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MEMA condemns attack on Garo Hills journalist
The Meghalaya Electronic Media Association (MEMA) has condemned the attack on a freelance journalist Biplab Dey from Garo Hills, who was assaulted near Damra in Goalpara, Assam on November 26. Dey was assaulted when he went to take photo and video evidence of an illegal check gate near Damra in Goalpara. He was attacked by a group who were manning the illegal gate. According to information received by MEMA, the journalist’s phone was damaged after one of the assailants stamped on it in an attempt to destroy evidence. The incident occurred around 9:25 pm last Saturday when the said check gate was collecting Rs 1500 from coal trucks including trucks from Garo Hills plying on the route. Kyrmenlang Uriah, President of MEMA, on Monday voiced concern over the growing violence against journalists and urged the chief minister and home minister of Assam to take stern action and to book the culprits and display that no one is above the law. Meanwhile, the MEMA has reiterated its demand from the State to implement the Risk Insurance Scheme for working journalist of the state.

National Seminar on NGT ban on coal mining
The Jaintia Eastern College, Khliehriat through its Internal Quality Assurance Cell in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Jaintia Hills organized a two-day seminar on the theme ‘The impact of the interim NGT ban on Coal mining in Meghalaya’ at JEC Hall on Monday. UGC, New Delhi and the Jaintia Hills Cement Manufacturer’s Association were the funding partners. Principal of the Jaintia Eastern College, Dr. Phervision Nongtdu informed that the main objective of the seminar was to assess the dependency of the people on coal mining and its related activities, to assess the social and economic impact of coal mining in the state beside other objectives.  The Chairman State Coordination Committee of Coal miner and Dealer, Sony L Khyriem also presented his paper on the topic, ‘Social and economic impact of NGT ban on coal mining’. The seminar  was inaugurated by local MLA, Justine Dkhar who attended as the chief guest in the presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner, KL Nongbri as the guest of honour.

Refresher course in earth sciences begins at NEHU
A three-week refresher course for college and university teachers on the theme ‘Perspectives on Hazards and their Management’ organised by the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, NEHU was inaugurated on Monday by Prof. Henry Lamin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, NEHU. The function was presided over by Prof. D. K. Nayak, Dean, School of Human and Environmental Sciences. Besides the Northeast, participants from Maharashtra, Haryana and West Bengal also took part in the course.
USTM celebrates

Constitution Day
The University of Law & Research, University of Science & Technology, Meghalya celebrated Constitution Day on November 26 at Techno City campus. Two resource persons, Debojit Das, Senior Advocate & Academician and Niru Hazarika, former professor, Gauhati University were felicitated followed by recitation of the Preamble by the students. Peddler arrested Police on Saturday arrested one Shaphrang Dkhar (40) at Nongmynsong, Dongkadiang, Shillong and recovered 1.26 grams of suspected heroin from his possession.

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