The Supreme Court on August 27, this year, dismissed the senior Congress leader and the former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s plea against dismissal of anticipatory bail in a case related to INX Media. Incidentally, the CBI Special court had extended the custody of Mr Chidambaram, till August 30, 2019. The Apex Court has delivered the judgment after hearing the arguments of the CBI and Chidambaram’s counsel minutely.
It may be recalled that Mr Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 20, this year, after he failed to present himself before them for a day, in spite of the authorities concerned calling him four times to find out his whereabouts. The agency found, much to their dismay that his cell-phone was switched-off and he also did not respond to their e-mail. Only when the CBI could not spot him, despite their best efforts, they issued the “Look Out” notice at his residence in New Delhi, asking him to appear before the CBI within two hour.
The Art Exhibition of the students of Riti Academy of Visual Arts is being organized at Mad Gallery, Umsohsun, Shillong. Altogether, there are around ninety artworks done by twenty student participants including the art teachers, Skhemlang Hynñiewta and Teisuk Chyne.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the legendary musical exponent of the country, Mr Rewben Mashangva and grace by dignitaries including Mr N Munish Singh, Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Shillong (ICCR) and Dr Madeline Yvonne Tham, Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Meghalaya Chapter (INTACH). In his inaugural address, Rewben expressed his pleasure for the effort of Riti Academy in promoting young talents of Meghalaya, he said 'The children from remote corners of the State and the region should be given such platform to expose and promote their creativity'. The Director of ICCR, Mr N Munish Singh in his speech lauded the effort of Riti Academy and announced financial assistance to Riti Academy for its noble endeavour. He acknowledged the presence of Naga legendary musical exponent Rewben Mashangva on the occasion and in Shillong as a gesture of inspiration and encouragement to the entire art fraternity in the State.
Some of the outstanding artworks of the students are done by Denis Marbañiang, Baiamonlang Marngar, Aruna Thapa, Susan Marbañiang and Fasterfield Ryntathiang. The Convenor of INTACH, Dr Madeline Y Tham also share her thoughts on the occasion, while Art Teacher, Ariopagos Manner proposed the vote of thanks. However, the most exciting moment is the short performance on flute by Rewben Mashangva himself, which enthralled the gathering. The five day exhibition will be opened till Monday, the 30th September, 2019, which coincided with the birth anniversary of Crystal Gayle Kharnaïor, in whose memory the award is being constituted to promote visual art in the State.
Of all the states in the Northeast India, Assam is the most crisis-ridden state. It is not an understatement, rather a reality based on a prolonged observation.Because there are many and varied problems in the state.But as some major political problems still remain unsolved, a complete peace in the easternmost is as elusive as it was in Jammu and Kashmir till before the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A, aimed at ending the decades-old militancy movement in the valley.
Stakeholder consultation-cum-training programme on ‘Cage culture in Umiam reservoir, Meghalaya’
A stakeholder consultation-cum-training programme on ‘Cage culture in Umiam reservoir, Meghalaya’ was organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Regional Centre, Guwahati in collaboration with Fisheries Division of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam at Umniuh Khwan village of Umiam, Meghalaya under the TSP programme of ICAR-CIFRI. The programme was organized under the overall guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore; Dr. S. K. Das, Principal Scientist & Head, Fisheries Division, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam and Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya, Head (Acting), ICAR-CIFRI RC, Guwahati. The Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Meghalaya was represented by Mr. Paul Tariang, Superintendent of Fisheries, Ri-Bhoi district, Meghalaya. Scientists and technical personnel of the two Institutes namely Dr. Dipesh Debnath (Sr. Scientist), Dr. Pronob Das, Ms. Niti Sharma, Ms. Peetambari Devi, Mr. Gojendro Singh (Scientists), Mr. Alakesh Das (TO) and Mr. Prasanta Mahanta (STA) acted as resource persons in the programme. The programme was attended by 50 fishers and farmers of locality under Ri-Bhoi Farmers’ Union along with Mr. D. Mazzao, President of the Union and Mr. Brightstar K, Secretary.
Mr. Brightstar K, Secretary of Ri-Bhoi Farmers’ Union welcomed the guests and participants for the programme. Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya explained the purpose of the day-long programme. He informed the participants that cage culture in Umiam reservoir of Meghalaya is being initiated by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore in collaboration with the ICAR RC for NEHR, Umiam and DoF, Meghalaya for the first time. It was possible because of the overall leadership of Dr. J. K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi and initiative of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore in sanctioning six CIFRI-GI cage unit (100 m3/cage). He stated that cage culture in reservoirs is coming up in a big way in states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Mizoram through technological back-stropping by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore. Dr. S. Hazarika, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer, TSP, ICAR RC for NEHR, Umiam stated that many welfare schemes of Govt. of India are implemented in NE states with moderate success mainly because of discontinuation of any schemes once the government support is withdrawn. He urged the fishers to continue cage culture even after withdrawal of government support so that it sets a good example for the fishers’ communities. Mr. Paul Tariang, Superintendent of Fisheries, Ri-Bhoi district stated that Meghalaya has sizeable fisheries resources in the form of reservoirs, rivers, wetlands and ponds. However, Meghalaya still meets much of its demand for fish consumed in the state from outside. He encouraged the fishers to take utmost interest for making this project a success even beyond the project period so that similar government support may be expected in future. Dr. S. K. Das thanked Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI for sanctioning the cages, which is the first of its kind in Umiam reservoir. He stated that the ICAR-CIFRI and ICAR RC for NEHR came together for this initiative for the benefit of the tribal fishers of the region. Dr. Pronob Das motivated the fishers to take utmost care of the stocked fish in cages. Mr. D. Mazzao proposed the vote of thanks. He thanked the two ICAR Institutes for implementing cage culture in Umiam reservoir. He also urged his fishers to work sincerely as per the given guidelines for success of cage culture.
During the technical session on cage culture, resource persons from the two Institutes interacted with the fishers and explained them in simple local language with the help of a translator on different aspect of Cage culture including feeding schedules and monitoring.
Training programme onEarthquake Risk Mitigation for Safer Built Environment
Commissioner & Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Shri. T Dkhar today inaugurated the three days training programme on Earthquake Risk Mitigation for Safer Built Environment at Shillong Club, Shillong. The training programme was organized by National Institute of Disaster Management, MHA, Government of India in collaboration with Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and attended by officials from line departments.
In his inaugural speech, Shri. Dkhar said that the State of Meghalaya, which lies in the seismically active Zone V, is prone to floods, fires, landslides, cyclonic storms and lightning strikes besides earthquake. Recalling the Shillong Earthquake of 8.7 magnitudes on June 12, 1897 which has devastated the plateau and affected the whole of North East India, Shri Dkhar said that although the death toll caused by the earthquake in those days was quite minimal, the rapidly growing human population in the region continually increases the seismic risk to several folds.
He said that with the growing population and urbanization especially in Shillong and some other headquarters in the State having high rise buildings, this kind of programme is necessary to equip our engineers, architects, planners, administrators and other stakeholders with the knowledge required for mitigation to prepare a safe environment for the citizens.
To carry out earthquake risk mitigation programme forwards, there is a need for trained manpower for taking appropriate actions before, during and after disaster in order to reduce the loss of human lives and financial consequences, he said. He expressed hoped that this forum will immensely benefit the participants and government officials to put into practice of the knowledge they gain from the training.
Dr. Amir Ali Khan of NIDM who is the main resource person in the training programme, will deliberate on several issues relating to earthquake risk mitigation management with special reference to Meghalaya. Other resource persons included Surajit Bordoloi, Dr. A Lyngdoh and Arulia Sangma.