District administration asks shops in East Khasi Hills to display vaccination status

East Khasi Hills DC emphasises on importance of vaccination in meet with commercial vehicle drivers

Shillong, Jun 15: East Khasi Hills, Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo, who is also Chairperson of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and Chairperson, District Task Force COVID-19, has passed an order that all shops and establishments are required to indicate the vaccination status of their staff at a prominent place in the shop premises.

“Any shop which has not completed vaccination of its staff will not be permitted to open from June 24, 2021 onwards,” the Deputy Commissioner ordered.

Laloo has also directed the District Transport Officer to work out a mechanism for regulation of public transport for staggered operation from next week depending on the situation.

“All drivers of commercial vehicles, including local taxi, tourist taxi and buses are required to be vaccinated (at least 1st dose) before they are permitted to resume operation,” the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner on June 14 read.

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Conrad urge media and organisations to research before coming out with stories

Shillong, Jun 15: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Tuesday said that reports of one lakh bags of rice, meant for the state that were lying in a warehouse in Assam and were seized by police was not correct, even as he urged the media to carry out research before coming out with “such stories”.

However, the Chief Minister rubbished media reports and the reports were “incorrect” and further claimed that there were 1604 MT which only account for 33,000 bags.

“I want to clarify once again that this is not the rice from the Food and Civil Supplies, this is not the rice meant for NFSA neither this is the rice for COVID relief. All those rice materials for COVID-19 relief and NFSA have already been received in advance for the entire month of June,” the Chief Minister said.

“Therefore, to avoid this kind of embarrassment, I would urge the press and other organizations to kindly ensure proper research is done before such stories come out in the news as there is no base of any kind of scam that is mentioned as everything that is done is being done as per the rules, norms and also as per the quality required by Government of India,” he said .

“Let me clarify that the Continentals Milkose Ltd is an approved manufacturing supplier of micro nutrients and energy dense fortified food under the SNP programme. The complete supply for this micro nutrient energy dense fortified food has already been received,” Sangma said.

Further, the Chief Minister also clarified that these micro nutrients energy dense fortified food is a mixture of different kind of ingredients and rice is also part of that ingredient.

“This rice is also sourced from the FCI. So there is nothing incorrect that this FCI rice was found. It is sourced from FCI and after this is processed and packed and given to the children,” Sangma said.

The Chief Minister also informed that these micro nutrients energy dense fortified food is regularly tested even as he informed that the Company has been supplying to the State for the last 20 years.

Principal Secretary, Social Welfare department Sampath Kumar informed that the State government have not yet received any report on the seized rice from Assam police.

“We will be following up. We have also asked for clarification from the particular manufacturer whether there is any fact in that,” Kumar added.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 450 new positive cases, 542 recovers

‘Covid-19 cases in the state could be upto 25 times the numbers recorded’

Shillong, June 15: Meghalaya on Tuesday registered 450 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 4,430, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 542 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 37,579.

07 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 750 so far.

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Efforts on to rescue trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills district

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Shillong, Jun 14: East Jaintia Hills district deputy commissioner, East Jaintia Hill district, E Kharmalki informed that authorities are continuing efforts to rescue the trapped miners in Umpleng, East Jaintia Hills district.

Kharmalki informed that in continuation of the rescue operation before resuming the dewatering process, the rescue teams of NDRF and SDRF verified the level of water and found that it has risen by four feet.

During the dewatering process, approximately 2.52 lakhs litres of water was pumped out from the first shaft and approximately 8.64 lakh litres of water from the second shaft.

“The Navy Team carried out bottom mapping of main shaft using ROV SONAR. The Navy divers dived up to 15 meters below water level where the water level today was 33 meters. The footage taken is being analyzed. Thereafter dewatering process continued,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said it is “not an easy” situation for the rescue operation team to save the five migrant miners trapped inside an illegal and flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills since May 30 last, as the water level continues to rise despite efforts to pump it out.

Sangma said that the government has called the Indian Navy and is awaiting reports from them.

“They are going to try their best of course. We don’t know, last year they required a certain level of water to be taken out so those aspects are still being worked out,” he said.

Stating that all steps are being taken by the government, the chief minister said, “…we are trying to pull and bring everybody on board to try and help us. The Navy has come, the NDRF is there, and the SDRF has already been working there for a very long time”.

He said the government is also communicating with the Coal India Limited and other organizations for their assistance. “We have activated as many channels as possible as I said even the Navy has been called in so we are still hoping that we are able to get something positive out of this entire exercise we are doing,” Sangma added.

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