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Meet the man who brought Bruce Lee’s martial art form to life in Meghalaya – Ferdinand Suchiang

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Shillong News | Shillong, March 19, 2018: 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work to see it fulfilled. If Rome was not built in one day, so also dreams and aspirations are not nurtured and fulfilled in one night.

It took years for this young man from Meghalaya to achieve his goals and carve a niche for himself in the world of martial art. Meet Ferdinand Suchiang, a martial art expert who despite all odds managed to climb the ladder of success.

Ferdinand’s recent achievements

Meghalaya Home Guards jawan, Ferdinand Suchiang has done his country proud again by winning a gold medal in the 1st World Jeet Kune Do Championship held at Nimibutr, National stadium Bangkok, Thailand from March 12-18.

The championship which was organised by Asian Jeet Kune Do Federation and International Jeet Kune Do Federation, saw the participation of athletes from countries like Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

33-year old Suchiang defeated his Sri Lankan opponent in the below 55 kg category of the Jeet Kune Do competition during the finals held on March 16, paving the way for this young martial artist to bag the gold medal.

This is not the first time that this young instructor at the Unarmed Combat department of Meghalaya Home Guard personnel has brought laurels to the state and the country as a whole.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

In October last, Suchiang bagged the Gold medal in the full contact category by defeating his Filipino opponent at the International Jeet Kune Do Championship at Hong Kong. The championship was held at Hong Kong Sea School, Stanley in Hong Kong and saw participation of athletes from the host country, Burma, Philippines and India.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

Continuing his winning streak since the regional level championship held recently at Assam, Suchiang had remain undefeated in all the competitions he had participated so far including the National level championship held at Kolkata, West Bengal where he bagged the Gold medal, to qualify for the International tournaments.

So far, Suchaing has bagged 2 regional gold medals, one national and two international gold medals and a number of medals in state-level competitions.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given a chance and opportunity to represent the country in an international platform and I cannot help but thank God for giving me the much-needed strength and the patience to strive ahead in this sports,” Suchiang said.

ALSO READ: Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

What do we know about this International star from Meghalaya? 

Ferdinand Suchiang (33) was born and brought up in Jowai in West Jaintia Hills. He got into the sports (martial art) at a very young age. In 1998, he took up martial art lessons but had to give up in 2004 due to lack of financial support and poverty.

“Poverty was the main hurdle back then. I could’t find time to practice because by the time I get home, I was not in a condition to practice. Due to poverty, my brother and I had to struggle really hard to make a living and support our mother,” Suchiang said.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

But luck was on his side. In 2008, he got a job at the Meghalaya Home Guard and Civil Defence Department in Shillong. Since then, he has been living in Nongthymmai, Shillong.

Ever since, Suchiang has been involved in many martial art forms like kick boxing before he discovered his forte in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art form founded by martial art professional and actor — Bruce Lee.

Despite being tight up at work, Suchiang never stopped following his dreams. Thanks to the cooperation of the officers and staffs of Home Guard.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya Home Guards personnel bags Gold in 4th Northeast India Jeet-Kune-Do Championship in Assam

Expressing his gratitude to the officers and staffs at Home Guard and Civil Defence, Government of Meghalaya, Suchiang said “They (officers/staffs) have always been supportive and they have always encouraged me to pursue with my interest. They saw my talent and skills and didn’t stop at mere appreciation but they pushed me further and provided a chance to shape myself and the art form.”

“They never complained nor did they prevented me from chasing my dreams rather they supported me and helped me in various ways. They inspire and encourage me alot,” he added.

(The writer can be reached at mawrie.iban@gmail.com or iban@thenortheasttoday.com)

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Meghalaya: Discover East Jaintia Festival 2018 ready to take off!

Shillong | March 19, 2018

In an attempt to boost tourism in the district while promoting unexplored places in and around the area, the Rymbai Elaka Tourism and Environment Society (RETES) East Jaintia Hills District in collaboration with District Administration, East Jaintia Hills Khliehriat will organize a two day event called “Discover East Jaintia Festival 2018″ on the 23rd and 24th March 2018 as mentioned in the program below.

The programme is being organized with the objectives of promoting and developing tourism activities in the district in particular and the state in general.

Seeing the potentials and resources of the District, the Society aims to materialize its vision and mission of transforming East Jaintia Hills District with its beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna, etc. into a tourist destination which will directly and indirectly create job opportunities for the youth of the area.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

DAY 1 (23 MARCH 2018)

LOCATION – MUALLIAN VILLAGE, EAST JAINTIA HILLS,
“SINGLEI Eco Challenge Tour”

• Flag off on the 22nd March- 2:00 PM at Khliehriat – Proceed to Muallian Village
• Explore the most Challenging Part of East Jaintia Hills
• Travel by 4X4 wheels Vehicle
• Trek for 2 hrs. along the terrains
• Born fire
• Biate Cultural Show
• Free Biate indigenous Cuisines
• Camping at Muallian Village
• Early morning on the 23rd March 2018 – Trek to Saisi Cave and Saisi River

DAY 2 (24 MARCH 2018)

LOCATION – LESHKA VIEW, SUCHEN VILLAGE

1st Session

• Deinshalalu – Leshka Eco Ride
• Suchen – Landscape Ride
• Lamu – Leshka Walk

For registration contact- 9402579748

2nd Session

• Ethnic Cuisines and Delicacies
• Exhibition Cum Sale of Local Products
• Dingkum Flying
• Cultural Extravangaza
o RangadSeinRaij
o RymbaiPohskur Secondary School
o Rymbai Govt. Secondary School
o Suchen
o Baite Dance

Last Session at Leshka view Suchen

LIVE MUSICAL BAND
• The Twilight
• The Lynox Band
• Felix and Freinds

For Registration Contact- 9862687559, 9402300875, 9485050151

Last Date- 20– 03 – 2018

6 including 1-yr old baby boy injured in road accident in Garo Hills

Shillong News Desk | Tura, March 19, 2018: 

Six people sustained injuries in an accident that happened today morning at around 1.30 AM at Baija Market in Williamnagar East Garo Hills, when one Hyundai i20 which was on the way to Williamnagar from Chisopibra, skidded and overturned in the middle of the road.

Ampareen hails Khasi pride- Debates in local dialect in retaliation to Guv’s Hindi speech

By Our Reporter

Shillong, Mar 19, 2018

The members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly have scripted history by speaking in the local dialect while participating in the debate on the Governor’s Address on the second day of the Budget Session today.

This has never in the past since the rules clearly stated that the business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly should be conducted in English.

The first among the MLA who spoke in the Khasi language was former Minister and Congress legislator from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh.

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Participating in the debate on the Governor Address, Ampareen said that Rule 28 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly states that “The business in the Assembly should be conducted in English”.

“We may omit this paragraph today since precedence was set in the realms of this August House on March 16,” the Congress legislator was indirectly referring to precedence created by Governor Ganga Prasad by delivering the Governor Address in Hindi on the opening day of the session.

Following the footsteps of Ampareen, North Shillong KHNAM legislator Adelbert Lyngdoh who also spoke in the Khasi language said that there is some hidden agenda for the Governor addressing the House in Hindi language.

He said that this is something new that the Governor Address was delivered in Hindi in this august House.

Meanwhile, taking a strong exception over the participation of the MLAs in the Khasi language, NCP MLA from Gambegre Saleng A Sangma said that it looks like there are forces who are trying to divide the three major tribes in the State.

He said that this attempt to divide among the major tribes in the State should not be tolerated. While defending the Governor, he said that the Governor has made his address in Hindi since he has problem to speak in English.

“It is really unfortunate that we are making a huge and cry out of this,” NCP MLA from Gambegre who also spoke in few lines in Garo.

He asserted that the MLAs should speak in a language that each and every member understands.

Echoing similar views, HSPDP MLA from Mawkyrwat, Renikton L Tongkhar said that the MLAs should try to communicate in a language which everyone understands.

“I do not subscribe to this idea of speaking in the local dialect. I am of a strong opinion that MLAs should try to speak in the English language,” Tongkhar said.

Later, while speaking to media persons, Assembly Speaker Dr Donkupar Roy said that the members should preferably speak in English while participating in the House.

“”We can provide an opportunity to those MLAs who cannot communicate in English to speak in the local language,” Dr Roy said.

Meghalaya teacher brutally assaulted by alleged NPP workers

From Our Correspondent

Tura, Mar 19, 2018

Intimidation of any form is a practice that has been going on in every sphere for ages and it may range from subtle to being equally brutal to achieve one’s means. In a related case, a teacher working in a school in Phulbari and affiliated with the Congress party and the former MLA of Phulbari AT Mondal, was brutally beaten up by a group of workers allegedly of the National People’s Party last evening leading to a huge ruckus in the town of Phulbari in West Garo Hills.

Meanwhile other Congress party workers, who had worked with the former representative of Phulbari, have made similar complaints of intimidation by workers belonging to NPP’s SG Esmatur Mominin (Rahibul). The Congress party workers – who have allegedly been on the run since the declaration of results, even filed a complaint to the SP of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar though the threat was not countered by local police despite the complaints.

READ | PM Modi awards Meghalaya for agricultural growth, CM dedicates award to farmers of state

Yesterday’ incident has sparked a huge turn with one Mahabul Hoque (of Koylaghat, Phulbari) and he is on the run after he and a group of alleged NPP workers beat up Shahnawaz Ahmed in the Phulbari market at about 7:30 pm last evening. Khan was beaten up with such brutality that he lost consciousness and was rushed to the Phulbari CHC from where he has been referred to Guwahati for further treatment.

“We were all together having tea when he (Shahnawaz) went out of the tea shop to charge his phone. Without any provocation from him, the NPP group led by Mahabul attacked him and beat him into unconsciousness. When they felt they may have killed him, they ran from the spot,” said one of Shahnawaz’s friends who was close by him at the time of the incident.

The attack was later confirmed by the SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar who said that a case was filed and a lookout for the culprit (Mahabul) was currently on.

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“We are on the lookout for him and according to local police he also has criminal antecedents. We are approaching the Court on the matter and he will definitely be booked under appropriate sections of the law,” said Dr Kumar while also asking to the accused to give himself up.

Earlier Congress workers, most of who were based in the Chibinang area in the constituency spoke about the open intimidation being faced by them from alleged NPP workers.

“We are being openly threatened by them and the police has done nothing to work on our complaints or even give us any protection. Even the road to one of our worker’s houses was cut off as punishment. In another case one of our people – whose shop is in Chibinang – was taken out of his shop and asked not to show his face for six months in the town. Some of us in fear have not even returned to our houses for fear of being beaten up or worse – killed,” said one of the victims on the condition of anonymity.

Former Speaker, AT Mondal was critical of the role of the police in the matter stating that complainants had even visited the SP and informed him on the matter but nothing has been done to take care of the matter.

“We have details of phone threats, physical threats that are being heaped upon the people who supported me but the police is only paying lip service. Politics is a choice and no one has the right to force this upon anyone. The police has the duty of protecting this right,” said former Speaker Mondal when earlier contacted.

The NPP MLA, Rahibul however earlier played down the complaints stating that it was a Congress trick.

“There is no intimidation and they are themselves not returning. None of our workers is involved in threatening them or doing anything. These are just stories of make-believe,” asserted Rahibul on Saturday.

However yesterday’s beating of a teacher, has put a spanner in his statement an d action is likely to follow as has been promised by the police, to crack down on any such cases of intimidation that takes place.

Meghalaya: CM says job tough, but expresses resolve to spur development

SHILLONG, March 19, 2018: Barely two weeks into his new role, 40-year-old Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma says he has realized running the government would be a tough job, but asserts he is “here to take over and do my best” to spur development.

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