SHILLONG, Oct 20: “Paper Boat”, a novel by Singapore based author Rajat Das, is a chronicle of an improbable Bengali society struggling with its reformation. The novel is set in early 20th century East Bengal, and is as much a romance recalling courage, heroism and fortitude of a nine year young girl who braved all odds to bring water left by a bathing pigeon to cure her ailing mother – who suffered a welt in her womb that has grown to a tumor.
Shillong, Oct 18: Terming the 36-hr bandh called by proscribed outfit HNLC to protest against the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Meghalaya as anti – student, state government on Friday exhorted that the proposed bandh seeks to deprive about 2000 students of years of their hard work.
Shillong, Oct 18: With calls for withdrawal of the proposed 36-hr bandh from various quarters of the state, the HNLC is adamant to go ahead with the bandh call saying they are not ‘jokers’.
Referring to how the pro-ILP activists have been randomly calling agitations and retracting at anyone’s request, HNLC expressed its displeasure towards the activists and said the Council is not made of ‘jokers’.
SHILLONG, Oct 17: Meghalaya’s proscribed militant outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called for a 36-hour bandh to strongly protest against the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the state.
The bandh will be effective in the Khasi-Jaintia hills districts of the state during Mukherjee’s visit. The bandh will be effective from 6 am of October 21 to 6 pm of October 22.
Tura, Oct 18: Expressing his total scorn towards the pro-ILP activists in state, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, has lambasted the activists saying they are led by self – styled leaders who have no understanding of reality within the state, whilst the entire episode being politically motivated.
Stating that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) was not only archaic but regressive in its conception, he said the pressure groups within the state were trying to put the whole system under pressure by their continuous bandh calls and blockades. He even conceded in saying that ‘only a madman will pass a law like ILP’.
Shillong, Oct 18 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee will visit the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, among Asia's largest such museums, in this Meghalaya capital Monday.
A seven-floor museum encompasses the seven states of the northeast and Sikkim.
Green Tour Garo Hills cyclothon held
TURA, Oct 17: Hundreds of enthusiasts from all the five districts of Garo Hills on Thursday participated in the first ever 43 kilometre - Tura to Ampati - ‘Green Tour Garo Hills’ cyclothon defying the 12 hour bandh called by pro - ILP groups. A first of its kind in the whole of Northeast, the cycle marathon was organized jointly by the district administrations of West and Southwest Garo Hills in collaboration with event management partners William Initiative and Northern United Club.
The objective of the mammoth event was to promote green and healthy habits, preserve cultural heritage and encourage cycling as a mode of transport amongst the people of the region.