News from across Meghalaya

KSU asks institutions to respect holidays
SHILLONG: The education cell of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) warned the state and central educational institutions in the state to honour the various state holidays by closing the institutions. In a statement issued here, the chairman of the education cell, Readyon Stone Nongrum said holidays such as Shad Suk Mynsiem, Shad Nongkrem, Behdeinkhlam and holidays marking the anniversary of Syiem Tirot Sing, Kiang Nangbah, Soso Tham should be respected by the educational institutions.

Workshop on life skills & sport devp held
SHILLONG: The North East Indian Goal, a newly start up sports NGO which is based in the East Jaintia Hills, organised a one-day workshop on ‘Life Skills and Sport Development’ at St. Anthony’s College Shillong (Byndihati campus) on Saturday. It was supported by East Jaintia Hill’s youth icon and Khliehriat MLA, Kyrmen Shylla. The objective of the workshop is to help the district youth effectively manage the challenge and question of their daily lives improving confident assertiveness and decision making, as the ability to stay safe and healthy so that they can develop into successful and employable youth. Batbitbha Bareh and Ajoymeson Lyngdoh said that they have high hopes from the participants.

Shillong Beauty Pageant in October
SHILLONG: The Fashion Society, Shillong will organise a Twin-Title contest of the Miss Shillong Beauty Pageant and Shillong Prince Contest on October 6, to commemorate its coral jubilee. There will also be a fashion display of India’s leading brands and exciting filler items. The auditions for Miss Shillong, Shillong Prince and the Models are July 7, 14 and 21 respectively. Forms are available at Hotel Centre Point, Khyndailad.

Centre for autism, behavioural disorder
SHILLONG: Lubdhak Therapeutic Solution (LTS), a centre that seeks to address issues of those living with autism and other behavioral disorders, has opened its centre at Lachumiere in the city.  Addressing reporters on Tuesday, LTS founder and director Anit Chhetri said, “The objective behind the centre is to teach them to live independently and learn social skills.” LTS works using the principle of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which advocates that children with autism at the foremost needs to be taught how to communicate, he added. ABA which is practiced by therapists at LTS will also open up opportunities for those willing to work with children having behavioral disorders. ABA is a branch of science that deals with individuals suffering from autism, Asperger Syndrome and other developmental disorders. 

NCC annual training camp concludes
SHILLONG: The NCC combined annual training camp, organised by 61 Meghalaya Girls Battalion NCC at ARPS, Laitkor, concluded on June 23. The camp also organised a cultural programme on June 22 which was attended by Major General Balwinder Singh, ADG, Assam Rifles. Speaking at the programme, Singh applauded the cadets who showcased the rich cultural heritage of the North East. He also urged the cadets to believe in themselves and set an example of Unity and Discipline. Col. Navneet Gumasta, Officiating Group Commander, NCC Group HQ, Shillong distributed prizes to the cadets who emerged as winners in the different competitions organised as part of the camp. It may be added that around 600 cadets from different parts of the state attended the camp and also observed the International Yoga Day on June 21.

Students invited to study MBBS in B’desh
SHILLONG: A private firm from Tripura, A.K. Consultant managed by A.K Paul has invited students from Meghalaya to study MBBS in neighboring Bangladesh. Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, Paul said, “It is a good opportunity to study MBBS in Bangladesh. It is better than studying in China, Ukraine or Russia.” He added only National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) qualified students may appear for admission even as he pointed out that only a handful of students from the North East seek to study MBBS in Bangladesh. Paul said the total package for the five-year course was inexpensive as compared to other countries.

Yoga demonstration held in WKH
NONGSTOIN: A yoga demonstration was held as part of the 4th International Day of Yoga in West Khasi Hills District at the DC office on Tuesday. The programme organised by the District Administration was attended by various sections of people including school and college students, officials and youths of Nongstoin area. K.L Nongbri, in-charge Deputy Commissioner, in his opening speech said that yoga helps build the physic of one’s body and renews the mindset if practiced daily. He called upon the participants to spread the benefits of yoga and to fight against the use of drugs and trafficking in light of International Day against Drugs Abuse.

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