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Over 49,000 affected by cyclonic storm

SHILLONG: As many as 49,524 people were affected due to the damage caused by the cyclonic storm and rain since April 14 in the state. The number of affected villages is 410 and 2037 houses were damaged. According to an official data, from April 14 till 22, as many as 146 houses were fully damaged. […]

25 Apr 2019 5:30 am
Cong demands hike in central grant allotment

SHILLONG: Financial affairs in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) have cropped up again as the Congress MDCs have asked Chief Executive Member (CEM) Teinwell Dkhar to enhance the grant to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 50 lakh. They even alleged that some members of the ruling party are not aware of the decision […]

25 Apr 2019 5:28 am
SC to take up coal case today

NEW DELHI: The ongoing case on coal mining ban in Meghalaya which came up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, will resume on Thursday since the arguments and counter arguments remained inconclusive. Last month, the apex court had issued notice to the National Green Tribunal on its order imposing one hundred crore rupees […]

25 Apr 2019 5:28 am
Tender for purchase of medicines after LS polls

SHILLONG: The State Government’s tender for procuring and distributing more than 1,500 types of drugs have been pending due to the model code of conduct which is in force in the entire country due to the Lok Sabha polls. An official said the Directorate of Health Services (Medical Institutions) has floated the tender after a […]

25 Apr 2019 5:27 am
M’laya Assembly to go paperless

SHILLONG: An interaction was held with the members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly here in an effort to adopt the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) at the earliest to make way for paperless work. In this connection a workshop on NeVA in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, New Delhi was held at the Annexe Hall, […]

25 Apr 2019 5:27 am
HC closes activists’ assault case

SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya on Wednesday closed the proceedings of the pending case related to the assault on activists Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma at Sohshrieh, East Jaintia Hills, on November 8 last year. Soon after the incident, Sangma had filed a petition demanding a CBI probe into the matter. Chief Justice Mohammad […]

25 Apr 2019 5:26 am
Abducted girl rescued from Guwahati

TURA: A 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Mendal village of North Garo Hills has been rescued by police from Guwahati where she was abandoned by her abductor to work in a food joint. The girl went missing on March 17. Despite thorough search she could not be found. However, North Garo Hills […]

25 Apr 2019 5:25 am
12-year-old drowns in Simsang river

TURA: A 12-year-old boy drowned while taking a bath in Simsang river on Wednesday. The boy identified as Akash Rajbangshi hails from Rongsak in East Garo Hills went to take a bath with other children when the incident happened. Akash joined a group of friends from their locality of Rongsak Bazar to enjoy a cool […]

25 Apr 2019 5:24 am
Opp MDCs allege violation of NITI Aayog guidelines

SHILLONG: The Congress MDCs have alleged that the guidelines of the NITI Aayog have been violated by the Executive Committee (EC) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) by pointing to the construction of a resort at Kalong Bridge, Umiam for tourism purpose which does not fall within the purview of the guidelines. Congress […]

25 Apr 2019 5:13 am
Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Tehran: Iranian lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from […]

25 Apr 2019 3:03 am
Death toll climbs to 359 in Sri Lanka bombings

Colombo: The death toll in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bomb attacks has risen to 359, police said on Wednesday amidst nationwide search operations to nab the perpetrators of the country’s worst terror attack. So far 60 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, police spokesman Ruwan Guansekera said. “The number of death now […]

25 Apr 2019 3:01 am
North Korea’s Kim arrives in Russia for Putin summit

Vladivostok: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia’s Pacific port city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a first summit with Vladimir Putin, as Pyongyang seeks support in its nuclear deadlock with the United States. The talks, organised in secret and announced at the last minute, will be Kim’s first face-to-face meeting with another […]

25 Apr 2019 2:59 am
Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Beijing: Asian and African leaders plan to press Beijing at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure. That may bring a note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign initiative, which has […]

25 Apr 2019 2:58 am
China charges former Interpol chief with bribery

Beijing: China has formally arrested former Interpol President Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate announced the indictment on Wednesday. Meng was elected president of the international police organization in 2016, but his four-year term was cut short when he was detained by Chinese authorities last October. At the time, he […]

25 Apr 2019 2:57 am
S Africa prez heads to floods hotspot as 51 die

Johannesburg: At least 51 people have been killed in flooding in South Africa, a local official said Wednesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the deluged eastern region of the country. Heavy rains have lashed South Africa in recent days, with the southern and eastern parts of the country badly hit since last weekend. “Our […]

25 Apr 2019 2:57 am
B’desh factory disaster: Rights groups issue warning

Dhaka: Six years after one of the world’s most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of “grim consequences” if such oversight is abandoned. The collapse of the nine-floor rabbit warren of textile factories at Rana Plaza in Dhaka on April 24, 2013 killed 1,138 workers and shone a […]

25 Apr 2019 2:56 am
Pot Pourri

Indian-origin boy lauded as Britain’s youngest accountant London: A 15-year-old Indian-origin boy has been lauded as Britain’s youngest accountant after setting up a successful accountancy firm while still at school. Ranveer Singh Sandhu, based in south London, has set himself a goal of becoming a millionaire by the time he turns 25 after he set […]

25 Apr 2019 2:54 am
Sudan protesters pledge ‘million march’

Khartoum: Sudanese protest leaders Wednesday mounted pressure on the country’s military council by calling for a million people to march to demand power be handed over to a civilian administration. “We are calling for a million (people to) march on Thursday,” said Ahmed al-Rabia, a senior leader of the Sudanese Professionals Association, the umbrella group […]

25 Apr 2019 2:53 am
Voting ends for all 25 LS seats in NE

Agartala/Guwahati: With the conclusion of the third phase of voting in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, polling in all the 25 parliamentary constituencies of the eight Northeastern states have been completed, Election Commission (EC) officials said on Wednesday. “In the third phase on Tuesday, the elections were held for four of the 14 seats in […]

25 Apr 2019 12:58 am
Assam records 81.52 pc turnout

From Our Correspondent GUWAHATI: Total 81.52 % turnout was recorded in the Lok Sabha election held in three phases in Assam to its 14 Parliamentary constituencies on April 11, April 18 and April 23. The total number of eligible voters in Assam is 2,19,91,112 out of which 1,12,35,129 are male voters, 1,07,55,492 are female and […]

25 Apr 2019 12:57 am
EC official evaluates first phase of LS polls in Tripura

Agartala: The Election Commission’s Special Observer for Tripura Vinod Zutshi, former Deputy Election Commissioner, on Wednesday studied various reports, documents, video and webcasting footages of the poll process in Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency. Polling for the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was held in the first phase of voting on April 11 with allegations […]

25 Apr 2019 12:56 am
FKJGP objects to laying water pipelines by Asam PHE on boundary village

NONGPOH: The traditional head of Raid Marwet, Ken Syiem along with leaders of the FKJGP, North Khasi Hills (NKH) have expressed concern over the move of the PHE Department of  Assam Government in laying of water pipe lines on a MGNREGS road at Barapathar, a border village near Umytyrnga falling under the jurisdiction of Raid […]

24 Apr 2019 11:00 pm
KSU demands videography on MPSC recruitment examinations

SHILLONG: The central executive council of  Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has petitioned the Chairman of Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) for introduction of  video surveillance for interviews to ensure transparency in recruitment to government jobs conducted by the Commission. In the letter, the general secretary of the union, Donald Thabah said in order to ensure  that […]

24 Apr 2019 10:51 pm
KHADC urged to raise MDC grant to Rs 1.5 crore

SHILLONG: Financial affairs in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) cropped up again as the Congress MDCs requested the Chief Executive Member (CEM) Teiñwell Dkhar to enhance the grant to MDCs to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 50 lakhs each. The Congress MDCs submitted a letter to the Dkhar regarding the grants provided by the Center […]

24 Apr 2019 9:41 pm
Rapido bike taxi service gets on roll in Shillong

SHILLONG: Traffic jam is probably one of the biggest challenges which every Shillongite has to face almost every day on the narrow roads of the capital city,  but now Rapido , an online bike taxi aggregator company has started its services in Shillong for the commuters to beat traffic and reach their destination in a […]

24 Apr 2019 9:16 pm
WGH police pull up socks after murder of Assam trader

  SHILLONG: In the wake of a trader from Assam and his driver were being killed in Dalu  recently, West Garo Hills (WGH) Police are now contemplating to hold a joint meeting with the prospective sellers and buyers from Assam who often visit Garo Hills for trade purpose. Speaking to The Shillong Times, West Garo Hills SP, […]

24 Apr 2019 8:09 pm
Interaction on NeVA held in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly

SHILLONG: An interaction session was held in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly with MLAS and other officials here in an effort to adopt the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) at the earliest. The workshop on NeVA was at the Annexe Hall, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, New Delhi. The workshop will conclude on Thursday. NeVA […]

24 Apr 2019 7:22 pm
Child drowns in Simsang river

TURA: Tragedy struck a family from Rongsak in East Garo Hills when their 12 year old son who went to have a bath with other children drowned in the Simsang river on Wednesday afternoon. The boy, Akash Rajbangshi had joined a group of friends from their locality of Rongsak Bazar to enjoy a cool bath […]

24 Apr 2019 7:10 pm
Assam records overall 81.52 % voters’ turnout in Lok Sabha polls

GUWAHATI: Total 81.52 % turnout was recorded in the Lok Sabha election held in three phases in Assam to its 14 Parliamentary constituencies on April 11, April 18 and April 23. The total number of eligible voters in Assam is 21991112 out of which 11235129 are male voters, 10755492 are female and 491 are third […]

24 Apr 2019 7:07 pm
ECI playing partisan role, alleges Assam Cong

GUWAHATI: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has slammed the Election Commission for not “acting on its complaints” against gross violation of the model code of conduct by a state minister, alleging that the poll machinery in the state played a partisan role and was like a “puppet of the ruling BJP.” Addressing the media here […]

24 Apr 2019 6:13 pm
Kamakhya station equipped with plus passenger amenities

GUWAHATI: With increasing number of long-distance trains being originated from it Kamakhya Railway station in Guwahati is becoming a very important railway station of Northeast region. As the footfall in the station has also increased by many folds, it has increased the demand for provision of more amenities for passenger. In order to fulfil the […]

24 Apr 2019 6:00 pm
Students actively take part in blood donation camp in Tura

TURA: An awareness programme on blood donation was organised at Don Bosco College of Tura on Wednesday in which students actively took part by donating their blood for the Noble cause. The donation camp was coordinated by the IQAQ of the college and National Service Scheme ( NSS) members actively came forward to donate blood […]

24 Apr 2019 5:31 pm
Only ILP can check influx: KHNAM

GUWAHATI: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has thrown its weight behind an NGO’s protest against alleged indifference to its demand for inner line permit (ILP) implementation by the Meghalaya government. Members of the NGO, Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), had on Tuesday marched through streets and hoisted black flags at various places in […]

24 Apr 2019 5:30 pm
Morocco shared key intelligence with Sri Lanka, India on bombings

RABAT/COLOMBO/NEW DELHI: Morocco shared sensitive intelligence with Sri Lanka that helped Colombo identify the nine bombers and their handlers in the Islamic State, informed sources have indicated. The information was also shared with India as New Delhi and Morocco have a strong counter-terror cooperation. This was done within 48 hours of the Easter Sunday attacks […]

24 Apr 2019 4:24 pm
Abducted girl rescued by police from Guwahati

TURA: A 13 year old girl who disappeared from her home in Mendal village of North Garo Hills has been rescued by police from Guwahati city where she was abandoned by her abductor to work in a food joint. The teenager was noticed missing by her family on the morning of March 17th and despite […]

24 Apr 2019 4:18 pm
Earthquake rocks NE in pre-dawn hours of Wednesday

GUWAHATI: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 measured in the Richter Scale, jolted Northeast India in the pre-dawn hours (1.45 am) of Wednesday. According to data available with India Meteorological Department, the earthquake had its epicenter in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh (28.6 ﹾN Latitude and 94.4ﹾE Longitude) at a depth of 10 km. The […]

24 Apr 2019 11:57 am
Pressure groups seek clarity on anti-influx mechanism

SHILLONG/TURA: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) has asked the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to convene a meeting of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) and also a Cabinet meeting to get a clear picture on their stand on Inner Line Permit (ILP). Different pressure groups under the umbrella of CoMSO held a black flag protest […]

24 Apr 2019 7:04 am
‘Cong has edge in JH, but Jemino will win’

SHILLONG: Cabinet Minister and UDP MLA from Khliehriat, Kyrmen Shylla said as per reports he received, there are chances that Congress will lead in Jaintia Hills although with a small margin in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls. However, the minister added, “We hope to win the election. The allies in the MDA were also […]

24 Apr 2019 7:03 am
Delhi-Umroi flight likely as Zoom Air shows interest

SHILLONG: The Zoom Air has conveyed its willingness to start Delhi-Umroi flight but commercial viability is still a concern. The Zoom Air said it is possible to operate CRJ200 directly between Delhi and Shillong Airport during a recent meeting with the Civil Aviation officials. However, it was divulged that due to load penalty, the operation […]

24 Apr 2019 7:03 am
Not feasible to check all trucks to verify coal: Ri Bhoi Police

SHILLONG: Ri Bhoi police has said it is not feasible to stop every truck which is plying and open its tarpaulin to check if illegal coal is being transported since the trucks ply in a busy highway and a VIP road. Ri Bhoi SP, C. Cyrti on Tuesday said that police will continue with its […]

24 Apr 2019 7:02 am
BJP plans to implement Hindutva agenda: NESO

SHILLONG: North East Students Organisation (NESO), a conglomeration of different student unions from the North East region, accused the BJP of trying to implement its Hindutva agenda in the entire country. The NESO chief made this observation as the BJP is hell-bent on adopting Citizenship Amendment Bill. NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa on Tuesday said the […]

24 Apr 2019 7:02 am
Dialogue across borders – stunning theatre performance

SHILLONG: The Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues in association with the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, NEHU staged a theatre performance by Lapdiang Syiem and Rys ap Trefor of Wales at the Khasi National Durbar Hall here on Tuesday. Titled Performing Journeys, the play is based on Khasi folk tales and Welsh missionary letters […]

24 Apr 2019 7:00 am
Court ensures water quality in Shillong

SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya on Tuesday disposed of a PIL by giving a direction to ensure water quality in the city. During the hearing on the matter on Tuesday, the government has sought six months’ time for ensuring the implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Committee on the matter. The court directed […]

24 Apr 2019 7:00 am
Digital trade license within a month: Paul

SHILLONG: The process of making the entire trading license system digital for non-tribals will take around a month’s time. Informing this here, Executive Member (EM) in-charge of Trade, Paul Lyngdoh said the process is on to make the entire system digital. Once digitisation takes place, the traders would come to the Council, fill up forms […]

24 Apr 2019 6:59 am
Meet held to strengthen Federation of Khasi States

SHILLONG: The Advisory Legal Committee constituted by KHADC held its first meeting to discuss Instrument of Accession (IOA) & Annexed Agreement (AA). The meeting was aimed at strengthening the Federation of Khasi States (FSK). The committee was constituted by the KHADC to understand the terms of the IOA and AA and how the documents can […]

24 Apr 2019 6:56 am
News Capsule

Workshop A workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) will be organised on April 24 and 25 at the Annexe Hall of the Assembly Building at Rilbong, Shillong. The programme will start at 11 am. Meeting The general body meeting of Asom Kristi Kendra will be held on April 28 at 11:30 am at Asom Kristi […]

24 Apr 2019 6:54 am
Children living with HIV get nutritional support

Shillong: In a noble gesture, the Laitumkhrah Presbyterian Church distributed nutritional support to children living with HIV and AIDS in partnership with Meghalaya State Network of Positive people on Tuesday. As per a statement from the church, ‘it will be a monthly programme where it will provide nutritional support to 10 children. Through this, the […]

24 Apr 2019 6:53 am
Japanese firm keen to start Shiitake mushroom cultivation

SHILLONG: The State Government is now keen to promote edible Shiitake mushroom in the state in collaboration with a Japanese delegation Yats Corporation Co Ltd. A delegation from the company on Tuesday held detailed discussions with the Agriculture Department and Agriculture Minister here after which both the parties decided to sign an MOU in this […]

24 Apr 2019 6:53 am