SHILLONG, July 05: USA based world renowned sleep specialist Dr. Deelip Chatterjee on Saturday said that the problem of sleep disorder leads to various kinds of diseases which modern medication ignores. “The biggest cause of sleep disorder is our lifestyle,” he informed reporters at a press conference to announce the launching of a state of the art sleep research facility - Med Solutions Sleep Centre in Guwahati.
The research centre is the first of its kind in the country and is aimed at conducting a study on sleep disorders with special focus on the North East region.
He said, “We teach our children that smoking and drinking are bad but we do not teach them that avoiding sleep is just as unhealthy,” adding “We watch TV late at night, hold bright laptops close to our eyes and drink caffeinated drinks in the evening.”
SHILLONG, July 05: A shop owner who was recently abducted by armed militants managed to escape from the place he was kept by them on Saturday.
A police official said the shop owner identified as Indra Narain Prasad returned home after he claimed that he had managed to escape.
It may be mentioned here that Prasad was abducted by a group of armed militants from Kharkutta village in North Garo Hills District.
The militants, numbering around 10 to 11, went to the residence of Prasad and called him out before they abducted him.
Agartala, July 04 (IANS): The land-locked Tripura was cut-off from the rest of the country by road as a large portion of National Highway-44 (NH-44) was damaged in Assam due to the rains, a minister said here Friday.
The National Highway got badly damaged in around 10 km in southern Assam's Karimganj district three days ago due to incessant monsoon rains.
The 630-km-long NH-44 is the only one that links Tripura by road with the rest of India via Shillong and Guwahati.
The Tripura government sought Assam and Border Roads Organisation's (BRO) help to urgently repair the road, described as the life line of Tripura.
SHILLONG, July 04: Opposition National People’s Party (NPP) leader and former Finance and Power Minister, Conrad Sangma, on Friday suggested the need to adopt a hybrid system of power generation apart from tapping other resources in addressing the grim power scenario in the state.
Submitting a list of recommendations to the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, Sangma said, “Since the rivers are not perennial in nature, the state should have a hybrid system of power generation and accordingly balance the generation of power.”
He said, “The state has huge coal deposits which can feed thermal plants during the dry seasons. There are seasons when there is ample sunshine and strong winds also,” while adding “All sources of energy should be studied and mapped so that an efficient hybrid system of power generation can be established.”
Questions raised on 12th girl gone missing
TURA, July 04: The Tura NGO case of torture of 12 girls in alleged custody of 5 NGO members has seen a lot of heat on the act. While there has been complete condemnation of the act that was perpetrated on the 12, the NGOs have maintained that the exaggerated beatings were not their fault, but were those of the alleged rescuers, before the girls were brought to the police.
Now, after spending close to two months in custody, all members of the NGOs in question are likely to be freed on Saturday. While Merylyn D Shira of the Garo Hills Sentinel for Human Rights (GHSHR) was granted bail on Friday on medical grounds, the rest may get bail Saturday.
An identification parade was also conducted in the Tura District Jail on Friday but with only 11 of the 12 victims present at the scene. While this is very normal procedure, however, for it to be done almost two months after the arrests has raised a lot of questions.
SHILLONG, July 04: A total of 11 illegal shops Friday were closed down by the enforcement wing of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) after they failed to obtain the necessary trading licence during its ongoing checking drive at Iewduh, one of the oldest and biggest market in the city.
“We have closed down 11 illegal business establishments owned by non-indigenous people after they were found running without the trading license which is mandatory as per the law,” KHADC executive member in – charge Trade, Latiplang Kharkongor told reporters here.
Additionally, the enforcement officials seized the items of three hawkers who were operating their businesses without the trading license during the drive conducted here.
TURA, July 04: Garo Hills region has been home to elephants (Pachyderm) and is a place where the animals are not only protected but even their right of way in most places through the region. However, instances of elephant-man conflict especially in the elephant prone zones have alarmed the people of the region. The recent killing of a school teacher by wild elephants near Dalu has now turned this alarm into outright fear.
According to residents, elephants have always been around, but they have never ventured as far into human habitations as they have done this time. Although, there have been 5 reports of men being killed by elephants in the last two decades, the residents now fear the same may become more regular in the future.