Six jailbirds escape from Williamnagar prison

Militants, rapist among escaped prisoners TURA: Six prisoners have escaped from Williamnagar district jail in East Garo Hills after overpowering the guards on a hot Sunday afternoon. The escapees include hardcore militants from the banned GNLA and ASAK and a convicted rapist involved in the gang rape of a girl during the winter festival over three years ago. The prison break took place approximately [Full Article...]

Alert cop prevents other prisoners from escaping

Tura: The sensational jail break by half a dozen prisoners in broad daylight on a lazy Sunday afternoon was made possible due to the absence of armed police personnel manning the outer perimeter of the prison, it is learnt. Highly placed sources from the prison department reveal that the time when the escape took place the armed police battalion personnel were on ‘off-duty’ outside [Full Article...]

Chief Minister is ‘missing’

When will Mukul next visit Meghalaya? asks NPP SHILLONG: When will the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma next visit Meghalaya is the ironical question which the Opposition NPP wants to ask him for his many foreign jaunts in line with the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who while speaking in Parliament, had ridiculed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his frequent foreign visits by saying, [Full Article...]

Delay in disposal of cases: Judges overburdened

SHILLONG: The district court in East Khasi Hills is burdened with pending cases and this is mounting as the number of cases disposed of every year is far less than the number of cases instituted. Reason is simple: hands of judges are full with additional responsibilities. While a single Judge handles cases of Special Court NDPS, CBI, CID, Consumer Court, Vigilance Court, Special Court, [Full Article...]

No headway in ILP case

SHILLONG: The State Government is yet to provide the names of witnesses to the public   prosecutor thereby adding to the delay on the damage suit of over Rs 31 crore filed for the loss incurred during ILP related agitations supported by as many as 14 pressure groups. The public witnesses include the SPs and officers in charge of various police stations among others. It [Full Article...]

Chokpot by-poll likely in June-July

SHILLONG: The by-election to Chokpot is likely to be held sometime in June-July.Chokpot seat fell vacant following the death of Garo National Council(GNC) legislator Clifford Marak on February 28.     Indicating this, the Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said that normally the election is held within six months of the demise of the sitting legislator.The wife of Clifford Marak, Kalpana Sangma had expressed her willingness [Full Article...]

Govt to come up with law soon: Rowell

Powers of traditional heads SHILLONG: Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh has indicated that Government will shortly come up with a law clearly defining powers and functions of traditional heads including the Rangbah Shnong. According to him, the Government has already initiated consultation with various traditional heads both in Khasi-Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills. “During the consultation the traditional heads had also impressed upon the [Full Article...]