News from across the state

SIRD review meeting held
SHILLONG: A regional review meeting of DDU-GKY programme implementation in North East India organised by DDU-GKY Cell, SIRD Meghalaya was held under the aegis of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), on October25 at the State Convention Centre, Shillong. The meeting which was attended by representatives of all North Eastern states was presided by Alka Upadhyaya, joint secretary (Skills), MoRD. Other dignitaries include IR Sangma, secretary, C & RD department, Ram Singh, chief executive officer, Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society, Anil Subramaniam, Director (Skills), DDU-GKY, MoRD, GoI, Shri Bala Subramaniam, chief operating officer (Skills), MoRD, GoI. Upadhyaya while reviewing the programme stressed that all programme functionaries in the region must put in extra efforts to make the programme more accessible to the rural youth particularly those from the Antyodaya villages and Rurban clusters.

Looms and yarns distributed
AMPATI: Mahendraganj MLA and chairperson of Meghalaya Resource and Employment Generation Council, Dikkanchi D Shira distributed looms and yarns to the weavers under Income Generation programme of Sericulture and Weaving department at Betasing block headquarter in South West Garo Hills on Tuesday afternoon. It may be mentioned that the scheme for distribution of yarns and looms under the programme for weavers was sanctioned in 2015-2016 to revive the age-old tradition of weaving by women-folk in the state. The distribution programme was attended by BDO Betasing AG Momin, District Sericulture Officer, GR Marak, other district officials and hundreds of weavers from the block, among others. Shira also interacted with the weavers and encouraged them to upscale their weaving activity not only to meet their own requirements but also for generating income for their economic sustainability. She also stressed on the need to improve their products by using modern technology and innovative designs to meet the demands of modern generation.

Karo Sambhav e-waste programme launched
SHILLONG: Karo Sambhav has launched an e-waste awareness initiative in the schools of Dimapur in association with partner, Rongjeng Technologies. Held at Don Bosco Youth Center, the programme was participated by teachers from 26 high schools of Shillong. The programme aims at creating awareness on environmental issues like waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and will engage the academic fraternity in keeping the environment clean. The organisers have designed a curriculum which would enable “development of 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving”. The curriculum comprises strategies like circular economy and inspires students and teachers to lead a sustainable lifestyle and become catalysts of change. For the academic year 2017-18, the programme will engage more than 1,000 schools in alignment with the State Education Departments, and the State Pollution Control Boards. The programme is an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, and ‘Smart Cities’. The programme consists of three phases divided over a period of 4 months. In the initial phase, teachers will be given a training on the specially designed toolkit for the purpose, consisting of 6 exercises.

Financial literacy camp held
NONGSTOIN: A Financial Literacy Camp as a part of the financial inclusion agenda of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was held at Seijlieh Presbyterian HS School West Khasi Hills on October 25.  L Hangmuanthang, assistant general manager, and Anirban. Chakraborty, assistant GM RBI Shillong, addressed the students on various aspects and benefits of formal banking and financial inclusion, financial planning and budgeting, precaution from fraudulent e-mails, SMS, phone calls and precaution from fraudulent deposit accepting companies and unincorporated bodies, grievance redressal mechanism in the banking system, features of genuine currency notes, new developments in the field of digital transanction, namely, UPI, BHIM, USSD, etc. 

De-worming Day
TURA: De-worming Day was organised at St. Xavier’s School, Chima-Impel in North Garo Hills on Thursday. The programme held under the supervision of Public Health Centre Wa ge A’si. Albendazole Tablets were given to students. Expert explained about the seriousness of the sickness caused by the worms and need for hygiene. An essay competition was also carried out.

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