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FLAMBOYANT MODI SETS INDIA ABLAZE IN HIS OWN INIMITABLE STYLE

 

The people of India have once again elected the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance with a massive majority to rule the destiny of the nation and preferred to ignore the Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party at the hustings. The ruling alliance swept the 17th Lok Sabha elections with flying colours, as it emerged victorious in 350 out of 543 constituencies. The BJP itself captured 303 seats, thereby proving beyond doubt that the massive mandate provided by the people had surpassed even its previous tally of 272 seats. With absolute majority at his disposal, the Prime Minister will be emboldened to initiate bold measures, without having the compulsion to rely on his alliance partners.  Though, all the exit polls predicted a thumping victory for the NDA, even the ardent admirers and die-hard fans of the BJP would not have expected their party to reach greater heights than the verdict in 2014 that catapulted the Sangh Parivar as the primary pole of Indian politics, relegating the Congress to a distant second.

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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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Until recently, nobody knew Jahnabi Saikia. She was just a lady next door. Today, everybody knows Jahnabi is a member of the pro-talk-ULFA group who participated in blasting grenades Guwahati.

She acted with Pranamoy Rajguru, one of the leaders of the group. The grenade blasts left eight persons injured. Though nobody was killed, the grenade blasts at a shopping mall in Guwahati, it was catapulted in the media basket nationally as it brought to the fore the involvement of women in insurgent movement in Northeast. 

Jahnavi’s involvement in the grenade attack also rakes up the old issue of involvement of women in insurgency movement as a whole, be it ULFA or other armed groups in the Northeast, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, Maoist movements in India and Nepal along the Red Corridor in India and Irish Republican Army.

Why women opt to go to conflict zones? Why they find their ways to jungles and ravines to join armed rebels? What sort of self-determination is it?

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A. L Hek assures help to genuine non-tribals about for license

 Meghalaya Health Minister A. L Hek today met the Executive Member in-charge Trade of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Paul Lyngdoh to clarify the reason on why some shops in Nongmynsong were closed down by the Council. The Health Minister said that the council has closed the down the shops run by non-tribals because they were not able to provide authentic trading license issued by KHADC during the surprise checking by KHADC.

AL. Hek said that the Council has given the shop keepers one week time to provide proof regarding their trading license. ‘Being their representative it is my responsibility to go and meet the EM to clarify the reason for their closing and help out those genuine non-tribals who have been residing here and practice trade for many many years” A.L Hek added. He concludes that genuine shop keepers should get assistance from all departments when it comes to issuing them trading license from the council.

 

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