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Two more test positive, 14 active cases now

SHILLONG: Two more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Ri-Bhoi district on Thursday. Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said that the state has 14 active cases and the two new positive cases are the high-risk contacts of the positive patient who was working at the Greenwood Resort in Assam. Health Minister AL Hek said that the two positive patients, who hail from Khanapara in Ri Bhoi, were also working in Greenwood Resort. Hek added that the persons were tested positive in Assam and the information was…

Sample COVID tests in city market places

SHILLONG: In a heightened surveillance against coronavirus, the East Khasi Hills district administration has carried out sample testing in six market areas in and around Shillong city. Informing this here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner, Matsiewdor War Nongbri said that they started the exercise some time ago in a few of the busy market areas including Laban market, Nongmynsong, Iewduh & Paltan Bazaar, Khyndai Lad, Laitumkhrah and Rynjah. As of now, testing has been conducted in six of the markets and samples of…

Fire at Woodland hospital owner’s building

SHILLONG: A portion of an Assam-type building near the Shillong Law College, owned by the proprietor of Woodland Hospital in Dhankheti, was partially gutted in a fire on Thursday night. The incident happened around 9.45 pm. Sources said the hospital used to keep furniture and old medical reports in the building. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The owner, Dr W Kharshiing said an employee of the the hospital stays with his wife in the Assam-type building. "Only 25 per cent of the building was affected", he…

Cong MLA alleges laxity at entry points

SHILLONG: Congress MLA David Nongrum has alleged that laxity was gradually creeping in at the entry and exit points as people from Assam were able to enter without much difficulty. Pointing out that the COVID situation in Assam was grim and even the Assam Health Minister had acknowledged it, Nongrum said that the checking in the interstate border was not being carried out as per the SOP as many people from the state had easy access to Meghalaya. Citing his own experience, Nongrum said that this week when he returned back…

Distressed city hawkers rue govt apathy

SHILLONG: Street vendors and hawkers, who have been virtually denied any assured source of income for the past three months, have pent up feelings of being given a "Cinderella treatment" by the government. And nobody can blame them for it. While most of the markets and business establishments are functioning, it is only this unorganized lot who are made to wait like they were pariah. The Shillong Times tried to gauze what it takes to be a hawker these days. When this reporter caught up with some of the vendors,…

Coal auction in state within three weeks

SHILLONG: The state government will facilitate the auction of already extracted coal within three weeks. An official source said on Thursday that 2 lakh metric tonnes of extracted coal out of the 32 lakh metric tonnes will be auctioned within three weeks. The official added that several depots will be set up to auction the coal. The government had secured clearance from NGT committee, Coal India Ltd and the MSTC Limited (formerly Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited). The break-up of the auction from different districts…

Municipal employees to get salary

SHILLONG: The Shillong Municipal Board employees will get their pending salary thanks to the intervention of the High Court of Meghalaya. During the hearing of the matter on Thursday, the government made a statement that the salary of the petitioners for the period of one month has already been released and the unpaid salary of the remaining period would be paid within fifteen days from Thursday. In this context, hearing of the petition has been deferred and the matter will be taken up on July 23.
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