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5 Apr 2020 8:47 am
All 74 COVID-19 tests in NEIGRIHMS negative

SHILLONG: The NEIGRIHMS Director Dr DM Thappa on Saturday said altogether 74 tests for COVID-19 have been done in the testing centre of the institute and all of them were negative. Ten days out of the 21-day all India lockdown passed off and Meghalaya and a few other states have managed to save itself from […]

5 Apr 2020 8:40 am
Sawkmie praises PM

SHILLONG: The Opposition Chief Whip and Congress legislator PT Sawkmie said the country needs to be united at this difficult timeto fight against coronavirus. At this moment,we have to put aside all political differences to save precious lives, Sawkmie said in a statement issued on Saturday. According to Sawkmie, the country would like to see […]

5 Apr 2020 8:39 am
Health min reviews readiness in hospitals

SHILLONG: Health Minister A L Hek on Saturday held a review meeting to discuss the overall preparedness ofCivil Hospital, Shillong and Tura Civil Hospital which have been notified as dedicated hospitals for focused treatment of persons infected with the highly contagious COVID-19. The meeting also discussed about the preparedness of the newly set up corona […]

5 Apr 2020 8:38 am
Ambanis donate Rs 1 cr

SHILLONG: Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, his wife, Nita Ambani, and Reliance Industries Limited have donated Rs 1 crore towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund. The chief ministrs office in a Facebook post thanked the Ambanis and Reliance Industries Limitedfor their generous donation. Donations from responsible corporate citizens will go a long way in championing our collective […]

5 Apr 2020 8:37 am
State runs short of masks

SHILLONG: Wholesalers and retailers in the state are running out of masks while the state government has stressed on their use as a preventive mechanism against the raging coronavirus pandemic. While retailers said that there is a huge demand for masks but supply is scarce, there are allegations that the shortage is due to black […]

5 Apr 2020 8:36 am
Doctor files FIR against leak of prescription

SHILLONG: A city based dentist filed an FIR on Saturday against people who leaked confidential information regarding his prescription to a patient to take alcohol. In the FIR lodged with the Laban police station, the doctor expressed concern over leakage of prescription online and violation of medical confidential rules. I told my patient to take […]

5 Apr 2020 8:34 am
Government continues disinfecting public spaces

SHILLONG: While the entire state is practicing social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government is also doing its bid to combat the deadly virus. An official of the Shillong Municipal Board said that their teams are sanitising different parts of the city continuously. We sanitize the city as much as we can, […]

5 Apr 2020 8:32 am
MLA leads awareness drive in border hamlets

GUWAHATI: Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem led a delegation to several villages bordering Assam and urged villagers to take all necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19. A team comprising myself accompanied by MDC, Nongpoh, officials from the state health, police departments and DIPR on Thursday met the headman of villages as well as part of […]

5 Apr 2020 8:32 am
Portal to verify fake news

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Police launched a COVID-19 fake news verification portal where the public can verify the authenticity of news which are circulated in social media and other medium. The link to the portal has been hosted in the website www.megpolice.gov.in under the page tab COVID-19 FAKE NEWS. After the information has been verified, the […]

5 Apr 2020 8:31 am
Reflections on a crisis

This is probably turning into a boring topic but unfortunately, this is the topic that the whole world is talking about. The rise in positive cases, the deaths, the lockdown and the lurking danger everything seems uncontrollable. So this week, we have taken a break from the reality check and used a figment of […]

5 Apr 2020 4:08 am
Life, taken for granted

Life, taken for granted KnockKnockKnock.. Whos there? Covid 19, Covid who? Corona virus!!! So what! Soooo whaaattttt ????!!!! Life was normal Until you arrived. We exploited resources Not for need But for greed. We celebrated Not for the event But to splurge. We buy Not for requirement But to compete With the Jones. We create […]

5 Apr 2020 4:07 am
It depends on us

Secularism in India has always been a fragile concept. Ever since ancient days when we were ruled by emperors and rulers, even though it existed, its existence was one of careful balance. One small act could tip the people into a civil war of beliefs. This fragile existence was completely ripped apart with the Partition […]

5 Apr 2020 4:06 am
Religion is personal choice

India is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic. The Constitution of India guarantees its citizens full freedom in matters of religious faith. One of the fundamental rights given by the Constitution is the right to freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. But there is a lot of confusion about Indian […]

5 Apr 2020 4:05 am
Change your lifestyle for better skin

Pollution in the air can lead to build-up of toxins in the system. Our lifestyle and habits, like smoking and drinking, further aggravate the problem. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will explain how the habits also have long-term impact on skin. What we may not realise is the extent of damage that smoking can cause to […]

5 Apr 2020 4:03 am
From trickle to stream

By Hillary Hoppock Water is a precious resource, especially for farmers in India, where agriculture is primarily rain-fed. Competition over finite water resources, compounded by climate change, has raised concerns about Indias food security, the livelihoods of farmers as well as the countrys economic development. The changing climate is affecting not just rainfall but also […]

5 Apr 2020 1:11 am
Online job options in corona time

By Ranjan K Baruah We are all concerned and worried for Corona Virus or COVID-19 as all of us are locked in our respective houses. We have realised how important it is to be inside home because if we stay away from the virus then we are safe or else we bring problem for us […]

5 Apr 2020 1:10 am
Advantages of dual specialisation

By Kaustov Kashyap Over the past few decades, the business landscape has been overhauled completely. With the growth of the economy, new businesses and industries have entered the playing field. This has resulted in a growing demand for professionals who understand how this new business landscape functions. The best way to gain this understanding is […]

5 Apr 2020 1:09 am
Dont neglect bovine TB

By Maneka Sanjay Gandhi We select one disease to be mortally afraid of and ignore all the diseases that we should be scared of. One of these is bovine tuberculosis. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a disease of cattle that is a major public health threat. It is transmitted within herds by inhalation of infected aerosol […]

5 Apr 2020 1:09 am
A legend lives in death house

By CK Nayak Last month, Bangladesh celebrated the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who founded the country nearly 50 years ago after a bloody struggle. The house where the Bangabandhu was staying after victory still reminds its dark bloody past. Overlooking a road, the riverfront and a memorial the house witnessed mass killing at […]

5 Apr 2020 1:08 am
Tribute to Indian manuscript

By Vishnu Makhijani Somewhere close to 2000, as an informal consultant, renowned art historian BN Goswami (in picture) was going over the San Diego Museum of Arts holdings of Indian paintings, nearly all of which came from the collection of American billionaire Edwin Binney III. Among the things he saw was the manuscript of the […]

5 Apr 2020 1:07 am
Pak Senator urges UN to probe if virus is man-made

Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Rehman Malik has urged the UN to form a high-powered commission to probe if the COVID-19 was a man-made or a naturally grown virus and also to locate its origin, a media report said on Saturday. In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Malik, also a former […]

5 Apr 2020 1:04 am
UKs deadliest day may come on Easter Sunday

London: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said it was “perfectly possible” that the deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic in the country will take place on Easter Sunday, with the potential of around a thousand deaths every 24 hours until then, a media report said. An anonymous source claimed on Thursday that the UK […]

5 Apr 2020 1:04 am
US records nearly 1,500 deaths in a day

Washington/madrid: The US has recorded nearly 1,500 coronavirus deaths in a span of 24 hours, the highest number of fatalities registered in a day globally since the pandemic began last December, it was reported. According to figures from the Washington-based Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), 1,480 deaths were recorded between […]

5 Apr 2020 1:03 am
Film Academy donates $ 6 mn to combat COVID-19

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has contributed USD six million to help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship during the coronavirus crises. In an announcement made by AMPAS on Friday, it was also mentioned that the donation will also provide aid to institutions focused on supporting […]

5 Apr 2020 1:00 am
Mizoram sets example in fitness movement amid lockdown

GUWAHATI: The Mizoram sports and youth services department has undertaken motivation drives with a view to ensure universal fitness programmes reaching all the homes even during the 21-day lockdown, an officialstatement issued on Saturday said. State sports minister, Robert Romawia Royte, who has been resorting to systematic exercise during the lockdown, says, We want all […]

4 Apr 2020 9:29 pm
Assam Govt staff asked to help 5 needy families each during lock down

GUWAHATI: The firefighting and lockdown against the novel Corona virus has apparently taken a heavy toll in Assams economy even though the state government has decided to release full salary to its over five lakh employees on April9-10 next before the forthcoming Ronagli Bihu. State Finance Minister as Health and Family Welfare Minister. Dr Himanta […]

4 Apr 2020 9:08 pm
Assam releases financial aid to people stranded overseas

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has released the first installment among 21 residents of the state who are stranded abroad and unable to return home owing to the global shutdown following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Announcing this before reporters here on Saturday, Assam finance and health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a sum of Rs […]

4 Apr 2020 8:22 pm
Cops warn rumour mongers of strict action

GUWAHATI: Assam Police has warned of strict action against any individual or group indulging in rumour mongering or spreading untruthful information in regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Till date, seven cases have been registered in this regard and four persons have been arrested. We appeal to the citizens to refrain from forwarding or […]

4 Apr 2020 8:20 pm
Churches in Garo Hills to live stream Palm Sunday service to lakhs of devotees

TURA:The holiest week in the Christian calendar begins this Sunday, as Christian devotees in their thousands prepare to celebrate Palm Sunday, on April 5th, to commemorate the biblical event when Lord Jesus Christ triumphantly entered the holy city of Jerusalem for the last time before his crucifixion on the cross. This religious event is marked […]

4 Apr 2020 8:10 pm
NE church team appeals for united fight against COVID-19

  GUWAHATI:The Joint Peace Mission Team, representing all churches of the Northeast, has appealed to people representing all communities to refrain from making distinctions based on rumours and baseless apprehensions at a time when the entire country is battling a pandemic such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The church body further urgedcommunities to collaborate fully […]

4 Apr 2020 4:51 pm
Police may have to be engaged to trace rest of Tablighi Jamaat participants: Himanta

GUWAHATI: Assam Health Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday expressed concern that Tablighi Jamaat local officials in the state have not come forward with proper information about the people from the state who had attended the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi last month as health department has so far tested 812 persons […]

4 Apr 2020 4:47 pm
One more tests COVID-19 positive in Assam, tally up to 25

GUWAHATI: Incidence of COVID-19 positive cases continues to climb in Assam on Saturday with one more cases being detected in Lakhimpur district taking the tally to 25 as of now. The 25th person in the state to be tested COVID-19 positive too is related to Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin in New Delhi. https://twitter.com/himantabiswa/status/1246313235705253889 ” […]

4 Apr 2020 12:33 pm
Amazon CEO donates $100 million to feed out-of-work Americans

SAN FRANCISCO:Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced to donate $100 million to US food banks to help them feed a growing number of out-of-job Americans during the ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an Instagram post, Bezos said he wants to support those on the front lines at nation’s food banks and those […]

4 Apr 2020 12:26 pm
5 health benefits of going vegan

  NEW DELHI: Vegans follow a plant-based diet and do not eat animal products including dairy, meat, eggs, honey, and gelatin. But, veganism goes beyond the diet. Veganism is a lifestyle that tries to bar, as far as possible and practicable, all kinds of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, or any other […]

4 Apr 2020 12:18 pm
Shillong, Tura CH to treat COVID-19 patients

SHILLONG: The state government has notified Shillong and Tura civil hospitals as dedicated hospitals for treatment of persons infected with the highly contagious COVID-19. The Commissioner and Secretary of the Health department, Sampath Kumar, on Friday informed that district hospitals, selected CHCs, PHCs, private hospitals, Mission Hospital and the corona care centres (CCC) would also […]

4 Apr 2020 8:49 am
Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin mix dangerous for heart

New York: As the combined use of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Azithromycin to treat coronavirus patients gains momentum, cardiologists are advising caution because both medications can increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. In guidance published in the American College of Cardiology publication titled Cardiology Magazine, cardiologists from Oregon Health & Science […]

4 Apr 2020 8:49 am
Border with Assam sealed

SHILLONG: With the number of coronavirus positive cases in Assam touching 24, the state government has sealed all border entry points from the neighbouring state and has simultaneously stepped up vigil on the five designated entry points to stop any movement of people and vehicles. Speaking to media persons here on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister […]

4 Apr 2020 8:47 am
Rice from open market starts arriving

SHILLONG: The stock for Meghalaya under the open market sale scheme of the Food Corporation of India has started reaching and the government would lift the stock by making a payment of Rs 2250 per quintal of ‘Grade A’ quality rice. Informing this here on Friday, Secretary of Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, […]

4 Apr 2020 8:46 am
Govt eye on 7,700 people undergoing self-isolation

SHILLONG: With a surge in COVID-19 positive cases across the country, the state government is closely monitoring close to 7,700 people currently under self-quarantine with calls being made on their registered mobile number twice each day. Commissioner and Secretary, Health Department, Sampath Kumar on Friday said the government has taken measures to ensure preparedness for […]

4 Apr 2020 8:46 am
NEC gives Rs 3 cr to state

SHILLONG: The North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body for the North Eastern States on Friday released Rs 3 crore to Meghalaya for combatting COVID-19 in the state, an official said. The Council released the amount to Meghalaya following a video interaction between the Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. […]

4 Apr 2020 8:45 am
RS polls delayed again

SHILLONG: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has further deferred Rajya Sabha polls in view of COVID-19 and a fresh date will be announced later. The biennial polls for 18 seats from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan were to be conducted on March 26 and the date before which election […]

4 Apr 2020 8:45 am
Complaint against Assam traders for violating lockdown

TURA:A complaint has been made with the West Garo Hills district administration against businessmen from Assam for violating the ongoing lockdown and curfew and visiting plantations in the plain belt to deal in the lucrative arecanut trade despite restrictions put in place against inter-state movement to check spread of the Covid-19 corona virus infection. Lawyer […]

4 Apr 2020 8:39 am
People throng markets, violate protocol

SHILLONG: Urban markets are again marred with several violations, be it in terms of social distancing protocol or overcrowding and over pricing. It was witnessed that on a visit to markets in Laban, Laitumkhrah, Jhalupara, Jailroad, there was overcrowding in some shops, while the social distancing protocol was maintained in some. In a Laitumkhrah shop, […]

4 Apr 2020 8:38 am
Essentials overpriced in EJH

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Peoples United Front-East Jaintia Hills on Friday urged the deputy commissioner of the district to strictly check and monitor prices of essentials in the district. The organisation said that it had received complaints that essentials were being sold at exorbitant prices and the Rs 3 per kg rice was not available to […]

4 Apr 2020 8:38 am
Risk of CL exclusion for clubs if seasons not completed

PARIS: UEFA and Europe’s top clubs have stated their determination that the current football season should be played to a conclusion and threatened that teams may be excluded from the next Champions League if their domestic competitions are ended prematurely. In a joint letter released late on Thursday, UEFA, the European Club Association (ECA), and […]

4 Apr 2020 2:31 am
EPL clubs lobby players to take 30 per cent pay hit

LONDON: Premier League clubs will ask players to take a combination of pay cuts and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of their salary due to the financial crisis caused by coronavirus, the league said in a statement on Friday. The league’s highly-paid players have come under increasing pressure to take pay cuts from government […]

4 Apr 2020 2:30 am
Bayern extend contract with coach Flick

Berlin: German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have handed coach Hansi Flick a new contract keeping him at the club until 2023, the club announced Friday. “Bayern are very happy with Hansi Flick’s work. The team has developed well under him and are playing attractive football,” said club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement. Flick, a […]

4 Apr 2020 2:29 am
Nobody knows when football can resume: FIFA boss

ASUNCION: FIFA boss Gianni Infantino admitted that “nobody knows” when football can resume around the world, and that when it returned it was “going to be different”. He said that because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, for once football “is not the most important thing”. “We all wish that we could have football tomorrow but […]

4 Apr 2020 2:29 am
Suarez hurt by criticism of Barca players pay cut delay

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay star Luis Suarez complained that he has been “hurt” by criticism of him and fellow millionaire Barcelona players for the time it took to agree to pay cuts to help out other club employees. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi announced on Monday that Barca’s players had agreed to a 70 per cent pay cut […]

4 Apr 2020 2:27 am