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Alert after vehicle lifters held with gun in city
SHILLONG: The police have urged the public to be cautious as vehicle lifters in the city carry arms and weapons now days. The statement came from SP (city) Steve Rynjah after two people were apprehended by people recently by Jhalupara Police. Rynjah said that on February 10 the locals of Upper Lummawbah noticed two people who were moving in suspicious manner and one of the miscreants even jumped from a 30 feet wall, who was carrying a country made revolver.The arrested persons were identified as Albert Kurbah and Barabar Namsaw. Police have also recovered a stolen pulsar 150 cc bike from their possession.

4 held for petrol pump robbery
SHILLONG: Four persons have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a petrol pump at Pomshutia near Pynursla in January. The gang robbed Rs 2.33 lakh on January 18. SP (City) Steve Rynjah on Tuesday said the miscreants fled towards Dawki after the robbery and a similar incident took place at a petrol pump in Byrnihat.The police first apprehended Frankupar Nongsiej last week and seized a locally made revolver from his possession. Three more men — Kularshai Lyngdoh, Klaster Marngar and Warbor Nongsiej — were arrested in the same week based on Nongsiej’s statement. After being arrested, the gang admitted that they had robbed another petrol pump in Byrnihat and they were planning to rob more fuel stations in West Khasi Hills. Informing that the gang had spent the stolen money, Rynjah said the miscreants were planning to use the name of “some organizations” to intimate people.

UHM closes down shop
SHILLONG: The United Hynniewtrep Movement (UHM) has closed down a scrap dealer’s shop at Polo Demseiñiong for not possessing proper documents. In a statement issued here, the UHM Mawlai Circle led by president Rainbow Rony Jyrwa said it closed down the shop belonging to Surajit Bera alias Gopi on getting information that he does not possess any trading license. They expressed surprise that he is not a resident of the state, but hails from Kolkata, West Bengal and even the papers are also from that state. In this connection, the UHM has urged the district council to closely monitor the issuance of trading licenses.

Paper flags to replace plastic
SHILLONG: The undersecretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs has notified that plastic flags will be prohibited at national cultural and sports events under the provisions of the Flag Code of India, 2002, and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. It was also informed that only paper flags are to be used on such occasions. They are to be disposed of with enough care and not discarded on the ground.

Financial awareness conducted
SHILLONG: An awareness programme was conducted by Lifetime Solutions, an NGO, in 80 villages under Ri-Bhoi district in association with the State Bank of India. The programme ‘Go Digital India Cum Financial Literacy Awareness Campaign’ was conducted in Bhoirymbong, Umsning and Umling C&RD blocks on various occasions and dates with an objective to facilitate financial inclusion through provision of literacy and easy access with an aim to impart knowledge, to enable financial planning and inculcate saving habits, and improve the understanding of financial products leading to effective use of financial services. The banks view the financial literacy efforts as their future investments. The banks also provided banking services comprising of a small overdraft facility to the account holders in order to make the accounts transactional and functional.

St Edmund’s organises workshop
SHILLONG: St. Edmund’s College on Tuesday organised a skill development programme on Biotechnology in collaboration with Biotech Park, Lucknow, which was sponsored by the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Imphal, and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.“Today, for any entrepreneurship initiative with minimum effort, it is possible to come up, however, entrepreneurs are people who are ready to take risk, to take challenges to bring about a change in the society,” Abhijit Sharma, director of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, said at the ‘Skill Development on Biotechnology in North East India Workshop on Skill to Entrepreneurship to the Next Level’.

Women’s Day celebrated
SHILLONG: The District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), in collaboration with Manbha Foundation, celebrated International Women’s Day at Lamjingshai on March 8. Special guest Rica Lamar gave a speech during the event highlighting women empowerment and how legal help should be available for women who face injustice. Lamar also said that women should set their goals and strive to achieve them. Others who spoke were N Laso of Legal Services Authority, Meghalaya, who emphasised on protection of women from sexual harassment. A client present at the event related the story of a woman who stood up against domestic violence.
Programme on cleanliness held
NONGPOH: The office of the District Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Ri Bhoi, organised a sensitisation programme on cleanliness at Umsning. Students from different schools in Umsning participated in the day-long programme that started with a public rally followed by different competition including drawing, singing and dancing competitions which was a part of the programme to motivate school children. During the programme, Ri-Bhoi District Extra Assistant Commissioner, VA Hynniewta, among other officers and school teachers were also present.

Poisoning of water bodies banned
NONGSTOIN: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mawshynrut Civil Sub-Division of West Khasi Hills District, in exercise of power, has imposed an order under section 144CrPC prohibiting any person organisation, clan or group of people from poisoning, destroying the river, fishes and aquatic life in an around the rivers of Mawshynrut area. Violation of the order will invite prosecution. The order comes into force with immediate effects and until further orders.

Best NCC cadet awards
SHILLONG: Nidhi Paul of St George School, Nongmynsong, Gifty Lapasam of Auxilium School, Shillong, Lapynsuk Marbaniang of Shillong Commerce College and Mephilinda Sylliang of St Anthony’s College secured best NCC cadet scholarship awards.

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