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MDA yet to decide on ‘Common Candidate’

Concerning the suggestions made by Lambor Malngiang with reference to the common candidate issue to contest the Lok Sabha polls 2019, Deputy Chief Minister and leader of the National People’s Party (NPP) Prestone Tynsong while clarifying on ‘Common Candidates’ said that all suggestions have to be compiled and taken up for discussion in the next coordination committee of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA). Earlier Lambor Malngiang MLA of Nongkrem constituency has suggested that a common candidate contesting the MP election should not contest from any political party but should do so from a symbol selected by the MDA partners.

Tynsong added that the final decision will be taken up during the next meeting of the coordination committee of the MDA. Till date only the United Democratic Party (UDP) had announced the name of Dr. Jemino Mawthoh as its candidate for the MP election from Shillong Parliamentary seat.

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Third National Ayurveda Day concluded in Shillong


The 3rd National Ayurveda Day 2018 on the theme, “Ayurveda for Public Health” was organized by the Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Meghalaya at Asian Confluence, Laitumkhrah, Shillong in which Shri A. L. Hek, the Health & Family Welfare Minister Government of Meghalaya was the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries who attended the programme include Shri Anil Jauhri the CEO of National Board for Accreditation for Certification Bodies (NABCB), Shri Pravin Bakshi, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Government of Meghalaya cum Director of AYUSH, Dr. T. S. Nongkhaw, Director Health Services, MI, Dr. D.K. Raswai, State Nodal Officer of AYUSH and Dr. S. Pala, Ayurvedic Physician, Shillong Civil Hospital, Shillong.

Speaking in his inaugural address, Shri Hek recalled the advantages of Ayurveda medication from his childhood and also the importance and benefits of Ayurveda in day to day life. He also encourage in promoting and strengthening the traditional system of healing in the State by bringing the traditional healers under the organized sector of the Government.

The programme was followed by a series of sessions wherein topics namely “Quality Council of India” support to Traditional Healers, “Ayurvedic approaches to cure human disease”,  “Potential of herbs in the management of type 2 diabetes Mellitus” and “Ayurveda for public health & Preventive approaches” were presented by Dr. Debjani Roy, Advisor, Quality Council of India, Dr. B.P. Sarma, Prof. & HOD of Kayachikitsa, Government Ayurvedic College, Guwahati and Dr. Shantanu Kr. Sanjay, Medical Officer (AYUR), under Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam respectively.

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First Mushroom Festival in Meghalaya

The first ever Mushroom Festival of the State themed ‘Mushroom Cultivation for Income Generation’ was held at All Saints’ Hall in which Minister of Agriculture & Horticulture Banteidor Lyngdoh was the Chief Guest.

Speaking during the programme Banteidor Lyngdoh, said that the Government of Meghalaya with the ‘Meghalaya Mushroom Mission’ aims to scale up mushroom production in a mission mode to exploit the full potential of the sector and bring about economic prosperity and livelihood security to the mushroom farming community of the State. He added that the Mushroom Mission would expand the cultivation of Mushroom in the State and improve the target to 5000 MT from 27 MT which is the current achievement under the mission.

Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner, K. N. Kumar while delivering his welcome speech informed the gathering that about 15 per cent of the geographical area in the State is under cultivation of growing mushrooms. He added that the aim of having the festival is to create awareness about mushroom cultivation as an alternate income generating activity as well as an activity that can be integrated into the farm business to enhance farm income.

During the program the Minister also released the Meghalaya Draft Mushroom Mission. The draft mission document will be available in the website of the Department of Agriculture for the public for a month to give their suggestions and feedback before the Meghalaya Mushroom Mission is launched in December.


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