News from across Meghalaya

DCs prohibit use of dynamite, illegal substance for fishing
TURA: Deputy Commissioners of East and West Garo Hills have issued prohibitory orders against the killing of fish by employing the use of illegal methods in all areas falling under the two districts. As per the orders issued separately, prohibition has been made on the use of dynamite, generators, bleaching powder, DDT and other poisonous chemicals, herbs or any other unnatural method which will result in mass killing of fish. The orders come following a recent facebook post showing villagers catching a large number of fish from a community fish sanctuary in the Simsang River by using dynamite. The facebook post had sparked outrage among users who condemned the method.

Garo NGOs shut down town pharmaceutical
TURA: Organisations from Garo Hills including the GSU, FKJGP, AYWO and ADE have closed down a pharmaceutical in Tura alleging its owner of committing fraud and masquerading as a chartered accountant to promote his business. According to the organisations, Vivek Agarwal of GLR Pharmaceuticals along with his family members (mother and brother) cheated a Garo business partner by depriving him of his share from the business and eventually kicking him out. “We have come to know that he (Garo partner) was kicked out of business through harassment, underhand dealing by resorting to staged vandalism and robbery to misinform him about the earnings and performance of the business,” the organisations said. The pressure bodies alleged that books of accounts maintained were manipulated adding, there was even an instance when the victim demanded to inspect the book of accounts, a robbery was staged and the computer and books maintained by the firm were ‘supposedly stolen’. “It has also been alleged that the earnings from the firm were kept secret as some of the money was reportedly deposited in other bank accounts instead of the bank account used by the firm,” they claimed. With regard to the impersonation claim, the organizations said that Agarwal has been impersonating as a qualified chartered accountant even to government officials and senior citizens to seal a business opportunity. “This is a serious offence and may have adversely affected some people,” they added. A complaint in this regard has also been made to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the GHADC where they sought the cancellation of the owner’s TNT. “The TNT given to Agarwal must be cancelled. And as we believe that his mother and brother live in the same house and are involved in the same business, we believe that it is against the rules to give TNT to all three people. Their TNTs must be cancelled,” warned the organisations in their complaint. 

Workshop on ‘Livestock Value Chain Management’ held
SHILLONG: The Livestock Production Division of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) organised a one-day workshop on ‘Livestock Value Chain Management’ on Tuesday with an aim to improve farmers’ income and promote entrepreneurship in the livestock sector. A total of 77 small-scale livestock entrepreneurs — including state agencies like the Department of Animals Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Meghalaya Basin Development, Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship, Meghalaya Rural Livelihood Mission and NGOs — participated in the programme. An MoU was signed for providing non-exclusive licensing to Tailang E. Kharmalki, Shillong, proprietor of meat-tender to market the meat and meat products of the institute.

Man found hanging from tree
SHILLONG: The body of a person was found hanging from a tree in the 2 ½ Mile forest on Wednesday morning. The body of the deceased identified as Deibormi Khyllip was found by school-going children, which was hanging from a tree in the Upper Shillong Protected Forests (Khasi Hills Territorial Division) of the Forests and Environment Department. His relatives said he was missing since Tuesday afternoon. The police are suspecting suicide.

BSF seizes cattle in 3 districts
SHILLONG: The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized cattle and contraband worth over Rs 25 lakh in different districts. The border sentinels, working on a tip-off seized 50 cattle worth more than Rs 10 lakh at Tuka and Nayabazar in East Khasi Hills on Tuesday. BSF also seized 110 Yaba tablets in Baghmara in South Garo Hills. In the last one week, the troops deployed in different areas in East Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills seized 180 cattle worth over RS 15 lakh.

BSF organises health camp
SHILLONG: In its continued effort to extend helping hand, the Border Security Force or BSF organised a civic action cum medical camp at Dangar to provide medical and health aide to people living in the border areas. An eye screening camp was organized by Composite Hospital BSF Shillong at Danger area on the Indo-Bangladesh border on Wednesday. Earlier in January more than 350 civilians were screened for visual acuity out of which 173 were prescribed vision corrective glasses and more than a dozen were detected as case of cataract. Cataract patients had to undergo cost-free surgery which was performed by the BSF medical team under the National Blindness Control Programme. Another eye screening camp and medical camp was also organized at the same location for those who could not avail the facilities during the first camp organized during January. The BSF medical team also organized a screening camp for diabetes and Hepatitis B & C. 120 males, 101 females and 49 children were screened and were provided with free medication. The medical team of Composite Hospital BSF Shillong which included an eye specialist, a general physician and a lady doctor, was lead by A.C Bhardwajan, DIG (MED)/MS, CH BSF Shillong.

Taxi runs over 4-year-old
NONGSTOIN: One child identified as 4 year old Lorengratia Marngar, daughter of Wadladbor Nongsiej of Ladtiehsaw village, was run over by a local taxi bearing the registration number ML06 3496 on Wednesday at 1pm. Tractis Thabah (30) was driving the taxi when the incident occurred. Sources stated that the child was run over by the taxi when she suddenly crossed the road while returning home from school along with her mother Tipsngi Marngar. The victim was taken to Nongstoin Civil Hospital, and was later referred to Shillong.

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