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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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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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