10,86,084 persons vaccinated against Covid-19

Meghalaya records 16,62,448 doses of vaccines

Shillong, Jul 31: The state has administered a total of 10,86,084 Covid-19 vaccine so far, health authorities informed on Saturday.

According to Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War, a total of 8,87,741 have received the first dose and 1,98,343 the second dose.

Dr. War informed that on Saturday, a total of 8,933 were vaccinated.

Of which 108 were health care workers, 831 frontline workers, 4905 were those in the age group of 18 to 44 years and 3089 were above 45 years.

The Director of Health Services also informed that of the 1070 Covid-19 19 beds spread across hospitals in the state 575 are occupied.

Dr. War informed that 86 patents are in category A, 204 each in categories B and C and 81 in category D.

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Shops in Iewduh to open three days a week

HITO urge Ri-Bhoi DC to reopen markets

Shillong, Jul 31: The East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo has permitted the opening of shops in Iewduh for three days a week.

“Based on the recommendation of the Incident Commander Zone-IV and the Syiem of Hima Mylliem and that most of the vendors/shopkeepers at Iewduh have completed vaccination, all shops/stalls at Iewduh are now permitted to open three times a week,” Laloo said.

According to the Deputy Commissioner these shops will be opened as per the regulated arrangement to be made by the Incident Commander Zone-IV and the Syiem of Hima Mylliem.

She however said that the vegetable market shall remain closed till further orders.

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BJP national general secy on two-day visit

BJP national general secy on two-day visit

Shillong, Jul 31: The BJP national general secretary Arun Singh on Saturday held a meeting with the Ri-Bhoi district office bearers at Nongpoh.

Singh is in Meghalaya for a two day visit to boost the morale of BJP workers in the state.

In his speech he emphasised on the seven years achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and also how the centre has helped the people during the first and second wave of Covid-19.

He urge the party workers to reach the people in the grass root level and convince them about the achievement of the Modi government.

Singh also enquired about the mandal committees and booth committees in the district and told the members to work hard so that party can form its own Government in 2023.

Others who spoke the occasion werei Ajay Jamwal, northeast general secretary, state unit president Ernest Mawrie and Sanbor Shullai state Cabinet Minister.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 686 new positive cases, 499 recovers, 12 deaths

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

Shillong, Jul 31: Meghalaya on Saturday registered 686 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 5,966, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 499 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 57,949.

12 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 1,085 so far.

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‘GoI conscious of sentiments to include other languages in 8th Schedule’

GoI conscious of sentiments to include other languages in 8th Schedule

Shillong, Jul 30: Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai has said that the government of India is conscious of the sentiments and requirements for inclusion of other languages in the Eighth Schedule.

“Such requests have to be considered keeping in mind these sentiments, and the other relevant considerations,” Rai said while replying to an unstarred question during the ongoing Monsoon Session in the Lok Sabha.

It may be mentioned that Congress Lok Sabha MP from Shillong, Vincent Pala had sought to know if the Khasi Language is in the list to be recognised as one of the languages in the Eight Schedule.

Rai said that there have been demands from time to time for inclusion of Khasi in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

“Central Government has received a proposal in this regard,” the junior minister said.

Rai also said that as the evolution of dialects and languages is a dynamic process, influenced by socio-cultural, economic and political developments, it is difficult to fix any criteria for languages, whether to distinguish them from dialects, or for their inclusion in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

“The earlier attempts, through the Pahwa (1996) and Sitakant Mohapatra (2003) Committees, to evolve such fixed criteria have been inconclusive,” he added.

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Pala: Boundary conflicts between Assam and other NE states on the rise under BJP govt

Shillong, Jul 30: Shillong Lok Sabha MP, Vincent H. Pala has said that the boundary conflicts between Assam with other northeastern states are on the rise under the present BJP led government in that state.

“It has been observed that, for reasons best known to the present BJP- led Government of Assam, such conflicts have not only been on the rise, but have also taken a much more aggressive turn,” Pala said in the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Shillong Lok Sabha MP said that this has consequently led to a sense of fear, insecurity and alarm is perceived among the residents of these border areas.

“We have covered a long way in neutralising certain violent and disturbing threats to the peace of the region and such apprehensions do not augur well for the progress that has been made,” Pala added.

According to the Congress Lok Sabha MP, provocations and aggressive posturing at the borders of smaller states is perilous to healthy neighbourly relations.

Pala also said that the recent occurrences in the North-East India have once again highlighted the violent clashes and disputes over inter-state boundaries that have threatened the peace and stability of the region for decades now.

“It is widely acknowledged that, excluding the princely states of Tripura and Manipur, all other states have a long boundary dispute with Assam. This has also given rise to disputes over land, forest resources and ethnic clashes, and can be seen in relations of Assam viz-a-viz states like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya,” he said.

“Thus, on behalf of the peace-loving people of Meghalaya, I sincerely urge you to address this issue at the earliest. The progress of the region has been fought for long and hard, and it would be a matter of great regret to let that wither away. I earnestly hope that this matter is taken up urgently so as to establish cordial relations and resolve such disputes in a timely manner,” Pala added.

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MoU inked with Invest India

MoU inked with Invest India

Shillong, Jul 30: Meghalaya State Investment Promotion Society (MSIP) on Friday signed an MoU with Invest India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in presence of Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, advisor to the Chief Minister Thomas A Sangma and Government Chief Whip Marcuise Marak.

“The objective of the MoU is to leverage investment opportunities in key development sectors to boost trade and industries in the State,” said Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, after the MoU was inked in New Delhi.

“The targets will be focussed on both short term and long term plans. This will enhance the entrepreneurial system in the state while also focussing on promoting One Product-One District Programme,” he added.

He also stressed on promoting the trade ties with neighbouring nations by formalising the existing system and streamlining the chain on the conveyer belt. “Invest India team will support in planning the Global Value Chain. The immediate target will be in promoting Start-ups alongside value addition of products like Lakadong Turmeric, Eri Silk, Mushroom, Pineapple and Jackfruit,” he said.

D. Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India informed that they have already started their works through their Northeast desk by creating market linkage of Lakadong turmeric and import substitution alongside other products like Pineapple and Honey from Ri-Bhoi District.

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DGP launch Case Inventory Database portal

DGP launch Case Inventory Database portal

Shillong, Jul 30: Meghalaya Director General of Police, R Chandranathan on Friday launched the Case Inventory Database portal (CID) which will be exclusively for the purpose of supervising and monitoring of criminal cases registered throughout the State.

“The online monitoring system will be immensely helpful in retrieving data of cases registered and to be updated with the investigation procedures undertaken by the Investigating Officers for each particular,” Meghalaya police spokesperson, Gabriel Iangrai said.

He said the portal will also serve as the main databank for the police officials, and it will also play a vital role in reducing the pendency of cases registered in the State.

The portal has been designed and hosted with the assistance of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Meghalaya State Centre, Shillong.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 569 new positive cases, 517 recovers, 11 deaths

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

Shillong, Jul 30: Meghalaya on Friday registered 541 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 5,791, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 517 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 57,450.

11 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 1,073 so far.

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Dalmia Bharat Ltd consolidated financial results for quarter ending Jun 2021

Dalmia Bharat Ltd consolidated financial results for quarter ending Jun 2021

Shillong, Jul 29: Dalmia Bharat Limited, (BSE: 542216, NSE: DALBHARAT), a leading cement manufacturing company, reported its consolidated financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2021.

Commenting on the results, Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director – Dalmia Bharat Limited, said, “Despite the challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19, our business has once again shown resilience and successfully delivered an all-round performance. We are very excited about the opportunities that we see in the market place and our consistent performance over the last many quarters gives us immense confidence as we embark on an aggressive growth journey over the next decade.”

He further added, “Our vision is to build an institution based on the principles of Growth, Profitability, Sustainability and Respect and also to be able to participate meaningfully in our country’s growth story. We are committed to delivering industry leading returns to our stakeholders through our sustainable business model and a robust governance mechanism.”

Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO – Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited said, “I am pleased with our performance during the quarter gone by which once again is an evidence of our strong and consistent growth trajectory driven by a relentless long term focus on building a brand and operating process efficiencies. Our focus on operational excellence and sustainability has enabled us to maintain industry leading margins despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.”

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Conrad allot portfolios to Sanbor Shullai

Conrad allot portfolios to Sanbor Shullai

Shillong, Jul 29: Newly sworn-in Cabinet Minister, Sanbor Shullai has been given charge of Arts & Culture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Home (Pass Port), Prisons and Labour departments.

The Health and Family Welfare department which was handled by his predecessor and party colleague A. L. has been transferred to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.

Tynsong had earlier held the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary and Labour portfolios which were transferred to Shullai.

The BJP legislator from South Shillong had taken over from his colleague Hek on Tuesday.

The replacement of Hek by Shullai came after a letter was sent by Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie to the Chief Minister stating that the latter has an agreement with Hek to share the post of minister for two and half years.

The two and half year period was due in September last year.

The BJP has only two MLAs, Hek and Shullai in the current 10th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

Sources said that the BJP Central leadership has been looking to Hek as one of the potential leaders to lead as the new president of the Meghalaya BJP, considering that Meghalaya will go to fresh Assembly elections in 2023.

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‘Meghalaya needs both 6th Schedule and ILP’

‘Meghalaya needs both 6th Schedule and ILP’

Shillong, Jul 29: Cabinet Minister, Renikton Lyngdoh said that the State government has took up the issue of implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) with the Union government, “Whatever we can do we have done from our side now we are just waiting (for) the Union government to take a call.”

When asked if the government will again meet the Union government on the issue, Tongkhar said that a collective decision will be taken.

Tongkhar also said that the people of the state need both Sixth Schedule and the ILP.

According to state BJP leaders, during the recent visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, he had told them that it is upto Meghalaya to choose between ILP and Sixth Schedule.

“I think the people of Meghalaya need both; we cannot sacrifice the Sixth Schedule for ILP. So let it remain and we also need ILP,” Tongkhar said.

He said that if one says to implement ILP the state should do away with Sixth Schedule people will not accept it.

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