Record 21 new COVID deaths in Meghalaya

Shillong, May 15 Meghalaya on Saturday recorded

21 COVID deaths, the highest in a single day, a senior health official said.

Seventeen of those who died are from the East Khasi Hills district, while two each are from Ri Bhoi and West Jaintia Hills.

The state's COVID toll was 301 after the latest deaths, Health Services Director Aman War said.

Meghalaya also recorded 560 new infections, pushing the number of active cases to 4,338.

The state has so far reported 22,763 cases, War said.

In the last 24 hours, 215 persons recovered from the infection. In all, 18,124 people have recovered.

155 new cases push Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally to 15,786

Shillong, Meghalaya on Saturday reported

155 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 15,786, a health department official said.

The state now has 1,244 active cases, Health Services Director Aman War said.

The death toll rose at 158, as one more person succumbed to the infection, he said.

At least 148 people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries in the northeastern state to 14,384, he said.

The state has so far conducted over 4.47 lakh sample tests for COVID-19.

Altogether, 2.09 lakh people have been inoculated in the state, with over 51,000 of them having received both doses of the vaccine, he said.

Assam polls: GHADC polls postponed by Meghalaya Cabinet

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on March 4

Guwahati: Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Assam, the Meghalaya cabinet decided to postpone the polling date of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) General Elections from April 9 to April 12, 2021.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on March 4, 2021.

Informing about the changes, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took to Twitter saying, “Due to the 3rd phase of the #AssamAssemblyElections2021 on the 6th of April, 2021 in Lower Assam, Cabinet has decided to postpone the polling date of the GHADC General Elections from the 9th of April to the 12th of April 2021 to ensure smooth execution of the GHADC elections.”

It is to be noted that Assam assembly elections will be held in three phases beginning from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 6.

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Govt of Meghalaya all set to re-open its Tourism from Dec 21

Shillong: It’s good news for the tourists from India and across the globe, as the Government of Meghalaya is all set to re-open its Tourism in the state from December 21, 2020.

Announcing the re-opening, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma took to Twitter saying, “We are reopening #Tourism in #Meghalaya for tourists from outside the State from 21st December 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone, registration through the ‘Meghalaya Tourism App’ is made mandatory & SOPs are put in place

The #HomeOfClouds looks forward to welcoming you @prahladspatel.”

Here’s how you can register for a visit in the state through the ‘Meghalaya Tourism App’.

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M’laya Cyber Crime Police registers criminal case against United Bangal Liberation Army

Shillong: A criminal case has been registered against the United Bangal Liberation Army for criminal conspiracy, for a threat to wage conflict against the local populace of Meghalaya and for criminal intimidation against the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

As per a Government notification, the criminal case was registered at the Cyber Crime Police Station, Meghalaya and investigation of the case are ensuing.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Police once again appeals to all the concerned citizens to kindly refrain from inciting a breach of communal peace and harmony.

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Boundary Dispute Between Assam & M’laya: Sanbor Shullai writes to Home Minister

Shillong: BJP legislator in Meghalaya, Sanbor Shullai has sought the Centre’s intervention for resolving the long-pending boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya.

In a letter to the Union home minister, Amit Shah on Friday, Shullai said, “As per the decision taken by the Centre to resolve all the pending border disputes among the Northeastern states by 2021, I would like to seek the Central government intervention in resolving long-pending boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya.”

He said the people in the unsettled border areas are facing several difficulties as developmental activities cannot be carried out due to the dispute in the region.

“The people of Meghalaya are a peace-loving community. The effects of boundary disputes spill into the rest of the state affecting the lives of people all over and also disrupt communal harmony,” Shullai said.

Lauding the NDA-led government’s commitment to end disputes in the region, the MLA termed the decision to resolve the boundary disputes among the Northeastern states by 2021 as a “noble thought and gesture and one that we are highly grateful for.”

Stating that such an act of the government will help boost the morale of the party workers all across the region, Shullai said, ” this will also help us strengthen our party base, and future consolidates our presence. Such a move will go down in the history of the region besides giving confidence to the people of this region in our party and governance.”

Inputs: Shillong Today

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Coal Mining Racket Case: Activist Agnes Kharshiing withdraws petition demanding SC’s intervention

Supreme Court allows Agnes to raise coal-mining racket issue before NGT

Shillong: Activist and CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing withdraw the petition demanding the intervention of the SC in the investigation of the coal mining racket after the SC ordered to wait for the Green Tribunal's investigation report in the same.

However, in an order passed on October 14, the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the writ petition following the plea by Kharshiing’s lawyer Colin Gonsalves to raise the matter before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Agnes was represented by Colin Gonsalves who on her behalf withdrawn the petition and agreed to re draft a petition for a proper inquiry to NGT.

“Learned counsel for the petitioner seeks to leave to withdraw the writ petition to enable him to raise appropriate grievances before the National Green Tribunal where the matter is pending for consideration. The writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn with aforesaid liberty,” the Supreme Court said in its order.

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5 vendors killed after speeding truck rams into them near Thangshalai-Shillong bypass

Shillong: In a tragic incident, at least 5 local vendors selling vegetables on the roadside near Thangshalai-Shillong Bypass died on the spot when a speeding truck rammed into them in the morning hours on Saturday.

Police sources informed Meghalaya News 24 that four vendors died on the spot after they were hit by a truck, while the fifth one died on his way to the hospital. “The matter is under investigation but the preliminary investigation suggests brake failure, but the real reason will only be known once the investigation completes,” said the source.

According to a traffic police source, “There were four women and one male vendor who died in the accident when they were hit by one loaded truck (UP 51AT 2949) at Umkhen Thangshalai Shillong Bypass bridge, we could intercept the vehicle but the driver managed to flee away.”

The deceased who died on the spot is identified as Balarihun Kharkongor 27 D/o. Bidalin Kharkongor, Gracefully Nongbri 23, D/o. ïarilang Nongbri, Banteibha Bina D/o Smti. Pliantibon Bina, Shantilang Nongbri 28 yrs D/o Thrisha Nongbri.

Later, one Shri Korbarsing Kharduit, 52 years was critically injured, and he died while on his way to the hospital.

Inputs: Meghalaya News 24

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Supreme Court dismisses writ petition filed by activist Agnes Kharshiing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court dismisses a plea filed by social activist and CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing to intervene in the issue of rat hole mining workers.

Agnes had particularly stated that the removal of Justice Katakey from the commission which was independently investigating the issue and handing over the issue to the National Green Tribunal is unconstitutional and urged the Apex court to intervene in the way the Tribunal is conducting the investigation. She further expressed her doubt on the morale of the officials of the Green Tribunal.

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Corruption, illegal coal transportation likely to heat up Autumn Session of M'laya Assembly

Shillong: The Autumn session of the Meghalaya Assembly will be a stormy one, with the Opposition planning to take up alleged corruption and illegal transportation of coal in the House.

The five days session will be held from November 5 to 12.

The Business Advisory Committee of the Meghalaya Assembly which met on Monday has also finalized the calendar for the upcoming session which includes three days for government business, and two days for private members business.

Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said that the opposition will take up issues concerning the interest of the state especially corruption issues and illegalities related to the transportation of coal.

Besides lack of livelihood opportunities and lack of jobs, Mukul said that now issues of corruption have also cropped up and it did not confine only to the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) or a particular sector of the government.

“The allegations that hit the headlines we need to see how the government responds to these kinds of allegations. Are they really responding to verify these allegations? The issue of corruption has to be addressed. I must tell you as a resident of the state, everybody has to be concerned when there is an allegation of corruption. The world over and countries which are not in a pathetic situation economically, these countries are infamous of corruption. Corruption has destroyed nations all over the world. Look at all over the world, be it nations in Latin America and other nations which are today in a mess economically, and how corruption was the main cause and the whole genesis of the crippling economy revolves around corruption,” Mukul Sangma said.

“If we look at the past, states that were infamous for corruption they took a long time to recover. That’s why when there is an allegation of corruption, it cannot be taken lightly. I have on a number of counts, tried to draw the attention of the government that it should show seriousness to go into the allegations and verify them,” he said.

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