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Coal India Ltd to finalise auction policy on Oct 23

SHILLONG: The Coal India Ltd will hold a meeting with the state government officials on October 23 to finalise the coal auction policy. The Commissioner and Secretary, Mining and Geology department, T. Dkhar said on Tuesday that the meeting will discuss the issues related to auction of coal. Earlier, the draft policy to auction and […]

16 Oct 2019 6:30 am
Parl panel to meet Govt delegation on Oct 30

Sixth Schedule amendment SHILLONG: The parliamentary standing committee of the Rajya Sabha will meet the Meghalaya government delegation again on October 30 in New Delhi to discuss the stand of the government to exclude the unrepresented tribes from the Sixth Schedule.The Commissioner and Secretary of District Council Affairs department, T. Dkhar said on Tuesday that […]

16 Oct 2019 6:29 am
BJP leader opposes exclusion of other tribes

SHILLONG: BJP leader and former minister from Tikrikilla KC Boro has said the recommendation of the state government to remove unrepresented tribes from the Sixth Schedule is unwanted and undesirable. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Boro, who is also the state president of Kisan Morcha, said the inhuman decision is against constitutional right and […]

16 Oct 2019 6:28 am
Mukul warning on CAB

SHILLONG: Opposition leader Mukul Sangma has cautioned the Centre over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill saying its enactment will create a sense of alienation which will in turn provide space for anti-national forces to disintegrate the nation. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Mukul Sangma said that the Centre has to desist from taking any […]

16 Oct 2019 6:28 am
Incompetent chief minister

SHILLONG: The Opposition Congress on Tuesday said development activities in the state had come to a standstill and described Chief Minister Conrad Sangma as most incompetent. Lashing out at the NPP-led MDA government, leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma said it should first complete the stalled projects before talking about new ones. Talking to media […]

16 Oct 2019 6:27 am
Pala in US to bring back Jalas body

New Delhi: Shillong MP Vincent H Pala has reached the United States to bring the mortal remains of Archbishop Dominic Jala, who died in a road accident at Colusa county in California. Pala got in touch with the Consul General of India Sanjay Panda in San Francisco in USA after reaching there. The process to […]

16 Oct 2019 6:26 am
State govt asks for liver transplantation centre

SHILLONG: The state government on Tuesday asked the Centre to set up a liver transplantation centre in NEIGRIHMS to provide succour to patients in the state who now have to travel outside for the procedure incurring huge expenditure. Health Minister AL Hek after meeting Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said […]

16 Oct 2019 6:25 am
Fine fear spikes demand for pollution certificates

SHILLONG: The number of vehicles turning up at the pollution testing centre of the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (PCB) here has increased following implementation of the amended new Motor Vehicles Act, which imposes steep fines, with people scurrying to get the pollution under check (PUC) certificates. For vehicle owners in the Garo Hills, the […]

16 Oct 2019 6:24 am
Giri new member of human rights panel

SHILLONG: B. Giri Massar, retired District and Sessions Judge, Jowai, has been appointed as the member (judicial) of the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission with effect from the date she assumes charge of the office. A notification in this regard was issued by the political department on Tuesday after getting approval from Meghalaya Governor. Giri is […]

16 Oct 2019 6:22 am
India fight hard to draw against Bdesh

Kolkata: A last-gasp Adil Khan header saved the blushes for India, who played their worst game of the campaign, as the home side played out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifiers match here on Tuesday. Saad Uddin gave Bangladesh the lead in the 42nd minute and the visitors looked like going […]

16 Oct 2019 1:50 am
India eves win SAFF U-15 title

Thimphu: India beat Bangladesh 5-3 via penalty shoot-out to win the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship title after the summit clash ended goal-less in the regulation time here on Tuesday. India made a strong start to the game as they looked to take the early initiative. Priyanka Sujeesh orchestrated the attacks from the middle of the […]

16 Oct 2019 1:49 am
Ukraine beat Portugal to reach Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo registers 700 career goals Paris: Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place at Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 700th career goal. Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko put Ukraine two goals up after 27 minutes. Although Ronaldo scored his landmark goal from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute […]

16 Oct 2019 1:47 am
Inters Sanchez awaits decision on ankle surgery

MILAN: Inter Milan on Tuesday said Chile forward Alexis Sanchez will see a specialist in Barcelona to determine if he needs surgery for a serious ankle injury sustained on international duty. Sanchez hobbled off in the 88th minute of a goalless draw in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante on Saturday. He underwent medical tests […]

16 Oct 2019 1:46 am
Going to fight for my place: Giroud

Leeds: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud said that he will fight for his place in the club. “I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea. The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January,” quoted Giroud as saying. Giroud has made three Premier League appearances this term and only one start for […]

16 Oct 2019 1:45 am
Lyngdoh assures PSA of infrastructural development

NONGSTOIN: In a major fillip for the footballers and sporting community of Mairang, Meghalaya Speaker and Local MLA, Metbah Lyngdoh on Tuesday assured the Pyndemumiong Sports Association of financial assistance and also schemes for infrastructural development in the stadium at Langstiehrim, Mairang. Attending the final match of the Super Division League Football tournament at Madan Dommawlum […]

16 Oct 2019 1:43 am
IMF slashes Indias growth projection to 6.1 pc in 2019

Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday slashed India’s GDP growth projection for the year 2019 to 6.1 per cent, which is 1.2 per cent down from its April projections. The IMF in April said India will grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019. However, three months later it projected a slower growth rate […]

16 Oct 2019 1:35 am
William, Kate meet PM Khan, Prez

Islamabad: Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton on Tuesday met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi as they began their visit to the country, described as the “most complex” royal trip to date. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 37, were received by Khan at the Prime Minister House, where […]

16 Oct 2019 1:27 am
Monsoon withdraws from North East

Agartala/Guwahati: The four-month-long southwest monsoon has withdrawn from eastern and Northeastern states and most parts of India during the last few days, a top Met department official said on Tuesday. According to the rainfall data of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon (June to September) rainfall was normal in seven of the 11 eastern […]

16 Oct 2019 12:40 am
USTM holds talks on teachings of Dr Kalam

GUWAHATI: The University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) paid tributes to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India and the Missile Man on his birth anniversary on.Tuesday. A talk titled Life & Teachings of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: Moral Values for the Youth was delivered by Dr Mridul Hazarika, former VC, Gauhati […]

15 Oct 2019 9:45 pm
Meghalaya asks for liver transplantation facility at NEIGRIHMS

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Government on Tuesday requested the Union Health Ministry to set up up a liver transplantation centre in NEIGRIHMS here in order to reduce the financial burden of patients who now have to undergo liver transplantation outside. State Health Minister, AL Hek after meeting Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan […]

15 Oct 2019 9:16 pm
Mukul cautions Centre against CAB

SHILLONG: Meghalayas Opposition leader, Mukul Sangma has cautioned the Central Government against introducing Citizenship Amendment Bill saying the Bill will create a sense of alienation which will in turn provide space for anti-national forces to disintegrate the nation. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Mukul Sangma said that there had to be a serious […]

15 Oct 2019 8:40 pm
Hailakandi first Assam district to adopt online leave application module

GUWAHATI: The government employees working under Hailakandi district administration in Assam now need to file their applications online and can proceed on leave only after getting a digital approval. Henceforth no leave applications will be accepted on paper. Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli inaugurated the new online leave module at her office conference hall here on […]

15 Oct 2019 8:21 pm
Centre sanctions Rs 10 cr to set up bee development unit in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Chairman of Farmers Commission, KN Kumar has informed that the central government has approved Rs 10 crores for the establishment of Integrated Bee Development Center (IBDC) Addressing a meeting of bee keepers of East Khasi Hills District in the presence of Agriculture Department officers and Director of National Bee Board, Dr. B.L. Saraswat on Tuesday, […]

15 Oct 2019 8:15 pm
India, Bhutan forest officials discuss conservation of Barnadi-Jomotsangkha Forest Complex

GUWAHATI: A first-of-its-kind and two-year joint research carried out in the Indo-Bhutan Jomotsangkha-Barnadi Forest Complex by forest managers of Dhansiri and Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) has found that the forest complex is high in biodiversity with 27 species of mammals recorded during the study that used camera trapping techniques. The study findings were presented in […]

15 Oct 2019 7:58 pm
New passenger train between Murkongselek and Dibrugarh flagged off

GUWAHATI: Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal on Tuesday flagged off a new passenger train between Murkongselek and Dibrugarh via remote from New Delhi. Nine other similar trains in various parts of the country were also flagged of at the same time by the Railway Minister through video conferencing. A programme was also held at Murkongselek during […]

15 Oct 2019 7:54 pm
Conrad flags off cross country ride to promote SDGs

TURA: Meghalaya Chief Minister,Conrad K. Sangma on Tuesday flagged off Ride East, cross-country motorcycle ride that aims to promote the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in northeast India and northwest Myanmar while commemorating the 80th Anniversary since the start of World War II in 1939. The Chief Minister in course of […]

15 Oct 2019 6:31 pm
German govt agency launches project for NE women entrepreneurs

GUWAHATI: A project on economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and start-ups by women in the Northeast was launched at Siloam in Meghalaya on Tuesday. German Association for International Collaboration (GIZ) is implementing the project titled Her & Now, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with […]

15 Oct 2019 6:12 pm
Environment group threatens to move HC against timber smuggling

TURA: The Centre for Environment Protection and Rural Development (CEPARD) has raised alarm over the rampant smuggling of timber from the forests of Garo Hills into Assam and has threatened to move the High Court against the state government and the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council for failing to act. Absence of any attempt by […]

15 Oct 2019 6:00 pm
PHH and AAY Rice released in Tura

TURA: The Deputy Commissioner (Supply), West Garo Hills, Tura has informed that PHH and AAY Rice for the beneficiaries for the month of October, 2019 in respect of Tura Urban and Rural based Fair Price Shop Dealers has been released.In this regard, all Fair Price Shop Dealers have been directed to issue rice as per […]

15 Oct 2019 4:06 pm
Scientific beekeeping to increase bee related products

TURA: Bee Keepers from North Garo Hills have been urged to inculcate scientific beekeeping to increase the production of bee related products in the region. The idea was encouraged during the Bee keepers Meet held for apiculturists of North and East Garo Hills district at SGSY Hall, Resubelpara C & RD Block on Monday. The […]

15 Oct 2019 2:30 pm
Family of declared foreigner refuses to accept body

Mortal remains of 65-year-old lies at GMCH morgue since Oct 13 GUWAHATI: His body has been kept at the morgue of the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) here for three days now. Yet the family of deceased, Dulal Chandra Paul is resolute in its decision not to accept the body till the 65-year-old is declared […]

15 Oct 2019 12:50 pm
Indian-American, wife among 3 to win Nobel Economics Prize

STOCKHOLM: Indian-American innovative MIT economist Abhijit Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo and Harvard professor Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Banerjee and French-American Duflo both work at the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while Kremer is at Harvard University. It was […]

15 Oct 2019 6:41 am
Marching orders for NEIGRIHMS chief

NEW DELHI/SHILLONG: The Governing Council of North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on Monday virtually removed its controversial Director Dr DM Thappa following a series of allegations and agitations in the premier hospital of the region. The Council met here under the presidentship of Union Minister for Health and […]

15 Oct 2019 6:40 am
HC rejects petition of tribals on KHADC hawking curbs

Fine of Rs 5,000 each imposed on seven petitioners SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya has disposed of a petition against the recent order of KHADC prohibiting hawking by non-tribals without valid trading license.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the seven petitioners. The reason for disposing of the case by […]

15 Oct 2019 6:40 am
Conrad seeks report, in touch with Consulate General

No confirmation yet on arrival of Jalas mortal remains SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said he will be in touch with the Consulate General, San Francisco to get a better picture for a report on Archbishop Dominic Jala who passed away in a car accident on October 10 in California, USA. Speaking to reporters on […]

15 Oct 2019 6:37 am
Jala family was politically active, says Bindo

SHILLONG: Though the Archbishop Dominic Jala, who passed away on October 10, was not involved in politics as he was a religious leader, his Late father Marius Lien Kharumnuid, took part in the Hill State movement. Besides, the elder brother of the Archbishop, Anthony Jala contested the Assembly elections from Mawlai in 1983 as APHLC […]

15 Oct 2019 6:36 am
Cong looks at electorate irrespective of community

SHILLONG: Opposition Leader Mukul Sangma has stated that the Congress looks at the electorate irrespective of their community and background. Sangmas statement comes at a time when the battle for Shella is heating up with all parties intensifying their campaign for the October 21 bypoll to the assembly seat. Sangma said that the party has […]

15 Oct 2019 6:35 am
Mourning till funeral

SHILLONG: The Archdiocese of Shillong has declared a period of mourning to be observed in all the parishes, catholic schools, colleges, and institutions within its jurisdiction till the funeral of Archbishop Dominic Jala is complete. This was issued by Diocesan Administrator Fr. John Madur. There will not be any official celebrations during the period. However, […]

15 Oct 2019 6:34 am
JH villagers warn of moving SC on Cement company

SHILLONG: The Hynriew Shnong Wah Lukha Association (association of six villages), based in Sonapyrdi, East Jaintia Hills district, has threatened to approach the Supreme Court if the Star Cement company goes ahead with the proposed expansion of mining in Brichyrnot in the district. The six villages located downstream of the Lukha river are Sonapyrdi, Kuliang, […]

15 Oct 2019 6:34 am
Police personnel ignore diktat on use of social media

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Police personnel have failed to follow the guidelines and norms of conduct for use of social media as a few officers, personnel and staff continue to post photos of themselves in uniform with their weapons. The circular issued in 2016, had said police personnel should refrain from uploading pictures, videos, etc., in uniform […]

15 Oct 2019 6:33 am
Elusive GNLA militant arrested after crossing from Bangladesh

TURA: One of the surviving members of the now-extinct Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), who had been holed up inside Bangladesh for well over four years, has been finally arrested in Garo Hills. Senior GNLA militant Nikrak M Sangma alias Kaltush was nabbed in remote Rongara area, close to the international border, by a special […]

15 Oct 2019 6:32 am
Its time to set right BCCIs image, says Ganguly

Mumbai: Setting right the image of the Indian cricket Board and looking after the financial health of first class cricketers are immediate priorities of President-elect Sourav Ganguly, who is set to take over the reins of the BCCI at a crucial time. In Ganguly, the BCCI will have its first President since Anurag Thakur was […]

15 Oct 2019 1:06 am
India eves complete 3-0 whitewash over SA

Vadodara: Spinners helped India pull off a thrilling six-run win over South Africa in a low-scoring third women’s ODI and complete a 3-0 series whitewash here on Monday. India were able to defend a modest 146 by bowling out South Africa for 140 in 48 overs. Spinners Ekta Bisht (3/32 in 10 overs), Deepti Sharma […]

15 Oct 2019 1:06 am
Mlaya Muaythai cship from October 24

By Our Reporter SHILLONG: The president of Muaythai Association of Meghalaya (MAM) Angelus Sun informed that the association will hold the first Meghalaya State Level Muaythai and Pro Championship 2019 on October 24-26. Stating that the venue is yet to be decided, Sun told reporters that there will be 150 local players who will take […]

15 Oct 2019 1:05 am
1st Megha Kayak Fest held in Ri Bhoi

By Our Reporter SHILLONG: The 1st Megha Kayak Fest, 2019, organized by Whitewater Village under the guidance and mentorship of Ian Vincent and in collaboration with Meghalaya Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting Association concluded on Saturday at the Whitewater Village, Umtham, Ri Bhoi. There were 17 participants in all. From Meghalaya there were five participants and […]

15 Oct 2019 1:05 am
Assam defeat Mlaya by 6 wkts

Shillong: Assam got the better of Meghalaya by six wickets in their Vijay Hazare Trophy plate group match in Dehra Dun on Monday. Meghalaya won the toss and chose to bat first against their immediate neighbours, but it did not go well for them as they were bowled out for exactly 100 in 34.5 overs. […]

15 Oct 2019 1:05 am
Pak must prosecute LeT operatives along with its leader Saeed: US

Washington: Pakistan must prevent militant groups from operating on its soil and prosecute top Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives along with its leader Hafiz Saeed, the US has said ahead of the Financial Action Task Force’s crucial decision on whether to blacklist the country. Alice Wells, head of the US state department’s South and Central Asian bureau, also […]

15 Oct 2019 1:01 am
Centres bid to privatise NRL irks Assam groups

From Our Special Correspondent GUWAHATI: Various organisations of Assam, have expressed concern over the Centres reported move to disinvest Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), which is the major shareholder in Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) with 61.65 per cent stake. Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill (FACAAB), a group comprising senior intellectuals and leading citizens, has […]

15 Oct 2019 1:00 am
FACAAB reiterates stand against CAB

From Our Correspondent GUWAHATI: The Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill (FACAAB), on Monday reiterated its stand against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, saying that it could be rendered unconstitutional if it is enacted into a law because it would then violate Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. Article 14 of the Constitution says that […]

15 Oct 2019 1:00 am
Music industry is full of wolves: Christina Aguilera

Singer Christina Aguil era thinks the music industry is full of “wolves”. “It was a business with so many wolves. Older men who had other intentions. When you’re that young coming up in a male-run business, you’re going to see the darkest sides of things and hear how men talk about women, how they talked […]

15 Oct 2019 12:59 am