In one of the most commendable attempt of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) is the upcoming ‘Monolith Festival’ on October 25-26 next at the famous heritage-village Mawphlang constructed over 7 - acres of land in East Khasi hills district. As many as 53 traditional Himas (kingdoms) from different parts of Ri Bhoi, East, West and South West Khasi hills districts will be taking part in displaying and showcasing their rich traditional food, sports, medicines, attires, dance, songs and others.
Two years back, the Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU), Mid-east Circle, in keeping with the cultural and customary ethos, issued a strong dictate banning school girls wearing short school uniform skirts and students found smoking or taking drugs within their jurisdiction. JSU was bold enough to point out that short skirt within knee length invites unwanted attention of male, which resulted to even attempted rape. In keeping disciplining of the students community, the union also warned of stern action against students smoking and consuming any form of intoxication.