Days after a 17-yr-old girl from Tikrikilla region of West Garo Hills died of poisoning in the neighbouring state, Assam police have arrested a 22-yr-old youth, who lured the victim to elope with him, the same of which ended in tragedy. The accused was arrested shortly after he was discharged from the hospital in Goalpara on Thursday night.
The Anti Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) of the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya arrested three persons after drugs suspected to be heroin was found from their possessions on October 9 and 10 respectively.
The sudden and untimely demise of Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala in a car accident in California, United States of America on October 11 (Indian time) has created shock and gloomy waves across Meghalaya and the Northeast region.
An archive aimed at preserving the rich audiovisual productions of the Northeastern region has been inaugurated at a college here.
Documentary films, newsreels, interviews, amateur footage, sound recordings and photographs related to the states of the region are available in analogue and digital formats in the archive located at the St Anthony’s College, project director Nathaniel Majaw said.
The Northeast India Audiovisual Archive can also be accessed online at www.nearchive.in.
“The Archive endeavours to be more than just a storehouse of nice trinkets of novelty. It will hopefully…be a significant repository of our legacy, and means of collecting knowledge and documenting history,” Majaw told PTI.
He said individuals, organisations and institutions can access the materials available in the archive and also contribute to it.
Supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) of Japan, the archive will also be working in collaboration with Japan’s Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival for their expertise, Majaw said.
The SPF carries out a range of programmes aimed at promoting international understanding, exchanges and cooperation.
At the inaugural function of the archive on Thursday, SPF president Shuichi Ohno said the Foundation has been conducting a project entitled “Preserving and Sharing Histories and Memories of Northeast India” to last over the next three years and more.
“We aim at supporting cultural activities that allow local communities to preserve and share their experiences and history. Obviously, this Northeast India Audiovisual Archive is one of the most significant initiatives and today is really an epoch-making day for us,” he said.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) board member Fujioka Asako also expressed her greeting and best wishes to the archive through a video message.
In an effort to maintain law and order, a social activist, Nilbath Ch Marak, has recently submitted a complaint to the CEM of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Dipul Marak after a businessman hailing from Williamnagar had illegally constructed a go-down over Council land in the Williamnagar Nakham Bazaar, EGH.