Meghalaya Nuggets

Revamped website of forest dept
SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Minister for Forest & Environment and Education Department, Lahkmen Rymbui launched the revamped website of the Forest & Environment Department at the Conference Hall of the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) & HOFF, Sylvan House here on Tuesday. Others who were present on the occasion included Pius Marwein, MLA, PCCF, C P Marak, Director, State Informatics Center, NIC, Timothy Dkhar and officials from Forest & Environment Department. While congratulating the department for taking the initiative to revamp the website, Rymbui said that the Department should take a proactive role in dissemination of relevant information pertaining to the Department for the benefit of the general public. Further, he said that the website should be converted into an e-library or e-museum where the techno savvy population, particularly the students and researchers, can access important information by just a click of a mouse.

National nutritional week
SHILLONG: AROH Foundation in association with HDFC bank Ltd organised the National Nutritional week celebration in Laitumiong, Umdiengpoh, Umlyngpung 12 Mer., and Mawbehon at the respective Anganwadi Centres of the villages on Saturday. Project Coordinator A Warjriof, AROH Foundation said that the National Nutrition Week is celebrated from September 1 to 7 every year with the objective to spread nutritional awareness in the community. She lauded the organizers and other contributors for the celebration of National Nutritional Week in the village. Others who spoke on the occasion included Project Manager L Marngar, Anganwadi workers of the villages, the Supervisor of AROH Foundation, among others.

District-level cultural competition
NONGPOH: The District Level Cultural Activities Competition of Ri Bhoi organised by the District Art and Culture Society, Ri Bhoi was held at the District Library Auditorium Nongpoh on Tuesday. Rosetta Mary Kurbah, Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi was the chief guest in the presence of A. Kharbhih, District Librarian Officer. Students participated in different events which included painting under the theme ‘Save Mother Earth’, Art & Craft competition under theme ‘Recycling waste materials’, Folk song (group & Solo), Folk Dance group, English Song Solo and Indigenous instrumental. It may be mentioned that the winners will represent the district in the State Level Cultural Activities which will be held at the State Central Library, Shillong on Wednesday. WINNERS: Keehal Timung of St. Paul’s HS School (painting); Bashankupar Nongbsap of Nehru Memorial HS School (Art and Craft); St. Michael HS School (folk Song group); Ronald Mawthoh of Mynken HS School (folk song solo); Teilarympei Kharnari of Holy Angel Bhoirymbong (English song); St. John HS School Jyntru (folk dance group); and St. Paul HS School, Nongpoh (indigenous instrumental). Speaking on the occasion, the DC congratulated the winners and appreciated the efforts of participants.

Placement drive
SHILLONG: A two-day placement drive was organised at ITI Rynjah, Shillong which concluded on Tuesday in order to provide gainful employment to the youths in corporate India. The event was conducted by the Labour Department under the government project Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya (SHCDM) assisted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Prior to the drive, a series of pre-placement drives was conducted at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah, Youth Hostel, Shillong and Dorbar Hall, Sajer, Nongpoh. As many as 415 candidates appeared for interviews with different employers and around 320 candidates got selected for jobs in various sectors. Few candidates from Mechanical, Civil and Automobile Engineering background got an opportunity for internship programmes in Japan. The quality of youth for various job roles has been lauded by the employers wherein the selection rate is more than 75 per cent which is the highest compared to other states. The placement drive was organised with the support of the Project NGO, Aide et Action jointly with IPE Global in partnership with CII -the Managed Services Operating Partner of the Labour Department, Government of Meghalaya.

Registration for MHIS
SHILLONG: The Chief Executive Officer, Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare has informed that the registration of beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in convergence with Megha Health Insurance Scheme – Phase IV has been set up in all districts and sub-division headquarters in the state. In East Khasi Hills, the centre for registration is at SNA MHIS, DHS, Health Complex Laitumkhrah and Civil Hospital, Shillong; In East Jaintia Hills at DM&HO Office, Khliehriat; In West Jaintia Hills at DM&HO Office, Ladthalaboh, Jowai; In Ri Bhoi at DM&HO Office, Nongpoh; In West Garo Hills at District Maternity & Child Hospital, Tura; In East Garo Hills at DC Office, Williamnagar; In South West Garo Hills at DM&HO Office, Ampati; In West Khasi Hills at Old CHC, Nongstoin; In North Garo Hills at Resubelpara, CHC; In South Garo Hills at Baghmara Civil Hospital and in South West Khasi Hills at DC Office, Mawkyrwat. The period policy of the scheme begins from February 1 to January 31, 2020. For queries the contact provided include Helpdesk No. 0364-2507477/Toll free No. 18001024762 and www.mhis.org.in and www.pmjay.gov.in.

Awareness on suicide prevention
SHILLONG: The Department of Psychology, Martin Luther Christian University in collaboration with Bethany Society and Meghalaya Association of Professional Counsellors (MAPC), organised a special awareness programme on ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ in the University’s campus and in Khyndailad, Police Bazaar. The programme was held with the aim of enlightening people about this important topic that has increasingly become a social epidemic. It was also held to pay homage to all the precious souls that were unfortunately lost to suicide besides encouraging people to refrain from suicide.

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