August issue

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        Devastating flood and the misery in its wake

For instance, this year’s ravaging  deluge that is one of the worst in the State in our living memory, has till writing this piece, has claimed 69 lives while over 57 lakh persons in 4,626 villages under 114 revenue circles of 29 districts are affected. The worst-affected districts include Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Demaji, Lakhimpur, Cachar, Karimgang, Morigaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Majuli, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.

             However, in the recent second wave over two Lakh hectares of cropland have been affected. Many people have been rendered homeless while others have taken shelter in the relief camps, nearby highlands and embankments, educational institutions as also empty spaces between railway lines in some areas of Dhubri. Floods have this time inundated 90% of the world famous Kaziranga national park putting the lives of animals in great peril. As many as 129 animals in the park including 7 rhinos have reportedly lost their lives in the recent wave of floods which has commenced from July continuing for about several days.

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It was a quiet afternoon of Thursday, June 11.  Karnataka was bracing for administrative and political uncertainties with the rumours that a few MLAs of the ruling coalition government JDS and Congress are planning to move to a resort. But unexpectedly, the senior journalists of various media houses received a Whats app video message from an unknown number. It was the beginning of the IMA scam.

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They picked up recyclable materials from the street, garbage dump, market or in trash bin. They were a group of four minor rag pickers between 7 to 10 years of age meet at a point and starts picking rags in the railway colony. They picked up anything which fetched them money such as paper, cardboard, plastic, iron scrap, tin containers, and bottles. Nupur, the eldest one helped other three minors to identify the retrievable bits and pieces. She walked along them with a rod in hand tied with a piece of magnet to fish out for salvageable iron bits. Their extreme poverty forced them to enter in this profession to stay alive.  

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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to resume from 6th to 13th August.

The autumn session of the tenth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will have six working days from 6th September to 13th September. The session was approved by Business Advisory Committee (BAC) during a meeting chaired by Assembly Deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira on Friday. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief minister Prestone Tynsong and Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma and former Speaker, Charles Pyngrope.


Speaking to the reporters Deputy Speaker Timothy Shira said that there will be six working days of which government business has been allotted for September 6, 10 and 13 while private members’ business on September 9, 11 and 12. The Speaker added that until the post of speaker is not filled hence by nature the deputy speaker will take all powers of speaker. He added that the number of days for the session was extended so to give chance to the opposition to raise their concern or demands in the house.

Meanwhile Leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma said that the decision to increase the number of days for the session to discuss important issues confronting the state and the people. He added that the opposition (Congress) will raised several issues in the Assembly which includes Coal issue, Corruption in the government, Lack of development and the drugs menance in the state

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If it really is a matter of pride to be 1st in anything then Meghalaya has reasons to be proud. By becoming India’s first state to declare its own water policy, this state has occupied a place in the history of water conservation.

On July 13, 2019, Meghalaya -- literary meaning the abode of cloud -- made a very bold beginning with the State’s Cabinet approving the Draft of the Policy in the presence of Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.

The Chief Minister also very aptly gave his message to the country through Twitter: “It is historic for #Meghalaya as we have become the first State in the country to have a State water policy.”

This revolutionary step comes close on the heels of launching of the Jal Shakti Mission of Meghalaya government to solve the problems of the people related to water shortage.

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