Meghalaya Nuggets

Memorandum for inclusion of Khasi language in Eighth Schedule
SHILLONG, Jan 21: The members of Khasi Authors’ Society (KAS) have said that they have prepared a memorandum to be submitted to the Home Minister Amit Shah and have also sought an appointment with him to discuss about the inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. President of KAS, DRL Nonglait, said, “We have prepared a memorandum and we have also sought an appointment, although it is not yet confirmed. His schedule is tight but even if we do not get to meet him, we will still submit the memorandum to the Union Home Ministry”. He added that meeting Shah will strengthen the demand. A 10-member delegation met the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) chairman Metbah Lyngdoh, its secretary Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar and president of HSPDP KP Pangniang to apprise them of the inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule. He said, “We received information that the Union Home Minister will visit Shillong. So we made sure to follow up the agenda with the government so that the government can relay the message to the Home Minister. Inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages will be one of the agenda during the Government-Home Minister talks”.

First aid app for students, teachers
SHILLONG, Jan 21: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has, in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), developed first aid manuals and a mobile app to impart first aid training to teachers and school children. According to a statement, the initiative, named FAST (First Aid for Students and Teachers), will aim to ensure that emergency situations at schools are swiftly dealt with until the arrival of professional medical help. “A set of three manuals for classes 8th to 10th, for classes 11th to 12th and for teachers has been developed. These manuals can be accessed through a user-friendly mobile app named ‘First Aid for Students Teachers’,” the statement said. The mobile application has been made available on Android’s Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Missing Ri Bhoi woman found
NONGPOH, Jan 21: A woman from Mawlasnai village, Ri Bhoi, who had gone missing in Guwahati, was traced by a Guwahati-based NGO working towards the welfare of women on Wednesday. The women, identified as Aimerry Iawphniaw, had left for Guwahati on January 5 to work as a housemaid, and had reportedly gone missing on January 10. It was after this, Mawhati MDC, Charles Marngar, sought the assistance from Assam Police to trace Iawphniaw. Subsequently, she was rescued from Hatigaon, Guwahati, by Golaghat Nirman Mahila, an NGO. After Iawphniaw was rescued, she was taken for a treatment owing to her deteriorating health conditions. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Marngar, along with the family members of the woman, met the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dispur, and sought the release of Iawphniaw.

Man gets 3 years in jail for rape bid
KHLIEHRIAT, Jan 21: An accused, identified as Ganesh Sutnga, who attempted to rape a minor girl in East Jaintia Hills in March, 2014, has been awarded three years of rigorous imprisonment. The order was passed by the Special Judge (POCSO) of the District & Sessions Court in East Jaintia Hills on January 19.

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