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Docu filmmaking workshop ends
SHILLONG: A workshop on documentary filmmaking organised by the Martin Luther Christian University here since February 26 concluded on Friday. The resource person was Professor Rakesh Katarey, Dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dayanda Sagar University, Bangalore. The inaugural event was attended by Glenn Kharkongor, chancellor of the university, and Rakesh Katarey, Dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dayanda Sagar University, Bangalore. The participants expressed their delight at having been part of the workshop and stated that it had indeed helped them understand the technicalities more deeply.

Mathur assumes charge of EAC
SHILLONG: Air Marshal RD Mathur on Friday assumed charge of the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force, Shillong as its Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. An alumnus of St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun, Mathur joined the National Defence Academy in 1978 and was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1982. He has attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi and holds M.Sc and M.Phil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2003 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 by the President of India. Mathur’s wife Shipra also took over as the president of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association.

New NEEPCO director
SHILLONG: Anil Kumar on Friday assumed charge as the Director (Personnel) of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited. Kumar was also the executive director of the Human Resource Department. He joined NEEPCO in 1991 as a personnel officer and has worked in various HR operations during his tenure.

SGH bodies demand fresh exams
TURA: Several organisations from South Garo Hills including the GSU, BCF, Baghmara Youth Council and the Rangdokram Youth Club along with the general public have alleged anomalies and manipulation during the recent DSC exam held at Baghmara and demanded that a fresh examination be conducted again. In their petition to the South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, the organisations pointed out that as per the rules and regulations of any exam, it was mandatory for invigilators to give their signatures in candidates answer sheets before they leave the exam hall. However, in the recent case a large number of candidates had complained that no signatures were put down indicating manipulation in the examination process. The organisations also claimed that there was biasness in the selection as many candidates were rejected for not mentioning their computer courses although it clearly stated (if any) in the form indicating that it was not mandatory. Interestingly, the organisations alleged that some others who also did not mention their computer courses were selected. According to the organisations, there were also many complaints from candidates that no introductory explanation on OMR Sheets was given by the invigilators making it difficult for many especially the first timers.

4th death anniv of PA Sangma
TURA: A programme commemorating the 4th death anniversary of former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma will be held in Tura on Monday. The programme is being organised by the PA Sangma Foundation in collaboration with Synod College, Shillong and will host a series of activities beginning with the renaming of the Dikki Bandi Stadium at Dakopgre to the naming of the AMPT Road from Araimile tri-junction towards Garobadha after the late leader, both of which will be administered by chief minister Conrad Sangma. This will be followed by a programme at 11am at the District Auditorium. Former chief minister and present chief adviser to the government DD Lapang will grace the occasion as the chief guest.

WGH achieves 102 pc MRVC
TURA: West Garo Hills has achieved 102.38 per cent implementation of Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign. The high achievement in the district was announced during the District Task Force Immunization meeting on MRVC for issuance of Certificate of Completion of MR Campaign at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Chamber, Tura on Thursday evening. The district crossed the target of 95 per cent coverage and it was informed that the 100 plus per cent achievement was by including those children living in the periphery of the Assam border which was not included in the target list. Moreover, a total of 360 Rapid Convenience Monitoring (RCM) have been conducted across the district and a total of 8781 children were assessed during the RCM out of which 99.02 per cent children were found to have been vaccinated. The unvaccinated children will be covered during the sweeping activity.

Monthly cleaning drive in Tura
TURA: West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh recently convened a meeting with representatives of various localities to discuss about segregation of waste and buying, recycling of plastics including plastic bottles. The meeting was organised by the Tura Municipal Board and according to the Deputy Commissioner, it was the desire and initiative of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to make the first Saturday of every month a cleaning drive day. Singh urged the citizens to cooperate and support the initiative. The cleaning drive will start from the first Saturday of March.

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