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Meghalaya: President Kovind likely to attend NEHU Convocation in Nov

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North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) vice chancellor, Prof S.K. Srivastava today informed that President of India, Ram Nath Kovind is likely to attend the convocation of the University to be held in the first week of November.

“He (President) is likely to attend the convocation of the university to be held in November,” Prof Srivastava said while speaking at the first ever student induction programme or “Deeksharambhi” 2019 which was held at the Convocation Hall of the university here today.

It may be mentioned that the university is awaiting the confirmation from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

According to sources, the Rashtrapati Bhavan had earlier hinted that the President will be available to attend the convocation in the first week of November.

“We are waiting for the Rashtrapati Bhavan to give the date in which President will be free to attend the convocation,” sources said.

Deeksharambhi held in NEHU Campus, Shillong

The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) today organised its first every students induction day or “Deeksharambhi” at the convocation hall of the university. A total number of 1500 plus students were inducted into various programmes and courses provided by NEHU for the current academic year 2018-2020.

Speaking on the occasion, former Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) chairman, Dr. David R Syiemlieh said that this kind of induction event was not there in the university during his student’s day.

“This student’s induction day hopefully would be organised annually to welcome the fresh and young students to the university to take advantage of the facilities and to excel in the pursuit of knowledge,” Dr Syiemlieh said.

He said the students are on the threshold of another exciting stage of their life in pursue of higher studies and it will determine whether they become scholars, teachers, entrepreneurs and hopefully bureaucrats in the service of the country.

“Challenges and difficulties will always be there. But you need to have the perseverance and confident to overcome these with strength of will and dedication,” he said.

The former UPSC chairman said that as graduates, they are expected to lead by examples by being good citizens and above all be good human beings, live in harmony and keep the environment clean.

Others present on the occasion include NEHU pro-vice chancellor, Dr. Henry Lamin, registrar, Dr. J.N. Nayak, Dean Student’s Welfare, Prof. S. Umdor among others.

Garoland state demand: GSMC to hold public rally in Delhi in Nov

TURA | September 23, 2019:

In continuation with their statehood demand, the Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) today announced to hold a public rally in the capital city of New Delhi in November to press its demand for the creation of a new Garoland state.

Chairman of the GSMC, Nikman Marak, through a press release, stated that the date for the rally would be Nov 28 with Jantar Mantar being the venue to press for the state demand.

“The demand for a separate State has become a longstanding issue which remained unattended to by successive state and the central governments for long. This movement has been spearheaded by our forefathers under different aegis for generations for the aspirations of the people of Garo Hills for all tribes in the region. However it is yet to see the light of the day,” said the release.

The committee stated that the rally on Nov 28 at 11 am would be a peaceful one to once again remind the present state and centre governments of the longstanding demand in a democratic way.

The GSMC further sought the support of all NGOs and well wishers and asked them to be a part of the proposed public rally to strengthen the demand.



Meghalaya to hold first ever ‘Green Election’ for Shella bypoll

SHILLONG | September 23, 2019:

In a first, the Meghalaya Election department has decided to hold a ‘green election’ for the upcoming bypoll to the Shella Assembly Constituency scheduled to be held on October 21.


The Department will refrain from using any plastics during the entire poll process.

Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Fredrick R. Kharkongor, said that they are endeavouring to make Shella the first green election in the state.

Earlier on Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora had ruled out the use of plastics during election campaign and stressed on the use of eco-friendly materials.


Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick R Kharkongor said that the notification for the bye-election of the Shella Assembly constituency has been issued today even as informing that the process for filing of the nominations will start from today itself.

Kharkongor also informed that the mode code of conduct for the bye-election will be applicable only for East Khasi Hills since the Shella Assembly constituency falls under the district.

The bye-election to the seat was necessitated following the demise of former Assembly Speaker and longest serving legislator of Shella, Dr Donkupar Roy on July 28, 2019.

As per election schedule, the last date for filing of nominations will be September 30 and scrutiny of nomination papers will be on October 1, Kharkongor informed.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 3 and the bye-elections will be held on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24.



Meghalaya: BJP Minister wants Party to put up candidate for Shella bypoll

Meghalaya, BJP, Alexander Laloo Hek

SHILLONG | September 23, 2019:

Meghalaya BJP Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said that he is of the view that the BJP being a national party should put candidate for the upcoming bye-election in Shella Assembly constituency to
be held on October 21.


Talking to reporters on the sideline of a function here today, he said that the party should set up a candidate considering the fact that it is ruling at the Centre.

According to Hek, the decision for setting up of candidate for the bye-election will be taken by the Central party leadership.

To a question on the request of the United Democratic Party, who is part of the ruling coalition in the MDA, to support their candidature in respect former Assembly Speaker, late Dr. Donkupar Roy who had represented Shella constituency for seven consecutive terms, he said that the party will have to discuss the matter.

The BJP Minister said that his personal view is that the party should definitely contest the bye-election.



Meghalaya CM plans to visit Bangladesh within a month

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SHILLONG | September 18, 2019 (PTI):

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said on Tuesday he is planning to visit Bangladesh within a month to strengthen ties between India and her neighbour.

Bangladesh Information Minister Muhammad Hasan Mahmud called on Sangma during the day and discussed ways to bolster connectivity and trade between the two countries.

Mahmud invited Sangma to the centenary celebrations of the birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, scheduled to be held on March 17 next year.

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“We discussed the need for strengthening road links and trade between the two countries besides establishing new routes of communication between Bangladesh and India’s Meghalaya,” Mahmud said.

The Bangladesh Information Minister said he also discussed with Sangma ways to make the border haats (markets) set up along the international border between Bangladesh and India’s Meghalaya more effective.

A bus service connects Dhaka with Shillong.



Meghalaya: Sick man dies after being ‘exorcised’ by villagers on suspicions of being possessed

Meghalaya, sick man, dies, exorcised,

TURA | Sept 16, 2019:

In an unfortunate incident, a 32-year-old man, who was already unwell, lost his life after allegedly being ‘excorcised’ by villagers in North Garo Hills distritct of Meghalaya last week.

It was informed that the deceased was already sick from an alleged bout of pneumonia and ‘worried’ villagers interrogated him for hours in the hope of exorcising ghosts that had made him sick.

The sordid incident took place in the village of Dobakkol under Bajengdoba police station in North Garo Hills, late of Saturday, Sep 14 with the victim, identified as one Sengra R Marak (of the same village) succumbing to the continued interrogation by the villagers.

While details are still unclear on the circumstances of his death, bruise marks were also seen on the victim after social media posts of the death went viral.

According to sources, the victim had been suffering for some time with fever and apparently was blabbering incoherently in pain. Ignorant villagers, seeing his condition believed Marak to be possessed and instead of taking him to a nearby hospital called a traditional medicine man ‘ojha’ to exorcise the ghost from within his body.

The victim was apparently kept under a mosquito net to keep the spirit in check while he was beaten to try and get the ghost out of his body, despite the critical condition of the victim. The victim allegedly succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning, Sep 15.

A villager, on the condition of anonymity stated, “They believed he was possessed by evil spirits and in trying to exorcise the ghost continued to beat him. He died from exhaustion from the event due to the poor health that he was in. He should have been taken to the hospital instead of what was done.”

Meanwhile, no case has been filed by anyone on the incident, including the family members of the victim, as has been confirmed by NGH police.

“We are inquiring into the matter though no complaint has been filed by anyone, including the parents of the victim and the fiancée. The details posted on social media will also be verified. An inquiry team has gone to the spot and is yet to give a report. There will be more clarity once that is available,” said superintendent of police (deputed), Billygraham Marak.

Sadly the deceased, Sengra Marak was due to be wed in the coming months.


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