SHILLONG: The Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High
Court on Wednesday ruled that no preference should be given among the
students applying for admission to professional courses through State
quota.The Cabinet at its recent meeting had agreed to give preference to
the students who passed Class XII examinations this year for admission
to professional courses through State quota.However, against the
decision of the government, the Court in an order on Wednesday said the
government should publish the list of the selected candidates
irrespective of their having passed last year or this year.
The Court observed that advertisement was published
on July 4 inviting applications for MBBS, BDS, BSC(N), B Pharm, BHMS,
BAMS, Laboratory Technician and Ophthalmic Assistant(Diploma) against
State quota and the last date for receipt of the applications was July
13. The Court further said the petitioner Jan-Uni-Sahiat Khyndiah having
requisite qualification as per the advertisement had submitted his
application and the result was yet to be published.
Referring to the news reports on July 16 which quoted
Chief Minister DD Lapang, the Court said the Chief Minister had made a
statement that priority would be given to fresh candidates although the
students who passed earlier had secured higher marks. Apprehending that
the statement made by the Chief Minister would be implemented, the
petitioner had approached the Court by way of a writ petition for a
direction to the State Government to publish the list of candidates
selected for the professional courses.
On behalf of the petitioner, Advocate SP Mahanta
assisted by Advocates AK Agarwal, Mrs M Wahlang, Mr B Dkhar, Mr H
Abraham and Ms Anosua Chakraborty was present.
It may be mentioned that the parents of aspiring
Khasi-Jaintia students, who passed Class XII examinations in 2003, had
urged the Chief Minister to give preference to them over the past
students in granting State quota admission to professional courses.
‘No entry’ to cops in PHC
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: A doctor in Dainadubi in East Garo
Hills bordering Assam has clamped `no entry' to the Assam police, the
CRPF and other police officials at his PHC recently.
Dr LM Sangma, who is in charge of the Dainadubi PHC,
pasted a `no entry' notice on the PHC preventing the police and the CRPF
to enter the health centre stating also that no medical treatment would
be given to the police personnel at the centre.
On receiving information, police enquired the matter and found that
as Dr Sangma was questioned by the Assam police for his rash driving on
his way back to Garo Hills, as a token of `protest', he prevented the
police from entering the health centre for treatment.
RG Lyngdoh tells news portal
‘No move to lift ban on ANVC’
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Home Minister R G Lyngdoh has said
there is no move from the Centre to lift the ban on ANVC.In an online
chat with the news portalwww.northeasttribune.com on Wednesday, the Home
Minister said no move was initiated by the Centre to lift the ban on
ANVC. " If there was such a move the Centre would have consulted the
State Government for lifting the ban ", Mr Lyngdoh said.Recently the
ANVC had claimed that they had initiated talks with the Centre and
charged the Lapang-led Congress government for sabotaging the peace
Expressing concern over the movement of the militants
across the border, the Home Minister said the border in Meghalaya had
been put on alert after the Bangladesh government launched an operation
to flush out militants from their soil.He also said the Centre had been
apprised of the movement of the militants across the international
border adding that more BSF battalions had been deployed along the
Mr Lyngdoh further said he would tour the border
areas affected by insurgent activities from July 28 to assess the
problems faced by the people due to militancy.
On the issue of dialogue with the militants and the
allegation of politician-militant nexus, the Home Minister said as long
as the allegation of politicians having nexus with the militants
continued, it would not create a conducive atmosphere for talks with the
militants. Mr Lyngdoh however stressed ," we have not stopped anybody
who has directly approached the government for talks".
Regarding the activities of the militant outfits from
outside the State, Mr Lyngdoh said whenever they were caught, the matter
was taken seriously. He said the state government would create a
conducive atmosphere for the investors who came to the state.The Home
Minister further said there was no specific information on whether or
not Hmar militants were taking shelter in Shillong.
Xerox machine of ANVC seized
Police has seized a xerox machine used by the ANVC
from a resident of Damar near Mendipather in East Garo Hills. Police is
yet to divulge the name of the owner of the xerox machine. According to
police the ANVC had been using the xerox machine for the last one year
to make photocopies of demand notes.
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: The KHNAM has urged Chief Minister DD
Lapang to take initiative to resolve the present reservation policy and
the issue of illegal immigration.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, KHNAM MLAs, Paul Lyngdoh and
Lambor Malngiang said both the major issues have been agitating the
minds of all citizens in the state.
Man kills wife in a fit of anger
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: A woman, identified as Razia Rynjah
(35) died instantly when her husband Md Ahil Ali struck her fatally on
the head with an iron rod on Wednesday morning at their residence here
The couple had been quarreling over some personal
matter since last night, police said adding the husband could not
control his anger and hit his wife with the rod. She fell down and died
on the spot.
Immediately after the incident, Ali surrendered at
the Laban police station and was arrested.
It’s donation not extortion, says KSU
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: A day after the police accusation of
KSU’s involvement in illegal money collection, the Students’ body on
Wednesday termed it as the State Government’s tactic to divert people’s
attention from the core issues concerning the state.
The Union admitted having collected donations but did
not apply any threat or pressure.
Addressing newsmen here at the Shillong Press Club,
KSU president Samuel Jyrwa said the Union set Thursday next as deadline
to the Government to review the present job reservation policy and
implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to prevent illegal influx.
Justifying the Union’s demand, he said the KSU would
go ahead with its proposed agitation despite the Government’s move.
Mr Jyrwa turned down the Union’s involvement in any
kind of extortion from the businessmen and said it as "baseless
propaganda" to tarnish the image of the Union which they had been doing
from time to time.
He also claimed that the document which was seized by
the police was in fact a letter issued by the Union to the businessmen
to curb the anti-social activities like collection of donation in the
name of the organisation.
The KSU’s collection can not be termed as extortion
and it was only people’s willing contribution to the organisation, Mr
Jyrwa said adding if the contributors had felt that they were being
forced or harassed for the same they would have lodged complaints with
the authority concerned.
"We did approach people for certain contributions but
we never forced or threatened them," he said and added such collections
did not fall under the purview of the Section 144 of the CrPC.
The KSU president further said the organisation has
been carrying out such collections since its inception in 1978 and would
continue with the same especially for this year as the Student’s body
would celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Meanwhile, Mr Jyrwa mentioned that the central executive committee
meeting will be held on Thursday next to discuss the issue. The GEC of
the Union will meet the following day to fix a date to launch its
proposed agitation, he said and indicated that the Union might not
consider Government’s invitation if it received the same late.
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: More than 21 people including women and
children were injured when the Bazar Bus (ML-05 9755) in which they were
travelling in collided with a truck (AS 25 9155) on Wednesday morning at
Some of them had severe injury and were shifted to
the Civil Hospital here, sources said.
The Bazar bus was on its way to Iewduh from
Sohryngkham, police sources said adding on reaching Mawlyngat it was hit
by the speeding truck which was heading towards Jowai.
After the incident the truck driver and his tow helpers fled away
from the scene, sources said adding out of 21 persons, who were taken to
hospital, eight were children.The condition of the bus driver, who was
trapped inside the bus, was stated to be critical, sources added.
The Shradh Ceremony of Late Shri Bimal Dutta will be held today the
24th July 2003 at his residence at "Dilara" Laitumkhrah, Nongrim Road,
Friend's and Well wishers to attend the Shradh Ceremony for the eternal
peace of his soul. Family Members.
Interactive radio counseling
AIR Shillong will broadcast the interactive radio
counseling of IGNOU Shillong on July 26 from 4 pm to 5 pm. The topic
will be related to Mass Communication.
The Surgeon Superintendent of Civil Hospital has
informed the relatives of one Ram Mukho Momin, 20 years, who expired on
July 13 at the hospital, to collect the body from the morgue within
three days, failing which the body, will be sent for disposal by the
Swarabitan, a socio-cultural organisation, has
deferred its cultural programme 'Sargam' to the third week of August.
Entry forms are available from Noors, Malki Point till August 16.
The officers and staff of MGCC Limited have expressed
its sympathy to the bereaved family of B Warjri who passed away after
working with MGCC for 22 years.
Chief Minister D D lapang along with Soil
Conservation Minister, P W Muktieh, C&RD Minister, J D Rymbai and
Minister of state, Mr S W Rymbai were felicitated at a public reception
organised by the Public Reception Committee of Raid Mawthoh at
Mawlyngkhung,Ri-Bhoi District on July 22.
Free diabetic camp
The Assam Club, Laban, Shillong in collaboration with Sun-Valley
Diabetic Care and Research Centre, Guwahati will organise a free
diabetic camp at Assam Club, Laban on July 26 from 9 am onwards.