State’s ST population stands at 90.36 pc

New Delhi: 29.43 per cent of rural households in India belong to SC and ST group, with Meghalaya’s ST population being 90.36 per cent. Mizoram has the highest percentage of ST population with 98.79 per cent, followed by Lakshadweep (96.59  %) and Nagaland (93.91 %). (PTI)

Bluebell takes oath as fifth woman member of Assembly

Bluebell takes oath as fifth woman member of Assembly Tackling Garo Hills situation my priority: Chokpot MLA SHILLONG: Congress legislator from Chokpot, Bluebell R Sangma, on Friday took oath as a newest member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. The oath was administered by Assembly Speaker A.T. Mondal in the presence of senior cabinet ministers and other legislators at the Assembly Annex Hall here. Sangma is the fifth woman legislator in the Assembly, after [Full Article...]

SC jolt to coal miners

SHILLONG: Already reeling under the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal on coal mining in the State, the coal miners and owners have suffered a fresh jolt at the hands of the Supreme Court which has refused to interfere with the order of the NGT. The State Coordination Committee of Coal Owners’ Miners’ and Dealers’ Association had filed a petition before the Supreme [Full Article...]

Govt to conduct GHADC polls in August

No more term extension: HDR SHILLONG: The election to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council is likely to be held sometime in August before the expiry of the six-month extension granted to the Council in February this year by the State government. “We will hold the election before the expiry of the six months,” District Council Affairs Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said on Friday, while [Full Article...]

Village elder shot dead, cloth merchant abducted in GH

Tura: Suspected GNLA militants shot dead a fifty-year-old village elder in Kherapara area of West Garo Hills on Friday. The incident took place at Moropgre village under Gambegre Block when heavily armed militants, suspected to be GNLA, came to the house of Livingstone R Marak and began questioning him. The militants accused the village elder of being a police informer and despite his denials [Full Article...]

‘Mentally-ill UTP being shifted to MIMHANS’

SHILLONG: A mentally-ill under trial prisoner identified as one Dullu Marak who was lodged in Tura jail will be sent to MIMHANS, Shillong for treatment. It was reported on Thursday that Prisons officials at Tura had sought the intervention ofthe Court and the police in Tura to shift him to MIMHANS, but in vain. However, Additional DG (Prisons) Buam informed on Friday night that [Full Article...]

Biometric enrolment in Meghalaya a non starter

SHILLONG: While other states in the country have more or less finished the enrolment for the National Population Register (NPR), the same has remained a non starter in Meghalaya due to opposition from local pressure groups and the government’s inability to placate them. Knowledgeable sources on Friday admitted that there has been no follow up from the government on the matter and things have [Full Article...]

North East left out, nationwide MNP launched

From CK Nayak New Delhi: The much awaited ‘one nation, one number’ has become a reality from Friday with crores of cell phone users now being able to retain their numbers when they relocate to any part of the country even if they change operators as full mobile number portability (MNP) comes into effect sans the North East and Jammu and Kashmir! The move [Full Article...]