Shillong, May 23: Media persons in Meghalaya mourned the demise of veteran journalist and former editor of Khasi daily, Kynjatshai, Various Star Nongsiej.
Nongsiej passed away on Friday night, following brief illness. He was 52.
He is survived by his wife, Kwestina Warjri and two children, Godwin Warjri and Evansaralyne Warjri.
Nongsiej started his career in journalism as the reporter of Mawphor and many years later, he took over as an Editor of U Peitngor and Kynjatshai.
Journalists and members of the Shillong Press Club held a condolence meeting in the press club premises on Saturday and recalled Nongsiej’s contributions in the field of journalism.
“The demise of Nongsiej is big lost not only to the members of the fourth estate but to the state as a whole,” the Club stated in its condolence message to the bereaved family.
The Club members also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect and prayer for the departed soul.
Chief minister, Conrad K Sangma termed the demise a loss to the press fraternity of Meghalaya and conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family.
Meghalaya Information and Public Relations Minister, James Sangma said, “Nongsiej’s vast experience working with Mawphor, U Peitngor and Kynjatshai newspapers had enabled him to contribute immensely to the state’s journalism.”
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Health and Family Welfare Minister A L Hek also condoled the demise of Nongsiej.
Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma said, “I have known Nongsiej for a long time … I have lost a good friend.”
“He has been very resourceful member of the fourth estate in the state, and have been instrumental in shaping and strengthening the vibrant press that we are proud of today. His contribution will be long cherished,” he said in his condolence message.