Zenith donates ALS ambulance to people of Garo Hills

Zenith donates ALS ambulance to people of Garo Hills

Shillong, Sep 30: Congress MLA from Rangsakonsa, Zenith M. Sangma on Thursday donated an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance to the people of his constituency.

Sangma’s contribution comes on the backdrop of patients from Garo Hills lacking facilities for instant and proper treatment due to the lack of ALS.

Requesting the public to utlise a modern ambulance donated by him, Rangsakona Legislator said, “The modern ambulance vehicles would be useful in providing better medical services during medical emergencies.”

This Advanced life support Ambulance, costing Rs 26 lakh was dedicated to the people with an objective of supporting the fight against deadly virus in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Sangma, healthcare in the backdrop of Covid 19 pandemic has become a crucial sector and lack of such high end ambulances is a major setback for the state.

He also said that there is no Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance in Garo Hills region.

Zenith donates ALS ambulance to people of Garo Hills

At present in Meghalaya there are three ALS ambulances of which one is at the stepdown Covid hospital at Umsawli, one in Shella, one in Laitkynsew. However, NEIGRIHMS hospital too has one ALS.

The ALS Ambulance is fully equipped to handle patients needing life support. ACLS Ambulance is well equipped with tools and equipment similar to a hospital emergency department or critical care unit.

ACLS ambulances carry critical care equipment including an ECG monitor, defibrillator, intravenous and blood draw tools.

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Eugene to contest Mawphlang bye-election as UDP candidate

Eugene to contest Mawphlang bye-election as UDP candidate

Shillong, Sep 30: Well known footballer from Meghalaya, Eugeneson Lyngdoh has decided to leave the football arena and take the plunge into politics.

Lyngdoh made this decision on Thursday after a meeting with his late father’s supporters, Syntar Klas Sunn, in his residence in Mawngap.

The supporters not only convinced him to contest the bye-election to the Meghalaya assembly seat but also asked him to contest from the United Democratic Party (UDP).

It may be mentioned that, Sunn who was an associate member of the UDP died on September 10.

Speaking to the supporters Lyngdoh said that he decided to contest the bye-election to carry forward the pending works of his late father.

Lyngdoh who has played for India, started at Rangdajied United, formerly known as Ar-Hima, he then played for a host of clubs – Shillong Lajong, Bengaluru FC in the I-League and in the ISL he has played for Pune City, Atletico de Kolkata and East Bengal.

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Conrad distributes cheques to 17 producer groups

Shillong, Sep 30: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday distributed cheques amounting to Rs.13.70 lakhs to 17 Producer Groups at Zikzak, South West Garo Hills through the Farmer’s Collectivization for Upscaling Production and Marketing Systems (FOCUS) programme.

FOCUS is Meghalaya’s biggest Farmers’ welfare program and through it, the Govt envision to make a positive impact in the lives and livelihoods of the farmers.

Interacting with the producers group, Chief Minister said that Govt of Meghalaya will work closely with farmers organisation to ensure that they get maximum support from the Govt to leverage their agricultural activities.

Sanhma also informed that the government of Meghalaya is committed towards welfare of farmers and would continue to provide financial assistance under the FOCUS programme.

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Conrad: Education is government’s top priority

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Shillong, Sep 30: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said that his government’s top priority was to invest in education sector.

Sangma said that the government is facing the challenge to overhaul education sector but the State is committed to upscale the educational infrastructure and learning facilities.

The Chief Minister told that the government has rolled out a programme to create better educational facilities across the state.

He also said that the education sector cannot be transformed overnight but the government is working to create a turnaround.

Inaugurating the St Anne’s School at remote Garagre village in South West Garo Hills, Sangma lauded the effort and commitment of the missionaries to transform educational facilities in the State.

He also announced to sanction solar light facilities and computer for the school located along the international border with Bangladesh.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the new building of the St Anne’s School, Garagre in South West Garo Hills in the presence of Bishop of Tura Rt. Rev. Andrew R Marak an md Auxiliary Bishop Jose CJ.

The children of the school presented various cultural and dance numbers and enthralled the gathering.

The school was funded by various donors with most part of the contribution coming from teenagers from Germany, who collected funds singing Christmas carols.

Bishop Jose thanked Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Govt of Meghalaya for its continued support to missionaries to further the growth of education in the state.

Speaking on the occasion Bishop of Tura Rt Rev Andrew R Marak reminded the gathering of the words of Late Purno A Sangma, who said that planting humans is the most precious investment that we can make. Bishop Marak said that education is very important for a society to grow and the missionaries in Garo Hills will continue to reach to the nook and corner of the region to impart quality education.

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Baghel interacts with beneficiaries of central government schemes

Shillong, Sep 30: Prof. S.P. Singh Baghel, Minister of State for Law & Justice, Government of India on Thursday undertook field visit and interacted with citizens and some of implementing centres which are either beneficiaries or recipients of various Central Schemes that includes Corona Vaccination Centres, Health Insurances, and to find out how the citizens are deriving them and benefited from these Schemes.

He was also accompanied by officers of the line departments/agencies implementing the central schemes.

Baghel during his field visit has also obtained and assessed overall feedback from the beneficiaries of various schemes as well from the implementing officials.

The Minister of State for Law & Justice, visited the health dispensary at Rynjah, Shillong in the presence of officials, doctors, and nurses of the dispensary with regard to the Covid vaccination centers and the beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY.

Baghel thereafter visited one of the beneficiaries of the MHIS (State Scheme), at R & R Colony (Rynjah, Shillong) and had a brief interaction.

Thereafter he visited the beneficiaries of Swach Bharat Mission at Umpling, Shillong.

The  Minister visited the residences of the beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Scheme(PMUY) at Nongmensong, Shillong where he interacted with them.

He also visited the house at Umpling of one of the beneficiaries under Prime Minister AwasYojana (PMAY) Urban Meghalaya.

As per the beneficiary’s interaction with the Minister she expressed her concern about the scheme as she had only received Rs. 60,000.00 out of Rs. 1,50,000.00.

She was very glad to be included in the scheme of PMAY and look forward to receive the remaining amount. Her total cost of building the house is Rs. 7.00 lakh.

The Minister of State also visited the Umpling waste recovery center.

Baghel visited the Waste Recovery Center constructed by the Shillong Municipal Board under Swachh Bharat Mission and interacted with the beneficiaries of the project.

The center is a localized waste processing center and is operated by the local youths who were earlier involved in collection and transportation of waste.

In the waste recovery center, the bio-degradable waste is converted into compost using indigenous methods and the recyclables are sorted and sold.

Baghel also interacted with the students of Martin Luther Christian University and Indian Institute of Public Service who are interns with the SMB at the waste processing center.

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MLCU organises National Nutrition Month

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Shillong, Sep 30: Every year in India the month of September is observed as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah or the National Nutrition Month.

During this month several nutritional activities are being conducted by different organizations and institutions in order to create awareness about good nutrition so as to accelerate the improvement in the nutrition condition of children, adolescents and women.

With the same vision and objectives to improve and sensitise the public on the importance of nutrition under the theme “Feeding Smart Right from Start”, the department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Martin Luther Christian University in collaboration with North East Nutrition & Dietetics Association (NENDA)-Shillong chapter had conducted two programmes – a still capture competition on practical demonstration of “My plate for the day”; and one day webinar under the sub theme “Incorporating local indigenous superfoods in the daily diet” on September 29.

The webinar was attended by 120 registered participants which included Dietitian, Nutritionist, Academicians and Nutrition students from different hospital, organization and institution.

While Dr. Daniella A.L Chyne was the resource person for the webinar, who is an Assistant Professor in the department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Food Science, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore.

Dr Chyne in her session highlighted the significance contribution of indigenous food of Northeast India with a focus on Meghalaya and Manipur local indigenous food.

She pointed that there is a diversified indigenous food that is existing in the two states which are nutritionally dense with nutrients that will have a beneficial effect on the nutritional status of the people if it is incorporated in the daily diet.

Dr Chyne also urges to make a smart choice by opting and include local indigenous produce in the diet as these will be of great benefit to one self, family and community as a whole. The webinar concluded with the announcement of winners in the still competition from the submitted 44 entries by nutrition students from Martin Luther Christian University, St Mary’s College and Union Christian College.

Thus, learning to include, prepare and consume local indigenous food as a balanced diet must begin from oneself, from one’s family so that we can make a starting point for ensuring nutrition security and by advocating ‘vocal for local’

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U-19 Women’s One Day Trophy: Meghalaya’s first match washed out

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Shillong, Sep 30: Meghalaya’s first match of the U-19 Women’s One Day Trophy 2021-22 was abandoned today without a ball being bowled because of unfavourable playing conditions in Bhubaneshwar.

The Plate Group match against Manipur had been originally scheduled for 28 September but it, and many other fixtures across the country, were postponed by the BCCI in order to avoid a predicted bout of bad weather. Unfortunately, it was impossible to get a game even today, though two other Plate Group matches were able to take place at other grounds in Bhubaneshwar.

As a result, Meghalaya and Manipur split points, two apiece. Meghalaya are scheduled to face Nagaland tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya U-19 boys will also be involved tomorrow in Ranchi against Mizoram in the Plate Group of the Vinoo Mankad Trophy.

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Meghalaya: 6 dead after MTC bus falls into river

Shillong, Sept 30:  Six people died as a bus carrying at least 22 passengers fell in a river bordering East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills district at Nongchram village at around  12 am of September 29 .

The MTC night bus, with 22 passengers onboard, was reportedly travelling at a very high speed between Tura and Shillong when it skidded off the bridge at Nongchram and plunged into the Ringdi river .

Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has expressed grief at the demise of the six person in the accident.

“Pained by the unfortunate MTC bus accident at Nongchram Bridge that claimed precious lives. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and I wish speedy recovery to those injured,” Conrad Sangma tweeted.



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RV Suchiang next Meghalaya Chief Secretary

RV Suchiang next Meghalaya Chief Secretary

Shillong, Sep 29: The Meghalaya government has appointed R. V. Suchiang as the next Chief Secretary of the state.

In a notification issued here on Wednesday evening, the government of Meghalaya had stated that Suchiang will take over from M. S. Rao after his superannuation on September 30.

A 1989 batch IAS officer, she is currently the Additional Chief Secretary in-charge Personal & A. R., Cabinet Affairs, Finance and Home (Police) Department.

As per the notification from the state government, Suchiang will also function as Chief Vigilance Commissioner of the State on assuming charge as Chief Secretary.

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Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Prof S P Singh Baghel visits Shillong

Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Prof S P Singh Baghel visits Shillong

Shillong, Sep 29: Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Prof S. P. Singh Baghel today interacted with the Meghalaya State Legal Service Authority and the Bar Council in Shillong during his visit to the state.

While interacting with the media person after the meeting, the Union Minister revealed that it is as per the direction of the Prime Minister of India that he was there and said, “It is his instruction that Union Minister of every department should come and visit Northeastern States to take account of the proper implementation of schemes of the Government of India, to visit sites to monitor actual implementation of the schemes and to review the activities of the department which relates to your Ministry.” This will ensure accountability of the bureaucracy and proper implementation of the programmes, he added.

The minister while asserting that it is the collective responsibility of the Council to Ministers to bring all round development of the region, the Minister said that Ministers in addition to reviewing their own departments, also take into account of the functioning of other related departments so that the society at large prosper.

While speaking with the representative of the State Legal Service Authority, the Minister said that he have come to learn about the nature of the Legal Services in the state of Meghalaya and how the Judiciary functions in the state.

Baghel said, “I am happy that in comparison to few other states of the country, the rate of crime in Meghalaya is low and it has been very satisfying to learn that there has been no cases related to dowry in this state”.

Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Prof S P Singh Baghel visits Shillong

The Minister of state also added, “Overall this is a peaceful state, where the common man has no relation with crime and the criminals.”

He further said the Government of India has allocated funds for construction of Court Rooms in the ratio of 60-40 with the state government and he reviewed progress of the construction and the percentage of utilisation of the funds.

The minister while referring to the response of the judicial system to crimes, the Minister said that he is shockingly amused to learn that there has been no case of police denying to register an FIR of an aggrieved person and as such there has been no use 156 (3) of the Cr.P.C. While in State like Uttar Pradesh and other North Indian states there has been many cases where people have to approach the Court to get their complaints registered.

Baghel explained, “A police officer is bound to investigate any cognizable case, when information is received by him. But if the police refuse to investigate any cognizable case then the aggrieved person has got a remedy to approach the Magistrate under Section 156 (3) of the Cr.P.C. and further the Magistrate under this provision has been empowered to pass an order for investigation in the case where a cognizable offence was committed”.

The Minister however said that there has been cases related to Narcotics in the state and it is the need of the hour that the Forensic Science Labs are well equipped in the state so the labs can generate their results swiftly.

“This way the rate of conviction will be higher and the innocents will be acquitted without waste of valuable time,” he added.

The Minister also said that the present government under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been very sensitive towards the crime committed against Women and child and the government has been committed for providing them fast track assistance to reduce their suffering. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 has been very helpful in addressing crimes against minors and when supplemented by scientific evidence there has been instances where criminals have been awarded life imprisonment as early as within a matter of four days, he added.

When asked about the delay in delivering justice, the minister opined that unanimous and cumulative efforts by all is the need of the hour so as to reduce the time taken for pronouncing a judgement by the Courts.

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Vinoo Mankad Trophy: Nagaland edge Meghalaya by 10 runs in rain-affected game

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Shillong, Sep 29: Nagaland had a helping hand from the weather as they defeated Meghalaya by 10 runs in a rain-affected Vinoo Mankad Trophy Plate Group match in Ranchi today.

Meghalaya had made 165/5 in 45 overs and Nagaland finished on 106/4 in 31.3, which was enough to give them victory according to the VJD method (an alternative to the more famous Duckworth-Lewis).

Meghalaya went into this match with the same squad that defeated Arunachal Pradesh yesterday. Once again, they lost the toss and were made to bat first but this time the first three batters, including yesterday’s centurion Josiah Momin, were all dismissed for ducks.

However, captain Kevin Christopher (46) rebuilt the innings with Rohit Yadav (14) in a 60-run partnership for the fourth wicket. They were dismissed within the space of nine balls of each other, though, and the weight of responsibility then fell on the shoulders of Mrityunjay Bharali (50 not out) and Bharat Gurung (36 not out).

The two batted together for the rest of the innings and made 97 runs in an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership. They were really starting to get into a good flow when rain curtailed the innings at the 45-over mark with the scoreboard reading 165/5.

The rain did let up later and Nagaland’s target was revised down to 156 in a maximum of 41 overs.

Waldo Sangma produced a brilliant opening spell to claim the opening two wickets. With the new ball he bowled six overs (with three maidens) and took 2/8. He was probably being saved for a spell towards the end but never bowled again as rain ended the match abruptly.

Nagaland were able to mount a fightback of their own, though, in the form of Yugandhar and Thejasilie Savino, who put on 53 runs for the third wicket. The two kept the scoreboard ticking over, with the required run rate always below six an over.

Although Savino and one other batter were dismissed, this good scoring rate proved crucial when another spell of rain hit the ground midway through the 32nd over. With the weather not improving in time, Nagaland were 10 runs ahead of Meghalaya according to the VJD method and were judged the winners.

Apart from Sangma, Meghalaya’s other wicket-takers were PM Santosh (1/21) and Gavineal Marpna (1/35).

Meghalaya will now have a day’s break before they take on Mizoram on Friday.

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Committee submits report to government on relocation of Harijan Colony

Committee submits report to government on relocation of Harijan Colony

Shillong, Sep 28: The High Level Committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday submitted the final report on the relocation of Harijan Colony to Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.

Speaking to reporters, Tynsong who is the chairman of the committee did not divulge the contents of the report stating that after receiving the report the cabinet will discuss it.

“Let us wait till the cabinet sit. Right now I cannot say anything. We have completed out task and today we have submitted our report,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

The issues to relocate the residents of Sweeper’s Lane, known to the local people as Them Metor is located in the commercial area of Shillong near Ïewduh, one of the busiest markets in the northeastern states, have led to wide speared violence in the State Capital in 2018 after a minor scuffle between the residents and a local bus driver and his relatives.

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