News from across Meghalaya

NABARD scheme launched in Kharkutta
SHILLONG: The Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP), a NABARD project that aims at helping farmers at Wageasi in Kharkutta C&RD block of North Garo Hills, was inaugurated on Thursday. Eleven villages in the block with a total of 535 households have been selected for ITDP. FR Marak, the general manager of NABARD Shillong, said planting of fruit trees and cattle rearing, among other things, can be undertaken under the programme. Tura-based Bakdil NGO will monitor and manage the project. It is already looking after ITDP projects in Dadenggre, Dalu, Zikzag and Samanda.The inaugural programme was held at Wageasi PHC run by Bakdil for the last 10 years. On January 26, the PHC received the award for the cleanest hospital in the district. BAKDIL functionaries, self-help group members, church and community leaders were present at the function.

Mawprem Dorbar Shnong issues warning
SHILLONG: The Dorbar Shnong of Mawprem has condemned the activity of anti-social elements which has created a fear psychosis in the people of Lower Mawprem following the recovery of a live-hand grenade from the vehicle of Michael Pakyntein on Monday at Bishop Falls, Lower Mawprem. The executive committee of the Dorbar Shnong of Mawprem expressed concern on the incident stating that the live grenade could have caused injury or lost of lives on the busy main road, had it exploded. The Dorbar Shnong added that anti-social elements will be sternly dealt with and appealed to the residents to be vigilant and alert to ensure peace and tranquility in Mawprem area.

IIM Shillong completes summer placements
SHILLONG: IIM Shillong has completed summer placements for its batch of 2017-19 consisting of 180 participants. The average stipend was Rs 87,000 with thehighest stipend of Rs 3 lakh for two months. The placement season saw participation from 75 recruiters. Sales and Marketing emerged as the most sought-after domain, accounting for 35% of the total offers made to the participants.Some of the biggest names in the industry participated in this year’s placement season. Regular recruiters such as Aditya Birla Group, Amazon, Berger Paints, Cognizant Business Consulting, Deloitte, Fidelity Management Research, HSBC, ICICI, ITC, Kohler, Mahindra GMC, MetLife, Nomura, Piramal, Tata Steel, VMWare, Wipro and Yes Bank visited the campus. An array of new recruiters such as Air Asia, Avendus Capital, Barclays, BPCL, Britannia, JSW and Muthoot Fincorp also recruited in large numbers. ITC, a prominent recruiter in the Sales & Marketing domain, offered the highest stipend of Rs 3 lakh.

Integrated Tribal Development Programme launched in North GH
SHILLONG: Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP), a NABARD project with the objective of helping farmers in Wageasi area under Kharkutta C&RD Block of North Garo Hills District was inaugurated on Thursday. FR Marak, General Manager of NABARD Shillong was the chief guest. Marak spoke about different activities to be undertaken under the programme. Tura based NGO, Bakdil, was entrusted with the responsibility of looking after the project where eleven villages under Kharkutta Block with a total 535 households have been selected.

 EC directs DCs to approve manual applications under Suvidha
SHILLONG: The Election Commission has directed respective Deputy Commissioners to accept manual applications under Suvidha, an online application format for holding meetings and public rallies. The directive came from Election Commission after several political parties rued that the permission is sometimes delayed through Suvidha because of connectivity issues. The political parties had separately met the Election Commission of India officials on Thursday and apprised the difficulties in filing online applications since internet facilities are not available on the outskirts of the State. The EC has also asked DC’s to expedite the process of issuing permissions under Suvidha to political parties for holding meeting and rallies. Meanwhile, political parties and candidates are now in top gear organising public meetings at small level in different colonies and pockets of the town. Campaigning is expected to intensify as election closes in.

Deputy Election Commissioner meets district officials
TURA: Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI), Chandra Bhushan Kumar, IAS along with Director (Election Expenditure), ECI Vikram Batra on Wednesday, met the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police of all Garo Hills districts including Observers and Expenditure Observers appointed by ECI for the General Election at DRDA Conference Room in Tura. During the meeting, Kumar reviewed the level of preparedness in the respective districts for the elections. District wise reports on election matters and its preparedness were briefed to the Deputy Election Commissioner by all the District Election Officers, Superintendent of Police and Observers. On the level of preparedness the Deputy Election Commissioner took a detailed note on the election process and necessary requirements with regard to postal ballot, arrangement of transport for polling personnel for poll day, facilities available at polling stations, law and order situation, awareness and training programmes, amongst others. He also urged the Observers to visit more polling stations so as to get the ground realities.

Third phase training for poll personnel underway
TURA: The third phase training programme for polling personnel organised by the District Election Office in Tura began on Thursday at the District Auditorium and SMELC building in Dakopgre and will continue till Saturday. It may be mentioned that hands-on training is being provided to the polling personnel to familiarise them with EVM/VVPAT machines including use of election paper seals, address tags, etc. Central Election Observers, Dr Nidhi Pandey, Harjeet Singh and Rubal Prakher Agarwal were also present during the training at both the venues. Meanwhile, awareness to electors and training to polling personnel is also underway at the Election EVM / VVPAT warehouse located behind DC office.

Electoral Literacy Clubs’ meet
held at Ampati
Ampati: The Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) meet and training, the first of its kind in the district, was organised by the South West Garo Hills District Committee on Electoral Literacy as part of the SVEEP Programme at St. Claret Secondary School Ampati on Thursday. The meet was participated by recognised ELCs from various schools and colleges across the district along with their teachers besides the district officials, booth-level awareness groups (BAGs) and others youths and students. It may be mentioned that ELCs are being formed in educational institutions across the district as part of ECI’s streamlining of SVEEP activities for educating and capacity building of the youth for enhanced and informed electoral participation among the new and future voters.

Miss Hynniewtrep 2018
SHILLONG: Miss Hynniewtrep 2018 beauty pageant will be held on February 17. All together 18 contestants, coming from different parts of Khasi Jaintia Hills, have been selected for the mega event. The main objective of the event is to promote local talents and inspire the youth to gain in self confidence and success. The Miss Hynniewtrep 2018 is the second edition organized by the Bakur Social Welfare Sports Club. The event will kick off at 7 pm followed by other entertaining activities.


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