Tura, Feb 09: The problem of low voltage within the plain belt region of Garo Hills, including Phulbari, Chibinang, Tikrikilla, Bhaitbari amongst others has been an ongoing issue for the last three years. The problem started even when the MLA from Phulbari was the then Power Minister, AT Mondal, and has continued since. While the region is home to most farming activities, residents allege that the problem is being overlooked as the linemen earn illegal cash through providing generator lines from electricity meant for domestic lines.
Gangtok, Feb 09 (IANS): In a country ranked poorly on the health and environment front, Sikkim has done remarkably well to become India's first state with 100 percent sanitation coverage, according to a report of the drinking water and sanitation ministry.
Sikkim, one of the eight northeastern states nestled prettily in the eastern Himalayas, ranked first among the 28 states and seven union territories in terms of sanitation coverage for both urban and rural areas in households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres. With 610,577 residents (2011 census), Sikkim is India's least populated and second smallest state in area after Goa.
TURA, Feb 08: The incessant cutting of trees within the Garo Hills region has set the alarm bells ringing for most of the intelligentsia of the region. While most have spoken out against the practise which in the modern day seems out of place, ground reality has been driving the practice harder and harder meaning the loss of forest cover as people struggle to make do with the little they are able to from the forests.
The impact of deforestation is already being felt with the diminishing water table and the drying up of perennial streams. The worst impacted region has been the West and East Garo Hills region wherein hectares of forests are being lost as alternatives have not been found which can sustain the rural populace.
Shillong, Feb 08: Biking is not all about daredevilry, but can also be used as a form of protest, appeal or message for a larger human cause. The bikers in Shillong under the umbrella of Royal Enfield Riders Association of Meghalaya (RERAM) and the Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium (BOBMC) organized a ‘Bikers Against Racial Discrimination’ rally in Shillong and other major cities of the country to put the focus on racial discrimination and the need to stop it.
The rally was prompted by the recent murder of a nineteen years old Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi who was beaten to death by shopkeepers when he protested after being taunted by them over his hair colour.
GUWAHATI, Feb 08: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Congress saying that Congress uses India as their private property.
"India is not the personal property of Congress. Who did Congress ask before deciding to give away your land," Modi said.
Modi also attacked India’s Prime Minister saying, "He is the MP of Rajya Sabha representing Assam. Assam has been choosing PM's for the past 23 years and Assam has invested heavily in him. But he could not do anything for the region for the past two decades. If the PM can't do anything for his constituency, what will he do for the country," Modi said.
TURA, Feb 08: While most of the Garo Hills region has been clamouring for infrastructure to support its farming practises, the Farmer’s Market at Chibinang is at the other end of the spectrum. The farmer's market at Chibinang in West Garo Hills, about 120 km from Tura was launched with much fanfare, however even after the whole market was set up, it remains bereft of the one thing it needs most, the people.
The infrastructure which feels like a ghost structure already has not been allocated to the people of the area. This has drawn a lot of very sharp criticism. The public has raised its anger against the property, which has remained without any use, whatsoever.
SHILLONG, Feb 08: Right from the onset of service, with the sole function to provide emergency medical assistance, police and fire assistance, round the clock - GVK EMRI completed five years of untiring, committed and dedicated service to the people of Meghalaya.
The “Wheels of Hope” was set into motion on February 02, 2009 only three months after the Government of Meghalaya signed a MoU with GVK EMRI. Twenty eight 108 Emergency service Ambulance was put into action on the year it was launched followed by two ambulance the year after, then eleven ambulance during the third year, five ambulance during its fourth year of operation and one more was put in to service last year, bringing the total fleet strength of 108 Emergency Service Ambulance to forty seven. Two ALS (Advanced Life Support) 108 Ambulances were launched on August 16, 2011. One based in Shillong and the other in Tura is solely meant for ISFT (Inter State Facility Transfer) cases - transferring critical patient to specialty hospital in Guwahati.