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Meghalaya: Shillongites extend helping hand to Kerala flood victims without govt aid

 

By SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | August 21, 2018

Late July witnessed severe flooding in the state of Kerala due to unusually high rainfall. Kerala’s worst floods in nearly a century has left more than 350 people dead within a fortnight, while more than 82,400 people have been rescued, mainly from Chengannur, Pandanad, Aranmula, Aluva, Chalakkudi, Kuttanad and with all 14 districts of the state placed on high alert.

While the government from most states of Northeast India have announced funds for assistance to Kerala flood victims, Meghalaya is yet to make any announcement due to reported fund crunch.

However civil societies and organizations in Meghalaya are working in their own individual capacities to help their fellow brethren in Kerala.

MOX – Movement of Expression in Shillong are hosting a Friendship Jam this Saturday at Mellow Mood Cafe in Shillong. This will be an evening full of music and the proceedings from the event will go directly to the Chief Ministers Fund in Kerala.

Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, founder of MOX – Movement of Expression, Mrinal Paul informed that the people can donate any amount of money at the event and the proceedings will be directly transferred to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund while adding, “The people need not be apprehensive about the fact that their contributions may not reach the source. We will ensure that it does”.

Movement Of Expression abbreviated as MOX was founded by Mrinal Paul, an alumnus of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya with an aim to connect, create and converge various talented youth and provide them a platform to showcase and highlight their talents.

Another organization called Spread the Love-Shillong is doing its part in helping Kerala in flood relief operations.

Speaking to TNT in this regard, founder of Spread the Love -Shillong Dr. Mansankara Jyrwa informed, “Since it will not be very practical to send material itemds from Shillong to Kerala, we are looking mainly at collection of funds to help them with their necessities. Right now we are collecting only accepting donations in the form of money from Shillong and we are channelising it through the Bethel Ag Church in Bangalore. And if need arises, I myself with the team of doctors will go down to Kerala and help the victims there from the medical point of view”.

Spread the Love -Shillong was started a year ago in Shillong and comprises of a group of doctors, teachers and social workers. They have conducted various dental health camps in and around Shillong as part of their initiative.

He also informed that a Press Conference will be held tomorrow to apprise people of the situation and to seek aid from them. the venue and time is yet to be known and will be updated soon.

The members of Sree Narayana Guru Cultural Centre (SNGCC), Shillong have also requested anybody from Meghalaya, who is affected by the floods in Kerala to contact the following numbers for any assistance. 9436101241, 9436103472, 8129868499 (KN Babu, Chalakkudi), 9490753656 (Mohan Kumar, Vishakapatnam). This is aimed at ensuring that people from Meghalaya get a helping hand.

Eflu Shillong also organized a fund raising campaign for Kerala floods and the amount collected has already been sent to the destination.

It may be cautioned that a fake bank account attempting to collect funds in the name of Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund has been busted recently. The fraudulent account with number 20025290179, claiming to be the bank based from Trivandrum has been shared widely on social media.

It may be recalled that Manipur has donated a sum of Rs 2 crores as relief funds to the flooded-affected state of Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh has announced Rs 3 crore as immediate assistance, Tripura Government has decided to donate Rs 1 crore financial assistance, Nagaland has announced Rs. 1 crore flood relief and Assam government donated Rs 3 crore financial assistance for the relief activities in flood-ravaged state of Kerala.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended Rs. 700 crore as financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged state.

Our source at ground have also informed us that the relief operations in Kerala are in full swing and the water is gradually receding. However, there is great need of funds for buying clothes, sanitary napkins, medicines, clean water facilities

The safest and preferred method of aid right now would be to deposit any amount directly to the Kerala  Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The donations are exempted from income tax as well as Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010.

Contribution can be made directly by going to donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in. Once the transaction is successful, you will get a payment success notification on the display as well as on your email address. This includes a certificate from the principal secretary (finance) as well as a 100 per cent tax exemption certificate.

In case you plan to send to mail a cheque/DD, you can address it to

The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer,
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,
Secretariat,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695001

If you choose to donate online, account details are as follows:

Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
PAN: AAAGD0584M
Name of Donee: CMDRF

Those wishing to donate can also use the digital wallet PayTM to contribute to the fund. An icon on the home screen will guide you to the payments page. Additionally, users can use the link m.p-y.tm/Kerala-CMDRF. No additional charges are applicable. A QR code is also available for those who wish to use

(NOTE– Do you know know of anybody who is willing to donate or are accumulating funds for Kerala flood relief? Get in touch with us so we can help you spread the word)


You can get in touch with us at shweta@thenortheasttoday.com and web@thenortheasttoday.com

Meghalaya: From ‘Lady Deadpool’ to dancing Flintstones, Shillong has it all!

 

By SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | August 18, 2018

Meghalaya witnessed the second edition of Shangri-La Cosplay Festival 2018 today in Shillong at All Saints Hall.

Know more about the event here– Meghalaya to witness 2nd edition of Shangri-La Cosplay Festival 2018

Here are pictures from the event. A detailed report will soon follow as the event is still on till the filing of this report. Detailed report soon to follow

 


 

 

 

 

 

MUST WATCH | What is the Meghalayan Age?

TNT News | July 20, 2017

Here is all you need to know about the Meghalayan Age.

4200 years ago, a sweeping mega-drought devastated agricultural societies across the globe, wiping out civilizations from Ancient Egypt to Mesopotamia, Palestine and the Yangtze River Valley. Now, scientists say the cataclysmic event marks the beginning of a new geologic age: the Late Holocene Meghalayan, which encompasses everything from the start of the drought to the present.

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Indigenous band “Ahowee’ from Garo Hills is taking music to a whole new level!

Interviewed by PREETTY Ch. MARAK | July, 2018

As we know music runs in Northeastern people’s blood whether young or old. One of the famous band who not only captivated people’s attention but has also brought the A’chik culture alive is none other than the “Ahowee band”. Their fusion of Garo music is worth listening, but what makes it so different is the folk touch with traditional instrument fusion, the blending of “Ajia” used by the band makes it more unique.

As the name suggest ‘Ahowee’ means victory, it has already conquered the hearts of many people with its A’chik touch. From the soothing ‘Apa de’ to the head banging ‘Airokrak’ songs, this band has made people realize that music can also revive the traditions and culture.

Here is an exclusive interviews of the band by TNT-The Northeast Today

TNT: Briefly introduce your band members to our readers

AHOWEE: The band comprises of 7 members

Gabriel G. Momin – Vocals/Flute/Dotrong/Sarenda

Gifford R. Marak – Guitars/Dotrong

Lussac M. Momin – GaroPercussions (Dama/Nagra/Ja∙srang)

Dipenbirth G. Momin – Keyboard

Sunsylevan N. Sangma – Drums

Aaron R. Marak – Bass

Chongkam G. Momin – Rapper/Flute/Chigring

TNT: Which year was the band formed?

AHOWEE: Well to be honest the band was not stable when it was first formed…. There was a lot of shuffling done to recruit band mates which eventually led us to find new members along the way and it was in the year 2015 where we found members with similar aspects towards our genre.

TNT: What is your genre of music?

AHOWEE: We play folk fusion which involves blending of our own traditional instruments along with various western instruments since folk fusion and experimental has captivated us very uniquely.

TNT: What inspired the name of the band?

AHOWEE: Well if we take Wangala for example which is the only form of Art in Garo Hills that defines our Culture and if one observes, every dance troop led by the “Matgrik” shouts out “AHOWEE” which represents Triumph over something. So the name “AHOWEE” actually signifies “Victory”which was proposed by our Rapper/Flutist’s Mr.Chongkamand we also expect to be victorious and to come out strong in our musical journey.

TNT: How did you guys come together to form the band?

AHOWEE: The band was formed by our Rapper Mr.Chongkamand we were acquainted to each other through our friends…. Fortunately we all are aspiring musicians, since then we’ve been playing together.

TNT: Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

AHOWEE: Actually we have our own legends whom we consider very inspirational and being in a band is always about finding different people who have different taste in music and eventually combining them to make a unique form of music. To mention some would be Bob Marley, Mr. Big, Marty Friedman and lots more.

TNT: How often do you jam?

AHOWEE: We jam quite frequently though we’re mostly busy during the weekdays but nevertheless we always find time when it comes to jamming.

TNT: Tell us about your EP’s or upcoming music.

AHOWEE: At present the only EP out is “Apa De Angko” (The song is a lament of a woman. She wishes that life could’ve been kind to her like any other woman’s life). We’ve got lots in store and in time will let our tracks reach the audience…. as of now the one coming hot is “SaljongTa∙sinMe∙chik” (Story of the Goddess).

TNT: What is the greater objective through your music?

AHOWEE: Since we’re doing folk fusion we want to sensitise the present Garo brethren that there is beauty in playing four strings (Dotrong), Chigring,Dama (or any Garo folk instruments) as any other form of western instruments…. Literally speaking to learn, appreciate and improvise one’s own traditional folk music and to keep the culture alive.

TNT: What is your take on the music scene of Northeast India in general and Garo Hills in particular?

AHOWEE: Northeast is really rich and full of talented musicians. We’re proud to see that a lot of bands are achieving great heights, western music in particular and thanks to Nagaland for promoting the artists of Northeast, it means alot. We hope to go someday too. As for folk music such as Garo music definitely needs miles & miles to go. So we believe it is the collective responsibility of every Garo Artist to take it to greater heights. As a band we are fully committed to stick to our roots…. but yeah with wise improvisation!!

TNT: When not jamming, what do you do?

AHOWEE: Well…. When not jamming we give time for ourselves (family & friends) but at the same time we also keep ourselves abreast with our home works because talent is best nurtured in solitude…. Jamming is all about flowing like water…

TNT: Your message to aspiring music artists.

AHOWEE: Our message is simple…. Keep originality as prior, after all identity matters rather than playing something that has already been played and Love Music not because someone plays it. Love Music because of the appreciation and the love for music..!! Practice hard!!! Yeah!!!

The interviewer can be reached at preety@thenortheasttoday.com 


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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.

football-fred

 

  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).

flying-duck

 

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

jeep

Meghalaya Police to face virtual challenge head-on; to use social media as weapon against rumour mongering

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 14, 2018:

With social media continuing to become a cause of concern for the enforcing agencies, considering the number of cases being blown out of proportion across the state, due to irresponsible usage of the internet, the Meghalaya Police is coming up with a strategy to tackle this problem in the virtual world.

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