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HYC demands to rename road

SHILLONG: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) Malki circle demanded that Dhankheti road should be renamed as Bull N Lyngdoh Road and Bull N Lyngdoh Lane. Lyngdoh was a former Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) leader. The demand was made during a programme to select the office bearers of HYC Malki circle on Saturday. The members of […]

19 Aug 2019 7:24 am
AJCCTA demands shutdown of weighbridges

JOWAI: The All Jaintia Cement & Clinker Transports Association (AJCCTA) has demanded to shut down all weighbridges operational along the National Highway from Malidor to Byrnihat. “Except those in the entry and exit points, we demanded that all weighbridges are to be shutdown”, the AJCCTA secretary Kyrshan Dkhar said. The Um-tyr-a weighbridge and the Hynniawmer […]

19 Aug 2019 7:23 am
Crime Updates

Suspected contraband seized On August 13, around 5 pm, while naka checking near Khliehriat PS, East Jaintia Hills, police recovered two soap boxes containing orange powder material, weighing 20.60 grams and two syringes, in a vehicle (AS-01L-1949) driven by Hubert Gatphoh along with Joydeep Dkhar, Abhished Biswas, Aman Singh and Taju Ali. Bike stolen On […]

19 Aug 2019 7:16 am
Banks brainstorm at regional level for growth, future prospects

SHILLONG: A first-of-its-kind consultation designed to generate ideas and review performance of banks and their alignment with national priorities was conducted at the Regional Level by State Bank of India (SBI) on Saturday and Sunday for the urban and rural regions of the city involving all branches within the regions’ jurisdiction. The meet was headed […]

19 Aug 2019 7:15 am
All-women team of soldiers complete patrol along LAC

New Delhi: An all-women team comprising 18 soldiers completed a four-day patrol conducted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, according to an official statement. The team was led by a woman officer of the Indian Army and had commenced the patrol from Kibuthu, Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh on August 10. […]

19 Aug 2019 1:11 am
Assam Accord polluted state’s politics, spawned insurgency: Book

New Delhi: The Assam Accord of 1985 didn’t bring permanent peace to the state and seemed to have delivered only discord and divisions, says a new book. Signed between the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the leaders of the Assam Movement, the Accord polluted the politics of the state and spawned insurgency, claims Sangeeta […]

19 Aug 2019 1:10 am
Internal conflict in BJP worsens in Tripura

Agartala: The internal squabbles in the ruling BJP have taken a turn for the worse in Tripura. The latest cause of worry for the state BJP comes from the death of Biltu Sinha, a local party leader in Gomati district on Saturday, after being severely injured in a group clash three days ago in Bagma […]

19 Aug 2019 1:10 am
FIR against Assam-based portal over ‘fake news’

Guwahati: The brother of a research scholar of the Gauhati University has lodged an FIR against editor of a Guwahati-based news portal InsideNe for implicating his sister in a “fake news” related to eating beef. Rofiqul Islam, brother of research scholar Rehana Sultana, has filed the FIR against Afrida Hussain, editor of InsideNE, at Boko […]

19 Aug 2019 1:09 am
Smith hopeful of return in 3rd Test

Melbourne: Australia batsman Steve Smith who was ruled out on the final day of the second Ashes Test due to a concussion, said he is hopeful to be available for the next match. “I’m going to be assessed over the next five or six days, each day a couple of times a day, to see […]

19 Aug 2019 1:01 am
Sri Lanka win first Test against New Zealand

Galle: Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 122 as Sri Lanka chased down 268 for the loss of just four wickets to win the first Test against New Zealand at Galle on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Karunaratne posted his ninth Test hundred along with enjoying a record-equalling opening partnership of 161 […]

19 Aug 2019 1:00 am
Klaasen replaces Rudi for India tour

Cape Town: South Africa player Rudi Second has been ruled out from the Test squad that will tour India for a three-match Test series. Rudi Second suffered an injury while practicing with the South Africa ‘A’ side that will require immediate surgery. However, in his place, Heinrich Klaasen has been named as the replacement of […]

19 Aug 2019 1:00 am
Pujara ton takes India to 297/5 on Day 1

Warm-up game Coolidge: Cheteshwar Pujara immediately struck form with a fine century while Rohit Sharma hit 68 as India shrugged off initial wobble to score 297 for 5 against West Indies A on the opening day of their three-day warm-up game here. Pujara and Rohit stitched 132 runs together for the fourth wicket to take […]

19 Aug 2019 12:59 am
Miocic reclaim UFC title

Los Angeles: Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier with a precise fourth-round knock out to reclaim his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Heavyweight crown at UFC 241 in Anaheim, California. After waiting more than a year to get his rematch with Cormier, Miocic showed immense skill to stick to his game. ( PTI)

19 Aug 2019 12:49 am
India men lose 1-2 to NZ

Tokyo: Indian men’s hockey team squandered an early lead to go down fighting 1-2 to New Zealand in their second match of the Olympic Test event here on Sunday. Skipper Harmanpreet Singh put India ahead in the second minute by converting a Penalty Corner, but New Zealand struck back in the last quarter through two […]

19 Aug 2019 12:49 am
India eves hold Australia 2-2

Tokyo: The Indian Women’s Hockey team held the World No 2 Australian team to a 2-2 draw on Sunday in their second round-robin match of the Olympic Test Event here at the Oi Hockey Stadium. The match saw India twice cancel Australia’s lead to earn themselves a hard fought draw with Kaitlin Nobbs (14?) and […]

19 Aug 2019 12:48 am
Chess tourney concludes

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chess Association organised the 43rd Meghalaya State ‘A’ Chess Championship from August 15-17 at Lama Villa Community Hall, Shillong. The chess tournament was inaugurated by International Chess Master Atanu Lahiri in the presence of International FIDE Arbiter Biswajit Bharadwaj and officials of Meghalaya Chess Association. Altogether, 44 chess players from eleven districts of Meghalaya […]

19 Aug 2019 12:48 am
Karetakas bring home laurels

SHILLONG: The State team bagged two gold, one silver and five bronze medal in recently concluded All India Independence Cup International Karate Championship 2019 held at Talkotara Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from August 9-11. The team was led by Sensei Arjun Sewa, Sensei Linza Fenny Syiem & Sensei Mingson Rymbai. The Association would also congratulated all the medal […]

19 Aug 2019 12:47 am
Tamil, Paltan share points

Chennai: Home team Tamil Thalaivas and Puneri Paltan played out a highly entertaining 31-31 draw in a see-sawing second match of Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium on Sunday. Youngsters Ajeet and Manjeet were the stars for Thalaivas and Paltan respectively in a match that had been billed as a clash […]

19 Aug 2019 12:46 am
Djoker out as Medvedev sets up Cincy final with Goffin

Cincinnati: World number one Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. Medvedev’s upset win on Saturday sent him into a title showdown with another unexpected finalist, 16th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first […]

19 Aug 2019 12:45 am
10,000 homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

Dhaka: At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said Sunday. The fire broke out at in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain said. “I could […]

19 Aug 2019 12:35 am
Death toll in dengue outbreak hits 40 in B’desh

Dhaka: At least 40 people have died from dengue in Bangladesh, with over 50,000 cases reported throughout the country since January, authorities said Saturday, Efe news reported. The number of confirmed cases recorded is more than five times higher than any other year in the South Asian country that has been struggling to contain the […]

19 Aug 2019 12:35 am
Top Chinese, North Korean generals meet

Beijing: Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing. The meeting on Saturday came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear […]

19 Aug 2019 12:34 am
Pakistan rejects request to resume Samjhauta, Thar trains

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ministry of Railways has rejected a request by its Indian counterpart to restore operations of the Samjhauta and the Thar Express trains, which were suspended last week in the wake of New Delhis move to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said on Sunday. The […]

19 Aug 2019 12:32 am
Pakistani body wants distribution of Indian goods

Islamabad: A body representing Pakistani employers has appealed to the government to allow in local markets those Indian goods that have already arrived at the country’s airports or seaports, according to a media report. Pakistan suspended its trade relations with India in retaliation against New Delhi’s decision to revoke Article 370 that gave special status […]

19 Aug 2019 12:32 am
Hong Kong protesters flood streets in ‘peaceful’ march

Hong Kong: A sea of democracy activists once more flooded the streets of Hong Kong in a defiant show Sunday to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of […]

19 Aug 2019 12:31 am
Lankan presidential hopeful claims threat to his life: Report

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s presidential hopeful Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who played a key role defeating the LTTE to end the country’s brutal civil war, has claimed that a terrorist group in the North is planning to harm him during the election campaign, according to a media report. Gotabhaya, 70, the brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, complained […]

19 Aug 2019 12:31 am
Iceland glacier commemorated with plaque

Reykjavik: Mourners will gather in Iceland on Sunday to commemorate the loss of the glacier Okjokull, which was officially declared dead in 2014 at the age of 700. The glacier was officially declared dead when it was no longer thick enough to move. What once was glacier has been reduced to a small patch of […]

19 Aug 2019 12:28 am
British MPs press Johnson to reconvene parliament over Brexit

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure on Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit. More than 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31 — the date Britain is due to leave the European […]

19 Aug 2019 12:28 am
People with HIV at increased risk of COPD

People living with HIV have a significantly elevated risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and coughs, heart disease, pregnancy mortality and sepsis, anemia and bone fractures, according to a study. For the study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers combined data from 20 separate observational studies and examined 55 different illnesses. They […]

19 Aug 2019 12:26 am
Doctors can help parents talk with their kids about sex

Parents and teenagers often find it difficult to talk about sex and alcohol, but a new study suggests that doctors can help. Results published in the journal JAMA Network Open suggest that doctors have an opportunity to help parents and teens communicate about sex and alcohol in ways that will help young people make healthier […]

19 Aug 2019 12:25 am
KJo’s witty reply to troll for joking about his sexuality

Karan Johar has given a sarcastic reply to a social media troll, who made a comment about the filmmaker’s sexuality. In a now deleted tweet, the troll on Sunday wrote to Karan saying: “Karan Johar ke life pe ek movie banani chahiye. Karan Johar: the gay.” Karan re-tweeted it and replied: “You absolutely original genius! […]

19 Aug 2019 12:20 am
‘Most Handsome Man’ title not an achievement for Hrithik

Actor Hrithik Roshan probably scores 10 on 10 in the looks department, and it seems like a US-based agency has also noticed it. The Kaabil actor, popular as ‘Greek God’ among his admirers, has been reportedly named the ‘Most Handsome Man in the World’ by the agency. He is thankful for the title, though it’s […]

19 Aug 2019 12:20 am
Roger Rabbit creator dies at 86

Three-time Oscar winner animator Richard Williams has passed away at the age of 86. Best known for his work as the animation director on the 1988 live-action and animated film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, Williams died on Friday at his Bristol home. “The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple BAFTA winner, who was born in Toronto, […]

19 Aug 2019 12:17 am
Don’t think Game of Thrones show was good for me: Martin

Author GRR Martin believes Game of Thrones, the TV series, “slowed” him down on the path to completing his book series. The HBO series, based on Martin’s series of fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, aired in 2011 and had its series finale this May. His fifth and most recent volume of the […]

19 Aug 2019 12:15 am
Police clarify on alleged SOS message on social media

TURA: The Meghalaya Police have cautioned the people not to be taken in by a video claiming to be an SOS message where it was falsely informed that 2000 Sikh families were stuck in a Gurudwara in the state. The alleged fake video was uploaded on August 15 at around 9:30 am but the FB […]

18 Aug 2019 6:33 pm
Rail link only after anti-influx steps: CM

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Saturday said the state government would go ahead with railways in the state only after addressing concerns of the civil society. Different NGOs have been opposing railways in the state as they fear it would facilitate large scale influx and want the state government to first take measures to […]

18 Aug 2019 9:55 am
Tough laws needed to tackle drug menace, says KHNAM

GUWAHATI: The state youth wing of Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has called upon the state government to frame stringent laws to tackle the menace of drug abuse which is taking a dangerous turn in the state. Of late, the Meghalaya capital has seen a rise in the number of young drug users even as […]

18 Aug 2019 9:51 am
Govt plans to turn waste into energy

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the state government is working on a plan to turn waste into energy even as the marten located on the outskirts of the city continues to emit smoke. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the seven-kilometer-long Shillong-Mawlai bypass, Sangma said that marten is a big concern for the state […]

18 Aug 2019 9:45 am
EGH passengers lament absence of direct bus to Shillong

TURA: There is no respite for the people of East Garo Hills who need to travel to state capital Shillong for work as they have to depend on the sole Meghalaya Transport Corporation night bus service which takes a detour to Tura before heading out every night. The East Zone Garo Students Union has written to […]

18 Aug 2019 9:39 am
Operation Clean-up: Phase -2  sees a cleaner Umkaliar river system

SHILLONG: The Shillong Times in collaboration with the school/colleges/universities and environmental NGOs of Shillong carried out the second phase of the Umkaliar River clean-up on Saturday. Students of Kiddies Corner School, Women’s College, Avenues and groups like the Shillong Chamber Choir, #MakeSomeoneSmile, Evangelical Union Students of India (EUSI), the Forest Guards of KHADC, personnel of […]

18 Aug 2019 9:32 am
One arrested for assault on college lecturer

TURA: Tura police have arrested a member of a social organisation who allegedly manhandled a woman for being in the company of a male companion in a hotel in Tura on Wednesday. The woman, who is working as a lecturer in a college, was meeting a male friend in the hotel when a group of men […]

18 Aug 2019 8:34 am
First responders on bikes to ease traffic in city

SHILLONG: The Shillong Traffic Police have started introducing first responders, who function on the lines of flying squads, to regulate traffic and immediately respond to road accidents. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma flagged off the 14 first responders on Saturday. SP (Traffic) Bikram D Marak said that the 14 first responders have been deputed to different […]

18 Aug 2019 8:33 am
GH groups felicitate beauty pageant winner

SHILLONG: The Garo Students Union (KHZ) Shillong, on Saturday, felicitated Miss Meghalaya Perfect Ten and Sunsilk Mega Miss Northeast 2019, Tanvi Raksam Marak, during a programme held at the Divine Savior Parish in Nongshiliang. The programme was attended by Williamnagar MLA Marcuise N Marak, various NGOs comprising A’chik Holistic Awakening Movement (AHAM), All A’chik Youth […]

18 Aug 2019 8:31 am
BSNL launches Bharat Fibre in Tura

TURA:  The country’s main public sector telecom corporation – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) – finally launched its much awaited Fibre to the Home (FTTH) commercial broadband service under the brand name Bharat Fibre for the benefit thousands of customers in Tura and West Garo Hills on the BSNL premises near Childrens’ Park (DC Park) […]

18 Aug 2019 8:30 am
Winners of cultural event announced

SHILLONG: The Rabindranath Tagore Club, Laban, on Saturday announced the names of the winners of the art and essay competitions which were held as part of the 12th Inter Shillong Cultural Event 2019. In Group-A of the art competition, Ishita Agarwalla came in first place followed by Avika Debnath and Ansika Roy in second and […]

18 Aug 2019 8:29 am
IAF chief wants air warriors to be ready

Two-day commanders’ conclave concludes SHILLONG: A two-day commanders’ conclave of Eastern Air Command was inaugurated by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at HQ EAC, here on Friday.EAC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, EAC Air Marshal RD Mathur welcomed the Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief and introduced the commanders to him.Dhanoa asked […]

18 Aug 2019 8:27 am
Smith masterclass helps Australia cut lead to 8

London: Australia batsman Steve Smith just missed his third Ashes hundred in as many innings after returning following a sickening blow to the neck from a Jofra Archer bouncer on the fourth day of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Saturday. Smith’s 92 was the centrepiece of Australia’s 250 all out in reply […]

18 Aug 2019 2:02 am
SL set up final day thriller against NZ

Galle: Sri Lanka’s batters set the stage Saturday for a thrilling final day, reaching 133 without loss at stumps on day four as they chased 268 to beat New Zealand in the first Test in Galle. Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne were involved in a record opening stand of 133 runs and benefited from […]

18 Aug 2019 2:01 am
Nehu Inter-college football

SHILLONG: For the NEHU Inter College Football (Men) Tournament 2019, two matches were played on Sarturday. In the first match St. Anthony’s College (Extn), Byndihati defeated NEIGRIHMS by 1-0. The second match is played between Union Christian College versus Raid Laban College, where Union Christian College defeated the Raid Laban College by 2-1.

18 Aug 2019 2:01 am
Shooters leave for NE c’ship

SHILLONG: A send off ceremony program was held on Friday at 6pm, in the Meghalaya  Police Shooting club range, Police Reserve, Shillong, for State Shooters attending the 7th NE Shooting Championship in Guwahati, Assam, from August 19-24. The state shooting team send off was addressed by Davis NR Marak, IPS, Vice President, SAM, John F Kharshiing, […]

18 Aug 2019 2:00 am