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Decongesting: Hoping against hope

By Aafaque Hussain Shillong in recent years has become one of the most congested cities in the North East region with increased investments, concrete buildings and unprecedented traffic jams. Though traffic is at its peak in the hilly town, yet there is nothing much that can be done to reduce the traffic snarls. Shillong roads are already narrow and small unlike the other cities, [Full Article...]

Fighting for the last drop

By Lamphrang Nongspung The overuse of ground water resources in various parts of the State especially in Shillong city is posing a huge threat to the availability of fresh water in this part of the country. Many rich individuals on their own are drilling deep tubes in their residential premises without bothering to take necessary permission from the concerned Government departments. Drilling of deep [Full Article...]

A well balanced, inclusive approach essential for proper governance

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie  With Dr Mukul Sangma set to form a new government soon after the swearing-in ceremony to be held at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, people of the State hoped to see a government which performs better for a better future while praying for a stable Government. A young media student, Nangjop Thabah Synthiang expressed his tiredness to see leaders within the Government [Full Article...]


The chart alongside shows the night sky over Shillong during the month of March 2013 at 7 p.m. Shillong being at 25.5o N,latitude we see mostly northern constellations. The E-W line shows the celestial equator and the line cutting it shows the zodiac line or the sun’s apparent path. The capital letters indicate the name of constellations and the other letters indicate the prominent [Full Article...]


Of electorates and more… By Nabarun Goswami Former US President Abraham Lincoln had aptly said, “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people” and his words of wisdom surely seemed to have found resonance in the State in the last month or so given the proximity of the Assembly elections which took place on February 23. In a month [Full Article...]

Oops!!! I pressed the wrong button

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie “I may have many faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them”–Jimmy Hoffa As the citizens of Meghalaya and the candidates in particular wait anxiously for the elections results to be declared on February 28, 101 questions streams through the heads of those who unintentionally pressed the wrong button on the polling day and donated one vote to another candidate. “What [Full Article...]

Relinquishing droplets of joy

By Aafaque Hussain Water scarcity is a common phenomenon in Shillong city and the residents of Pyntho rumkhrah and Nongmynsong are the worst sufferers when it comes to water scarcity. Though this cannot be termed as a complete scarcity as of now but the trend has remained same in the area for the past few years now. Residents say that there have been many [Full Article...]

Elections sans the hype?

“There is no need to wait for the sign, it is almost near. Nak pecah tu (It is about to break)”-Anonymous By Ibankyntiew Mawrie Forty one years have passed since the state of Meghalaya attained its statehood in 1972 and in every five years, people of the state have actively participated in the electoral process by exercising their franchise. In by-gone years whenever there [Full Article...]