SHILLONG, April 15: Aiming at making Meghalaya ‘open defecation free’ state, the state government will soon install a total of 150 ‘bio-digester toilets’ to families without any toilet facilities especially those in the rural areas of the state.
Meghalaya is also the first state to introduce the new scheme called the ‘Installation of Bio-digesters (IOB)’ in the North East region, under the State Rural Infrastructure Development Initiative (SRIDI) of the Community & Rural Development (C&RD) department.
“As a humble beginning, the department will install a total of 150 bio-digesters toilets in the state,” C&RD Minister, Prestone Tynsong said while speaking at a function held here on Wednesday, to release the guidelines and manual for installation of bio-digesters in Meghalaya.
SHILLONG, April 15: The Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) on Wednesday demanded the Meghalaya government to speed up initiating ‘peace talk’ with the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), which, it opined, will help in bringing lasting peace in the state.
“We appeal to the Meghalaya government to show their willingness to settle this issue once and for all by inviting the HNLC members for peace dialogue,” HANM secretary Damonmi Dkhar said in a letter to the government on Wednesday.
“We are ready to cooperate with the government in this respect if it is accepted by any means in order to bring back peace and prosperity in our state in the days to come,” he added.
TURA/SHILLONG, April 14: Five people were injured when an LPG cylinder exploded on Tuesday morning near the heart of the town of Tura. The incident left nearby shops slightly damaged while the injured were immediately rushed to the Tura Civil Hospital from where they were taken to Guwahati for further medical care.
Four of the victims have been identified as Sourab Ali (15), Manju Devi (45) and her two daughters, Robita Kumari (16) and Ranjani Kumari (15) while the identity of the minor vegetable vendor is yet to be established.
SHILLONG, April 14: The All India Garo Union (AIGU) on Tuesday has alleged that the criteria in the recent job recruitment advertisement under the Health and Family Welfare Department by the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) has been fixed in such a way that it ‘disqualifies’ or ‘blocks’ the non-bonded candidates even as it sought the immediate intervention of the state government into the matter.
New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 14 (IANS): E-commerce giant Flipkart on Tuesday said it is "walking away" from Airtel Zero as it is committed to "the larger cause of net neutrality" but Bharti Airtel said it also fully supported the concept and there was some "misconception" about its toll-free platform.
"We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet," said the e-commerce company in a statement.
Guwahati, April 14 (IANS): Congress legislator Rumi Nath was arrested on Tuesday for her alleged nexus with the notorious kingpin of auto thefts Anil Chauhan, police said.
A senior official of the Guwahati Police Commissionerate confirmed and added that Nath was arrested for two cases - one registered with the Azara police station and the other registered with Dispur police station in the city.
"She was arrested from her official residence in Dispur on Tuesday morning," the official added.
TURA, April 13: The kidnapping saga of a minor which unravelled with the arrest of the alleged culprit from the Mawlai area in Shillong has left the whole region stunned due to the person in question. Dr Jimmy Carter N Sangma, was a well known personality within the town, though he was known more for his connections than for his actual work.