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State govt shoots reminder to schools on weight of school bags, homework

SHILLONG| May 17, 2019:

In pursuance to the guidelines of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, on the weight of school bags and health of children, the Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Education Department has instructed all schools falling under the Department of Education, Government of Meghalaya to comply with the Government guidelines with immediate effect.

AYUSH doctor arrested for allegedly molesting 27-yr-old patient in South Garo Hills

 Baghmara, May 17, 2019

A 40 year old Ayurvedic, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) doctor was arrested last evening after he allegedly molested one of the patients who came for a medical check-up at the Sibbari PHC in South Garo Hills.

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According to the FIR filed by the victim at a PS in SGH, the doctor, identified as Dr AZ Sheikh, had asked the victim to undress on the excuse of a medical check-up. When she refused to do so, he used physical force on her leading to the woman raising an alarm after which the doctor was caught by the people at the PHC.

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“This is not the first time he molested her. Earlier, on many occasions he molested or attempted to molest the 27 year old woman. She mustered the courage to speak out this time and filed a case against him,” said district police chief, Abraham T Sangma.

The Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) accompanied the woman in filing her complaint at the PS.

“The doctor has been arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. An investigation into the case in currently ongoing,” added the SP.

“This is a very condemnable act and we can’t understand as to why an AYUSH doctor would even require a girl to be unclothed. This is someone who had criminal intent and we hope he is given the strictest punishment under law. We also want to know as to how these doctors are being allowed to prescribe allopathic medicines and practice as a full fledged doctor,” asked president of AYC, Silning D Sangma after hearing of the incident.

In many of the lesser known health centres in the state, AYUSH doctors, who are only supposed to work on their line of knowledge have been seen working as full fledged doctors, even going to the extent of administering and prescribing allopathic medicines.

17-yr-old minor alleges stepfather of sexually abusing her for 2 years

TURA | May 16, 2019:

After two years of being allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by none other than her stepfather, a 17-yr-old girl from West Garo Hills finally managed to muster the courage to complain against her tormentor.

Interstate boundary row: Meghalaya CM to meet Assam counterpart after May 23

SHILLONG | May 16, 2019:

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday informed that the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya will have a meeting to deliberate on the long pending inter-State boundary dispute after May 23.

Cabinet approves proposal to constitute Farmers’ Commission besides others

SHILLONG | May 16, 2019:

The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved that draft Meghalaya State Policy on the Empowerment of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) which was moved by the Social Welfare department.

Dy CM appeals to HNLC cadres to join mainstream

SHILLONG | May 16, 2019:

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday appealed to the HNLC cadres, who are still in Bangladesh, to follow the footsteps of its former general secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew by joining the main stream.

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