Border situation with Mizoram fragile: Assam CM

The chief ministers of the region will be present at a meeting of the North East Space Applications Centre (NESAC), to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that the situation along the interstate border with Mizoram is currently “fragile” and it will take some time to resolve the disputes with the neighbouring state.

The chief minister, however, expressed optimism that some progress will be made in resolving boundary disputes with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh when he meets his counterparts from these states of the North-eastern region on July 23 in Shillong.

The chief ministers of the region will be present at a meeting of the North East Space Applications Centre (NESAC), to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on that day.

The NESAC is a joint initiative of the Department of Space and the North Eastern Council (NEC) to augment development of the region by providing advanced space technology support.

Sarma said that he is expecting some headway during the talks to resolve the border disputes with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

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As far as the boundary dispute with Nagaland is concerned, the matter is in the court, he said.

“The situation with Mizoram, however, is not conducive. We are not seeing eyeball to eyeball in Hailakandi district (bordering Mizoram). The situation is fragile. It will take some time with Mizoram,” he said.

Tension along the inter-state with Mizoram in Cachar and Hailakandi districts of Assam have been escalating in the last few days over Assam Police’s drive to clear land allegedly encroached by miscreants from across the border.

An IED was hurled on an Assam government team visiting the border by suspected miscreants on July 10, while two back to back explosions were heard from across the border in the wee hours of July 11.

A high-level meeting between officials of both the states, including the chief secretaries and DGPs, was also held in New Delhi a few days ago on the issue.

Red bus allegedly exploiting passengers in Meghalaya

Raising concerns about the plight of people in Meghalaya, the Civil Society Women's Organization (CSWO) President Agnes Kharshiing alleged that Red bus, funded through Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Asian Development Bank (ADB), are now exploiting the passengers in the state.

The organization had also pinpointed the fact that it is the duty Government of Meghalaya to provide transport to the citizens of the state and ensure their safety.

“We were informed that now Red bus, funded through JNNURM, ADB, are now exploiting the people. Today ML O1 7392- a red bus charged 20/- per passenger from Madanryting to Laitumkhrah. The Bus was full yet people had to pay 20/- per passenger and provided no receipts even when the public asks.  Govt has to streamline the transport so that the public is not on the receiving end. Transporters who signed an agreement with Govt, should not exploit the citizens and Govt has to ensure that people are not to suffer,” said Agnes Kharshiing in a press statement.

She further claimed that three days back, they were informed that a patient who was suffering and looking for medicine in Pynursla was stopped and checked by some who are not allowing them to travel in a private vehicle.

“This is a clear violation of the fundamental right of a person and govt cannot promote such actions of criminal violence provoking threats and should ensure safety and security for the people of the State,” Agnes added.

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At least six persons reportedly died in illegal mining accident in M'laya

In an unfortunate incident, at least six persons reportedly died in a major illegal mining accident last evening in the hills adjoining Deinshalalu, East Jaintia Hills (EJH), a few Kms from the Lad Rymbai junction.

The incident and number of dead were confirmed by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of EJH, E. Kharmalki.

Speaking to the Highland Post he said that all the six bodies have been recovered and that a team of officials under a magistrate have reached the spot where an inquest will be conducted.

“The bodies were recovered from a shallow pit of mud,” he said.

He said that an official statement could be issued only after the inquest.

Meanwhile, local sources informed HP that the incident happened when the crane that was being used to dig up the ground broke loose and smashed into the ground.

It is said that the illegal mining operation was being done to either clear up an abandoned mine or dig a new one.

Details are awaited.

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Meghalaya State Youth Policy likely to be placed in next Cabinet meeting

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday held a review meeting with officials of the Sports and Youth Affairs Department on the draft ‘Meghalaya State Youth Policy’ in presence of Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh.

The meeting discussed at length different components of the policy that encompasses the development of a holistic atmosphere for youth to engage in different activities in the fields of sports, co-curricular activities, entrepreneurship and skill-based learning.

The meeting also discussed different areas — to develop critical thinking amongst the youth, leadership and engage them in innovative and welfare activities.

The policy also entails specific programmes for the overall well-being of the youth. It was discussed in the meeting that by end of this month the draft policy will be made available on the public platform to solicit opinions and suggestions.

On receiving feedback, the policy will be given the final shape and then be tabled in the cabinet.

Inputs: Shillong Today

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