Govt to set up committee for selecting persons to attend film festivals

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SHILLONG, MAY 9: The state government has decided to set up a selection committee headed by chief secretary for selection of persons to attend international or national film festivals based on merit.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister in-charge Information and Public Relations Ampareen Lyngdoh with all stakeholder departments of Arts and Culture, Information and Public Relations and Tourism here on Tuesday.

The minister has taken stock of the situation surrounding nomination of Commander Shangpliang and Nicholas Lemtor Kharkongor to attend the Cannes Film Festival.

“It was suggested after going through the nominations of Pradip Kurbah and Dominic Sangma that Dominic Sangma may be selected and his name be recommended to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to attend the Cannes Film Festival as there are reports that Nicholas Lemtor Kharkongor may have withdrawn his participation from the event,” Commissioner & Secretary in-charge IPR Pravin Bakshi said in a statement.

He also informed, “It was also decided in the meeting that for future such opportunities and International or National Film Festivals or events there would be a Selection Committee chaired by Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya that would select the persons who would attend by merit with discussion and participation of all three stakeholder Departments as members of the Committee and by their mutual consent and decision.”

The statementsaid it was also reiterated that while Departments of the State Government wrote separately for the film festival nominating film personalities of the State – the choice was eventually made by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry , Government of India and they are free to do so as a Ministry.

“However, IPR Department is taking up the matter for substitution with Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India subject to their guidelines and processes,” it added.

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City school tops HSSLC exams 

City school tops HSSLC exams

SHILLONG, MAY 9: Laban Bengalee Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Shillong bagged the top positions in the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations in the science and commerce streams respectively.

The results were declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) here on Tuesday.

Arnab Dutta bagged the first position in the science stream by securing 483 marks while Rishab Purkayastha secured the first position in the commerce stream with 484 marks.

The second position in the science stream was bagged by Steffi Niza W Snaitang of St Edmund’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong and third position by Eshita Bhattacharjee of St Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong while the second place in the commerce stream went to Akshat Poddar of St Anthony’s Higher Secondary School and the third position was shared by Satakshi Das and Senha Paul, both from St Anthony’s Higher Secondary School.

The other students who featured in the top-10 list of science include Subam Das of Laban Bengalee Boys’ Hr Sec School (4th), Soumitra Jha of St Anthony’s (5th), Rahul Das of RK Mission Hr Sec School (6th), Sargam Datta and Sharmin Khongsit of St Anthony’s (7th), Sangam Paul of St Anthony’s (8th), Biswadeep Nath of St Anthony’s (9th) and Samjanai Synnah of St Anthony’s (10th).

Those in the commerce stream include: Akshat Das of Laban Bengalee Boys Hr Sec School secured the 4th position, Deepak Sethia of St Anthony’s (5th), Nengneiching of St Anthony’s (6th), Phibalamti Marwein of St Anthony’s (7th), Nangkhraw Laloo of Mawsynram Border Area Hr Sec School, Mawsynram (8th), Kashish Sharma of St Anthony’s, Eleazer Lytep of St Edmund’s and Rakhi Kumari of Alpha English Hr Secondary School, Nongpoh (9th) and Daiairi Nongrem of Anderson Hr Secondary School, Upper New Nongstoin bagged the 10th position.

The pass percentage in the science stream was recorded at 78.84 percent while in the commerce stream it was 79.31 percent.

In district wise, South West Garo Hills registered the highest pass percentage with 90 per cent in the science stream followed by West Khasi Hills District with 85.4 percent while the lowest is East Jaintia Hills District with 51 per cent.

In the commerce stream, the district with the highest pass percentage is East Garo Hills with 95.71 per cent followed by East Jaintia Hills at 93.33 percent while North Garo Hills is the lowest with 42 per cent.

Commending the students, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted, “Congratulations to our toppers and all our meritorious students who passed the #HSSLC (Science & Commerce) examinations. May this remarkable achievement motivate them to find more success in the future. God Bless.”

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Govt to address concern over fall in the price of broomsticks: minister  

Govt to address concern over fall in the price of broomsticks: minister

SHILLONG, MAY 9: Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday informed she will convene a meeting on May 16, to address the problem concerning the sudden drop in the price of broomsticks in the state.

“I will convene a meeting on May 16, where we will be discussing this sudden fall on the price of broomsticks that is affecting broomstick farmers to a large extent,” Lyngdoh said.

“I am yet to be briefed about the reality of all situations but we will take necessary steps and measures to ensure that this does not happen and that this lull in the broomstick market of does not continue for long,” she said.

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NPP confident to retain Sohiong seat

NPP confident to retain Sohiong seat

SHILLONG, MAY 9: NPP leader Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday said the party is confident to retain the Sohiong Assembly seat.

Speaking to reporters, Lyngdoh said, “We are hoping that we will retain the seat. Information from the field ground zero indicates that our position is comfortable and we look forward to this democratic process by the people of Sohiong who due to unfortunate circumstances could not have their election then.”

Lyngdoh said, “We have worked hard and there shall be no reason in fact there was a multi-pronged approach applied to Sohiong election.”

“We have not seen bye-elections in the past that have occurred in the state of Meghalaya that the result was negative. This time as well, we do not expect or anticipate nor are we evaluating a loss of this very critical seat,” she added.

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Aadhaar is linked to everything: Health Minister

Aadhaar is linked to everything: Health Minister

SHILLONG, MAY 9: Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday said there is a need to encourage citizens of the state for Aadhaar registration.

Speaking to reporters, Lyngdoh said fortunately despite the fact that the state of Meghalaya had exempted its citizens from compulsory Aadhaar registration, certain schemes of the government of India are linked to Aadhaar seeding adding the food and civil supply ration facility for beneficiaries is again linked to Aadhaar.

She said the MHIS of the state of Meghalaya because it is now docktail along with the Prime Minister’s special scheme for the provision of affordable health facilities for the citizens of India so that also necessitating Aadhaar linkage and seeding is compulsory.

The minister said the citizens of Meghalaya today no longer feel this uncertainty about the Aadhaar registration because obviously over the years, they have understood the reality of Aadhaar and they are not easily misinformed any longer.

Lyngdoh said Aadhaar is pretty much getting linked to everything.

“In the recently held elections of 2023 in Meghalaya, several BLOs were encouraging citizens to link their Aadhaar to their EPIC and it was not a compulsory exercise but it looks like in the near future pretty much every documentation or every citizens of the state of Meghalaya as well as the states in India will have to have Aadhaar linkages. So several schemes even for pregnant mothers which are now being availed by beneficiaries across the state of Meghalaya are also now being seeded with Aadhaar,” she said

“So, yes, it is a fact and the people of the state should be encouraged to register Aadhaar as when a crisis occurs in the family, this Aadhaar will be able to allow them to link themselves to several schemes that can help ease out their situation. So, yes, the state of Meghalaya now has a better percentage of coverage of Aadhaar registry of citizens,” she said.

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