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Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui attends “Happiness class” in Delhi school

NEW DELHI | July 17, 2019:

Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday visited a government school in New Delhi to learn about the “Happiness Curriculum”, to study how the concept can be replicated in Meghalaya.

Cabinet approves revision of financial powers to state officer under GAD

SHILLONG | July 19, 2019:

Meghalaya Cabinet today approved the revision of financial powers in respect of the State Officer under General Administration Department.

Aspire Meghalaya | Over 200 students empowered in Ri Bhoi

NONGPOH | July 19, 2019:

Over 200 students of the Ri Bhoi Presbyterian Higher Secondary School, Nongpoh graduated from a 10-day programme on Soft Skills, Career Readiness, Talent and Aspiration Identification under the Aspire Meghalaya initiative of the state Meghalaya government.

The Aspire Meghalaya was designed to take coaching for soft skills, wellbeing and career readiness to tribal youth of the State across rural and suburban schools and colleges.

The programmes are being rolled out by State implementation partner, AVENUES in partnership with select institutions for school and undergraduate students in 8 districts.

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Certificates of participation were awarded to all successful candidates of the programmes in an intimate ceremony conducted in the school auditorium.

The official textbook and courseware for the Aspire Meghalaya programmes was also launched Chief Minister onrad K. Sangma here today.

Addressing the young students, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma appealed to all stakeholders to focus on quality over quantity in education, sports and skills development initiatives.

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He applauded the participants for their confidence and encouraged them to “contribute to yourself, your family, your society, your State, to the country and to our Mother Earth. It is with this vision and idea in mind that we decided that we must ensure that the best in you comes out through programmes like Aspire Meghalaya.”

He highlighted the urgent need for young people to drastically improve the national narrative around youth, work and productivity in the State and urged the young participants to be productive members of society. “We hope to target over 4,000 youth across the State through this programme as we work towards building an ecosystem that brings out the best in you.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi District, R. M. Kurbah said, “The sense of pride and confidence displayed this afternoon is indeed something we have always longed for, for the students of this area.” She lamented the fact that students in rural Meghalaya lack the exposure and support systems necessary to identify and realize their ambitions.


“I believe this programme has given you the tools to prepare a roadmap for the rest of your lives”, she said while commending AVENUES for the visible transformation of the students of classes 11 and 12.

“It is deeply encouraging to note that the State Government has chosen to focus on well-being, emotional resilience and personal aspiration at the heart of the skilling landscape for school and college students through this initiative” expressed Mark Stone Laitflang, Managing Director, AVENUES.

Narrating her experience, one of the students, Devika Sohkhwai said that she had not only improved her English and communication skills, but also learnt to “rediscover myself, challenge myself and overcome my fears”.

Students were also encouraged to appreciate their culture and heritage. “We never realised that there were many rare and special things found only in our Ri Bhoi culture”, she said.


The students of the institution performed a moving rendition of the classic Khasi folk song “Mei baieid jong nga” and dedicated their sessions on leadership to their mothers. The workshops conducted focused on personal values, emotional awareness, basic speaking skills, decision making and goal setting, while each participant was encouraged to explore their talents and aspirations.

It may be mentioned that Aspire Meghalaya is a first of its kind initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the country. The programme is implemented through the Department of Arts & Culture, Government of Meghalaya through State implementation partner AVENUES Shillong.

Flood claims two lives in South West Garo Hills

TURA | July 18, 2019:

As the flood fury continues in Garo Hills, two people lost their lives in the deluge after an elderly woman and an infant fell into the waters and drowned early Thursday morning in South West Garo Hills.

Fresh floods hit Garo Hills; Conrad appeals for donation to CM’s Relief Fund

TURA | July 18, 2019:

The Garo Hills region of Meghalaya continue to be suffer the wrath of nature despite rains easing across the state. South West Garo Hills became the latest district to be affected by the rising waters.

Seven people lost their lives in floods, landslides in State since April

SHILLONG | July 17, 2019:

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has revealed that at least seven people including the three-year-old child Wantai R Marak have lost their life since April this year due to the floods and landslides.

“There are a total number of seven people who lost their life in view of the flood and monsoon,” SDMA Executive Director stated in a statement issued on Tuesday.

It may be mentioned that the body of 3-year-old child in South Garo Hills district was retrieved after she had been swept away by strong current of water on July 11 at Rewak Dabrum village under Rongara C&RD Block.

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According to the SDMA, there are total number of more than two lakh people who have been affected in view of the flood adding that all the 11 districts have been affected due to the incessant rain during the past seven to eight days.

Besides the total number of 2,05,213 people who have been affected, SDMA Executive Director informed that there are total number of 1147 villages which have been affected.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministerial delegation led by Meghalaya Home Minister, James PK Sangma and Revenue Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla held a review meeting on the flood relief operations in Garo Hills.


The two Ministers were accompanied by Phulbari local MLA, S.G. Mominin, Rajabala MLA, Dr Azad Zaman, Trikrikilla MLA, Dr Jimmy Sangma and West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh.

The Ministerial delegation assured immediate relief.  The Ministerial delegation also carry out inspection and and boat survey of flood affected areas at Phulbari.

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