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IT park to provide 1200 jobs

SHILLONG: The much-awaited IT park in New Shillong Township is likely to be ready for operation by March next year, projecting job prospects for 1,200 persons. It is learnt that the construction of the IT park on 80 acres of land is 85 per cent completed and a few seats have been booked by some agencies. Department has been directed to strategise a Plug-and-Play Model for the IT park and also ensure the completion of the project by March 2021. IT Minister, Hamlet Dohling, on Wednesday said that the government was keen…

NCPCR team may visit Ichamati

From CK Nayak NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights might visit Meghalaya to have a first-hand knowledge of the ground situation over alleged discrimination against children and women in Ichamati area. Talking to The Shillong Times on Wednesday, the chairman of the NCPCR, Priyank Kanoongo, who first flagged the controversial issue, said that priority of the commission was to meet the affected children and talk to them about their hardship. "But since children are in most vulnerable group, we…

Lanong demands census to prevent encroachment

SHILLONG: Nominated MDC, Bindo Lanong on Wednesday moved a motion in the KHADC on illegal encroachment by foreigners and others from outside the state, which is a threat to both the demographic index and the economy of the state. Lanong suggested that the Council can conduct a census in the same way the central government does. Seconding Lanong, KHADC CEM Titos Chyne felt that a census is indispensable. Referring to the Ichamati issue, Lanong expressed concern that some people had lodged a complaint with the Governor…

Assam groups call off economic blockade on GH routes

GUWAHATI: The indefinite economic blockade called by various transporter and trader organisations in Assam on all routes from Goalpara district to Garo Hills from Thursday has been temporarily withdrawn following assurances by the Goalpara district and police administration on Wednesday to relax travel and trade restrictions imposed in the wake of the pandemic. “We had a meeting with the Goalpara SP and additional DC today and were told about the revised SOPs and easing of travel restrictions by Meghalaya for people from…

No intimation on Centre giving ear to views on EIA: EM

SHILLONG: Executive Member in charge of Forest, Macdalyn Sawkmie Mawlong, said that no intimation has been received till date on whether the Centre has accepted the views and comments of the Council on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020. She said the EC is following up on the matter and a letter was also sent on August 7. Replying to a supplementary question by Congress MDC, Charles Marngar, she said that a 12-point proposal was sent to the ministry wherein the Council has opposed the reduction in…

CM, leaders to campaign for NPP in Manipur

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma along with senior leaders of the party will visit Manipur on Thursday to campaign for the party ahead of the upcoming Manipur bypoll. Informing this, NPP General Secretary, Thomas Sangma, said that the team of NPP leaders from Meghalaya will visit Imphal and return on the same day. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced by-election for three more assembly constituencies of Manipur and altogether, bypoll voting will be held in five assembly constituencies of Manipur on…

KHADC session snippets

Mobile connectivity The KHADC CEM, Titos Chyne, said that the Executive Committee (EC) will call the mobile operators for a meeting to deliberate over the connectivity problems faced by the residents. The meeting will be attended by EM in charge of IT and EM in charge of Trade. Chyne informed this during a reply to the motion moved by Congress MDC Bajop Pyngrope on non-functional mobile towers falling under the jurisdiction of the Council. Pyngrope emphasised that there should be an agreement between the mobile operators…
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