News from across the state…

Courier services fail to deliver in Tura
Shillong: The co-chairman Meghalaya State Planning Board, Shillong Benedic R Marak in a press statement addressed to West Garo Hills Deputy Commisioner, said that he received complaints from residents that courier services operating in Tura are denying delivery of bought goods to the addresses mentioned in the parcel. Courier services like Blue Dart, DTDC and Delhivery deny to deliver the ordered goods to customers whether their delivery addresses are in office or at home. But instead insisted the customers to collect it from their respective centres. As the tax charges is taken from the bought goods, Marak urged the DC to direct the courier services to adhere to the rules and regulations of their companies by delivering the ordered materials to the addresses.

Swacchata Hi Seva Diwas organised across NGH
Shillong: Keeping up with the Mission of Clean India, Swachhata Hi Seva Diwas campaign which was launched by the Central Government is also being observed across North Garo Hills district. The campaign organised by the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) and District Water Sanitation Mission kicked off from September 15 till October 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.The mission is expected to give a new impetus towards the importance of cleanliness and sanitation in the district and the country as a whole.Reflecting the aim of the mission various activities such as cleaning drive, rally, orientation on solid, liquid waste, sanitation and behavioural change, essay and quiz competition were conducted for the students and residents of different parts of the district namely, Bangsi Apal, Damas Kaskona, Adokgre, Kharkutta and Bajengdoba.

St Mary’s College felicitates students
Shillong: The felicitation ceremony 2018 for students of St Mary’s College was held on Tuesday at the College Tennis Court. Padmashree Patricia Mukhim, Editor, The Shillong Times was the Chief Guest. This year, the College had 25 rank holders in the NEHU exams, Arts Stream excluded. The programme began with the presentation of bouquets to the Chief Guest and the Principal of the College. The ceremonial lamp was lit by the Chief Guest, Principal, Vice-Principal and Coordinator of the Felicitation Committee. In her speech, the Chief Guest, an alumni of the college, congratulated the successful outgoing candidates and said that life skills include the ability to cope with both success and failure in life. Certificates and mementos were awarded to the position holders.

NGOs urge people to join vaccination campaign
Shillong: The A’chik Youth Council (AYC) of Tikrikilla Branch and Indigenous Forum for Peace Welfare and Empowerment (IPPWE) of Tikrikilla region in a press statement on Wednesday urge the concerned citizens of the region especially parents to take part in the measles rubella vaccination campaign on October 1. The campaign was initiated by the Ministry of Heath and Family Welfare for eliminating the measles rubella disease by 2020 across the nation. The two groups further added that the parents should not believe in any misleading information about the campaign.

Clarification on stone quarry
SHILLONG: Harding M Marak of Menadoba, North Garo Hills has clarified that the allegations levelled by Secretary of AYC Maxbirth G Momin on September 21 that Harding had opened a stone quarry in Mendima area by blasting stones using dynamites and other materials which are harming the environment are false. Harding said it was not true that he was using it without valid documents or permission. He added that his quarry is giving employment to villagers and that the name given in this daily as Harding Sangma, Rongbu was incorrect.

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