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Shillong to be under CCTV surveillance soon

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 11:17

SHILLONG: With the installation work for the cameras going on in full swing, Shillong is all set to be under CCTV surveillance soon. The installation of CCTV cameras is expected to act as a deterrent to anti-social elements besides helping in crowd and traffic management.

In the first phase, advanced CCTV cameras are being installed in 28 vital locations in Shillong and 10 locations in Tura.

The initiative was envisaged under the Safe Secure Shillong project and one-fourth of the project cost is borne by NECTAR, a Union Government organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology while the State Government is funding the rest.

East Khasi Hills SP, M Kharkrang said that the installation work is going on in full swing and is most likely to be completed in a month’s time.

A control room is also being set up at Sadar police station to constantly monitor the footage transmitted from the CCTV cameras.

Under the second phase, the State police plans to integrate all the CCTV data from restaurants, shopping malls and other places.

The initiative is also expected to go a long way in improving the law and order scenario in the city.

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St. Edmund’s NSS unit adopts Mawdulop village

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 11:17

SHILLONG: The NSS Unit of St. Edmund’s College has adopted Mawdulop village for its second special camp programme for the years 2014- 2016.

The theme of the camp is “U Symbai ka longbriew-manbriew (Sowing the seed for community well being)” under the NSS theme of ‘ Healthy Youth for Healthy India’.

The camp was inaugurated by Banteidor Lyngdoh, MDC, Mawkynrew Constituency, along with the Sordar of Mawdulop, Pien Mukhim and the village committee members.

The week-long camp include activities like such as PRA, baseline survey, Gandhi Jayanti celebration, cultural infotainment, cleaning drive and an eye camp by Bansara Eye Clinic.

The purpose for this year’s camp is to incorporate and stress upon issues relating to the theme such as cleanliness, empowerment, working together in unison, health, family planning, enhancing knowledge systems existing within the community and various livelihood issues.

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Volumes of Business

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 04:33

This is a scene of the DC Park Parking Lot, Tura, West Garo Hills. pic - Alva Sangma.


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Cyclone hits Andhra coast, three killed

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 04:27

Visakhapatnam, Oct 12  (IANS): Cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the Andhra coast Sunday, triggering heavy rains and strong gales, which wrecked havoc in the coastal region killing three people.
The heavy downpour accompanied by powerful winds with speeds reaching up to 185 kmph uprooted trees, felled electricity and communication towers and caused widespread destruction to crops.
The districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam are without electricity since Saturday night. Mobile telephones were not working in the region as communication network collapsed.

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AIGU demands removal of Sujit Dey as GHADC standing counsel

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 04:26

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SHILLONG, Oct 12: In a letter sent to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the Williamnagar Unit of the All India Garo Union (AIGU) has called for the removal and replacement of the standing counsel of the GHADC, Sujit Dey.
 ‘Local or indigenous tribal lawyers will be more effective and efficient to tackle cases as they are familiar and have well conversant /acquainted with the Garo Customary law, cultural and social practices both practically and theoretically’, opined the AIGU.

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MBoSE gives special consideration to flood affected schools and colleges

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-10-12 05:40

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SHILLONG, Oct 11: In what can be termed as a big relief to the concerned students, the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) has decided to give ‘special-consideration’ for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the different board selection tests due to the recent natural calamities which hit several districts in the Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills region.
“The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) while bringing a humanitarian approach has decided to give a special consideration for those schools and colleges which are not in a position to conduct the tests, situated in the areas affected due to recent natural calamities,” MBOSE executive chairman EP Kharbhih said in a notice issued on Saturday.

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25 secondary, HS schools damaged in floods in NGH

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-10-12 05:38

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TURA, Oct 11: A total of 25 secondary and higher secondary schools in the North Garo Hills (NGH) region have been either partially of fully damaged in the recent September 22 floods.
Confirming the news, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of NGH, W Khyllep said, “It is a huge blow to education in the region as we have had close to 25 schools damaged. School children have also lost their school books and now face a very uncertain year ahead.”

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Militants kidnap 11 people from Mizoram

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-10-12 05:37

Agartala/Aizawl, Oct 11 (IANS): Militants have kidnapped 11 people from Mizoram along the inter-state border with Tripura, police said Saturday.
"NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) extremists Friday evening abducted 16 construction workers from Rajivnagar village along Tripura-Mizoram border. Later, the rebels released five people," a Tripura police officer said.
He said all the 16 people - Bengali Muslims and Chakma tribals - were residents of southern Assam's Karimganj district. They went to Rajivnagar village under Mamit district in Mizoram as construction workers. They went to Mizoram through Tripura's Kanchanpur area.

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State Bank of India’s first CSP in Tura

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2014-10-12 05:35

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TURA, Oct 11: Outgoing Assistant General Manager (Garo Hills), Nixon Joseph on Saturday inaugurated the first Customer Service Point (CSP) of the State Bank of India (SBI) at Tura.
“The initiative will decongest the SBI branches in Tura and cater to the need of the customers, who require banking facilities”, said Joseph even as he added that the CSP at Ringrey market will act as a mini-branch of the SBI.
Joseph also informed that the CSP will have flexible working hours to facilitate the customers.

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Balongre residents without water for 18 months, PHE cites helplessness

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-10-10 04:47

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Tura, Oct 09: Residents of Balongre, on the outskirts of the town have been without water for more than 18 months. The small hamlet, even after numerous complaints and pleadings still struggle to get access to clean drinking water, which they earlier had access to, before the construction of a new road through the village itself. Though the village of a 120 households has been without water for the last year and a half, they have been water bills to pay.
 The PHE however cited helplessness as many were unwilling to provide land for the setting up of pipes. The village comes under the Rangsakona constituency.

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Adelbert to submit list of EMs today

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-10-10 04:46

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SHILLONG, Oct 09: Newly elected Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum will submit the list of the Executive Members (EM) of the new Executive Committee (EC) to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr KK Paul for his approval on Friday.
“We will be submitting the list of EMs to the governor for his approval by tomorrow,” Nongrum said.
According to him, the list to be forwarded to Governor has the names of the same MDCs which were in the EC led by Ardent Basaiawmoit.

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Adelbert Nongrum is the new KHADC CEM

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:37

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SHILLONG, Oct 08: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) leader Adelbert Nongrum on Wednesday became the 27th Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) even as he maintained that issues concerning the Council and the region would be his top priority.
The Council’s chairperson, Teilinia Thangkhiew announced that Nongrum was elected as the new CEM unopposed after the opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA-II) decided not to contest for the post.
Just after the announcement, Nongrum bowed down on the floor of the House in prayer before taking over the CEM’s chair.

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Narayanasamy replaces Faleiro as AICC in-charge of Meghalaya

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:35

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SHILLONG, Oct 08: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) Wednesday appointed former Union Minister V. Narayanasamy as in-charge of Meghalaya and other north eastern states, except Assam.
He replaces former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, who has been appointed as President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC).
A press statement issued by AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi read: “The Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved that Shri. V. Narayanasamy, a former General Secretary of the AICC will hold the charge of Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya which were earlier assigned to Shri Luizinho Faleiro who has now been appointed as President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.”

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Maitshaphrang Movement to launch indefinite hunger strike next week

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:34

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SHILLONG, Oct 08: The Maitshaphrang Movement on Wednesday decided to launch an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the failure of the Meghalaya government to frame the rules for implementation of the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act which was passed in 2012.
“We have decided to launch our indefinite hunger strike from next week,” Maitshaphrang convener Michael Syiem said at a press conference held on Wednesday.
According to him, the indefinite hunger strike was proposed to start on Wednesday but could not since the organization had failed to get the necessary permissions.

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Gang of 6 robbers arrested

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:33

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SHILLONG, Oct 08: Six persons including a hardcore criminal were arrested by the police for their involvement in a robbery case, looting Rs 2.82 lakh from passengers in a remote village in East Khasi Hills (EKH) district.
“They have been arrested by the police for looting passengers of two vehicles at Laitumsaw village, the incident of which took place on Monday,” district Superintendent of Police (SP), M Kharkrang said.
The accused have been identified as Pynshai Rani alias Newstar Kharbani (32), Balbir Singh (26), Raju Biswas (35) and Monu Singh (23), all from Sweeper Lane Bara Bazar, Govind Chettry (38) of Lumkshaid, Mawprem and Phrangkupar Nongrang (38) of Mawlai Phudmawrie, he said.

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National Highway 40 – A deathtrap for the unlucky

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:30

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 08: The National Highway 40 (NH-40), which is the lifeline for several landlocked states in the North East region of India, is at present in a terrible condition. The four-lane work was designed to allow a smooth ride besides providing better connectivity to other states – which are dependent on this highway. However, the good work has now been overshadowed by consistent landslides which do not need any rainfall to take place because of the unscientific cutting of hills to make additional two lanes which is causing enormous damage. A frequent commuter on this highway, also popularly known as the GS Road, said that it has become a deathtrap as it is a matter of luck whether a traveler escapes the sliding hill-tracts with earth, trees, boulders and other materials flowing down onto the road. He also said that one should consider oneself fortunate if he/she can get through this highway unhurt considering the unstable hills through which this highway winds itself.

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NGT permits coal miners to pay royalty in installments

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:02

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SHILLONG, Oct 07: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday offered partial relief to the coal miners in Meghalaya by allowing them to pay three equal installments of royalty on the extracted and assessed coal even as the interim ban will continue prohibiting unscientific, unregulated and impermissible rat hold coal mining in the state.
The order came in view of the petitions filed by the coal miners associations expressing their difficulty to pay royalty within 14 days in accordance with the guidelines of the NGT reconstituted committee headed by additional chief secretary KS Kropha and principal secretary MS Rao.
Earlier, the committee in its guidelines, has directed that payment of royalty should be within 14 days.

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Adelbert Nongrum to be elected CEM unopposed

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:01

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 07: With the decision of the opposition Khasi Hills United Democratic Allaince (KHUDA) not to vie for the top post, Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) leader Adelbert Nongrum is all set to be elected as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
Nongrum was the only candidate who filed his nomination for the Council’s top post on Tuesday after the Congress led KHUDA decided not to put up any candidate for the election.

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Mukul angered by destruction, stone quarries set for closure

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:01

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TURA, Oct 07: The recent visit by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma to the flood affected areas in the plain belt of Garo Hills saw a furious CM asking everyone in the Garo Hills region to stop wanton destruction for the purpose of mining stones. A furious Mukul asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of both the South West Garo Hills (SWGH) and West Garo Hills (WGH) districts of the state for the immediate shutdown of quarries after imposition of Section 144 CrPC.
The CM’s convoy moved through Garobadha towards Hallidayganj before reaching Chibinang, but the CM made four unscheduled stops, angered by the destruction being caused to the hills of the region. Reportedly, there are more than 150 such quarries, some of which have moved more than a kilometre inward, cutting through the hills.

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3 ASAK cadres thrashed by enraged villagers

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:00

Staff Reporter
TURA, Oct 07: Three cadres allegedly belonging to the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) outfit were severely thrashed by angry villagers in Harigaon, near Mukdangra about 25 kms from the town of Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH).
The trio, reportedly among a group of six had been serving demand notes to the residents of the region and angry villagers caught hold of them and at about 8 pm Monday night resulting in a sound thrashing.
The beating was so severe that all three were sent to the Tura Civil Hospital for treatment and are said to be under close observation.
The Superintendent of Police (SP), WGH, Mukesh Singh confirmed the incident stating that the three were involved in extortion. The trio has been identified as Dilip Dalu from Dalupara, Gili Marak (22) of Nokatgre, Mukdangra and Sundaybirth Marak (33) also of the same village in Mukdangra.


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