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Big role for Cong minority unit before polls
SHILLONG: The Minority Department of the Congress will have a robust role in the party’s campaign for the 2018 Assembly elections. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma agreed to the idea after AICC Minority Observer for Meghalaya Rejaul Karim Laskar met him here in Shillong on Saturday. Both the leaders had detailed discussion regarding the election campaign strategy of the party.

Training on ‘Scientific beekeeping’ held
SHILLONG: A programme on ‘Scientific Beekeeping’ was organised at Nongthymmai village of Ri- Bhoi district, on Saturday by the Division of Crop Protection, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, in collaboration with the Raid Madam Kyrdem Beekeeper Association, Nongthymmai. A total of 159 beekeepers from the fourteen villages of Ri- Bhoi benefitted from the programme. The day long training elaborated on ‘Scientific Beekeeping’ for livelihood improvement of farmers in the State. The programme started with the welcome address by Stephen Shoolap, president of Raid Madam Kyrdem Beekeeper Association. Various scientific speeches were given on beekeeping including hands-on demonstrations and problem associated with the beekeeping, by the scientists of ICAR. Various inputs related to beekeeping such as hives, bee veils and gloves were provided to the beekeepers. A scientists and beekeepers interaction was a major part of the programme, where the queries of the beekeepers were answered.
Shillong Pine City organises training programme
SHILLONG: Shillong Pine City conducted the second training programme under its youth empowerment, skill development and vocational training series, ‘KAABIL’ at the Providence School in the St. Edmund’s Campus on August 4. The training aimed at introducing the senior students of the school to the art of making bamboo products. The trainer, Lawan Saithai gave personal attention to every student as they went about making bamboo baskets following his instructions. He was assisted by Kellymon Warshong. Speaking on the occasion the president of JCI Shillong Pine City, JC Ankur Jhunjhunwala described handicraft as a life-skill and spoke about the value and marketability of bamboo products.

GHADC MDC lauds Ujjwala scheme
TURA: BJP’s Sofiur Rahman has lauded the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that provides subsidised gas connection to women below poverty line.The GHADC member said, “This scheme is benefitting the BPL families in rural areas of Garo Hills, including the constituency of Rajabala where gas connections were once a luxury. This will also go a long way in preventing multiple health conditions for women who earlier used chulhas and firewood to cook their meals.” Under the scheme, that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1 last year in Uttar Pradesh, 5 crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1,600 per connection in the next three years.

One-day workshop on Radio serial
SHILLONG: A one-day workshop for Radio Science Serial in Garo and Pnar languages on the subject of ‘Traditional Knowledge System for Sustainability’ was organised on Friday at the State Council of Science, Technology & Environment, Shillong in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi. Various traditional knowledge systems in the area of natural resource management, health, water, agriculture and building were discussed and how after validation and case study a Radio Serial can be developed for dissemination of these knowledge. The Radio Serial will be in Garo and Khasi languages. Experts from North Eastern Hills University, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homeopathy, Vigyan Prasar, Assam Science, Technology & Environment Council, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority and others have in depth knowledge on these traditional knowledge systems attended the workshop.

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