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CM Conrad Sangma dedicates Williamnagar victory to his father Purno Sangma

TNT News | Shillong | May 1, 2018

NPP candidate Marcuise Marak won the Williamnagar poll battle by securing 9558 votes beating his closest opponent — Independent candidate Sengbath Marak by 4860 without postal ballot tally. Sengbath managed to secure 4698 votes.
Following closely behind Sengbath was Congress candidate and former MLA, Deborah Marak who managed to secure only 4517 votes.

Following NPP’s victory, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma congratulated and thanked the people of 43-Williamnagar Constituency on behalf of National People’s Party for having faith in their candidate and the party.

He said, “On this occasion, as we celebrate the victory of NPP and our candidate Marcuise Marak, I would like to thank God for being with us in our journey and mission to create a new Meghalaya”, while adding, “I am confident that Marcuise Marak will provide leadership and represent the voice and aspiration of the people of Williamnagar Constituency. Marcuise Marak has been part of our party for long and has worked hard to strengthen the party. His experience and leadership qualities will help NPP to further push growth and development in Meghalaya.

Conrad dedicated this victory to the people, the party, and his late father Purno Agitok Sangma.

Meghalaya incurs Rs 2000 crore loss from investing in eight govt companies

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SHILLONG, May 1, 2018: The Meghalaya government, which had invested Rs 2,274.53 crore in eight government companies, has incurred a loss of Rs 287.76 crore.

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on state finances for the 2016-17 fiscal, which was tabled in the Assembly recently, said the state government, as on March 31, 2017, had invested Rs 2,471.63 crore, of which Rs 91.26 crore was invested in two statutory corporations, Rs 2,274.58 crore in nine government companies and Rs 105.79 crore in 1,444 co-operative banks and societies.

Of the two statutory corporations, the bulk of investment was made in Meghalaya Transport Corporation Limited (Rs 89.13 crore) between 1986 and 2017. The MTCL accumulated a loss of Rs 99.62 crore till 2013-14.

Of the Rs 2,274.58 crore invested in government companies, Rs 2,004.41 crore was invested in Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited alone between 2012-13 and 2015-16. It accumulated a loss of Rs 99.58 crore.

The government also invested Rs 162.79 crore in Mawmluh Cherra Cements Limited between 1958 and 2015, which accumulated a loss of Rs 122.65 crore upto 2015-2016.

The report revealed that Rs 2,274.53 crore was invested in eight loss-making companies, which had accumulated a loss of Rs 287.76 crore.

Of the Rs 105.79 crore invested in co-operative banks/societies, Rs 25.09 crore was invested in 1,091 loss-making co-operative banks/societies, which accumulated a loss of Rs 7.48 crore upto March 31, 2010.

The working results of 126 co-operative banks/societies were not intimated upto October 2017, the report says.

The average return on investment in statutory corporations, government companies and co-operative banks/societies was less than one per cent during 2012-2017. However, the government paid interest on its borrowings at an average rate of 6.22 per cent to 6.70 per cent during the period.

The CAG report says as many as 70 projects were to be completed on or before March 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs 912.54 crore but they remained incomplete after incurring an expenditure of Rs 734.29 crore. The incomplete projects include 48 road and bridge projects of the state PWD at Rs 716.84 crore, 10 projects of the PHE at Rs 140.79 crore and 12 projects of the health and family welfare department at Rs 54.91 crore.

The report says five projects – two of the PWD, two of the health department and one of the PHE – were revised in 2016-2017.

The cost of PHE project Greater Rymbai Water Supply Scheme was revised by 57.49 per cent from Rs 17.43 crore to Rs 27.45 crore.

However, the actual expenditure on the project till March 2017 was Rs 19.62 crore, the report said.

The CAG suggested that effective steps should be taken to complete the projects without further delay to avoid cost overrun due to time overrun.

Source, Image Courtesy: The Telegraph

Meghalaya: Rainiest Cherrapunjee has little water to drink

SHILLONG, May 1, 2018 (TNN): One of the rainiest places on earth is going dry. Cherrapunjee, now renamed Sohra, has long been part of the collective memory of generations who first encountered the name in school textbooks as “the rainiest place on earth”. Receiving about 450 inches of rainfall in a year-despite the dry months in winter-Sohra now takes turns in sharing the distinction with neighbouring Mawsynram in the East Khasi Hills.

NESFAS to receive Rs. 9 crore grant for ‘No One Shall Be Left Behind’ initiative

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SHILLONG, May 1, 2018: The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (Nesfas) will receive a grant of crores of rupees for its “No One Shall Be Left Behind” initiative.

The Society on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to receive a Rs 9.41 crore grant from the corporation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund.

This amount will support a three-year project called No One Shall Be Left Behind, to be initiated by the society in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The agreement was signed between REC chairman P.V. Ramesh and Nesfas chairman Phrang Roy.

According to a communiqué from Nesfas, the overall goal of this project is to enhance indigenous food systems to significantly contribute to improved nutrition, food security and sustainable livelihoods of about 3,000 households in 130 remote indigenous communities of Meghalaya and Nagaland focusing on adolescent girls, school children, youths, women’s groups and community elders.

The partners involved in executing this project include North East Network, Nagaland, Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment, Jaintia Hills, Social Service Centre, Shillong and a network of Garo self-help groups.

The project is a follow-up to the International Mei-Ramew held in Shillong in November 2015.

“It was developed through interaction with 30 communities in Nagaland and Meghalaya and the technical support provided by Roy and his international associates,” it said.

The Society also noted that the unique aspects of this project are the promotion of community seeds banks for local under researched food species, mapping of nutrient rich and climate resilient local species, advocacy of “eat your rainbow” approach to food consumption and promotion of innovation and capacity building at the community level.

Nesfas has been experimenting with some school cooks for midday meals by making innovative meals to encourage children to eat more local and wild edible vegetables.

Source: The Telegraph

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NPP takes over Williamnagar seat from Congress; wins by 4860 votes

Shillong Desk | Tura, May 1, 2018: 

The National People’s Party (NPP) has done it again! The party swept the Williamnagar Assembly poll, the result of which was declared today.

KHADC gets new Dy CEM after a long gap

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 1, 2018: 

In a latest political development in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), HSPDP MDC from Mylliem, Teilinia Thangkhiew has been appointed as the new Deputy CEM of the KHADC.

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