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Clarification by GIONEE

 Editor,

Apropos the letter of complaint against published in your esteemed newspaper (ST April 7, 2016) titled, “Undue Harassment by Gionee Company”; we would like clarify as under. Firstly, Gionee has never manufactured a mobile phone with model name P. 35. Secondly, we do not have any data/ record of such a repair taking place in our repair centre. Thirdly, we do not have any record of a customer named Pynshai Syiem in our CRM as well as Job Sheet. All these facts have also been crosschecked with the officials of Gionee. Hence we are extremely surprised to have noticed the issues pointed out by the customer in your newspaper. We strive to provide the best quality in our services offer and we therefore request the customer to kindly contact us to clarify his/her complaints and settle the issue.

Yours etc.,

Lyngdoh Services

(M. Dkhar Building, Fire Brigade),

Shillong-3

 

No VIP treatment please

Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I wish to inform that today as I as was driving back to my house at Lawjynriew, Nongthymmai , I was stopped by traffic cop at Jingkieng who pointed to a “no entry sign” near the junction. He diverted my vehicle to the main road. When I inquired. I learnt that somebody had died somewhere near Reebok in Nongthymmai and the person’s funeral would be held 2/3 days later. Just because of the death of some person, I had to spend precious fuel and waste extra time to go all around the IIM Shillong to get to my home at Lawjynriew. This sort of inconvenience is not acceptable. I request the Shillong Traffic Police not to entertain such VIP brashness and to immediately take out the ‘No Entry’ sign.

Yours etc,,

Martin Hujon,

Via email

 

Common man at receiving end

Editor,

I am a resident of Nongthymmai. The death of a common man somewhere near IIM Shillong has caused tremendous inconvenience to another common woman like me. I had to take a complete detour because of no entry at Jingkieng. When I was passing through IIM Shillong, there was no sight of any funeral party. and the streets were literally free with no cars parking along the road. Only later was informed that the funeral is some days away. I wasted my time, money and patience due to this utterly ludicrous action by the traffic police. I urge them to remove the no entry sign and bring back some sanity.

Yours etc.,

Sweety Khongwir,

Via email

 

Mawbynna please , not monolith

Editor,

The three day Monolith Festival that got underway at Mawphlang witnessed a huge turnout of people partly because the event was something different, unique and special in its own place. However, I would like to put certain points of argument,about the term Monolith which is a Western term which in the real context should have been and should be changed to a rather indigenous term by renaming it as Mawbynna Festival. The fact is there is no connection whatsoever with the term Monolith in Khasi while we display our tribal culture using a Western terminology, because Monolith depicts only stones but Mawbynna is something that is related to our cultural and traditional history from the religious and social view point. The significance is that the KHADC which is seen as the torch bearer of the Khasi race should adopt a pragmatic term like Mawbynna Festival rather than the English terminology. It is not that people wouldn’t understand but they will surely have the knowledge to accept the important link of the Mawbynna and our culture. If there is opposition to this change then why not change Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem into the English meaning, or maybe the Shad Sukhra or Ka Pomblang too. But just as these religious festivals are imbibed traditionally so the same should be done with the Mawbynna Festival instead of the Monolith Festival. The festival should focus on improving traditional knowledge rather than tagging a Western term which rural folks hardly understands.

Yours etc…

Dominic S. Wankhar

Shillong-3

Kudos to Rose Millian Bathew

Editor,

Through The Shillong Times, I wish to extend my salutations to Ms Rose Millian Bathew a prominent resident of our locality, Madan Laban, for receiving the honorary “Degree of Litt ” (Honoris Causa)from the Union Minister HRD, Smriti Zubin Irani during the North Eastern Hill University Convocation held on March 29, 2016. She was the first woman Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). and has contributed richly to her respective field and has furthered the cause of women.

Yours etc.,

Mr. Hamlet Rani,

Shillong-

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