Meghalaya, which is home to one third of 1,331 orchid species in India, should consider declaring at least 20 forests as "biotype sanctuaries" if it has to protect and conserve the exotic flowering plant species which are facing habitat loss and human exploitation, biologists and orchid experts have pointed out.
The Opposition National People's Party (NPP) in Meghalaya on Tuesday demanded adequate security cover in the Garo Hills region to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council.
The state government today said provisions of the of Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Act will be invoked against leaders of an organization who have called a two-day shutdown in the Garo Hills region demanding early elections in the Garo Hilla Autonomous District Council.
The Garo Hills region of Meghalaya witnessed unrest throughout 2014 with militant groups fighting a turf war over creation of separate homelands besides being pounded by floods but a peace pact signed with two outfits provided a glimmer of hope in the northeastern state.
Security in Meghalaya's Garo Hills region has been beefed up ahead the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tomorrow, an official said on Tuesday.
Security in Meghalaya's Garo Hills region has been beefed up ahead the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday, an official said on Tuesday.
Guwahati: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said there should be better and faster coordination between the central and state agencies in handling floods, besides strengthening of disaster forces.
After doing an aerial survey of flood-hit Goalpara, Kamrup Rural and Dhubri districts in Assam, Rijiju said "firstly, the information of the forecast and dissemination of impending danger or natural disaster or calamity should reach faster to the states and ground level officials. That we will ensure. Secondly, we need to strengthen our forces."
Political parties in Meghalaya on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include other active militant groups in the tripartite peace pact signed with two militant organisations to bring permanent peace in the state's Garo Hills.
At least seven persons were reported killed in Meghalaya's South West Garo Hills district today after heavy rains lashed the area inundating over 100 villages and affecting over one lakh people, officials said.