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Superstitious beliefs hurdle in eradicating malaria : Hek

  SHILLONG: Meghalaya’s Health Minister, A.L. Hek appealed to fight superstitious beliefs prevailing in the state pertaining to malaria to ensure the disease is eradicated by 2030. Speaking on the occasion of World Malaria Day on Wednesday at U Soso Tham Auditorium, he said, “The need of the hour is to disseminate message on how to […]

25 Apr 2018 12:26 pm
Women in West Asia

Emancipation of women is making strides both in Iran and Saudi Arabia. In December last year, Vida Mohaveed stood bareheaded at a traffic intersection in Tehran waving her headscarf on a stick. She symbolized freedom of the fair sex in Iran. The move has been afoot for quite some time setting back the obscurantism preached […]

25 Apr 2018 8:29 am
MIXED BAG OF RESULTS!

By Dr D.K. Giri Prime Minister Modi just had a weeklong tour of Europe, touching Sweden, the UK and Germany. Interestingly, he met heads of 60 countries, five from the Scandinavian countries– Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, 54 from Commonwealth countries, and of course, the feisty Chancellor Angela Merkel, who began last month her […]

25 Apr 2018 8:24 am
BUREAUCRATS, SCIENTISTS, ACADEMICS MINCE NO WORDS

    By Amulya Ganguli   Close on the heels of an open letter written to Narendra Modi by 49 former bureaucrats about the “terrifying state of affairs” in India, has come yet another missive by as many as 637 academics in India and abroad who have voiced a similar concern. Not only that, they […]

25 Apr 2018 8:19 am
Understanding Khasi philo-theology!

Editor, What appeared in the context of the Shad Suk Mynsiem in your paper (ST April 10, 2018) that the President of the Seng Khasi “…maintained that the festival is open to those…who converted to Christianity”, is misplaced and misleading. It is therefore an imperative now in this hour of confusion to set this matter […]

25 Apr 2018 8:16 am
HYC raises alarm over influx of tribals from other states

  SHILLONG: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) general secretary, Robertjune Kharjahrin has raised a concern on the influx of tribals to Meghalaya from other states in the North East in addition to non-tribals’ influx from other states and Bangladesh. He spoke to reporters after meeting the PHE Minister Samlin Malniang to apprise the latter on […]

24 Apr 2018 10:23 pm
Two MLAs form Meghalaya United Front

  SHILLONG:  NCP MLA, Saleng A Sangma and independent MLA, Lambor Malngiang   have come together to form the Meghalaya United Front (MUF). Lambor Malngiang on Tuesday said that the Front had been formed to strengthen the position of the State Government since the state in the past had suffered from political instability that harmed the […]

24 Apr 2018 10:16 pm
Security review meeting held for Williamnagar election

  SHILLONG: In a security review meeting held for Williamnagar Election, the IGP, CRPF based in Shillong, Prakash D, IPS drew the attention towards arrangements of medical and emergency facilities during the poll day, i.e. April 27.  In a statement issued here, Prakash said the induction of forces well before the poll day was discussed […]

24 Apr 2018 10:08 pm
Curated video circulated in social media to spread racial hatred

  SHILLONG: In this era of social media, any update about unity or division between races and community can become viral within minutes. Such a case has been reported in the state where photographs of couples from their personal profiles have been used and a video has been circulated to spread hate. A person lodged a complaint […]

24 Apr 2018 9:51 pm
One electrocuted in Shillong

  SHILLONG: A young man was electrocuted at Jail Road locality here on Tuesday morning. As per residents of the nearby area, the victim has been identified as 24-yr-old Ajay Chettri, a resident of Garikhana who was working in a tourist sumo stand at Police Bazar area and the incident happened when Chettri went near […]

24 Apr 2018 9:43 pm
NCP candidate’s ill daughter rushed to Guwahati

  WILLIAMNAGAR: The daughter of the contesting NCP candidate for Williamnagar election has been rushed to a hospital in Guwahati on Tuesday for urgent medical treatment due to a lingering health problem. The sudden turn of events at the peak of campaign for the February 27th elections is a trying time for Krinilla Marak, NCP […]

24 Apr 2018 9:05 pm
Lakadong Mission Document launched by Meghalaya Governor

SHILLONG: Aiming to harness the potential of Lakadong turmeric, Meghalaya government has come up with Lakadong Mission Document launched by Governor Ganga Prasad, to set a target of production to 50,000 Metric Tonnes of Lakadong in a period of five years. Over 450 Turmeric farmers from the Laskein and Thadlaskien Block of Jaintia Hills attended the […]

24 Apr 2018 7:22 pm
Bridge of sighs: villagers encore

TURA: In an age when connectivity is primarily digital, its back to basics for the electorate of Williamnagar. In a period doted by fibre optics and seamless digital travel, the people of Williamnagar constituency residing beyond the town and across the banks of the Simsang river earnestly wish for the most basic of amenities-bridges, to […]

24 Apr 2018 6:55 pm
From friends to political foes over Williamnagar contest

WILLIAMNAGAR: They were friends for years while working together in the same political party, but politics has turned them into opponents, and today they are among the nine candidates vying for the Williamnagar seat that goes to the polls on the 27th of this month. “I entered the political fray because successive elected representatives have […]

24 Apr 2018 6:43 pm
Need to develop virgin tourism spots: Sarma

  GUWAHATI: An “overcrowded” Shillong may just be the trigger for neighbouring Assam to reorient its tourism strategy and focus on virgin destinations such as Umrangso. “Shillong is overcrowded now and therefore we are focusing on looking at developing virgin spots in the state like Umrangso (in Dima Hasao district) for wooing both domestic and foreign […]

24 Apr 2018 6:04 pm
Assam lines up slew of tourism development projects

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has lined up a slew of tourism development initiatives in the coming year, including a second ropeway project in the state from the foothills of Kamakhya to the top of the historic temple here. “The tendering process for the Kamakhya ropeway project will begin in a month or two while the […]

24 Apr 2018 5:57 pm
15th Finance Commission to visit Assam from tomorrow

  GUWAHATI: The Fifteenth Finance Commission of the Government of India is visiting Assam, the gateway to the North East of India during April 25-27 next. Commission led by the Chairman N.K. Singh, Members – Shaktikanta Das, Dr Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri and Dr. Ramesh Chand and Secretary Arvind Mehta along with other officials will […]

24 Apr 2018 5:04 pm
Assam govt to preserve Kolkata residence of Dr Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that Assam government would preserve the erstwhile residence of legendary musician and singer from the state Late (Dr) Bhupen Hazarika at Tollygunge (Kolkata)  and a formal decision to that effect has been taken. “The State government has decided to preserve Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s residence at Tollygunge, Kolkata,” Sonowal […]

24 Apr 2018 4:39 pm
Online ads growth helps Alphabet register $9.4bn in profit

San Francisco, April 24 (IANS) Riding on online advertisement growth, Google’s parent company Alphabet posted a net income of $9.4 billion in the first quarter this year — a 73 per cent jump from $5.4 billion in the same period last year. Advertising revenue soared 24 per cent to $26.6 billion while the total revenue […]

24 Apr 2018 4:17 pm
Mission Indradhanush launched in SGH

TURA: South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner S N Marak on Tuesday urged the people of the district to avail of the different government schemes which have been launched for their benefit. Sangma was speaking during the launching of Mission Indradhanush, the flagship programme of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan under Health and Family Welfare Department where she […]

24 Apr 2018 4:05 pm
Garo Graduates’ union elects new office bearers

  TURA: The Garo Graduates Union (GGU) has elected new office bearers and functional sub committees for the term 2018-19. The union elected Gredalson Ch Momin as President, Merril N Sangma as Vice President, Gredenson M Marak as General Secretary, Gathwin M Sangma and Fivebilson R Marak as Joint secretaries and Goldfire R Marak as […]

24 Apr 2018 2:37 pm
Meghalaya seeks JICA’s help to ease Shilolong traffic congestion

  SHILLONG:  Meghalaya Government has proposed to the Japanese International Cooperation  Agency (JICA) to conduct a study on the traffic congestion Shillong city. The proposal was made by the State planning Board to  a study team of JICA during a meeting here on Tuesday Speaking to media persons,  special advisor of the JICA study team,   C […]

24 Apr 2018 2:18 pm
News from across the state

House looted Shillong: Miscreants looted the house of Mitra Das at Oakland, Shillong on Monday when she went to fetch her daughter from school around 2.15pm. The robbers decamped with Rs15,000 and 33gm worth of gold jewellery. A complaint was lodged with the police. Investigation is on. (Contributed by Kanika Nath) NEIGRIHMS director to seek […]

24 Apr 2018 8:30 am
CPI-M Conclave

The 22nd Congress of the CPI-M at Hyderabad ended on Sunday. The party’s schism on how to get it out of a rut was evident. Sitaram Yechury continues to be general secretary for a second term. The central committee’s expansion was approved. Differences remained over the political resolution on election strategy. The BJP remains the main […]

24 Apr 2018 8:24 am
Rape- A social crime demands social solution

By Sonie Kharduit Not a day passes without being fed with news related to gender crimes and sadly it’s the women folk who happen to be at the receiving end all the time. I believe sexual crimes are the most ubiquitous crime where race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, rich-poor etc fail to put any barrier. It’s […]

24 Apr 2018 8:19 am
VISION BLURRED FOR NEEDY?

By Dhurjati Mukherjee   Recent data of an analysis of election affidavits filed for the 64 Rajya Sabha seats is an eye opener on the country’s top politicians. It revealed that 87 per cent of them are crore-patis. Their average assets are over Rs 22 crores, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), which […]

24 Apr 2018 8:18 am
Calling crime by its name!

Editor,   Apropos Patricia Mukhim’s article, “Why this culture of impunity” (ST, April 20, 2018), when a rape culminates in murder by a criminal, it is a common error to brand him as a rapist and this common error exposes our culture of impunity. As a matter of fact, such a criminal should be called […]

24 Apr 2018 8:15 am
City court grants bail to alleged NSCN-K rebel

SHILLONG: A city court on last Friday granted bail to  Inovi Avika Assumi, the  alleged  “Finance Secretary” of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K)). Inovi Avika Assumi was arrested   by a special team of the state police and the Assam Riffles commandos   who raided the hideout at Saw Furlong area  on November 18  […]

23 Apr 2018 10:16 pm
Rymbui to hold review meeting on proposed zoo at Umtrew

      SHILLONG: Forest & Environment Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said a review meeting would be held next week to discuss the long pending issue of the proposed state zoo at Umtrew, Ri-Bhoi. Stating that he was briefed by the department officials on the matter, he told reporters, “The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report […]

23 Apr 2018 9:32 pm
108 ambulance unable to take daughter of Krinilla Marak to Guwahati hospice

    SHILLONG: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has slammed the services of GVK EMRI (108 Ambulance) in Williamnagar for not being able to take the daughter of NCP candidate, Krinilla Marak to Guwahati for treatment due to bad condition of the ambulance.   The NCP working president, Vijay Raj said that Tulsa R. Marak, daughter of […]

23 Apr 2018 8:35 pm
Major reshuffle effected in Meghalaya police

  SHILLONG:  The 2nd in Command of SF-10, Stephan Rynjah has been posted as the new SP (City), East Khasi Hills while the incumbent SP City, Spill Thamar has been   posted as the SP of Ri Bhoi in a reshuffling affected by the State Government. East Jaintia Hills SP, Nazarius Lamare has been transferred as SP, […]

23 Apr 2018 8:22 pm
Meghalaya govt aims to make cancer wing in SCH functional this year

  SHILLONG: The State Government is targeting to make the cancer wing in the premises of Shillong Civil Hospital (SCH) functional within this year. Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek along with senior officials of the department on Monday conducted an inspection of the upcoming cancer wing which has been delayed for long. Speaking to […]

23 Apr 2018 8:13 pm
First aircraft lands at Pasighat ALG in Arunachal Pradesh

      GUWAHATI: A new chapter has begun in the development of air connectivity in the land-locked frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh with an Alliance aircraft –ATR 42 making successful test landing at the civil terminal of Pasighat Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at 12.30 P.M. on Monday. The Alliance aircraft with its crew members […]

23 Apr 2018 7:54 pm
Mekong River dolphin population increases for first time

Phnom Penh: The population of dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong river has increased for the first time after years of constant decline that has pushed the threatened species to the brink of extinction, activists said on Monday. A new census by the Cambodian government and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has pegged the number of these […]

23 Apr 2018 7:29 pm
Pema Khandu felicitated by OSA of Hindu College

GUWAHATI:  Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was felicitated by the Old Students Association (OSA) of Hindu College among others who have been contributing for the nation in diverse field at the 16th Annual OSA Distinguished Alumni Award function in New Delhi on Sunday, according to an official source in Itanagar. Khandu was felicitated with the […]

23 Apr 2018 6:58 pm
Election to GSU Rongjeng unit on May 4

 TURA: The election of office bearers to the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Rongjeng Regional Unit will be held on May 4, a decision to the effect of which was taken in a meeting held among students of various schools from the area on Monday. The meeting held at the Rongjeng United Higher Secondary School was […]

23 Apr 2018 6:22 pm
Meeting held over rise in Dengue cases

    TURA: In view of rising cases of Dengue being detected in the district and in other parts of Garo Hills, the Inter-Sectoral Planning Meeting to strengthen the measures for prevention of Vector Borne Diseases (Malaria, Dengue, Chikunguniya, Japanese Encephalitis, etc., was held on Monday at Circuit House in Tura where the West Garo […]

23 Apr 2018 6:16 pm
Conrad seeks votes on NPP’s ‘pro-development’ mantra

WILLIAMNAGAR: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has appealed to the electorate of Williamnagar constituency to give its mandate in favour of his party promising to usher in ‘all round’ development of the constituency. Williamnagar goes to the polls on the 27th of this month. With barely three days remaining for campaign to come to […]

23 Apr 2018 6:09 pm
Man City celebrate EPL title with 5-0 win over Swansea

Manchester:  Manchester City, who have already wrapped up the English Premier League (EPL) title, celebrated early by thrashing Swansea City 5-0. Under Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Man City secured the EPL title after second-placed Manchester United’s 0-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on April 15 meant they had no chance of catching up with their […]

23 Apr 2018 5:42 pm
KSU asks KHADC not to issue NOC for BSF battalion HQ

    SHILLONG: Opposing the establishment of Battalion Headquarter by the Border Security Force (BSF) at Rangthong, Mawkyrwat, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) met the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) CEM, PN Syiem asking him not to issue NOC in this regard.   President of KSU South West Khasi Hills Unit, Forwardman Nongrem told […]

23 Apr 2018 5:24 pm
Poll performance, Cong split to favour NPP: Marcuise

 GUWAHATI: NPP candidate and former MLA, Marcuise N. Marak is confident of winning the April 27 Assembly election in Williamnagar, claiming that a number of factors, including his party forming a coalition government in the state, will work in his favour. “Yes, the fact that our party triumphed in the February 27 elections and subsequently […]

23 Apr 2018 4:52 pm
Shania Twain apologises after Trump comment

Los Angeles: Grammy award-winning Canadian singer Shania Twain apologised after saying she would have voted for US President Donald Trump. The singer on Sunday issued a statement to people.com about her comments, saying: “I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with The Guardian relating to the American president.” […]

23 Apr 2018 3:37 pm