Shillong, May 02: More than 150 indigenous traditional healers on Thursday expressed that they are now suffering from acute shortage of herbs due to population explosion.
Echoing their grievances to Nongpoh MLA and Chief Adviser to Meghalaya Government, Dr DD Lapang, and the Chairman of Society for Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice (SPIKAP), John F Kharshiing, the gathering of Khasi Local Herbalist, Traditional Birth Attendants, Massage Therapist, Bone Specialist, Spiritual Healers, including weavers, said mining and forest activities besides unchecked wanton burning of hills and forest has resulted in the severe shortage of herbs.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee with the Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, A. T. Mondal alongwith a delegation of Ministers & MLAs from Meghalaya in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Aizawl, May 01 (IANS): Over 600 pigs have died from swine fever and about 12,200 have been infected in the past two months in Mizoram, officials said here Wednesday.
"The endemic swine fever caused the death of as many as 470 pigs in Aizawl district alone while remaining 130 died in other districts. Over 12,200 pigs have been infected with the disease," a Mizoram animal husbandry and veterinary department official told reporters.
SHILLONG, May 01: Confused and worried students of the CMJ University on Wednesday asked the university authority to immediately clarify after the Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary directed the University Chancellor to withdraw all the degrees given by the institute and also stop admission because of various anomalies in its functioning.
SHILLONG, April 29: With Mother Nature showing her violent side, most drains in the city have been clogged with waste material being pushed due to the rain water while for few localities in the pine city the water clogging has made life very difficult.
Sharing their views with Meghalaya Times, some of the residents from Bishnupur, Raid Laban and Polo area said that the recent weather has exposed the inefficiency of the concern department regarding the proper planning of the city roads.
Shillong, April 28: With the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MPDCL) resorting to untimely load – shedding, questions are being raised on the reason behind and why the newly commissioned power plants not helping to mend the power woes.
Sources have informed that the untimely load – shedding, which is at the brink of arrival of monsoon in Meghalaya, is due to the outstanding amount of Rs 244.48 crore to NEEPCO.
SHILLONG, April 28: Bad and harsh weather in the western range of the state has slowed down the pace of security forces in conducting operations to trace out the militant outfits operating in the Garo Hills region.
Security forces deployed in Garo Hills are finding great difficulty to track the movements of the rebel outfits operating in the Garo Hills region.
AIZAWL, April 28: Over 500 pigs have died in Mizoram due to swine fever in the last two months.
According to report from Animal Husbandary and Veterinary department officials, the number of pigs died due to the endemic "Classical Swine Fever" has crossed 500 mark since the month of March.
Officials said, the endemic swine fever caused the death of as many as 465 pigs in Aizawl district alone, while another 11,163 pigs are reported to have been infected with the disease. More than 200 piglets of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) beneficiaries also had died due to the disease.
TURA, April 27: The demand for a separate Garo State is gathering momentum in the town of Resubelpara as the Garo Hills State Movement Committee organized a public rally to gather support for the movement.
The rally saw the presence of people from all regions of Garo Hills with the attraction being the presence of the Garo National Council (GNC) MLA from Chokpot, Clifford R Marak. Incidentally the GNC is the oldest regional party in the state started in the year 1946.
SHILLONG, April 27: Fifteen village Dorbars under the Mawsynram constituency have decided to form a peace committee to defuse the tension that arose from the burning of the house of a businessman Tremelin Nongseij by the mob whom they suspected of practicing witchcraft.
The decision was taken at a peace meeting held at Mawrynkang village, about 50 kms from Shillong on Saturday.
The decision of the formation of the peace committee was the result of the initiative taken by these 15 Dorbar Shnongs who wanted to resolve tension between the family of Tremelin Nongseij and the people of Mawrynkang village after the incident took place on Monday last.
TURA, April 27: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) to protest the construction of the dam at Nokrek hit out at comments made by the Parliamentary Secretary, Noverfield N Marak after they met the elderly politician on the same subject earlier.
The NGOs have been demanding an immediate stop to the construction of the dam as they want to know the beneficiaries and the stakeholders of the project. The NGOs also want the benefit of the project to be better distributed so that no – one can complain.
TURA, April 27: The Deputy Commissioner South Garo Hills, Chinmay Gotmare on Saturday said that the registration of labourers employed in the various coal mines in the Jadi-Nongalbibra area is of prime importance for its doubles up as a method of checking crime in these areas.
Calling on the Labour Department of the South Garo Hills region, Gotmare said he wanted a more proactive stance to the registration of labourers in the coal belt areas.
SHILLONG, April 26: “Whichever way I can deliver for the betterment for the people of the state, I choose to walk on that path,” asserted former Home Minster Robert G Lyngdoh, who will be taking over as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) from July 1.
This decision of his may mark an end of his political ambitions and is now counted off from the 2014 Lok Sabha election fray.
Speaking to Meghalaya Times, Lyngdoh said, “I was always away from politics, just that I helped a very good friend, Dr Jemino Mawthoh in the recently concluded Assembly elections, and people mistook me that I wanted to jump back to politics.”
SHILLONG, April 26: “If education shows paradise to students but cannot take them to paradise is pointless,” believes former Home Minister, RG Lyngdoh, who will be taking over as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) from July 1.
Concerned over the heavy dropout rate in the state despite Meghalaya being termed as an educational hub of North East India, Lyngdoh said that despite providing so much awareness in the rural areas, the dropout percentage has not come down as significantly.
SHILLONG, April 26: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in collaboration with the Syiem of Mylliem on Friday undertook the cleaning drive of Wahumkhrah.
People wearing “Save the water secure the future” t-shirts provided by the East Khasi hills Deputy Commissioner’s office were seen participating in the cleaning of Wahumkhrah.
Rumors of Sohan contemplating surrender fly high
Shillong, April 24: The infighting among the leaders in Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has been exposed publically with two area commanders grouping up to kill another area commander and hanging his body from a tree in Garo Hills to amass more wealth.
Highly placed sources informed that the GNLA Area Commander of Resubelpara area of North Garo Hills district, Jongson, was killed by the other Area Commander of Resubelpara, Piliport, and Williamnagar Area Commander, Jimmy, in the thick jungles of Dainadubi area.
Chewan Krishna Dahal
Gangtok, April 24: The Pawan Chamling government has banned the media from using video and still cameras inside the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. The gag issued by the government has triggered doubts on the government’s keenness to hide something in the annual budget session from the people.
SHILLONG, April 24: Polo grounds, which is home to football enthusiast as well as professional in Shillong city to improve their skills in the sport, have been damaged by the breath-taking motor cycle stunt display on April 20 by the Army personnel here as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Headquarters 101 Area and has raised various questions among the young denizens who go and practice football daily in the ground.
SHILLONG, April 24: The National Highway 62 Save Mission Committee (NH-62 SMC) on Wednesday set a 144 hour deadline to the state government demanding stern action against the East Garo hills district administration, line departments and coal association for gross violation of the Supreme Court order and alleged use of NH – 62 for personal benefits.
SHILLONG, April 24: Seemingly working of the demand of the Opposition bench on the need to have an ‘all women battalion’ in state, Meghalaya will soon have a woman battalion in place in thwarting and combating crimes against women and children which has at present is increasing at an alarming rate.
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