Chaos in Northeast India, where is Modi govt: Congress

Congress alleged there was total chaos and complete breakdown of law and order and constitutional machinery in Northeast under the watch of PM Modi and Amit Shah

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday alleged that there was total chaos and complete breakdown of law and order and constitutional machinery in the Northeast under the watch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Senior party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala asked where is the Modi government when there are war-like hostilities between states ruled by BJP-NDA and when miscreants are attacking the convoy of Meghalaya Governor and militants firing through the streets.

“Chaos prevails and complete breakdown of law and order and Constitutional machinery in North East under the watch of PM and HM,” he said on Twitter.

“Assam-Mizoram clash-police firing continues. 7 died earlier. War like hostilities between two States ruled by BJP-NDA.

“Miscreants attack the convoy of Meghalaya Governor. Militants were firing through streets. Home Minister of the state has resigned. China intruding into Arunachal. Where is the Modi Government,” he asked.

Curfew was imposed in Shillong and mobile internet services withdrawn in at least four districts as vandalism and arson rocked the Meghalaya capital and nearby areas on Independence Day during the funeral procession of a former militant, who was killed in a recent police encounter.

Earlier, in violent clashes between the Assam and Mizoram Police, several policemen were killed amid border tensions between the two states.

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.

Meghalaya governor writes to Amit Shah over ‘mysterious’ death of 2 Garos in Gurugram

While Rosy Sangma had died under 'mysterious' circumstances at a private hospital in Gurugram on June 24, her nephew Samuel Sangma was found dead in a room a few days later

Shillong: Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking justice over the alleged mysterious deaths of two members of a Garo family in Gurugram, an official said.

While Rosy Sangma had earlier this week died under suspicious circumstances in a private hospital in Gurugram, her nephew Samuel Sangma was found dead in a room a few days later.

Both of them hailed from Dimapur in Nagaland.

“The Governor of Meghalaya has taken cognizance of media reports and outrage over the unnatural deaths of both the individuals of North East and has taken note of the petition addressed to him on the matter,” a Raj Bhavan official said in a statement.

The governor, who is travelling to New Delhi on Sunday, would take up the matter with the authorities concerned for a free, fair, and expeditious investigation into the matter and ensure justice for the deceased, the statement said.

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.

Containment steps to kick in from May 1

SHILLONG, April 28: The state government has decided to put in place containment measures in the Shillong urban agglomeration, Jowai and Tura town from 5am of May 1 till 5am of May 10.
The decision was taken during Tuesday’s review meeting, chaired by Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters that public, political and religious gatherings will not be allowed during the ten-day period. He said weddings and funerals will be permitted but with regulations issued by the respective Deputy Commissioner (DC).

He said sports activities will not be allowed and private offices will be closed except those which deal with essential services. Tynsong also said that all educational institutions will be closed.

The Deputy CM said the capacity of passenger vehicles will be reduced to one/fourth but they will be allowed in services including healthcare, emergency and vaccination. They can also ferry students appearing for the board exams, and teachers and staff who are on exam duty.
He said any other vehicular movement, including for emergency purposes, will be allowed only after the issuance of passes by the DC concerned. He warned that the violators will be penalised.

He said government institutions, not dealing with essential services, will be closed down and their employees can work from home. According to him, the government has decided to stop all non-essential movements.

Shops dealing in essential items will be allowed to open subject to regulation on days and timings to be fixed by the respective DC, he added.
Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner has revoked the permission already granted for meetings, gatherings, trainings, conferences, sports and events between May 1 and May 10 in the district.

Weddings for which permission has been granted are allowed with a revised ceiling of 30 persons only in the place of worship or hall.

Bodies to be handed over to kin
In another development, the state government has decided to permit family members to take home the body of patients who succumb to COVID-19.
Informing this, Health Minister, AL Hek said that family members should ensure that they do not take the body inside the house and keep the body outside the house for a maximum of 48 hours.
He also said that family members should strictly follow protocols and SOPs issued by the Health department while performing the last rites.
“We have taken this decision taking into consideration the feelings of the family members,” Hek said, while adding that the government would leave it to the family to decide in what manner they would perform the last rites.

Input: theshillongtimes

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.

COVID scare: RT-PCR test report mandatory to enter Meghalaya from now

SHILLONG, April 21: Meghalaya government today announced new guidelines for fighting the COVID19 pandemic in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed the media about the new set of guidelines notified for the purpose. He said detection of COVID19 positive cases on daily basis showed that the state was heading towards a grave situation.

The salient features of the new COVID guidelines are:


Input: theshillongtimes

Congress emerges as single largest party in GHADC polls.

TURA, Meghalaya : Congress has successfully emerged itself as the single largest party in the 9 member Garo Hills Autonomous Council (GHADC), bagging 12 seats out of 29 while the ruling National People’s Party won 11 seats on the election held on April 12 and results which were declared on Thursday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also NPP’s ally has won two seats while the Garo National Council won one and three seats by independent candidates. The United Democratic Party, a local party could not even open its account.
BJP’s Bernard Marak won the prestigious Tura seat. Marak was a former member of a militant outfit – Achik National Volunteer Council that signed an agreement earlier with the government.

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Mukul Sanghma expressed his confidence of forming the next council but the sources in NPP said that BJP is most likely to support NPP and the party is also trying to get the support of three independent candidates.
The result however is a wake up call for NPP which lost the key Tura seat and the loss of incumbent chief executive member Dipul Murak to Arbinestone Marak, an Independent candidate. “We respect people mandate. We were expecting to cross halfway mark. There was a strong anti-incumbency against our party. We need to self-introspect and work hard,” said Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister and NPP national president.

Meghalaya consists of three tribal autonomous district councils- the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council and the GHADC.

Not in mood to impose complete lockdown: Meghalaya Dy. Chief Minister

India recorded 1,99,376 new COVID-19 cases on April 14 claiming 1037 deaths. Meghalaya recorded 100 fresh cases on Wednesday which is the highest daily spike but the state government is in no mood to impose lockdown again.

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong made it clear that there would not be in any lockdown in the state. However, he added that there might be some restrictions as the state government has been monitoring the COVID situation keenly and it has decided to hold 2-3 meetings each week to take necessary actions.

On Wednesday, a high level meeting was held to review the pandemic situation and decided to go ahead with the MBoSE board exams which will begin from April 16 as scheduled. “The board exams will go ahead as scheduled and fixed by the Education Department,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.

He said that government has instructed the Education Department to ensure that each and every examination centres in the state follows COVID-19 protocols and SOPs . “We request everyone not to panic and go to examination centre happily and safely,” he added.

The student body also submitted a letter to the Dy Chief Minister citing that they were not in the right frame of mind to appear board examinations especially in offline mode. They were not able to focus fearing that they might get infected with the virus. “We have seen your statement that any student who gets infected with COVID-19 will get another chance to write his/her papers but what will happen if any of us get seriously ill or die?” they questioned.

They also expressed that they were not benefitted from online classes. “Our preparations have not been upto mark since we could not attend our regular classes last year. Therefore we request the government to either postpone the examinations or take online tests,” the students requested.
The student have also created two WhatsApp groups where they are able to register 4000 students to join the campaign against offline exams.

Offline Classes to Continue: Meghalaya Education Minister

Meghalaya: In the wake of rising number of corona positive cases in Meghalaya, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said that regular offline classed from nursery till college- level would continue in the state as the heads of educational institutes agreed to continue regular offline classes. However, he also added that class attendance would not be mandatory and school authorities could take the classes in different shifts. Student could also opt for online classes or whatever other system school might provide.

D.P Wahlang, Additional Chief Secretary of Education held a meeting on Wednesday with the educational heads to hear their views regarding the present COVID-19 situation in the state with relation to conduct regular offline classes in schools and colleges.

“We feel that the present system is good enough. The heads of the educational institutions are also in an opinion that present system should continue because online classes are not handy even in the urban areas,” the minister said. Talking about the board exams which will begin from April 16, Rymbui said that the educational heads were in a view that board examinations must be held as scheduled as it helps in testing the capacity and capability of students.

“The main objective of schooling is that the children will get the knowledge and education,” Rymbui said while imparting that educational heads are of a view that students have not benefitted from the online classes. The minister said that the educational heads also agreed to their decision that all teachers must be vaccinated since they come into contact with students on a regular basis.

“The Education Department has communicated the matter raised by the educational heads to the Health Department on the need to vaccinate teachers,” Rymbui said pointing out that it would be a massive exercise since there are around 75000 teachers in the state.


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