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26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference to be held in Philippines

Three Members of Meghalaya Bharat Scout and Guide are selected to represent India at the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference to be held in Philippines from 15th to 20th October 2018. These candidates include Terang B. Marak, Kebinson Thongni and Idason Kharlukhi. The boys were given an official sent off in the State Head Quarter by Chief Secretary Smt. A. Swer and State Commissioner (Guides) Smt. Diana Kharshing and all other members of the MBSG fraternity. While giving word of advice to the candidates A. Swer remind the boys to remember the values of being a Scout and to be attentive during the conference so that they can share the values when they return to the State. She also encourages the candidates to be active and representative in the course of the conference and be part in the decision making.

The Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference is held every three years to gather all the NSO’s to deal with major regional problems.

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World Sight Day 2018 in Shillong

On the occasion of ‘World Sight Day 2018’ the 'Project Vision Northeast' today organized 'Blind Walk Shillong' to create awareness on the prevention, cure and rehabilitation. 

The ‘Blind Walk Shillong' is a conglomerate movement of different organization across all spheres of life in Shillong. It comprises of Bansara Eye Care Centre, Church of North India (CNI), Jain Community, Rotary Club Orchid City, Marwari Mahila Samity, Innerwheel Club, Punjabi Sabha, Jyoti Sroat School, Quinee school, R.B Anoopchand school, Society for Promotion of Eye Care & Sight, Lions Clubs of Shillong, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), All India Malayalee community, different Religious bodies and other communities as well as different Educational Institutes.

Chief Guest Shri. Pravin Bakshi IAS, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Government of Meghalaya flag off the walk. Speaking on the occasion Pravin Bakshi, empowered the visually challenged individuals by stating that they should not feel any different nor be discouraged with their condition, however, they should forge ahead following their dreams so as to set an example for others to follow and that the Government is more than ready to promote noble initiatives such as the one held today.

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KHADC to have special session for KSCL Bill

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will soon table the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage (Amendment) Bill in its upcoming special session after the Consultative Committee submitted its recommendations to the Council on Tuesday.

The report and recommendations of the 17-member Consulative Committee on the Lineage Act was handed over by its chairman Manstudy Nongrem to the KHADC Chief Hispreaching Son Shylla. The Consultative Committee was constituted by the KHADC to make recommendations after an in-depth study of the provisions of the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Act, 1977, after the KHADC had recalled the amendment Bills. The KHADC is likely to convene the Special Session on October 15, for passing the amendment Bill.

Quoting section 10 of the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Act, 1997, H.S Shylla said that “Such people who are taking their father’s surnames will also lose their Khasi status and Schedule Tribe status.” 

Meanwhile, the Consultative Committee has submitted a seven-point recommendations which are viewed as of great importance as linkages to the draft amendment Bill.

It has recommended that the trading by non-tribal Regulation should be amended in line with the draft Bill to do away with any contradictions that will crop up besides the need to come up with a Clan Bill that will give more teeth to the proposed draft Bill.

 

Meanwhile the KHADC will also regulate and strengthen the traditional durbar system especially the Dorbar Shnong, to take immediate steps to check the entry of non-tribals and to take up with other district councils so that uniformity in tackling common issues can be achieved.

 

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Villagers irked over non-function of Health Center

The Khasi Student Union South West Khasi Hills (KSUSWKH) of the Nongkynbah Area Unit urged the State Government to speady up the function of the Nongkynbah Health Sub Centre in Nongkenbah Village. The KSU remind that the Health Engineering Wing has already completed the construction of the Health Center in the year 2014.

Nongkenbah Sub center will caters villages including Mawpud, Kenbah, Sarin, Nongpdengkynbah and other adjacent villages nearby. Nongkenbah Area Unit President Gomelson Snaitang demanded from the Health Department as the why it takes 4 years for the function of the Health Center in the area. Till date there is no working staff in the center and even the surrounding of the Health center is covered with wild vegetation Snaitang added.

The KSU also urged MLA of Ranikor Constituency to intervene in this matter for the benefits of the people in the region.

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MHIS to merge with Ayushman Bharat

A.L Hek the Health & Family Welfare Minister Government of Meghalaya today officially announced the discontinuity of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS). MHIS phase II was stopped from 25th September 2018 but those patients who was hospitalized before the 25th of September will continue to get the benefits Minister A.L Hek said.

The reason for the Government of Meghalaya to stop the MHIS was to concentrate on the existing scheme that is to converge with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) or the Ayushman Bhrarat.  Ayushman Bharat and MHIS will work in convergence as the Government strives to provide quality service to the people of the State. The Scheme will cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family. This campaign was carried out by the Health and Education Department which was assisted by Social Welfare Department.

The Minister also talks about the success of Measles Rubella campaign which was launched in the State. The campaign is a onetime activity which aims at reaching out to children from 9 months to 15 years of age. Till date around 1, 88,566 boys and 1, 93,855 girls have been vaccinated across the State. The Minister urged all section of the society to understand the goal of this campaign and come out in getting children vaccinated in order to protect them from many life threatening diseases. The Minister also mentions that the MHIS Phase IV will likely be ready by December 2018.

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