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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

Will Rev Thomas Jones’ literary gift to the Khasis end with mere writings sans recognition?

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 22, 2018:

REMEMBERING REV THOMAS JONES – ARGUABLY THE FATHER OF KHASI ALPHABETS 

Hundred and seventy seven years ago, one of the major tribes of Meghalaya – the Khasis were without a written script, without a lingual identity and without a literary history. However, all of that changed with the arrival of Reverend Thomas Jones, also popularly known as the Founding Father of Khasi alphabets and literature.

This stylist from Shillong is creating waves in Bollywood!

~~~By Natasha Dkhar

“Character,Intelligence,Strength,Style:That makes Beauty”- Diane Von Furstenberg

She is fearless and is a free spirited soul with a creative imagination. A woman filled with passion,a believer in her dreams,her artistic and creativity defines her.This woman from Shillong is showcasing her talent to the world especially to the world of Bollywood.Having styled some of the renowned celebrities of India,this woman is set to conquer the world. She is none other than Amrita Mordani, a Shillong girl who is living her dreams.

The Politics of Defection & Shillong MP Vincent Pala’s visit to NPP office

Shillong, Aug 28, 2018: 

The visit of Shillong MP Vincent Pala to NPP headquarter in Shillong yesterday, hours after the declaration of results of the twin bye-elections in Ranikor and South Tura has raised many eyebrows with rumours of him likely to join the ruling party in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, storming social media platforms.

Meet the man who brought Bruce Lee’s martial art form to life in Meghalaya – Ferdinand Suchiang

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Shillong News | Shillong, March 19, 2018: 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work to see it fulfilled. If Rome was not built in one day, so also dreams and aspirations are not nurtured and fulfilled in one night.

It took years for this young man from Meghalaya to achieve his goals and carve a niche for himself in the world of martial art. Meet Ferdinand Suchiang, a martial art expert who despite all odds managed to climb the ladder of success.

Ferdinand’s recent achievements

Meghalaya Home Guards jawan, Ferdinand Suchiang has done his country proud again by winning a gold medal in the 1st World Jeet Kune Do Championship held at Nimibutr, National stadium Bangkok, Thailand from March 12-18.

The championship which was organised by Asian Jeet Kune Do Federation and International Jeet Kune Do Federation, saw the participation of athletes from countries like Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

33-year old Suchiang defeated his Sri Lankan opponent in the below 55 kg category of the Jeet Kune Do competition during the finals held on March 16, paving the way for this young martial artist to bag the gold medal.

This is not the first time that this young instructor at the Unarmed Combat department of Meghalaya Home Guard personnel has brought laurels to the state and the country as a whole.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

In October last, Suchiang bagged the Gold medal in the full contact category by defeating his Filipino opponent at the International Jeet Kune Do Championship at Hong Kong. The championship was held at Hong Kong Sea School, Stanley in Hong Kong and saw participation of athletes from the host country, Burma, Philippines and India.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

Continuing his winning streak since the regional level championship held recently at Assam, Suchiang had remain undefeated in all the competitions he had participated so far including the National level championship held at Kolkata, West Bengal where he bagged the Gold medal, to qualify for the International tournaments.

So far, Suchaing has bagged 2 regional gold medals, one national and two international gold medals and a number of medals in state-level competitions.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given a chance and opportunity to represent the country in an international platform and I cannot help but thank God for giving me the much-needed strength and the patience to strive ahead in this sports,” Suchiang said.

ALSO READ: Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

What do we know about this International star from Meghalaya? 

Ferdinand Suchiang (33) was born and brought up in Jowai in West Jaintia Hills. He got into the sports (martial art) at a very young age. In 1998, he took up martial art lessons but had to give up in 2004 due to lack of financial support and poverty.

“Poverty was the main hurdle back then. I could’t find time to practice because by the time I get home, I was not in a condition to practice. Due to poverty, my brother and I had to struggle really hard to make a living and support our mother,” Suchiang said.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

But luck was on his side. In 2008, he got a job at the Meghalaya Home Guard and Civil Defence Department in Shillong. Since then, he has been living in Nongthymmai, Shillong.

Ever since, Suchiang has been involved in many martial art forms like kick boxing before he discovered his forte in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art form founded by martial art professional and actor — Bruce Lee.

Despite being tight up at work, Suchiang never stopped following his dreams. Thanks to the cooperation of the officers and staffs of Home Guard.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya Home Guards personnel bags Gold in 4th Northeast India Jeet-Kune-Do Championship in Assam

Expressing his gratitude to the officers and staffs at Home Guard and Civil Defence, Government of Meghalaya, Suchiang said “They (officers/staffs) have always been supportive and they have always encouraged me to pursue with my interest. They saw my talent and skills and didn’t stop at mere appreciation but they pushed me further and provided a chance to shape myself and the art form.”

“They never complained nor did they prevented me from chasing my dreams rather they supported me and helped me in various ways. They inspire and encourage me alot,” he added.

(The writer can be reached at mawrie.iban@gmail.com or iban@thenortheasttoday.com)

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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

 


 

 

 

 

 

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