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Meet Phoebe & Baljit from Shillong who are setting fast and furious goals for people

~~By Natasha Dkhar

“The thrill of Speed overcomes the fear of Failure”

The passion for speed,the love for cars and the thrill they seek in driving is what brought the duo together as a team to conquer new heights in one of the extreme sports in the world.The duo have left no stone unturned ever since as they with their mean machines are taking motorsport to a new level.The dynamic duo are none other than Phoebe Dale Nongrum & Baljit Singh Tedwal from Shillong.

In an exclusive interview with TNT-The Northeasttoday,the duo will tell us about their journey as partners and many more…

TNT: Give us a brief Bio about the two of you?

Baljit Singh Tedwal: I started out my Journey in Motorsport with Motocross in the year 1998. I have competed in 17 Motor Cross and won 13 podium. Then I started getting into Autocross later and won a few race and side by side I have competed in a few National Rallies and brought home 3 Wins for the Northeast … The passion that I had never stopped but grew more and more each day. As of now I am concentrating more on upcoming National Rallies..

Phoebe Dale Nongrum: I grew up having the Passion for speed, the love for cars and bikes. As I was growing up I would have these small drag Race, but as there was no platform for a woman in the Racing track in Shillong, I left town to pursue my studies and had been away for over a decade. But it is when I had returned back whereby some friends of mine had organized a local autocross event and asked me to give it a try.Without hesitation I said yes and ever since my journey in this extreme sport has continued.

10 reasons that prove you grew up in the 80s in Shillong

TNT DESK | July 4, 2018

  1. You most likely knew who Freddy Khapran and Augustine Kharkongor were and thought that they were the best footballers in India. Bordoloi trophy was the tournament Shillong XI had to win to prove that we were the best in Northeast.

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  1. You went and watched Qayamat se Qayamat Tak starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla at Bijou Cinema Hall.

aamir

 

  1. Most of you did not appear for Exams during 1987 as everyone passed because of the Shillong Agitation.

shillong-1987

 

  1. Living High, Great Society,King Apple and Adremelech were the biggest bands that walked the planet .

rock

 

  1. You had to own a Leather Jacket and dress up like Bruce Dickenson .The Mawlai and Malki fete was a must for all the rock fans.

leather-jacket

 

  1. The Shillong Bus was a regular at GS Road and you most likely hitched a ride in it .

shillong-bus

 

  1. You watched Salman Khan romance Ayesha Jhulka at the 14th Mile for a flop movie called Kurbaan.

kurbaan

 

  1. You went to the Nazareth Cafeteria in Laitumkhrah for Lassi and Hot Dog and Jalpan for Aloo Puri while Abba was the best restaurant in Shillong.And Hong Kong restaurant served the best ‘Half Plate Chow’.

abba

 

  1. You saw the Flying Duck at the Umiam Lake (It was a restaurant).

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  1. You knew someone who had modified his Jeep and bought Radial tyres.

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An aggrieved Shillongite’s rant on sky high petrol prices

 

Date: September 30, 2018 

To

Editor

TNT – The Northeast Today

 

India’s sky high petrol prices | ‘I might as well take a taxi… but for how long?’

Petrol and diesel prices across the country have been on the rise since April and continued rising on Friday with rates hitting new highs as oil marketing companies (OMCs) increased their costs.

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Petrol prices touched Rs 81.63 per litre in New Delhi, Rs 89.01 per litre in Mumbai and 81.05 in our dear Shillong city as on September 15, 2018.

I drive to work from Rynjah to Nongthymmai every day. It is not a very long drive and yet, I feel a burning hole in my pocket as I visit the petrol pump more frequently than I used to. Of course, I run errands for my job and my family too, but it has never sent me to a never-ending spiral of ‘I’m going to take a cab tomorrow instead’ everyday.

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And even if I were to take these cabs, how long until they begin charging us a lot higher? The issue of the difficulties of even getting one is something different altogether. It is only a matter of time until the taxi fares in the city will rise and the drivers cannot be blamed for it.

Most establishments have shied away from the problem. The Delhi High Court said that daily change in fuel prices was an “economic policy decision” of the central government. The central government on the other hand, urged the states to take action.

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Some state governments have decided to take measures to curb the problem. The Rajasthan government had, on Sunday, announced a 4 per cent cut in the state VAT on petrol and diesel. The government of Andhra Pradesh has also announced a similar reduction by Rs. 2 per litre.

Now, I am by no means an expert and I only write as a concerned driver and citizen, but despite the fact that the trimming of excise duty and VAT will strip away government revenue for a while, I firmly believe that it will be worth it in the long run.

Yours truly,

A concerned citizen


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Did Shillong miss ‘Smart City’ tag yet again?

Shillong News Desk | Shillong | February 22, 2018

As Meghalaya and Nagaland gears up for Assembly elections 2018 on February 27, the last leg of rallies and campaigns are in full swing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Nagaland and Meghalaya today.

During his visit in the Tuensang district of Nagaland, the PM spoke about the govt’s smart city programme.

He said, “Centre will step forward to spend Rs 1,800 crore to develop Kohima as a smart city”, while adding, “The eight cities of the Northeastern region selected as Smart Cities are: Guwahati (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawl (Mizoram), Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Gangtok and Namchi (both Sikkim).”

This unique solution from Shillong is solving attendance problem across Northeast India!

By SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | April 2, 2018

In this busy and fast paced world, where each and every person is busy in some form of a rat race, it becomes difficult for parents to keep a check on their children while coping with their own tasks. However the advancement in technology accompanied with a dash of innovation promises to make things easier for them. Here is how!

With increasing difficulty faced by parents in keeping a tab of their children’s attendance in school, a Shillongite, Polok Das came up with the idea of Auto Attendance System. This was introduced in the School Attendance System in Northeast India’s Shillong and since 2012 many Schools in Meghalaya have been using this Solution.

Stemming its roots from Meghalaya, they now offer their services to many schools located in Guwahati,  Tura, Tripura, Shillong and Tinsukia in entire north east India.  They are now looking forward to business presence in Dimapur, Imphal and Itanagar as well.

Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, the initiator of this solution in Northeast India said that upon realizing the huge technological gap between Northeast and mainland India, he decided to go ahead and bridge it. Also, given the fact that bio-metric devices have become outdated, this technology was introduced.

This system is more advanced as compared to biometric device and there is no need for card swapping ( like ATM) or Thumb Impression.

The Hardware Equipments’ ( 1 machines for every 250 Nos Students), school attendance software with Basic School ERP, SMSes , necessary cabling are provided free of cost to the Schools. Charges only applied for service on yearly basis whereas all hardware and identity cards are free of cost.

“With this system, teachers do not need to take any manual roll call in the class room or do any calculations to find out the percentage of absentees every month. The system automatically generates these with the help of attendance software.

In this system RFID readers will be installed in the schools premises and after the morning assembly students will show their ID cards to the device and attendance will be taken within 5 minutes of time irrespective of any number of student’s strength in the school.  The students who are absent their parents will receive an SMS in their registered mobile number which the system will send by itself. Students who try to bunk classes or inform parents having extra classes school can send bulk SMS to their parents if there is no such extra classes are conducted by the school at any point of time.

These RFID cards can be used as student’s and staffs school Identity Card too apart from taking their attendance in the school. They also provide ID card printing service free of cost. Moreover, the School does not need any external vendor for student’s ordinary Identity Card printing where the school generally spends Rs 80 to Rs 150 per student per year.

“We will provide the identity card for free along with printed lanyards and card holders, SMSes attendance software with basic School ERP software ( off-line)”, he said. Also a certain % age of profit is given to financially weak students as a scholarship every year.

To make things more convenient for the users, a guarantee of service facility within 24-hrs is also provided by them in any state of India. Hence, through this venture of theirs, they are also providing employment employment opportunities to many in cities.

The software performs the following functions:

Masters:

The student Master containing the complete data of the students with Roll no, Name, address, photo, Std, Div, Parents Details etc. The fields can be added or removed as per our requirement as per General Register

-Subject Master

-Standard and Div. master

-Teacher and Class Teacher Master

-Time Table Master

– Any other masters can be added as per special requirement.

Transactions:
The online attendance transactions would be handled by the software without any propagation delay
-Time In

-Time Out

-Special Time In (Late coming)

-Data maintenance for the whole academic year.

Reports:
The reports can be filtered by following fields:

*Name

*Roll No

*Standard

*Division

*Between dates

The Reports will be as follows:

-Presenters Reports

-Absenteeism Reports

-Late coming Reports

-Percentage Attendance Reports

-Class wise Reports

-Division Wise Reports

-Student wise reports

-From date – To Date Reports

-Weekly Reports

-Monthly Reports

-Half Yearly Reports

-Yearly Reports.

-SMS
-Absenteeism SMS : In case the student remains absent for the day, the system is capable of sending alert SMS automatically to the parent the (“Your Child Name “Krutika” Std=IX Div= A is Absent for the day”,Balvikas Mandir,  ) so as to keep informed regarding the day’s absenteeism of the child.

-Special SMS:  If in case any special message to be passed on to a specific parent, a special SMS can be sent to the specific parent e.g. “Your Child Name Krutika is not keeping well plz collect her immediately” Balvikas Mandir,

-Marks SMS

*The marks also can be SMS’ed to the parent while mark sheets are printed simultaneously. e.g.( Krutika Sem1 Marks Marathi=55,English=45,Hindi=67, EVS=56,Wexp=56)

-Marksheet Printing : The mark sheet also can be printed from the systems for all classes. Here teachers only have to enter the marks and all totaling, Grading all done by system. And gives marksheet in printable format

 

Any other reports can be added as per requirement of the customer. As having In-House Development system, the software can be made as per requirement.

With a great success rate so far, this technology is surely going a long way in solving the nitty-gritty issues of managing the students which will in turn help in diverting the focus on better education in many schools not only in Northeast India, but also in the entire country.

You can visit their Youtube link for the demo here-

They can be reached at  + 91 7303148539

www.autoattendancesystem.com

Schools using the system since 2013 :

SHILLONG

Shillong Public School
Hill Crest Hr Sec School
Dainty buds.
Hill view secondary school.
Govt girls hr sec school.
P.N choudhury hr sec school
St Jeromes Hr sec school
ST claret Hr Sec School
MPPS
JAIL road Boys’ Hr sec School
K.C secondary School .
Among others

NONGPOH 

OASIS English Secondary School
GUWAHATI
GODWINS English School
GODWINS School

NORTH TRIPURA

SIKSHA bhavan Monteswari School

In TURA, schools have started incorporating this system from this year onwards

TURA Public School
Mount Sinai Secondary School
LEADS Tura


The writer can be reached at shwetarajkanwar@gmail.com & shweta@thenortheasttoday.com

“Give me blood and I will give you freedom!”- Remembering Bose on his 121st anniversary

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January 23, 2018

Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 comes another day that reignites the fire of patriotism in each one of us. And that is the birth anniversary of the revolutionary freedom fighter, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on January 23. Netaji was among the key figures in the Indian independence struggle by driving the British out of the country. During the Second World War, he led the Indian National Army known as Azad Hind Fauj in forming alliances against the British. His famous slogan that sparked patriotism in the hearts of people is Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazdi dungaduring the fight for independence. These words, even today continue to inspire many.

Netaji led the Indian nationalist movement in East Asia and also established the Azad Hind Radio station in Germany. He believed in the teachings of Swami Vivekananda’s on universal brotherhood. On Netaji’s birth anniversary, here are some important facts about him.

#1 Bose was excelled in academics and secured top ranks in school and university. In 1918, he completed his BA in Philosophy with a first-class score.

#2 In 1920, he cleared the Indian Civil Service examination in England. Wanting to participate in India’s freedom struggle, he resigned from his civil service job on April 23, 1921.

#3 In the late 1920s and 30s, Bose was a fierce leader of the Indian National Congress. Although he was the Congress President in 1938 and 1939, Following differences with MK Gandhi, Netaji was expelled from Congress leadership in 1939. Thereafter, he started openly attacking the Congress’ foreign and internal policies.

#4 He was jailed during various instances for his stand for complete independence, during the period between 1921 and 1941.

#5 Bose was against Gandhi’s non-violent approach to freedom and spoke about violent measures to drive away Britishers.

#6 He started a newspaper called Swaraj and also served as editor of the Forward, a newspaper started by Chittaranjan Das. Netaji was elected as the President of All India Youth Congress Committee and the Secretary of Bengal State Congress in 1923. In 1930, for a brief period, Subhas Chandra Bose served as the mayor of Calcutta.

#7 He travelled across Europe so as to seek an alliance to attack the British government during the outset of the Second World War. He met leaders including Benito Mussolini, however, was put under house arrest by the British until his escape from Indian in 1940.

#8  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on visiting Subhas Chandra Bose memorial hall in Kolkata on August 23, 2007, told Bose’s family, “The Japanese are deeply moved by Bose’s strong will to have led the Indian independence movement from British rule.”

Compiled by Shillong News Desk with inputs from India.com

Featured image courtesy: India Today

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