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Are you a dog lover? Register your pet with Shillong Municipal Board

Shillong News Desk | Shillong, May 03, 2018: 

Are you a dog lover? Do you have a pet dog? Well if yes, then you should register your pet dogs with the Shillong Municipal Board and obtain dog tags on payment of fees of Rs. 200.

Former EM James Sylliang calls KHADC CEM a ‘dictator’

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 03, 2018:

Day’s after being dropped as the Executive Member of the Executive Committee of the KHADC, the  MDC from Mawhati, James Sylliang has accused Council’s Chief Executive Member (CEM), Pynshngain N Syiem of acting as a ‘dictator’.

NHRC stresses on need to recognize fundamental normality of every individual

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By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 03, 2018:

National Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur Prasanna Kumar on Thursday stated that the implementation of the Rights for Person with Disabilities Act, 2017 requires the active participation of the civil societies.

Centre for the disabled to be launched in Shillong soon


SHILLONG, May 3, 2018:  The Centre has assured that Shillong will soon be home to a Composite Regional Centre for People with Disabilities (PWDs) which will create resources and infrastructure required for developing services for Meghalaya’s PWDs.

This was assured by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Thawarchand Gehlot when Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma had called on him in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Centre will function under the administrative control of National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities.

Conrad informed that the meeting with the Union Minister was very positive and fruitful as the Central Government has assured full cooperation and support to organise two mega camps to distribute assistive aid to needy persons with disabilities in Shillong and Tura.

As part of the Central Government initiative, a number of outreach programmes, capacity building and skill development programmes will be held in Meghalaya. Conrad also informed that comprehensive diagnostic assessment, therapeutic, educational and vocational services to persons with all disabilities will be conducted time to time with support from the centre.

“Our Government is committed to work on overall development of persons with disabilities and provide them the much needed support. We will also provide sports amongst persons with disabilities and Government of India has assured to set up a Stadium for Persons with Disabilities,” Conrad informed.

Meghalaya has an estimated 44,730 PWDs. “The State Government is trying to provide enabling support to help these vulnerable sections of our society,” he added.

Source: Morung Express

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‘Focus should be made on education to fight disaster’: Meghalaya Education Minister


SHILLONG, May 1, 2018: Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said education plays a significant role in disaster mitigation.

“The Northeast falls under a seismic zone and if disaster strikes, it will directly or indirectly have an effect on the region,” said Rymbui while delivering the inaugural address at the two-day North East Regional Conference on Earthquake and Landslide Mitigation – Building Disaster Resilience in North East India held here.

The conference, organised by the Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA), aimed at bringing together professionals, researchers, academia, international agencies and students among others to a common platform for interaction and knowledge sharing on disaster-related issues.

Stating that natural or man-made disaster can occur any time, Rymbui said, “When it comes to man-made disasters, humans for the sake of development, sometimes tend to disturb the natural surroundings.”

He also urged the MSDMA to impart education and create awareness among schoolchildren, traditional heads, district administrations, engineers at block levels regarding disaster mitigation.

“Disasters can be mitigated only through education,” he said, adding that the traditional heads should also be enlightened on building bylaws.

Earlier, minister in-charge of revenue and disaster management Kyrmen Shylla pointed out that Meghalaya, along with the rest of the region, is prone to various natural disasters and is highly vulnerable to seismic calamities.

The minister stressed on the need to understand risk-reduction measures that would mitigate the impact of earthquakes and landslides.

“Structural-mitigation measures like awareness, education, preparedness, predictions and warning systems can reduce the impact of natural disasters on communities,” the minister said.

Executive director of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) B.H. Anil Kumar said apart from the challenges faced by the region owing to the remoteness of the area, which needs to be addressed, it is also important to focus on the traditional knowledge of the communities.

“We need to tap and harness the traditional knowledge of the communities to make them part of our awareness creation so that the information is carried for generations to come. This will also help us reduce the loss of lives and livelihood and predict the onset of any disaster,” Kumar said.

The NGOs and community-based organisations can be used in assisting governmental agencies in terms of forecasting, he added.

Kumar said the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) should be more pro-active in ensuring the enforcement of building bylaws that are mostly breached by architects, civil engineers and construction authorities.

“The enforcement of these bylaws needs to be strengthened and this is where the role of the SDMAs comes in,” he added.

Additional chief secretary P.W. Ingty, secretary of revenue and disaster management department H.B. Marak, chief secretary Y. Tsering and executive director of SDMA I. Mawlong spoke at the inaugural session.

A few publications by the SDMA, along with its website, were also launched at the event.

Source: The Telegraph

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BEWARE | Meghalaya: Fake MPSC results doing the rounds on social media; FIR filed

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

Social media has become a platform for miscreants and trouble mongers to either flare up sensitive issues or spreading fake news thereby blowing matters out of proportion.

In the latest case, it was reported that a fake result of the Meghalaya Public Service Commission examinations for the posts of Junior Engineer Civil Gr. I in Veterinary, Water Resource Department and P.W.D. (R & B) department is doing the rounds in social media particularly Whatsapp.

It was reported that the signatures of the Chairman and Secretary are forged even as MPSC officials informed that the results have not even been prepared yet.

When contacted, MPSC secretary Wanrilin AM Booth informed that she has filed an FIR with the EKH SP (city) in this connection on Tuesday evening adding that coming out with the result so soon is not possible as the last interview was only held on April 26.

“Nothing is prepared, the tabulation has not been done as we have just completed with the interview session and it was a month-long exercise since there were as many as 261 candidates who appeared for the interview,” Booth said adding that she was shocked when she received the shared results in whatsapp about an hour ago.

It may be reminded that recently the district police had issued an advisory advising people to refrain from sharing any videos or pictures which are intended towards defaming an individuals or flare up communal issues while adding that any such attempt to make use of social media for spreading fake news is liable for punishment under the IPC and IT Act.




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