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Garo Hills State Movement Committee demands for Garoland state.


Tura, Nov 16,2017: The demand for a separate Garoland state intensified ahead of the 2018 election to the Meghalaya Assembly through a rally that was initiated by the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC).

The rally began from Chandmari playground and passed through Tura bazar and culminated at Law college playground in New Tura. The rallyists shouted slogans – “A’ching A’song Tangbangchina” (long live Garoland) as they marched through the streets of Tura town.

The rallyists also displayed placards which read ‘Jago Modi Jago’ (wake up Modi) and ‘We want Garoland, no state, no rest!’ while making an attempt to make themselves heard on the demand for Garoland while stating the demand was genuine with an urgent need for its creation.

The rallyists cleared the doubt saying that Garos are demanding a separate state not because they do not want to live with its counterpart Khasi and Jaintia in Meghalaya but because it was an age old demand raised by their forefathers and it was high time that it was considered.

The rallyists drew attention of the public saying that Garo freedom fighter Sonaram R. Sangma had taken up the issue for a separate Garoland during the British era and Garo National Council (GNC) had also taken up the issue in late 1960s under the leadership of founding chief minister of Meghalaya late Captain Williamson A. Sangma.

However, as there was aspiration from the hills people for separate state during that time, the demand for separate hill state got momentum, leading to the creation of Meghalaya and other states carved out of Assam.

The Garo National Council (GNC), a political party that has been raising its voice for Garoland took the centre stage in the rally with its leader Kalpana Marak, wife of former minister Late Clifford Marak and president of GNC, member of district council Jimberth Momin and former deputy chief executive member of district council Augustine Marak urging the public to lend their support for the cause of Garoland state.

“GNC has been demanding Garoland since 1992 and has submitted series of memorandums. The demand got adequate support from many other regional parties of the state including HSPSP of late Hopingstone Lyngdoh and UDP but due to lack of political willpower, the demand is yet to be materialized,” said Augustine Marak, leader of GNC.

He also said that the regional parties of Khasi – Jaintia Hills mainly the Hill State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and People Democratic Front (PDF) has agreed to make the demand for separate state for Khasi and Jaintia and GNC has decided to raise the issue of Garoland in the 2018 state assembly election.

“We are committed to the cause of our people. The current government in the centre is of the idea to create 50 states in India, the Garoland has to be one of the state,” Marak said, while exhorting that based on linguistic line, the Garos ought to have a state of its own.

Chairman of GHSMC Nikman Marak informed the gathering that they have recently submitted their memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Nikman informed that the central government has said that demand for a separate state has to be passed in the state legislative assembly than only it can be taken up in the parliament. “It is important that political parties irrespective of their affiliation come together and raise this issue for the interest of the people of the state”, he added.

GHSMC has been spearheading their demand since 2012 and has held its 22nd rally today at Tura. They are going to further intensify their demand with similar rallies in other parts of Garo hills. Today’s rally did not have much participation barely around 1000 people but the spirit for the demand was high.

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Footfall of Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong triples!

Shillong, November 16, 2017: This year, the number of people who attended India’s International Cherry Blossom Festival in Meghalaya, tripled as compared to 2016.

The festival was held earlier this November from the 8th till the 11th at the scenic Wards Lake, dotted with pink and white cherry blossoms which then concluded at Polo Grounds where local culture, tasted food and brew of the region were displayed.

“There were 35,556 adults and 1,343 children who visited the Wards Lake during the four-day festival period, and a total of Rs 3.74 lakh was collected as entry fees,” state Forest and Environment Secretary A Mawlong. He also added that the footfall during the festival period has “tripled” as compared to 2016, the first year of the event. The fee collected at the venue, too, doubled from Rs 1.4 lakh last year, the official further stated.

The total number of people who attended the festival on all the four days was nearly 60,000 this year as against 20,000 a year ago, an official said.

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Shillong: Ultra Maniac Fest this Saturday


Shillong Nov 16,2017: Ultra Maniac was founded with a vision that Northeast India deserves seamless and empowering event experiences. Ultra Maniac Fest is Northeast’s first EDM festival which is going to bring together some of the most popular Indian as well as international DJs to play for the first time in the this part of the country.

It has already toured across Assam on the 11th and 12th of November and has left the people of Dibrugarh and Jorhat completely awe-struck by the unbelievable line up of music artists. The next event is going to be held on the 18th November in Umiam, Orchid Lake Resort, Shillong from 2pm to 10pm.

The artist line up is even bigger and better which includes international artists – Rave Radio from Australia. It is for the first time that the top DJs of India are coming down together to play for the people of Northeast. The lineup also includes Sartek, Candice Redding, The Unknown, Hasit Nanda and Elton. Rave Radio and Hasit Nanda are allset to play live on their drums and piano respectively at the upcoming event.

Rave Radio’s single ‘Rumble’ was dropped main stage at globally renowned festivals like Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. Sartek has played at the opening act for Justin Bieber, Armin Van Burren, Martin Garrix and many more during their India tour. Candice Redding has performed alongside some of the most renowned DJs in the world namely Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Kygo. She has shown immense dedication towards the music scene in India. The Unknown has performed at India’s largest music Festival – Sunburn, Pune 2016 and Amsterdam Dance Event, Mumbai. Hasit is self-taught pianist and his videos have been shared and prasied by the biggies of EDM like Afrojack and Hardwell. Elton is a very renowned DJ hailing from Shillong. MC Noizee is the official MC of the event and has performed at many top music festivals in India. VJ Sneh is also going to be there to keep the crowd entertained!

At Ultra Maniac Festival, Shillongites are definitely going to experience something new. Ultra Maniac strives to bring the EDM music concert culture to Northeast so that people do not have to travel to other cities for the experience. It is planning to organise many more bigger events in the Northeast in future. Ultra Maniac believes Northeast too deserves the best event experiences like the rest of India and it is here to give Shillong just that.

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Aircel embarks 12 year journey in NE,Value propositions for customers top priority


Shillong, November 15,2017 : In an intriguing interaction with Mr. Nilaj Mahalanavis, Circle Business Head and Damanbha Lato, the network head of Aircel, one of the leading mobile service provider in North East India, it was apparent and clearly evident that Aircel is indeed a provider of the best value for money propositions. Mr. Nilaj explained Aircel’s pocket friendly propositions that not only add value to a customer’s needs, but also encourage the use of mobile services across all strata of society.

Mr. Nilaj also talked about the company’s humble beginning twelve years ago in North East. He claimed that the company is known for the far and wide network it offers in North East especially in Meghalaya where the company have around 7 lakh subscribers.

“We are very proud of the facts that we as a brand have been associated with the people of the North East for over 12 years. As a company we have evolved with the blessings of the people from this region. It is a matter of pride that the people of the region have trusted our services and have been instrumental in making Aircel one of the most formidable brands in the region. My colleagues, Aircel’s partners and I thrive on this trust bestowed upon us by the people of this region and have built it into our DNA to continue offering the best in class services to the people of the North East in general and the people of Meghalaya in particular”, said Nilaj Mahalanavis, during the interaction.

During the question answer session, Mr Nilaj addressed the rumours about the shutting down of Aircel, he condemned the rumour by tagging it as baseless, and he went on categorically denying that this rumour is being spread with maleficent intention. He assured that Aircel will remain a very strong service provider in the market. He termed the bringing down of price tariffs as a proactive action to be in the competitive market and welcomed the competitors to match the prices of Aircel. He agreed that the closure of Reliance services also added to the customer flow into Aircel through Mobile Number Portability (MNP) and the process is ongoing.  While addressing the question on weak mobile network in border areas of the state, Mr. Nilaj Mahalanavis and Mr. Damanbha Lato made it clear that any private service provider’s signal must fade or has to become un-operational 500 metres ahead of the border post according to the ruling of Indian Government. They also assured that there network is the best especially in rural areas even though it is difficult to setup towers in rural areas due to various local issues. Mr. Damanbha Lato took the opportunity to request the media to spread awareness among the people that there is no need to be worried about any kind of radiation due to telecom towers. He guaranteed that telecom towers are very safe and hopes that this knowledge will help them strengthen their service in the state. Even though Aircel is planning a shift into 4G technology , Mr. Nilaj states that the quality of current 3G services provided by Aircel is equivalent to services provided by competitors with latest technology in market at present.

Thus the pleasant interaction proves that Aircel’s unlimited and lucrative propositions are a big hit amongst its loyal subscribers and lives up to the company’s promise to always do a little extra.

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“UDP to emerge single largest party after 2018 Assembly elections,”says Paul Lyngdoh


Shillong, November 15, 2017: The United Democratic Party (UDP) has expressed confident that it would emerge as the single largest party after the upcoming 2018 Assembly elections in the State.

“We are confident that we will emerge as the single largest party after the elections,” UDP working president, Paul Lyngdoh told newsmen here on Tuesday.

While terming the three political parties- NPP, PDF and NCP- as splinter groups, he said that all the three political parties have emerged from the Congress.

“They are like the breakaway faction of the Mukul Sangma group,” Lyngdoh stated.

He further stated that the party does not see any threat from other political parties since they will all diminish after the elections.

The UDP working president also said that the party trump card in this election will be the ‘potential dark horses” candidates even though the other political parties will depend on the top leaders of the party to win the election.

On the UDP-HSPDP alliance, he said that the two parties have come together for the first time since the early 80’s.

“We have decided to work together with a definite mission,” he said.

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Sunburn Reload all set to take Shillong City by storm!


Shillong Nov 15,2017: The biggest electronic dance music festival of India is back again in Shillong this year. After a successful event last year,Sunburn Reload in partnership with Evenflo is set to take Shillong city by storm at the iconic Orchid Lake Resort , Umiam on 2nd Dec 2017.

A major turn out of more than 3000 festival goers was witnesed last year. With artists like Sartek and Candice Redding headlining the festival and support from the city’s best DJs, this year’s edition will have Oskar(Australia) and Joshi(India) who will be headlining and harnessing the festival of speakers’ destruction.

This is going to be one of the biggest Dance Music Festival in the State this year.

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