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Meghalaya SSC directs police department to resolve recruitment issues

The newly constructed Gauhati High Court, Shillong Bench Building in Shillong, but not as per Model displayed during the Foundation Stone laying ceremony 2/3 years ago at the same place in Shillong. (Photo by Sanjib Bhattacharjee).

Shillong, November 18: The Meghalaya State Security Commission has directed the police department to fix unresolved issues that has emerged in the recruitment process to ensure an earlier recruitment for nearly 3000 vacant posts.

The Commission, chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, held a thorough discussion on the course of actions required to be taken following the High Court ruling and came up with the directions to the police.

3 villages in Garobadha without electricity for more than two months


Tura, November 18,2017: The concept of collective punishment that has now become the norm of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has ensured that at least 3 villages in Garobadha under Rangsakona constituency is currently without electricity after their transformer malfunctioned more than 2 months ago.

The villages of Golmangre, Nokatgre, Dopatchigre and Chisergre are all under darkness for varying amounts of  time and are unlikely to see repairs done by the department soon. While the transformer of Golmangre malfunctioned on May 20, Nokatgre has been without electricity since 3 July, Dopatchigre since Aug 18 and Chiseregre since Aug 29.

Team set up to keep a check on social media to ensure free and fair polls in 2018: F. Kharkongor


Shillong, November 17, 2017: State Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor said that his office has set up a team to keep a check on social media and try to ommit any news which is detrimental for a free and fair election in 2018.

“It’s a difficult task to check and control the news which are generated in the social media. But we will try our  best to keep a check on the paid news to ensure a free and fair poll in the State,” Kharkongor said while speaking as one of the panelist on the topic “Challenges before the Media- Press and Election” during the National Press Day celebration yesterday.

According to Kharkongor, this will be a first for Meghalaya to witness technologies of such a kind to be used in the conduct of the 2018 elections.

Former Home Minister RG Lyngdoh observed that over the years the quality of reporting in the State has improved a lot. however he also feared that the influences of social media will take away the role of the mainstream media in a democratic country like India.

Senior journalist from Kashmir Iftikar Gilani while speaking on the occasion said that  the media has failed Kashmir by not reporting objectively about the State’s “1987 rigged Assembly elections,” which has resulted in the present day militancy in the State.

“During that election there was widespread rigging of the polls. Even during the counting process there was rigging and the media didn’t report it despite everyone knowing it,” Gilani said.
The journalist said that several present day “separatists” leaders in Kashmir are sort of by-products of the rigged elections process of 1987. “Had the elections process was fair and free some of these leaders would now have been ex-MLAs, but unfortunately that didn’t happen as democracy was plugged and people took to militancy,” he said.

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Footfall of Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong triples!

Shillong, November 16, 2017: This year, the number of people who attended India’s International Cherry Blossom Festival in Meghalaya, tripled as compared to 2016.

The festival was held earlier this November from the 8th till the 11th at the scenic Wards Lake, dotted with pink and white cherry blossoms which then concluded at Polo Grounds where local culture, tasted food and brew of the region were displayed.

“There were 35,556 adults and 1,343 children who visited the Wards Lake during the four-day festival period, and a total of Rs 3.74 lakh was collected as entry fees,” state Forest and Environment Secretary A Mawlong. He also added that the footfall during the festival period has “tripled” as compared to 2016, the first year of the event. The fee collected at the venue, too, doubled from Rs 1.4 lakh last year, the official further stated.

The total number of people who attended the festival on all the four days was nearly 60,000 this year as against 20,000 a year ago, an official said.

TNT News with inputs from agencies

Aircel embarks 12 year journey in NE,Value propositions for customers top priority


Shillong, November 15,2017 : In an intriguing interaction with Mr. Nilaj Mahalanavis, Circle Business Head and Damanbha Lato, the network head of Aircel, one of the leading mobile service provider in North East India, it was apparent and clearly evident that Aircel is indeed a provider of the best value for money propositions. Mr. Nilaj explained Aircel’s pocket friendly propositions that not only add value to a customer’s needs, but also encourage the use of mobile services across all strata of society.

Mr. Nilaj also talked about the company’s humble beginning twelve years ago in North East. He claimed that the company is known for the far and wide network it offers in North East especially in Meghalaya where the company have around 7 lakh subscribers.

“We are very proud of the facts that we as a brand have been associated with the people of the North East for over 12 years. As a company we have evolved with the blessings of the people from this region. It is a matter of pride that the people of the region have trusted our services and have been instrumental in making Aircel one of the most formidable brands in the region. My colleagues, Aircel’s partners and I thrive on this trust bestowed upon us by the people of this region and have built it into our DNA to continue offering the best in class services to the people of the North East in general and the people of Meghalaya in particular”, said Nilaj Mahalanavis, during the interaction.

During the question answer session, Mr Nilaj addressed the rumours about the shutting down of Aircel, he condemned the rumour by tagging it as baseless, and he went on categorically denying that this rumour is being spread with maleficent intention. He assured that Aircel will remain a very strong service provider in the market. He termed the bringing down of price tariffs as a proactive action to be in the competitive market and welcomed the competitors to match the prices of Aircel. He agreed that the closure of Reliance services also added to the customer flow into Aircel through Mobile Number Portability (MNP) and the process is ongoing.  While addressing the question on weak mobile network in border areas of the state, Mr. Nilaj Mahalanavis and Mr. Damanbha Lato made it clear that any private service provider’s signal must fade or has to become un-operational 500 metres ahead of the border post according to the ruling of Indian Government. They also assured that there network is the best especially in rural areas even though it is difficult to setup towers in rural areas due to various local issues. Mr. Damanbha Lato took the opportunity to request the media to spread awareness among the people that there is no need to be worried about any kind of radiation due to telecom towers. He guaranteed that telecom towers are very safe and hopes that this knowledge will help them strengthen their service in the state. Even though Aircel is planning a shift into 4G technology , Mr. Nilaj states that the quality of current 3G services provided by Aircel is equivalent to services provided by competitors with latest technology in market at present.

Thus the pleasant interaction proves that Aircel’s unlimited and lucrative propositions are a big hit amongst its loyal subscribers and lives up to the company’s promise to always do a little extra.

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Only 24% of CM Mukul Sangma’s twitter followers are real?


Shillong Nov 14,2017: Meghalaya CM Dr. Mukul Sangma recently joined twitter and has over 38,000 followers but in a surprising audit of twitter followers, only 24% of his followers are reportedly real. This was revealed by

“Many politicans are opening twitter handles and outsourcing them to companies which then in return for a fee buy fake followers to enhance the profile of the followers” says one web analyst and further stated that most of the time, political leaders are not aware of this fact and get taken for a ride. also revealed that Home Minister Kiren Rijiju fares no better with 61%of his five lakh plus followers in twitter being fake.


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