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App launched for drug and vaccine distribution
Shillong: Exhorting upon the health functionaries to put in their dedicated efforts to provide better services to the patients, the Additional Chief Secretary, in charge Health and Family Welfare, Government of Meghalaya, P W Ingty on Tuesday launched e-Aushadhi, a web based supply chain management application at Yojana Bhawan, Main Secretariat, Shillong. It was organised by NHM, Meghalaya. e-Aushadhi will help the Directorate of Health Services to improve drug warehousing and supply chain management in all government hospitals in the state. It was prepared and customised by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Ministry of Commerce and Information Technology, Government of India. e-Aushadhi was developed with the object of procurement, testing, stocking and distributing quality drugs, medicine, equipment and associated items on affordable price. It will help in distribution to various district warehouses , hospitals and other sub-stores. Ingty also released the user manual on DVDMS.

KSU to observe death anniversary of former leader
SHILLONG: The central executive council of the Khasi Students’ Union will commemorate the death anniversary of former KSU president, Bull N. Lyngdoh with a day-long programme on Thursday. In a statement issued here, Donald V. Thabah, general secretary of KSU, requested members of the union to assemble near the bust of Lyngdoh at Malki at 10 am on that day. Former KSU leaders will address the gathering and thereafter a football tournament will be organised by the KSU Malki circle.

Training for election officials underway in Tura
TURA: A three-day residential training on Leadership and Motivation was organised by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for all Election officers of the district comprising of Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and Sector Officers at Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Tura. West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh while inaugurating the training programme on the first day emphasized the importance of developing behaviour competence and motivation for productive teamwork in officials of the districts. Meanwhile, Dr Tosendra Dwivedi highlighted the importance of emotional intelligence, communication skills, time management for personal and professional efficiency of officials.A team of expert trainers from the Amity Institute of Training and Development, Amity University, Noida led by Dr Tosendra Dwidevi and other officials will be imparting training to the election officials.

Preserve culture of the Matchi tribe: Deborah
WILLIAMNAGAR: Meghalaya School Education and Literacy Minister, Deborah C Marak, stressed the need to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Matchis, a sub-tribe of the Garos. Inaugurating the daylong 50 Drums Matchi Wangala Festival at Samanda Megapgre on Tuesday, Deborah said the younger generation needed to be encouraged to initiate action for keeping the traditions of the region alive.East Garo Hills deputy commissioner, Ram Kumar was present on the occasion.Addressing the gathering on the day, EGH Deputy Commissioner, Ram Kumar, lauded the Garo Art and Culture Organization for its initiative in organising such a festival with a view to preserve the traditions and culture of the people of the region.Other highlights of the festival included group and solo folk song and dance competitions, tug of war, among others.

International Disability Day celebrated
JOWAI/RESUBELPARA/ampati: International Disability Day was celebrated in many parts of the state, including Jowai and Resubelpara, on Tuesday. In Jowai, the West Jaintia Hills District Social Welfare office organised a programme under the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and Resilient Society for All’. District School Education Officer M Pde was the chief guest. In Resubelpara, the day was celebrated at A’dokgre RMSA School by North Garo Hills District Social Welfare office and the District Legal Services Authority. Social welfare officer MD Arengh said the aim is to uplift persons with disabilities, promote their rights and acknowledge their efforts and to the society. He also lauded various government initiatives in empowering the differently abled. Mahendraganj MLA Dikkanchi D Shira handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the father of Klingson Marak, a visually impaired footballer in Ampati.

NGO plea for sacking of ‘untrained’ teacher
SHILLONG: A’chik Youth Council has petitioned school education and literacy minister, Deborah C Marak demanding termination of the services of a teacher at Nandichar Government Lower Primary School as he was allegedly overage and untrained in his profession. Maxbirth Gabil Momin, the assistant general secretary of the Council in the memorandum said that according to documents furnished through RTI by the public information officer of the school education and literacy department, the teacher, Badal Chandra Paul, is unqualified and untrained but unfortunately appointed as assistant teacher under Sub-Divisional School Education Officer (SDSEO), Ampati, in 2015.He said that according to the RTI report, his date of birth was March 31, 1980, and it was clear that he was 35 years of age during appointment. Momin said according to the rules of appointment to government services, the upper age limit should be 33 years for SC/ST and 28 years for OBC/ general category. But in case of Paul, the NGO found that he was overage and untrained when appointed to the particular service. He further said the department has appointed 30 untrained and unqualified teachers under SDSEO, Ampati during 2012 and 2016, which is a matter of shame.The NGO also demanded that fresh advertisements be published for the posts besides demanding discontinuation of the contract of the untrained teachers.

MACS support to JH drug users
JOWAI: The West Jaintia Hills deputy commissioner has said the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS) is committed to rendering services of Oral Substitution Therapy, Needles Syringes Exchange Programme and other TI-related services to injecting drug users in Jaintia Hills. Alternate arrangements have been made by the DC office and Mihmyntdu Community Social Welfare Association (MCSWA) from December 1. The DC appealed to all to cooperate with MCSWA.

Dancers’ kin appeal for votes
SHILLONG: Relatives of young artistes who have displayed their dancing prowess in Indian reality shows on television have appealed to the people of Meghalaya to support the contestants by voting for them. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Anniesha Kharbani, sister of Daphisha, a contestant in Dance India Dance, said she will compete in the Top 12. Meanwhile, the mother of Palden Mawroh from Malki, who is the choreographer of a contestant named Mishti in Super Dancer-2, has sought votes for Mishti so that Mawroh will be recognised.

Tribute paid to Sarkar
Shillong: Thousands of supporters attended the funeral of their leader and former Phulbari MLA Manirul Islam Sarkar at his village of Chibinang on Monday which was attended by a host of senior NPP leaders including former Rajya Sabha MP Thomas Sangma, NPP legislator from Dadenggre, James K Sangma, NPP party members, FCA Sangma, Simjeng Sangma among others. Congress MLA and Meghalaya Assembly Speaker A T Mondal also attended the funeral service of Late Sarkar.


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