The Meghalaya Invitational Football Tournament which is underway is already at the end as the finals are almost upon us.

Teams from all over the country are invited to participate and Oil India Assam lost to I-League club Shillong Lajong in the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Shillong side won 2-1 as they came from behind to beat the Assam club.
In the other semi finals, Shillong based club Rangdajied United FC were defeated by 58 Gorkha Training Centre in a thrilling 4-3 match.

The final will be held this Saturday which will conclude the tournament.

Source: TNT

The High Court of Meghalaya on Tuesday cancelled the bail of a person who, along with two minors, raped a minor girl in Nongthymmai in June this year.

The bail to the accused was earlier granted by the Special Judge, Shillong, dealing with cases under the POCSO Act with no objection from the public prosecutor.      

On June 2, the eight-year-old girl was gang raped by the trio and all of them got bail separately.

After the main accused, Bhanban Jamatia, obtained bail, the father of the victim represented by his counsel K. Paul filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the order of the Special Judge (POCSO).

Though a notice was issued, Jamatia did not appear before the court.

After hearing the case on Tuesday, Justice VP Vaish cancelled the bail granted to Jamatia.

Sources said the father of the victim will also challenge the bail granted to the two other accused who are minors.

Source: The Shillong Times

As part of the World Fisheries Day celebration, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural North Eastern Centre for North Eastern Hill Region, Umiam, Department of Fisheries, Shillong and Office of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, West on Monday organised a one day awareness program on ‘Importance of Fish in Diet’ in the conference room, DC’s Office Jowai.

The function was inaugurated by the Director of Fisheries Ram Singh who also graced the occasion as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Singh reminded the gathering on the importance of fishery resources, the benefits and nutrients a person gets from fish which is vital for our day to day life.

Arunkumar Kembhavi, Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills in his address, highly appreciated the CIFT teams from Kochi for bringing the modern technology and installing the community smoking kilns at Umladhur and Thangbuli and demonstration of smoke-curing of fish in a scientific and hygienic method. He said with the installation of this new technology, it will help grow farmer’s income gradually.

Later, fish seedling were released at Thadlaskein Lake by the Director of Fisheries, Ram Singh, Deputy Commissioner Arunkumar Kembhavi, and the teams from ICAR-CIFT Kochi and  others.

Source: The Shillong Times

The much awaited Cherry Blossom Festival 2016 which will take place from November 14 to 17 would be India’s and Shillong’s first. This would also be the first of its kind in the world for cherry trees found in other countries usually bloom during March- April. This cherry blossom festival at Shillong, however, will make its mark as the first international cherry blossom festival in the world to be celebrated during autumn which would enhance Meghalaya’s place on the global tourist map.

Acknowledging this potential, the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), department of Biotechnology, Government of India has proposed in 2015 to organise a mass tree plantation (mainly cherry blossom trees) in two stages in Shillong and along the stretch of Barapani, Umiam by next month.

According to the Director of IBSD Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, the main concept of organising these mass tree plantations is to prepare the state to organise the first Cherry Blossom Festival, the first of its kind in India.

“This festival is similar to the Cherry Blossom festival (Sakura) held in Japan every year between March to May. The significant difference being the month in which the flowers bloom. The concept of replicating the same idea here is because Meghalaya is blessed with a variety of flora species coupled with a suitable climatic,” Sahoo said.

This festival is being suggested to bring in an effect where it would not only attract tourists from near and far but also allow the creation of numerous job opportunities for the local people.

The whole project is sponsored by the IBSD and the initial sanction amount is estimated at the cost of Rs 10 lakhs. “The total funds will be sanctioned soon after the State Forest Department submits its estimate amount”, Sahoo said adding that the whole procedure needs to be organised in a systematic way to ensure that the flowers blooms at the same time.

“By November, the state will be ready to host the first ever Cherry Blossom Festival and this will not only give Shillong a beautiful look but will also help in revenue generation,” Sahoo said.

Meghalaya is already known to host particular specie of the cherry plant: Jacaranda. A Jacaranda avenue which was proposed by the IBSD Director to the state government in 2015 could also be the feature of the festival. “It would be an eye catching sight to witness different exclusive avenues of two different bio-resources blooming at the same time,” he said.

While mentioning that the mandate of the Institute is to develop India specially the North Eastern Region through bio-resources for sustainable development, Prof. Sahoo said that each state in this region is unique in its own way. “All we need to do is to capture that uniqueness and expose it nationally and internationally,” he added.

Source: TNT

As many as 979 sarees and more than 3944 meters of cloth worth approx Rs.35 lakh were seized by BSF at Umsyiem in East Khasi Hills while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh.

In another case, the BSF troops seized 13 cattle from the bordering areas of Beldova and Balughat in South West Garo Hills Distt and Lynghat in East Khasi Hills. Two days back, 40 cattle were also seized in the same area.

It may be mentioned that the BSF have seized 312 cattle worth over Rs. 33 lakhs last month from the border.

Source: The Shillong Times.

The city police have rescued a 16-year-old girl, who was missing since September 14. Police said she kidnapped by a person in Assam.

East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said on September 14 a complaint was lodged with Pastuer Beat House that said a minor girl was missing and suspected to be kidnapped by one Anil Haque from Pynthorumkhrah.

A case was taken up and during investigation, sub-inspector K.P Singh and his team went to Barundanga in Assam’s Tamarhat Dhubri.

The investigating team, along with Assam police, conducted a midnight raid and rescued the girl from Haque’s house.

The police said during interrogation, the girl informed the investigating officers that Haque converted here to Islam before marrying her.

Kharkrang said when Haque saw the police team he tried to escape but was arrested.

The raid was the result of the meticulous planning by SI Singh and his staff with assistance of Assam Police, Kharkrang added.

Source: The Shillong Times

The Kharkutta unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) has sought MP Conrad Sangma’s intervention in repairing the dilapidated link roads between Meghalaya and Assam, including the one connecting the commercial hub of Daranggiri, for better trade and tourism.

In a letter to Sangma, who is also the party president, NPP leader Rupert Momin said the four broken link roads between the states — Kharkutta-Daranggiri, Mendipathar-Krishnai, Khaldang (Resubelpara)-Krishnai and Adokgre-Dupdhara — need immediate attention.

Transportation on the 15-km link between Kharkutta and Daranggiri, which is under the North Eastern Council (NEC) Department and has the largest banana market in the Northeast, has turned into a nightmare for both local traders and tourists. “People in this area earn their livelihood by farming and selling the produce to Assam. They are facing difficulties because of the road’s decrepit condition,” Momin said.

Kharkutta in North Garo Hills district is a favourite among tourists, but the broken link road has also led to a steady decline in the number of visitors.

The damaged road between Khaldang in Resubelpara and Krishnai (25-30 km), another important link between the two states, has hit local producers. “All agricultural products from the (North Garo Hills) district headquarters are transported to Goalpara district headquarters through the road,” the letter stated.

The 30-km Mendipathar-Krishnai link road, also under NEC, is not motorable. A railway station (Mendipathar) has been inaugurated recently and “as per norms, the link should be a double-lane road”, said Momin.

“Mendipathar College is a premium institute here and hundreds of students come from other districts as well as Assam. But the decrepit road is a big hurdle for them,” he added.

Similarly, the link road between Adokgre and Dupdhara in Assam has been lying without repair for years and has hampered local business and tourism, the NPP leader from Kharkutta said.

Source: The Shillong Times

The two-day office picketing-cum poster campaign organized by North Garo Hills Tribal Contractors’ Association against PWD and PHE department regarding the non-payment of pending bills under Resubelpara Division ended on August 18.

A delayed report said that the Association had not received any response from the state government.

The contractors said that they are very much upset over the anti-people stand of the government

“We are demanding our pending payments. It has been almost five to six years that funds have not been released by the government which is hampering our lives since most of us took it as our profession and runs the family”, the contractors said.

The Association in its meeting held after the expiry of the office picketing condemned the state government for its failure and decided to organise future course of action.

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