Tuesday, May 21, 2024


North East

Meghalaya CM defends Autonomous District Councils, calls for streamlining performance

SHILLONG, May 16: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma reiterated state's stance on preservation of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) dismissing proposals to abolish them despite concerns over their administrative efficacy. In recent statement, Sangma emphasized pivotal role played by ADCs in safeguarding cultural heritage of Meghalaya. "District councils play important role in protecting cultural heritage of state. If administration is not up to mark. It does not mean it should be abandoned." stated Chief Minister Sangma. He underscored enduring value of ADCs in Meghalaya's governance landscape. Meghalaya, despite status as full-fledged...
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India-France Joint Military Exercise starts at Umroi in Meghalaya

SHILLONG, MAY 13: The India-France Joint Military Exercise is scheduled to be conducted from May 13 to May 26, 2024, at Umroi in Meghalaya The Opening Ceremony of the joint exercise was attended by French Ambassador Thierry Mathou and Major General Prasanna Sudhakar Joshi, General Officer Commanding 51 Sub Area. Exercise Shakti is a biennial training event conducted alternatively in India and France. Last edition was conducted in France in November 2021. Indian contingent comprising 90 personnel is being represented primarily by a Battalion of the Rajput Regiment besides personnel...
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India-France joint military exercise to begin in Meghalaya on May 13

Shillong, May 9: The 7th edition of the India-France Joint Military Exercise “Shakti” is set to commence from May 13 to 26 at the Joint Training Node in Umroi, Meghalaya. Scheduled for May 13, the opening ceremony is expected to be graced by esteemed dignitaries. HE Thierry Mathou, Ambassador of France, along with Brigadier Mayur Shekatkar, Commander of the 24 Mountain Brigade, and several other senior military and civilian dignitaries, are expected to attend the ceremony. During “Shakti,” the primary focus will be on achieving several key objectives. The foremost...
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Several houses damaged, over 400 people affected as storm hits Meghalaya’s Khasi Jaintia Hills region

Shillong, May 6: Several houses were damaged and more than 400 people affected as a storm accompanied by heavy rains lashed several villages in Meghalaya's Khasi Jaintia Hills region, officials said on Monday. The IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region for another 48 hours, they said. "At least 427 people were affected as their homes were destroyed or partially destroyed in at least 13 villages of Khasi Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya on Sunday," a senior disaster management official told PTI. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad...
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2 lynched in Meghalaya after teen alleges rape attempt

Shillong, May 4: Two persons were lynched in Meghalaya's Eastern West Khasi Hills district for allegedly trying to rape an 18-year-old woman, police said on Saturday. The incident happened on Friday afternoon at Nongthliew village near district headquarters Mairang, they said. The woman alleged that she was in her home when the duo attacked her with a knife and tried to rape her. On hearing her screams, neighbours gathered at the spot and caught hold of the two, police said. The mob then took them to a nearby community hall...
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Rising trend of cervical cancer in Meghalaya raises concern

Shillong, May 4: The Head of the Oncology Department at Civil Hospital in Shillong, Dr Anisha Mawlong, revealed concerning trends in cervical cancer cases in Meghalaya. Mawlong spoke on Saturday, on the sidelines of the annual MMSA conference, mentioning that the rising cases of cervical cancer can be traced to the large number of children being borne by women, especially in rural areas, and additionally, engaging in multiple sexual partners. Adding to that, she said, “We aren’t in the top numbers, but if it is not addressed immediately, sooner than...
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3 more petrol bomb attacks in Meghalaya; 2 in police stations

SHILLONG, MAY 2: Three more petrol bombs rocked the State capital of Meghalaya, two inside police stations, with Meghalaya police seemingly finding it helpless to stop these attacks or identify the perpetrators. Nobody was hurt in these attacks. One petrol bomb was hurled at the Sadar Police station, considered to be one of the biggest and most important police stations in the State, located at Police Bazaar, or Kyndailad. Another petrol bomb was hurled at the Rynjah police station and one such bomb was hurled at the Meghalaya Government Construction...
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Accused of gang-rape, Meghalaya boy files sexual assault complaint against victim

Shillong, May 1: A boy, who was accused in the gang-rape of a 26-year-old vlogger in Shillong, lodged a complaint on Tuesday, alleging that it was the victim who had sexually assaulted him, police said. Last week, three of his friends were arrested in connection with the gang-rape, while he was on the run. After securing an anticipatory bail in the gang-rape case, he filed the complaint, they said. "One of the accused was a minor at the time of the crime, and he has filed a complaint at Rynjah...
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