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Famed photographer of Meghalaya Bids Adieu


A renowned photographer of the State Meghalaya, Peter Elford Thangkhiew passed away on 10th July in Dr. H. Gordon Roberts Hospital, Shillong. Peter Elford Thangkhiew was the son of (L) D. Mynsong and Mrs. Queency Thangkhiew of Nongkseh Upper Shillong. He was born in 1979 and has been an Award Winning Photographer. He was also an employee of BSNL GMTD Shillong.


He was a founder of a very popular Facebook page ‘Discover Meghalaya’ which is one of the most visited Facebook page. His photos can be seen in various ‘Coffee Table Books’, ‘Posters’ as well as the ‘Meghalaya Calendars’. He had abundantly love for nature and also an expert in wedding photography and other occasions. Through his photography he has contributed abundantly to the Meghalaya Tourism by showcasing the beauty and untapped potentials of Meghalaya tourism through his pictures. His pictures have been a source of inspiration for many and have helped and led to the increase in tourism particularly in the State of Meghalaya. With his demise Meghalaya has lost an important individual who inspired many youngsters to take photography as a profession.

The State of Meghalaya and Northeast India has lost a crusader of Mother Earth. In a recent post he had talked about the need to save the planet earth before it was too late.  A true youth icon of the State he will be truly missed by the photographer's community all around.

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UNICEF to partner with NEC to strengthen emergency preparedness in Public Health sector in NE States

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India in collaboration with the North Eastern Council has agreed to work together to strengthen disaster resilience in public health sector for response in case of any emergency. As an initial effort towards this, the UNICEF, State Office for Assam will organize a Regional Consultation programme on “Emergency Preparedness for Public Health Sector” for the States of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Assam in August, 2019 with all the concerned Departments of the State Governments like Health & Family Welfare Department, PHED, etc with a follow-up consultations and planning with special focus on the Aspirational Districts of the States. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Shri Ram Muivah, Secretary, NEC with a team from UNICEF which included Dr Ashish Dadwal, Health Specialist, Shri Anand P Kar, Risk & Resilience Programme Officer and Shri Nishant Borgohain, DDR & CCA Consultant. The NEC has agreed to coordinate the programme.

The North Eastern Council is the agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament. NEC has been instrumental in setting in motion a new economic endeavour aimed at removing the basic handicaps that stood in the way of normal development of the region and has ushered in an era of new hope in this backward area full of great potentialities. The main objective of the Council is to ensure the balanced and integrated economic development of the North Eastern parts of the country.

UNICEF began its work in India in 1949 with three staff members and established an office in Delhi three years later. Currently, it advocates for the rights of India’s children in 16 states. UNICEF’s goal is to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women to survival, growth, development, participation and protection by reducing inequities based on caste, ethnicity, gender, poverty, region or religion. UNICEF utilizes a multi-pronged approach to addressing pressing issues of health, nutrition, sanitation, education and child protection. It aims to involve families and community members in understanding their contribution to ensure their children thrive while providing a platform for young community champions to emerge and inspire. UNICEF uses community level knowledge and quality research to comprehend issues, create and introduce easily implementable innovative interventions that address the situation of children, and works with partners to create ground level change.

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ISBT Shillong likely to complete by December

The Minister of Transport Sniawbhalang Dhar along with Mawlai MLA Process T Sawkmie, MDC Teibor Pathaw along with other officials today conducted an inspection at the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Mawiongrim Shillong.

The Minister said that 80 percent of the work is completed and the project will be completed before Christmas. Sniawbhalang Dhar said that the reason for the delay of the project was due to the delay process of funding from the central government, he added that almost 17 crore is not being received by the State Government but due to the hard work and understanding of the contractor that the project is 80 percent completed. The Central Government has sanctioned around 48 crore for the construction of ISBT in Mawiongrim Shillong.

Meanwhile MLA Process Sawkmie said that with the completion of this project the congestion of Mawlai will be reduce and it will also provide numerous of jobs to the youth of the State.

The Governments along with MDC, headman and all responsible Departments will sit for a meeting after the completion of this project to discuss on how the project will function in the future.

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Committee on Environment pushes for strong environment laws

The Committee on Environment of the Legislative Assembly today conducts a surprise checking of the Greater Shillong Water Supply water treatment plant and JNV School Sewage Treatment Plant. The committee was headed by Chairman H.M Shangpliang, Renington Tongkhar, Miani D Shira and S. K Sun.

The Committee on Environment is constituted to check on factors leading to Environmental hazard in the State.  Speaking during the meeting H.M Shangpliang said that it is learnt that since the Wastages Treatment does not function hence wastages from JNV School directly flow downstream to the main reservoir. The committee will again sit for the meeting of all Government Department to discuss and frame guidelines for all industrial sectors in the State. The committee will also conduct surprise checking to rivers across the state.

Meanwhile S.K Sun said that the Government through the PHE will push the Government of Meghalaya to declare Umiew River as ‘National Wetland’ in order to protect the area. The Shillong water supply phase III aims to provide water to every citizen by the year 2030.  S. K Sun added that strong laws will be push to implement in order to save other drinking water reservoir in the State. He added that due to excessive mining of lime stone, sand and quarry many rivers are in bad conditions which are unfit for drinking.

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3 Days Training programme on ‘Incident Response System'

The District Disaster Management Authority, East Khasi Hills today organized a three day Training Programme on ‘Incident Response System” from 24th to 26th June, 2019 at the Training Hall, Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides, Shillong. The inaugural program was attended by Commissioner East Khasi Hills Smti Matsiewdor War Nongbri. The programme was also attended by Smti I. Majaw, ADC and CEO, DDMA, East Khasi Hills District, Smti P. Lyngba, DDMO, East Khasi Hills District, Smti Maitreyee Mukherjee, City Project Coordinator, UNDP, Shillong among others.


Speaking during the program Matsiewdor War Nongbri said that the training has been designed to provide management skills to the different stakeholders who are working in disaster management and incident response planning. The training will provide quick and detailed planning on how to response effectively during disasters. She reminds that since Shillong city is becoming congested day by day it is necessary for every department to get prepared for any disaster. Such training will also help to deal with both pressure and trauma during any calamities.


Meghalaya is prone to various natural disasters such as landslides, thunder squalls, flash floods, lightning and earthquakes hence such training is necessary in order to prepare every individual from any disaster. The emphasis in Disaster Management training program has shifted from relief centric approach to proactive regime and as such a well coordinated response with clockwork precision becomes one of the most important goals. This training has been designed to provide management skills to the different stakeholders who are working in disaster management and incident response planning. The training will provide detailed quick planning on how to handle disasters effectively.


The Multi-Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) of the Shillong Municipal Area (East Khasi Hills) have been completed under the ‘USAID-MHA-UNDP Partnership Project on Developing Resilient Cities through Risk Reduction in the context of Disaster and Climate Change’. This time bound project (2016 -2020) is being implemented by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), East Khasi Hills, Shillong and monitored by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Meghalaya. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the natural disaster vulnerability of urban population, infrastructure, lifeline and shelter facilities through risk sensitive planning.         

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