SHILONG, April 28: With the dusk of April 27 so does the life of Sr. Bernadette Simsang Sangma aged 53 fade away into the eternal abode. She was the third born to George N. Marak and Late Lucia S. Sangma of Bishop’s Compound, Tura. She was a Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA) meaning daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
In the past thirty years of her life in the congregation of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, she dedicated her life for the welfare of women and young people in particular at the world level.
SHILLONG, April 28: The State Urban Affairs department is looking at an ‘inclusive approach’ with the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) while dealing with issues that require attention from both authorities.
“There are issues which have co-jurisdiction between the state government and the KHADC, we are thinking that it is fair that there should be an inclusive approach to such issues,” Urban Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh told pressmen on Tuesday.
A meeting was held between Lyngdoh and KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Adelbert Nongrum to discuss exploring the possibility of having a close working coordination between the district council and the state government on various issues.
TURA, April 27: After another 14 members of the Congress party, who were a part of the Block Congress Committee (BCC) resigned en masse, following another 20 others from the District Congress Committee (DCC), the MLA under fire, Social Welfare Minister, Deborah Marak, finally broke her silence on the spate of resignations while also rubbishing claims of favouritism and nepotism.
The resignations, which came after 8 senior members of the DCC resigned in protest against the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), working president Marak appointing a president of her choice, bypassing others in the process.
SHILLONG, April 27: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) on Monday has demanded action from the side of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) against what the NGO has termed as ‘illegal drilling and mining of Uranium’.
HYC has also set a deadline of one week for the KHADC to act against a company which the NGO says is mining Uranium in South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) district.
“We served a one-week deadline to the KHADC to ensure that mining and drilling activities by the company is stopped at once,” HYC central body president Peter Lawai said to members of the media after a meeting with Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Adelbert Nongrum on Monday.
TURA, April 27: Continuing the tirade against the Social Welfare Minister, Deborah Marak, 14 more members of the Congress, this time from the Block Congress Committee (BCC) resigned en masse alleging favouritism by the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) working president.
In a letter addressed to the MPCC president, Dr. DD Lapang, the 14 members stated that they had come to the decision after a meeting on Monday last.
SHILLONG, April 27: Shillong will soon be adorned with the beauty of cherry trees after the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) has identified Meghalaya’s capital as the perfect place to plant over 10,000 saplings of cherry trees.
Set to start by mid - May, 2015, the planting of the cherry trees is a herald to a Cherry Blossom Festival in the pine city in the years to come.
Addressing newsmen on Monday, IBSD Director Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, “We are launching the first phase of plantation programme of cherry blossom in Shillong by the middle of May.”
SHILLONG, April 27: The dumping of garbage in the Upper Shillong area of the city has once again come into the fore with a huge quantity of outdated medicines and empty plastic bags of PDS sugar being dumped along the road to the Shillong Peak.
The discarded materials were found by members of the Upper Shillong Circle of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) on Monday morning.
“We have lodged an FIR with the Laban police station against such irresponsible acts by whoever is behind this dumping of waste in the area,” HYC-USC general secretary FG Mawlong said.