gives his shop on rent to any non-tribal would have to obtain a trading license from the KHADC in accordance with the provision of the Khasi Hills District (Trading By Non-Tribal) Regulation, 1954. While hearing the writ petition filed by one [Full Article...]

‘Silent march’ against NGT ban on coal mining

SHILLONG: In an attempt to bring to the attention of the Centre on the impact of the NGT ban on coal mining on the livelihood of the local people, the Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood-Meghalaya (MIPRL-M) will be holding a ‘silent march’ in Shillong on July 30. The MIPRL-M, Vice-Chairman Erwin K Syiem Sutnga announced while speaking to reporters here on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Dual law-makers: Ardent ready to quit if law bars

An MDC should be minimum Class XII pass, says Bindo Lanon SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit has said that he would step down immediately if there is any law which bars him to occupy the dual posts of MLA and MDC even as former Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong has indicated holding of dual posts undesirable. “There is no [Full Article...]

Pro-ILP groups to meet Govt on panels

SHILLONG: The 13 pro-ILP pressure groups have decided to seek an appointment with the State Government officials to seek clarification on the constitution of two committees by the State government on the issue of illegal influx of outsiders to the State. “We would be writing a letter to the State Government seeking an appointment within this week,” KSU president Daniel Khyriem told newsmen here [Full Article...]

‘Greater Garoland still in our agenda’

SHILLONG: As the signing of ANVC’s tripartite ceasefire agreement completing 10 years on Wednesday, the militant outfit on Tuesday said that it had not given up its demand for ‘Greater Garoland’. In an interview with The Shillong Times, the outfit’s publicity Secretary Arist Sengsrang N Sangma said that scaling down from their two earlier demand s of Greater Garoland and Garoland Autonomous Council did [Full Article...]

Border fencing faces land acquisition hurdles

SHILLONG: Despite directions from the Central government to complete the fencing along the stretches of the Indo-Bangladesh border, the state government is yet to fence a significant portion of the stretch. Speaking to The Shillong Times on Tuesday, BSF PRO Mahendra Singh said that the fencing of around 140 to 150 km of the international border was stalled owing to the perennial controversy surrounding [Full Article...]

Headmen, MDCs shut down Megh Agro-Vet farm

NONGPOH: Poultry farm company, Meghalaya Agro-Vet Private Limited was shut down on Tuesday after it repeatedly failed to honour the demands made by the headmen of Umsning area, under the umbrella of Umtrew River Protection Committee (URPC) urging it to remove all wastes released into Umtrew River besides constructing a sewage treatment plant. Angered at the company’s non compliance, local headmen, the MDCs of [Full Article...]