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Man throws 3-week old baby in water-filled bucket in Mission Compound; baby dies

By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 19, 2018:

In a shocking incident, a three-week old baby died, after he was thrown in a bucket full of water inside his parent’s residence, by a masked man at Mission Compound, Shillong on the wee hours of Tuesday at around 2.30 am.

East Khasi Hills SP Davis R Marak informed that the masked man had forcefully broken into the house and then assaulted the mother who was fast sleep before running away with the baby.

The family members have called up the police as they had thought that the baby was kidnapped by the masked man.

According to the SP, after a thorough search, family members found the baby in a bucket. It was stated that the baby was initially alive but he expired on arrival at the Shillong Civil Hospital.

The police later arrested the masked man who is suspected to have committed the crime.


NEIGRIHMS Cardio Deptt’s resident doctors to strike work from June 20

NEIGRIHMS, Shillong,

By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 19, 2018: 

Irked by the alleged adamant attitude of the Director of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), the resident doctors of the department of Cardiology of this premier institute have decided to stop carrying out routine work in the department from June 20 onwards for three days.

Educere school, Williamnagar felicitates visually impaired student

Williamnagar, June 19, 2018: 

With a view to encourage and inspire the students with physical disabilities, Educere Secondary School, Williamnagar felicitated a visually impaired student, Chonkame Sangma at the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner of East Garo Hills, Ramkumar S here on Tuesday.

When youths are misguided, Meghalaya boils!

To the Editor, 

The recent unfortunate incident has been disastrous for both peace-loving communities. My empathy is with those families in Umsohsun, Mawkhar, Jaiaw and adjoining areas of Mothphran. The Khasi youths of Shillong never endorse violence, they have been living a life of cheerfulness despite the limited source of earning their livelihood.

All they long for, is a life of equal opportunities. The current scenario of Shillong has been favourable to youths from business-class and a Khasi by nature, he or she relates to people beyond financial transaction.

The word “business-class” doesn’t exist in the Dictionary of Khasis, probably it might be in the blood of some Khasis, who might have grown up as orphans, but we shouldn’t blame them either, because it is circumstances that might have made them as they are. 

In a situation of less-employment opportunities, our youths can be easily misguided by lobby makers. I just can’t forget the year 2000 of Shillong, when insurgency was at its peak. Teenagers were being brain-washed to join the outfits in the name of patriotism.

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Most of these teenagers are from those families, whose sole bread earner of the family is either a Father or a Mother and not both. In case of single Mothers, it is indeed difficult to spend time with her children when she is exhausted from her day’s work, given the nature of unorganized employment that dominates Shillong. By the time she reaches home, she would find her children asleep. If the children are lucky enough to have an eldest sister or brother, they would definitely go to bed without an empty stomach. 

The actual Khasi youths are made to fend for themselves at a very young age especially when they are raised by single parents.

It is not surprising to see Khasi youths being more matured and exemplary in terms of leadership and natural management skills despite the limitations of human nature. The future of our misguided youths is challenging but interesting if they can keep on learning from mistakes.

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They just need to understand that they have an upper hand than most of our educated youths because whatever that we read or learned is nothing but secondary information.

However, when our misguided youths tread their own unknown path, they need to know that they have the primary knowledge that gives them experience with the passage of time. 


Aiborlang Andrew Chyne

(Chyne is an Independent Business Development Consultant for Handcrafted Wooden-Furniture Design houses in Delhi.


Tourism picks up as normalcy creeps back into state

SHILLONG, June 19, 2018: Meghalaya is still a favourite among tourists and the improving law and order situation in Shillong, which witnessed tension early this month, has brought about “positive vibes”, aiding tourist inflow, according to state Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh.

Clashes in the first week of June between Khasis and Sikhs in the city’s Punjabi Lane area had briefly affected tourism in Shillong, popularly known as ‘Scotland of the East’.

“The state is still a favourite and a safe summer destination for tourists in the North East region,” Metbah told PTI in an interview.

Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation general manager P Das said that government-run hotels, which include Hotel Pinewood, the Convention Centre and a chain of Orchid Hotels with over 100 beds, are “100 per cent occupied” at present.

He, however, said that there were no visitors in all the properties of the MTDC in the first week of June.

Federation of Shillong Hotels’ general secretary A M Lanong said that as the hill city returns to normalcy, tourists are slowly flocking the state again in view of the summer break.

The Meghalaya Rural Tourism Forum (MRTF) has appealed to the state government, seeking removal of the 48-hour suspension of mobile Internet services since June 16.

MRTF chairman Alan West said the suspension has affected the livelihood of people dependent on Internet connectivity across the state.

The Tourism minister said the Meghalaya government is firm in dealing with the situation, which arose due to an altercation between Sikh residents in the city’s Punjabi Lane area, and Khasi drivers of state-run buses.

More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes.

“The authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the situation is under control,” Metbah said.

At least 14 areas in the state are still under constant watch of the state government, he added.


Police team nabs one more accused in Nurse’s murder case from UP

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By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 18, 2018:

In a major breakthrough, the city police have arrested one more accused from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder 28 year old nurse from Nazareth Hospital, Leiyaton Soro, hailing from Manipur.

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