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Incessant rains submerge Namsai

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:10

Itanagar: Incessant rains in the past couple of days have thrown life out of gear at Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh with Noa Dihing river along with its tributaries flowing above the danger mark.
All the low lying areas in the district have been submerged while water of Noa Dihing river have entered in villages of Silatoo, Mahadevpur-I and Mahadevpur-IV blocks, Namsai Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma said.
Reports of soil erosion along with loss of public and private properties were being received from various pockets of the district. Hectares of cultivated land especially paddy fields have been submerged by the flood water, Sharma said adding the extent of loss can be ascertained only when flood water recedes.
The district administration has deputed NDRF team to shift the people from the affected areas. Sharma visited the affected areas and personally monitored the flood situation.
Relief camps have been set up at New Silatoo and Mahadevpur-I and essential items have been provided from the district administration. Namsai district officials have been also directed to visit the affected areas and to keep vigil on possible epidemic in an around the affected villages.
Fishermen have also been also warned to refrain to going to the rivers, Sharma added. (PTI)

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33 drugs supplied to govt hospitals in Arunachal sub-standard

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:08

Itanagar: 33 drugs supplied to various government hospitals and stores in Arunachal Pradesh were found to be of sub-standard quality during laboratory tests. Out of the 355 samples collected during 2014-15 and 2015-16 from various government stores and hospitals for analysis, test reports of 238 drugs were declared safe and 33 medicines were found not of standard quality (NSQ), Assistant Drug Controller Gebomb Tayeng said in a release on Tuesday.
With regard to 371 samples collected from markets, the quality of nine drugs out of 314 tested were found to be NSQ while results of 57 are awaited.
As per the test report received on July 12, the percentage of NSQ for government procured medicines was 13.86 per cent while it stood at 2.87 per cent for drugs collected and tested from markets, the release said.
Actions are being taken against erring firms and six cases have been filed in a court of Yupia, headquarters of Papum Pare district.
“The high percentage of NSQ drugs under government procurement shows that quality of drugs has been compromised by the medicine procuring agencies and suppliers, thereby ignoring the quality, efficacy and safety of patients,” Tayeng said. “It has been observed that most of the government drugs procuring agencies do not follow the norms and guidelines such as entry of batch number, expiry date, name of manufacture in the bill/challan,” he said.
He suggested for formulation of proper system and mechanism for procurement of medicines to ensure safety and quality of drugs. (PTI)

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Assam to set up super specialty cancer hospice

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:08

Guwahati: With cancer constantly stalking the population in Assam, the new BJP-led government to announce several measures including setting up of a super specialty cancer hospital and drive to raise awareness on early detection, to bring the prevalence rate down.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday informed Assam Assembly that cancer treatment facilities would be increased manifold in the state very soon.
He informed that 86,405 cancer cases had been registered at government-run B Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) alone in the last five years.
He informed that a 200-bed super specialty cancer hospital at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) would be inaugurated shortly. The institute will be made an autonomous body independent of the GMCH authority. Renowned oncologists are being appointed in the hospital with pay and perks at competitive rates.
Besides the GMCH, the other five medical college and hospitals in the state in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Barpeta and Silchar will have a 100-bed cancer wing each. The minister said the detail proposal would be presented in the state Annual Budget to be aid in the House on July 26 next.
Assam government is going to set up special cancer wings in OPDs in all district civil hospitals and two doctors in every civil hospital will be especially trained to detect cancer cases at an early stage.
The minister further said cancer treatment at all the government-run facilities, including GMCH, B Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) and Narayan Hrudalaya, will be made free-of-cost soon and also, the ex-gratia paid to needy patients by the government will be increased.
Admitting that cancer treatment facilities were limited in the state, he said the state had only three linear accelerator (LINAC) machines at the moment and about 2-3 Cobalt therapy machines.
He added that more LINAC machines are likely to be procured in the future.
In order to raise awareness level among the people regarding need for early detection of cancer, Dr Sarma said month-long awareness campaigns, ranging from publishing advertisements to outreach camps in remote areas, would be conducted in November every year.

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Assam govt to stop schemes not conforming with BJP’s ‘vision document’

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:08

Guwahati:  Assam government on Tuesday said it is reviewing all the schemes launched by the previous dispensation of Tarun Gogoi and will discontinue those not conforming with BJP’s ‘vision document’.
Replying to a query by Congress MLA Ajanta Neog during the Question Hour, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We are reviewing all the schemes with different departments like Finance, Planning and Revenue. “We are ascertaining if the schemes are aligned with our vision document published before the election. If these are aligned, they we will continue with them or else we will stop them. “The government will clear all the pending dues to all stakeholders of a scheme if it is discontinued in the future, he said during the ongoing Budget Session. “We will work in a way so that funds are not misused at all,” said Sarma, who is also the Planning and Development Minister.
The minister also said the state government is working towards phasing out both Plan and non-Plan heads gradually. “Plan and non-Plan are two very confusing heads. The Centre has already decided to do away with these two heads and we also support it. Gradually, we will shift to only Capital and Revenue expenditure funds instead of Plan and non-Plan funds,” he added.
Sarma further said the Planning and Development department will be merged with Finance and the next fiscal’s Budget will reflect this. Talking about expenditure, he said: “If we spend from Revenue, then it is worrying. But if we can manage our spending from Capital expenditure, then it is good for us.”
To Neog’s query on Special Category Status state, Sarma said, “Assam continues to enjoy this tag even after the NDA government came to power at the Centre. During the last two years, the Centre has released Rs 58,016.42 crore to the state since 2014-15 financial year,” he informed the House. (PTI)

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Govt sets August deadline

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:02
Over 3000 students awaiting admission in Class XI

SHILLONG: The state government will be able to ensure the admission of over 3,000 students who cleared class X examination, to sit in class rooms to pursue studies in Class XI in the government-run educational institutions by August.
Several students have applied for admissions for Class XI in various government higher secondary institutions in the state for Arts, Science and Commerce streams.
However, in the absence of required seats, they were left out, but the Education Department has initiated measures to address the concerns of students by taking steps to provide additional class rooms.
Deputy Chief Minister in charge Education RC Laloo told reporters on Tuesday that interviews for the assistant lecturers and laboratory assistants were going on and the admission seekers will be accommodated in class rooms in August.
Earlier, a high level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma along with Deputy Chief Minister, in charge Education, was held to discuss the issue.
During the meeting, the state government had decided to earmark additional allocation of Rs. 3.5 crore besides appointing 102 assistant lecturers and 11 laboratory assistants soon on contractual basis to bridge the gap at the +2 level.

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MeECL gets House panel summon

Shillong Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:01
Poor street lights irk citizens

SHILLONG: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned the MeECL officials on Thursday for the poor quality of street lights in the state especially in parts of the city.
While several areas in the capital city do not have streetlights, there are areas where streetlights are defective with the authorities not rectifying the problem.
“We are summoning the MeECL officials  in view  of the poor quality of street lights across the state especially in city due to the use of sub standard materials”, Chairman of PAC, Paul Lyngdoh said.
Another area of concern is the lack of mobility of linemen who are not able to repair the defects due to the lack of transportation.
Lyngdoh also pointed out that the purchase of sub standard materials resulted in the poor quality of streetlights thereby incurring losses due to the state exchequer.
“We are  taking  suo motu action by summoning the concerned  officials based on the complaints from public”, Lyngdoh added.
Meanwhile, as the problem of non-functional street lights still exists in the capital city, the State Government has now decided to find a proper solution to the problem.
Officials informed that the MeECL, Urban Affairs and Shillong Municipal Board will have joint meeting on July 27 to discuss the problem.
The Pine City, which is widely  projected as one of the most loved hill station, embraces darkness after sunset every day, thanks to non-functional street lights all across the city, much to the consternation of local residents and tourists.
The city outskirts plunge into darkness in the evening hours and anti-social elements have a gala time indulging in their nefarious activities.
Though areas like Police Bazar and IGP are well lit, other areas still remains under total darkness.

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Meghalaya submits formal bid for 2022 National Games

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 19: Meghalaya has made a formal bid for hoisting the 2022 National Games with the handing over of the Bid Document along with the prescribed advance fees of Rs50 Lacs to the President and Secreatary General of the Indian Olympic Association at New Delhi on Tuesday.

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State Cabinet to decide on pay hike of SSA teachers

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 19: The State Cabinet will soon decide on the matter pertaining to the salary hike of the SSA schoolteachers after the recent approval of the same by the Project Approval Board (PAB) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
This was informed by the State Education Minister, Professor RC Laloo to a delegation of the Meghalaya SSA Schools Association (MSSASA) who had called on him at his office chambers on Tuesday.

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Drug dependence leads to theft

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 19: One Raju Dorjee (21) of Nongmynsong had to resort to theft to feed his drug dependency as was revealed after his arrest in this connection on Wednesday.

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HSPDP writes off Shylla, expresses confidence of victory in Nongkrem By Polls

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

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SHILLONG, July 19: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party has written off the former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Hispreaching Son Shylla while pointing out that the people of Nongkrem have earlier rejected him on two occasions.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, HSPDP Nongkrem unit secretary Hubert Riang said, “The party is not facing any threat through his (Shylla) coming back to politics because it doubts that he will be re-elected after the people have rejected him twice.”

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New militant outfit nipped in the bud

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 19: Police on Tuesday arrested one Anthony Marak (30) of Rajai village in South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) district who was reportedly trying to form a new militant outfit in Meghalaya.
The arrest was made after a vehicular checking was conducted by Police at Upper Shillong based on security inputs regarding the movement of militants in and around Shillong city.

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UDP doubts NEDA involvement in 2018 Meghalaya polls

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 19: The United Democratic Party (UDP) has expressed its doubts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will contest the upcoming 2018 elections in Meghalaya.
“While respecting the HSPDP’s stand of going alone in 2018, it is however misleading to presume that NEDA will contest in Meghalaya,” UDP Vice president, Allantry F Dkhar said in a press statement issued here on Tuesday.

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Digital archive of Scottish cemetery unearths lost history

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2016-07-20 04:00

Kolkata, July 19 (IANS): Did you know Welsh missionary Thomas Jones introduced the Roman alphabet to the Khasi language in northeast India? Thanks to a digital archive, hitherto lost narratives of the people who are buried in the 190-year-old Scottish cemetery (including Jones) here are now available at the click of a button.

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Assam: Over 90,000 cancer patients detected in last 5 years

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 01:36
GUWAHATI: Assam government today said over 90,000 cancer patients were detected in the state during the last five years in the state. Replying to an issue raised by Congress MLA Ajanta Neog, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in B Barooah Cancer Institute alone 86,405 cancer patients were registered during the last five years. “So … Continue reading Assam: Over 90,000 cancer patients detected in last 5 years →
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Assam: More than Rs 216 crore spent to tackle Guwahati water logging

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 01:36
GUWAHATI: Assam government today said it has spent over Rs 216 crore since 2001 to solve the perennial water logging problem in Guwahati. Replying to a discussion after the issue was raised by AGP MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Guwahati Development Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Rs 216.30 crore have been spent on various activities to … Continue reading Assam: More than Rs 216 crore spent to tackle Guwahati water logging →
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Arunachal Pradesh: 33 drugs supplied to govt hospitals are sub-standard

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 00:52
ITANAGAR: 33 drugs supplied to various government hospitals and stores in Arunachal Pradesh were found to be of sub-standard quality during laboratory tests. Out of the 355 samples collected during 2014-15 and 2015-16 from various government stores and hospitals for analysis, test reports of 238 drugs were declared safe and 33 medicines were found not … Continue reading Arunachal Pradesh: 33 drugs supplied to govt hospitals are sub-standard →
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Mizoram govt sends feelers to HPC(D) for peace talks

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 00:49
AIZAWL: Mizoram government has sent feelers to the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) militants for initiating peace talks with the outfit having camps in neighbouring Manipur, Inspector General of Police Zorammawia said today. The state Police Headquarters had instructed the CID (Special Branch) to send formal communication to the HPC(D) leadership on the state government’s willingness … Continue reading Mizoram govt sends feelers to HPC(D) for peace talks →
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Assam: Tezpur University accredited ‘A’ grade by NAAC

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 00:45
TEZPUR: Tezpur University in Assam has been accredited A Grade with CGPA 3.25 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) at the end of a week-long thorough assessment exercise conducted during May 16 to 19 last, said a Media Cell official of the Central University. The 10-member high powered team was led by Professor … Continue reading Assam: Tezpur University accredited ‘A’ grade by NAAC →
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Lok Sabha: Kharge raises Arunachal crises, Rajnath says Congress a leaky boat

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 00:09
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes on Tuesday after Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance of trying to “destablise” Congress-led governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the political developments in both states were due to the “internal crisis” within the Congress party, … Continue reading Lok Sabha: Kharge raises Arunachal crises, Rajnath says Congress a leaky boat →
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Meghalaya Uranium Mining: NGO demands actions against UCIL officials

TNT - Wed, 2016-07-20 00:07
SHILLONG: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association on Tuesday demanded the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to take strong actions against the Chairman and the Managing Director of the UCIL for floating a tender for mining uranium in South West Khasi Hills. Expressing their opposition against UCIL’s tender in their memorandum which was submitted to … Continue reading Meghalaya Uranium Mining: NGO demands actions against UCIL officials →
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