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Blind Lead Trust members face discrimination by house owner and family

Director of Blind Lead Thrust (BLT) who is visually impaired Jitendra Dkhar alleged that house owner Vennetta Kharsyntiew discriminate the members of the thrust who are also visually impaired in their rented Office located in Lower Lachumiere Shillong.

Jitendra Dkhar alleged that the House owner scolded and shouted at them whenever they would complain about water scarcity. He added that they would not receive water for two consecutive days which made thing difficult for them. On 20th June their sponsor Theodore Moallem who is an American citizen and Director of ‘Makerwala Education Trust’ based in Chandigarh went to complain about their grievances but was assaulted by her, her husband and other family members. Jitendra alleged that during the alteration between Ted and Kharsyntiew families, the family members used foul and politically incorrect word to the visually impaired Thrust members and also threw the food which they were eating at them. After the intervention of NGO Impulse lead by Hasina Kharbih the situation was under control. Later police were called and both parties were taken to Laitumkhrah Police Station. On 21st June Rani Kharsyntiew who is also a Magistrate filed FIR against Theodore Moallem for molestation case and till filing the report Theodore Moallem is still lodged in Laitumkhrah Police Station.

The thrust condemned the uncivilized act of Rani Kharsyntiew and families in treating the disable people.

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Punjab delegation have faith in Meghalaya Government

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sends five-member delegation to discussed with Meghalaya Home Minister, James K. Sangma to discussed the issues relating the security of settlers at Them ïew Mawlong. The delegation comprised of Cooperation and Jails Minister, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Member of Parliamnet Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa, and Ravneer Singh Bittu, and MLAs Kuldeep Singh Vaid, and Kulbir Singh Zira.

The team visited the state to know the situation after banned outfit Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) issued a warning to the Harijan Panchayat Committee for asking the Shillong Municipal Board to withdraw the public notices which were served to the residents of Them ïew Mawlong asking them to submit documents to the Board to prove that they are genuine settlers.

Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa told reporters “we had a very good meeting and satisfied by its outcome.” He added that “the Meghalaya government is sincere to restore normalcy and to come out with a long lasting solution, we have faith in the government and the people of Meghalaya who are very warm and gave us all the love and affection,” The Punjab MP said that the issue should be settled once and for all and hoped that the high level committee of the state government would come up with a feasible solution.

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CM held review meeting with MEECL

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma chaired a review meeting of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and discussed how to find out ways and means to improve the power scenario in the state.

“We had a fruitful discussion on measures short and long term to improve the power scenario. Several challenges have to be tackled and we are committed to overcome them with active cooperation and support from different stakeholders,” Sangma said.

The meeting was attended by power minister James K Sangma, officials of the Power Department and engineers of the MeECL.

Issues related to the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses, current financial position of MeECL, status of different schemes, loadshedding were discussed during the review meeting.

“We are looking at ways to improve the overall efficiency of the MeECL as a corporation and all the three wings distribution, transmission and generation,” Sangma told reporters.

He said the meeting also discussed about different projects which are coming up and those that will come up in future which include small and mini hydro power projects to improve the power scenario in the state.

Stating that meeting was just the beginning, the chief minister informed that he would also hold a review meeting to discuss specifically on the A&TC losses next month.

“Hopefully every month I will try to hold review meetings with different departments to figure out how we can improve productivity of the MeECL and ensure it becomes financially stable and how we can provide stable power supply to all citizens in the state,” the Chief Minister added.

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INC to re-structure in Meghalaya

All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary for the North East Region Luizinho Faleiro and Secretary Victor Keishing visited Shillong to take stock on the report of the party in the State. Talking to press during the meeting said that the party is in difficult times in both Meghalaya and Country as a whole but when it comes to vote share the Congress party have done consistently in the entire North East States. He also thank the people of Meghalaya for the continue support to the party. He expressed his gratitude for the people, party leaders and all who have contributed to the victor of Congress MP (Vincent Pala).

The party will also look to re-structure and arrange the party in the State. Luizinho Faleiro said that the party will come up with action plan, road map where party workers will travel to different parts of the states to tackle the problems face by the people in the State. He also added that even the country is in difficult times especially the entire Northeast after several scheme that benefit the entire North East.  Luizinho Faleiro also said Congress party is firm on protecting the rights, the unique culture and tradition of North East India.

The conference was attended by MLA George Lyngdoh, HM Shangpliang and Celestine Lyngdoh

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Poll volunteers felicitated

In recognition to the contributions made by poll volunteers in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Meghalaya today felicitated the youth organisations of Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides (MBSG), NSS and NYK at a function held at the Mini Conference Hall, Pine Mount Ridge.

The felicitation programme was attended by the Chief Electoral Officer, Meghalaya, Shri. F. R Kharkongor as the Chief Guest, Additional CEO, Shri. R P Marak, Joint Secretary Social Welfare, Smti. C Kharkongor, officials from the Election Department and youth organizations.

The Chief Electoral Officer, in his speech, said that deployment of poll volunteers during the Lok Sabha Election has been a successful experience for our young boys and girls who enthusiastically took part in the poll process where they provide and assist the voters especially the persons with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens. The combined efforts of these poll volunteers have resulted in a huge percentage of voters’ turnout, he said.

The CEO said that meaningful engagement of these youth organizations will be a continuation process through the Electoral Literacy Clubs set up in schools and colleges and the department will move this momentum of setting up of ELCs though these youth organizations. He said by engaging the youth, we will be able to ensure that no voter is truly left behind. The involvement of these youth organizations and educational institutions will be part of a long term goal and will bring people on board to see that all are involved in the electoral process, he said.

The Joint Secretary, Social Welfare, Smti. C Kharkongor thanked the youth organizations for assisting and facilitating PWDs, weaker sections of society, pregnant women and old people through set up of help desks and offering temporary railing to physically challenged persons and old people. She said that their involvement is a motivation for the voters to turn out in huge numbers to exercise their franchise.


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