Women bank now in Meghalaya

Bharatiya-Mahila-BankShillong, March 25 : Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) Tuesday unveiled its 21st branch in the matrilineal state of Meghalaya.

Shillong branch, the first branch of the BMB in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya, is dedicated to the public and the women in particular.

"It is a privilege for our (all-women) bank to have a branch in this matrilineal state of Meghalaya.  Our bank which is an all-women bank is designed to cater to the needs of women and offer them the entire banking and financial services," said BMB chairman and managing director Usha Ananthasubramanian.

Opposition dividing people on communal lines: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiShillong, March 18 : The opposition is dividing the people of India on communal lines, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Tuesday while launching his election campaign in Meghalaya.

"The opposition believes in centralisation of power and politics of anger.  But the Congress believes in uniting people, giving power to people, to youth, to women to transform the society and in the politics of love," Gandhi said at a huge rally at Resubelpara, the district headquarters of North Garo Hills.

Modi has all prime ministerial qualities: Sangma

Purno-Agitok-SangmaShillong, July 12 : Narendra Modi has "all the qualities of a prime minister", former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma said Friday adding that the Gujarat chief minister will become prime minister provided the BJP has the numbers in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

"He (Modi) has popular support in the Hindi-speaking belt, but is yet to reach out to people in the South (India). If the BJP comes to power, I am sure he will be the next prime minister, as he also has all the qualities of a prime minister," Sangma told journalists here.

Significant improvement in health indicators: Azad

Ghulam-Nabi-AzadShillong, April 2  : India has reported significant improvement in health indicators like maternal mortality and infant mortality as well a reduction of nearly 57 percent in HIV cases, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Tuesday.

"We are dealing with a complex health environment, persistent communicable diseases, increasing non-communicable diseases and emerging infections in our country," Azad said at a function in the Meghalaya capital.

Meghalaya High Court will integrate customs, legal system: CJI

Altamas-KabirShillong, March 25 : Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Monday said the opening of a high court in Meghalaya will help integrate the different traditional laws and customs of the state together with the legal system of mainstream India.

"There are different systems prevalent here, which need to be integrated, and with the coming into operation of the new high court here, I think it will go a long way in fulfilling these aspirations," Kabir said, after inaugurating the Meghalaya High Court.

Meghalaya governor assures check on crimes against women

Meghalaya governor assures check on crimes against womenShillong, March 14 - Condemning crimes against women in Meghalaya, Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary Thursday said the government is adopting new strategies to tackle the issue.

In his address at the first day of the budget session of the assembly, Mooshahary said the overall crime rate in Meghalaya was "under control" but crime against women were a matter of serious concern.

Meghalaya's Catholics welcome election of Pope Francis

Meghalaya's Catholics welcome election of Pope FrancisShillong, March 14 : Catholics in the predominantly Christian state of Meghalaya Thursday reacted with joy as Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pope in the Catholic Church's 2,000-year history and took the name of Francis I.

Archbishop of Shillong Dominic Jala, who offered Pope Francis I his congratulations, prayers and support, said: "He is God's timely gift to us all."

Sangma expands Meghalaya ministry, inducts 11

Sangma expands Meghalaya ministry, inducts 11Shillong, March 12 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M. Sangma Tuesday formed his new council of ministers by inducting 11 members from the Congress.

Mukul Sangma also scripted new political history in the state by inducting three women legislators as ministers.

Of the 25 women who contested the recently concluded assembly elections, only four - Ampareen Lyngdoh, Roshan Warjri, Deborah C. Marak and Dikkanchi D. Shira - won the assembly polls. Shira is Sangma's wife.

Chinese dams worry Arunachal

Nabam-TukiTura (Meghalaya), Feb 16 : Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said Saturday he would ask the central government to look into China constructing three hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet.

"China building the three dams will affect the interest of people in the downstream areas.  We will soon move New Delhi to take up this issue with China in the interest of the people," Tuki told IANS.

He added: "It is a cause of concern for us but we are not certain how big these dams are..."

Pope's resignation shocks Meghalayan Catholics

Pope-Benedict-XVIShillong, Feb 12 : Pope Benedict XVI's announcement to resign due to his frailty has shocked and surprised everyone in the predominantly Christian Meghalaya.

Archbishop of Shillong archdiocese Dominic Jala expressed surprise at the decision but said he respects the Pope's decision, which was matter of conscience before God.

"We all admire his humility and sincerity and pray for him, thanking God for having given him as a shepherd and we pray for light that we may have a successor worthy of this ministry," Jala told IANS Tuesday.

Settlement with Garo rebels on anvil: Meghalaya CM

Settlement with Garo rebels on anvil: Meghalaya CMShillong, Jan 2 - A "historic settlement" is on the anvil to resolve the issues raised by rebel A'chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) group Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said Wednesday.

"Negotiations with ANVC for arriving at a permanent settlement have reached the final stage. I have been informed by the (union) ministry of home affairs that a tripartite meeting is being convened on January 5 in Shillong," Sangma said in a newspaper advertisement here.

Oil companies resume giving new LPG connections in some states

Oil companies resume giving new LPG connections in some statesOil companies have resumed giving new LPG connections in Sikkim, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Gas distributors had stopped issuing new LPG connections since they started the Know Your Customer (KYC) process in wake of the government's decision to cap the number of subsidized LPG cylinders at six per household per year. However, registrations for new gas connections continued.

India, Bangladesh deal will bring prosperity: Meghalaya CM

India, Bangladesh deal will bring prosperity: Meghalaya CMShillong, Sep 9 : Meghalaya has lost 41 acres of land as India and Bangladesh have demarcated their boundaries but the overall agreement will only bring "goodwill and prosperity" to both countries, said state Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Friday.

Sangma was part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's entourage to Bangladesh Sep 6-7. The two countries signed a framework agreement on cooperation for development and a protocol on demarcating their land boundary.

Irom Sharmila must reach out to people: G.K. Pillai

Irom Sharmila must reach out to people: G.K. PillaiShillong, Aug 30 : Irom Sharmila, fasting for the last 11 years for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), must "reach out to people across the country" like anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare to make her cause known, says former union home secretary G. K. Pillai.

AFSPA enables security forces to shoot at sight and arrest anybody without a warrant if an area is declared disturbed. Sharmila is currently in an isolated room of Manipur's Jawarharlal Nehru Hospital.

Rs 17,000 Cr Plan Sanctioned To Boost Country's Milk Production

Rs 17,000 Cr Plan Sanctioned To Boost Country's Milk ProductionThe National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has exercised a 15-year National Dairy Plan (NDP) with a total cost of Rs 17,000 crore in order to meet up India's projected milk demand of 180 million tonnes by 2020-21.

NDDB Chairman Amrita Patel said that after considering the proposed plan, the central government has concluded a series of consultations with 14 major milk producing states.

These states account for over 90% of the country's milk production.

SS Netcom Plans To Set Up First Global Call Centre In Meghalaya

SS Netcom Plans To Set Up First Global Call Centre In MeghalayaSS Netcom, the first IT solution company in the country's North Eastern region, is establishing an international call centre in Meghalaya.

SS Netcom Founder Conrad Sangma stated, "The client (an international IT company) is ready and we are in the process of streamlining the system."

In the Meghalaya Assembly, Mr. Sangma, a Wharton alumni, also serve as the youngest leader of opposition.

MBOSE declares 2010 HSSLC results

MBOSE declares 2010 HSSLC resultsThe Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) has declared the 2010 Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination results for commerce and Science streams.

The results are available on the MBOSE official site of along with other Indian results sites. A press release is also available on the official website, Mbose. in giving all the details regarding the examination results.

Other sites showing results are Megresults. nic. in, Rediff. com, ExamResults. net, Exametc. com etc.

GPS device to ensure quick mail-delivery in Northeast

GPS device to ensure quick mail-delivery in NortheastShillong, Jan 7 : To ensure smooth and quick delivery of mail and emergency aid to drivers, the union ministry of communications and information technology will introduce Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to track the movement of mail motor vehicles in the hilly terrains of northeast India, an official release said here Thursday.

"The GPS would be installed to track the movement of mail motor vehicles in the hilly and difficult terrains of northeastern states - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura," the release said.

Artisans from across the country participate in Shillong handloom exhibition

Artisans from across the country participate in Shillong handloom exhibitionShillong (Meghalaya), Dec 12: Artisans from various states of the country showcased their authentic handloom and handicraft creations at an exclusive handloom exhibition organised in Shillong.

Organized in collaboration with the Development Commissioner for Handloom, under the Ministry of Textiles, Artfed, the ''Special Handloom Expo'' commenced on December 3.

The expo is first of its kind to provide marketing extravaganza to weavers of the lower sections of society.

Nagaland’s longest surviving music band launches campaign to save lives

Nagaland’s longest surviving music band launches campaign to save livesShillong, Dec 11: Music for a cause is the motto of “The Squadron,” the longest surviving band in Nagaland.

The group has come together after a gap of six years to perform in the state as part of the “Save A Life All Nagaland Mega Tour.”

They dazzled… they rocked… And now, they are back for round two…

The five-member band, which had a long-standing dream of “Saving A Llife,” recently performed at the Dimapur Sports Council Stadium.

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