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Meghalaya to be one of India’s top 10 states in 10 yrs: CM

NEW DELHI, Jan 26:  Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday said that his government is determined to make the state as one of the top 10 states in India, adding a "solid foundation" has been laid to achieve the ambitious mission. The Chief Minister said that 38 lakh people of Meghalaya would go forward along with the people of the other northeastern states and showcase to the world a common market like the European Union. "Meghalaya in the next 10 years would turn one of the top 10 states in the country…

4 women among 10 eminent personalities from NE conferred Padma Shri awards

GUWAHATI/IMPHAL, Jan 25:  Ten distinguished personalities, including four women, from seven of the eight northeastern states were conferred Padma Shri awards in different fields. The four women are Shakuntala Choudhary of Assam for social work while Lourembam Bino Devi and Muktamani Devi, both from Manipur, were recognised for their contributions in art and trade and industry, respectively, and Badaplin War of Meghalaya in the field of Literature and Education. Choudhury, the 102-year-old Gandhian social worker from…

Police probing assault cases: Home minister

SHILLONG, Jan 25: Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said the police are on the job to nab the culprits of the recent twin incidents of assault at Lumdiengjri and Dinam Hall. Some people were injured in the incidents. Rymbui told reporters that the police have already registered a case at Lumdiengjri police station and an investigation is on. “We are hopeful that the police will be able to nab the culprits. The miscreants, responsible for disturbing peace and tranquility in and around the city, should be brought to…

Coal illegalities: UDP justifies demand for independent probe

SHILLONG, Jan 25: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Tuesday said there was nothing wrong in demanding an independent inquiry into the allegations of illegal coal mining and transportation and said the party will urge its elected representatives to deliberate with the government on the contentious issue. “A lot of allegations have been made on the illegalities so why not let us be open to all these things,” UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said. “We will discuss the matter within the party and with the government…

CM violates COVID SOP, attends office

SHILLONG, Jan 25: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who was tested positive for COVID-19 on January 21, attended office on Tuesday in violation of the quarantine protocol. The chief minister is scheduled to unfurl the national flag at the official Republic Day celebrations at Polo Grounds on Wednesday. A senior government official admitted that the chief minister violated the protocol by attending office just four days after testing positive. As per the new standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the Health…

Offline classes are necessary: Rymbui

SHILLONG, Jan 25: Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said the state government will review the situation frequently to decide if the atmosphere is conducive for resuming regular offline classes in the Shillong agglomeration. He said the Education Department had on Monday issued a notification to allow offline classes from Class I to Class XII in the rural areas and online classes in the Shillong agglomeration as of now. “But we will again review the situation in a few days for resuming offline classes in the Shillong…

Khasi language expert gets Padma Shri

From CK Nayak NEW DELHI, Jan 25: Prof Badaplin War, an eminent educationist and expert on Khasi language, was on Tuesday nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri award by President Ramnath Kovind. Prof War is a linguist in the Department of Khasi, North-Eastern Hill University and holds a doctorate degree from University of London. She joined the University in 1983 and rose to become a professor in 2001. Talking to The Shillong Times on Tuesday from her residence, Prof War said she was overwhelmed when she got the…
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