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HSPDP to support UDP candiate
SHILLONG: The Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) Mawlai Constituency will support the United Democratic Party (UDP) alliance, candidate Embhahlang Syiemlieh. It may be reminded that Syiemlieh also featured in the first list of 28 candidates released by the UDP recently. The UDP and HSPDP will set up a joint election campaign entitled- UDP-HSPDP election campaign committee Mawlai constituency.

Stir threat over non-Garo teachers
TURA: The All A’chik Youth Federation, Assam state zone, has threatened to resort to agitation if the non-Garo teachers appointed in various Garo-medium government LP schools in Goalpara and Kamrup districts of Assam are not removed in a month’s time. Stating that teachers who could not even speak the Garo language have been appointed in many Garo-medium LP schools in the two districts, the federation asserted that such teachers needed to be replaced by Garo candidates at the earliest for the benefit of the students. The federation has time and again been demanding the Assam government to remove the non-Garo teachers in the Garo-medium government LP schools in the two districts.

Recitation competition in Sohra
SHILLONG: A week-long recitation competition in different categories was held at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama in Sohra at both intra-school and inter-school levels among all the feeder schools under Ramakrishna Mission. The event was held in commemoration of the 124th anniversary of the Chicago address by Swami Vivekananda in the world’s parliament of All Religions in 1893. Nishant Krishna, SDPO, Sohra civil sub division, was the chief guest on the occasion of prize distribution ceremony held on Monday while Rev Swami Madhurananda graced the occasion as the guest of honour.  

BSF nabs two smugglers
SHILLONG: The Border Security Force apprehended one Sumiron Sangma (35 yrs) at Gumaghat (SWKH) while he was on his way from Patkura market carrying Indian currency worth Rs.6,03,110 on Sunday. He revealed that the money was given by one woman named Khubi from Balat (East Khasi Hills) to deliver it to a person at Mawpyllun whose identity was to be revealed to him when he reached the place. After delivery, he was promised a sum of Rs 1,000. In another incident, BSF troops deployed at Chikenbari (South West Khasi Hills), apprehended one Johan Marak (32 yrs) for breaching the international border fencing on Sunday. In yet another incident, troops deployed at Lyngkhat/Tuka (EKH) seized 36 cattle worth more than 7 lakh while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh. The special operation party of BSF laid a trap while some smugglers along with cattle were proceeding towards Bangladesh. The BSF troops cordoned off the area and recovered a considerable numbers of cattle. Apprehended persons along with seized items handed over to concern department for further legal action. ”There has been some downfall in attempts of cattle smuggling after establishment of joint check posts by BSF and Police in Pynursla area. But it seems, criminals have now started smuggling liquor/Indian Manufactured Foreign Liquor, ” said U K Nayal, PRO BSF Meghalaya. “There have been inputs of these smugglers adopting new routes to bypass Pynursla” he added.

Cattle theft in WJH village
JOWAI: A few farmers in a village in West Jaintia Hills have alleged that miscreants are stealing their cattle. West Jaintia Hills police said the five farmers — Wilas Pale, Kongka Khynriam, Mera Sariang, Julem Niang and Ianes Sariang — are from Nongjngi Ionglwit village. According to the complainants, around 2.30 am on September 6, some miscreants stole 17 cows worth Rs 3.8 lakh from their two sheds at Madan Jrikhla and Nongjngi Ionglawit. On why they were lodging the FIR after so many days, the farmers said they were looking for the thief themselves.

Inter school competition
SHILLONG: Laban Bengalee Boys’ Higher Secondary School organised the 14th All Shillong Inter School Science seminar on September 12 in the school auditorium where 10 schools from the state participated in the seminar. The Champions trophy was bagged by Rahul Paul of the School and the runner’s up was bagged by Riiaka N. Chyne from Pine Mount School and the second runner’s up was a tie up which went to Ritishari L. Chyne of St. Margaret’s Higher Secondary School and Aakansha Das Gupta of St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School. The school also organised the 1st Sujit Ranjan Choudhury Memorial Science Exhibition on the September 11 at the school premises. A number of schools from Shillong including Jawaharlal Nehru Higher Secondary School from Phulbari, West Garo Hills participated in the exhibition. The champions trophy was bagged by Nikita Chetri of Lumparing Vidyapith Secondary School, Shillong and the runner’s trophy was bagged by Disha Chakraborty from St. Margaret’s Higher Secondary School.

Truck overturns
JOWAI: A 12-wheeler truck carrying clinkers fell 10 meters off NH-44 at Wah Mynsoo Dong Rashi in West Jaintia Hills. The truck was from Uttar Pradesh and was heading to Guwahati. A small vehicle that had earlier overtaken a truck came in front of the 12-wheeler. Driver Puran Singh acted fast and turned the vehicle on the sloping side of the road. He sustained injuries and is admitted in Ummulong community health centre.

Youth convention held in SGH
SHILLONG: The Zonal Youth Convention for South Garo Hills District was held in St. Francis De Sales Church, Nongalbibra, from Friday to Sunday. National ICYM Secretary Jenny Joy inaugurated the programme on Friday. The programme was attended by 220 youth members belonging to six parishes of Baghmara Zone. Rophul S Marak, MLA of Siju-Rongara constituency, also took one session on ‘Youth Life on Choosing the right path’. The Chancellor of the Tura Diocese, Rev. Fr. Levio T. Sangma, presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with four priests concluding the three- day event on Sunday.

Coaching class for Class X students
SHILLONG: St Joseph School at Chidimit, East Garo Hills, is organising a three-month coaching class for students of Class X. Stationery items will be provided to students under the sponsorship of the deputy commissioner of East Garo Hills. The school authorities aim at securing good results in the coming SSLC examinations in 2018.

‘Karo Sambhav’ green mission
SHILLONG: Karo Sambhav Pvt. Ltd has launched the ‘Karo Sambhav School Programme’, an e-awareness initiative, along with partner, Rongjeng Technologies, in the schools of the state on Tuesday. The programme aims at creating awareness on environmental issues like waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and will engage the academic fraternity in keeping the environment clean. The organisers have designed a curriculum which would enable “development of 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving”. The curriculum comprises strategies like circular economy and inspires students and teachers to lead a sustainable lifestyle and become catalysts of change. For the academic year 2017-18, the programme will engage more than 1,000 schools.

SWGH gets suspension bridge
Ampati: A motorable suspension bridge constructed over Rongkhai river at Kodaldhowa under Zikzak C&RD block of South West Garo Hills was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Tuesday evening. The bridge, connecting Doromchas and Kodaldhowa villages, was built at a cost of Rs. 2.39 crore and is sponsored by Social Infrastructure Development Fund 2012-2013, Ministry of DoNER under Border Areas Development Department connects Doromchas and Kodaldhowa. The bridge will benefit the people of at least 15 villages on the other side of Rongkhai river. Sangma urged people to take ownership of the asset and cautioned them against crossing with overloaded vehicles to ensure its durability.

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