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Presence of Governor adds glitz to Hundred Drums Wangala Festival


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Tura: The second day of the Wangala Festival, which also saw the inauguration of the festival, witnessed the presence of the State Governor, V Shanmuganathan on Friday adding to the glitz of the festival which is celebrating its 39th year of its inception in the village of Asananggre near Tura in West Garo Hills.

The presence of the Governor amidst more than 3000 people on Friday encouraged not only the organizers but also the people who gathered to celebrate the post-harvest festival, which is held every year in the same time.

Governor Shanmuganathan, who is also the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest during the 39th Annual Hundred Drums Wangala Festival at Asananggre in the presence of distinguished dignitaries, district officials, celebration committee members and others.

Wangala is the most significant post-harvest festival of the Garos generally held in the second week of November every year. It is a thanksgiving ceremony to Misi Saljong, also known as Pattigipa Rarongipa (the Great Giver) for having blessed the people with rich harvest of the season.

In his inaugural address, Governor Shanmuganathan stated, "India is a land of festivals starting from the State of Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu comprising vibrant, colourful and multi- cultural festivals and Wangala festival is one among these festivals," adding, "Since the festival culminates with thanksgiving to the Giver for the bountiful harvest, the very fact shows that the Garo people are agrarian in nature."

The Governor appealed to the people of the area especially those engaged in the agrarian sector, besides the members of the Garo Hills Autonomous Council (GHADC) and Government officials to plan and work together to make the agricultural sector more attractive where more people can earn their living independently.

Moreover, the Governor also lauded the unique and wonderful community life of the Garos in which they help each other both in times of family crisis and also during happy occasions like marriages when the whole clan helps in kind and cash.

Earlier in the programme, Tug of War and competitions of Garo indigenous musical instrument like Chigring, Adil, etc. were organised as part of the Wangala festival. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a Rugala ceremony which is performed by the Nokma (village head).

Guv`s appeal to officials, GHADC members The Governor appealed to the people of the area especially those engaged in the agrarian sector, besides the members of the Garo Hills Autonomous Council (GHADC) and Government officials to plan and work together to make the agricultural sector more attractive where more people can earn their living independently. Moreover, the Governor also lauded the unique and wonderful community life of the Garos in which they help each other both in times of family crisis and also during happy occasions like marriages when the whole clan helps in kind and cash. Earlier in the programme, Tug of War and competitions of Garo indigenous musical instrument like Chigring, Adil, etc. were organised as part of the Wangala festival.

"Since the festival culminates with thanksgiving to the Giver for the bountiful harvest, the very fact shows that the Garo people are agrarian in nature" – V Shanmuganathan, Meghalaya Governor

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Playing in Shillong is top on my list reveals Papon


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Bacardi NH7 Weekender all set to rock Ri-Bhoi again for the second consecutive yearShillong: With less than a week to go for the music festival – Bacardi NH7 Weekender – to kick off from Shillong for the second consecutive year, the region is already in a festive mood. Ancillary and allied businesses are gearing up for the mega rush and are aligning themselves to offer the best to the fans during the two-day music fest to augment the electrifying acts that will rock the stage.

Continuing his association with Bacardi NH7 Weekender for yet another season, acknowledged singer Angaraag `Papon` Mahanta terms the Shillong leg of the festival as one of the best musical extravaganza unfolding in the Northeast. "I am super excited about playing at Shillong. Me being from the region added with the beautiful setting – surrounded by hills that no city location can beat that – makes the Shillong edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender a grand exposure to quality music and fun. The Shillong edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender is definitely one of the best festivals I have played at, in terms of the vibe," he said.

Underscoring that the region deserved such an initiative and that OML has been instrumental in giving the region one of its biggest musical extravaganza, Papon said, "The people of the Northeast deserved something like this, something of this magnitude. It`s a remote region, so hats off to OML for taking the music to Shillong. It`s great exposure for the region, and for the young people who are so talented... with such great music traditions."

For his fans, Papon confirmed that there will some surprise as he plays at the two-day festival in RBDSA Sports Complex, Madan Kurkalang in Bhoirymbong. "I`m so close to releasing my new album and the Shillong show will definitely feature some surprises. It will be an interesting show for sure," he promised.

Awesome line up The festival will witness many maiden performances by international and national artistes. International artistes include Steven Wilson, Aswekeepsearching, Natty, Rhythm Shaw, River, Mali, The Ritornellos and Vertical Horizon while Indian artistes include Farhan Live, Kumail, What Escapes Me, Elephant In The Elevator and Wild Palms. Their performance over the weekend at the Shillong edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender is expected to be a memorable experience for all.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Lajong explores new revenue generating venture


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Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC launched a unique initiative on Wednesday that aims to put the club on a more self-sustainable financial footing. Instead of relying almost solely on sponsorship, Lajong is banking on other revenue-generating ideas and today saw the start of the first - a mobile phone store aptly called `The Mobile Centre` - in the heart of the city. All profits from the venture will be ploughed back into the football club. "We have to think out of the box because Indian football clubs do not have the benefit of media rights, merchandising or large sponsorship deals that exist abroad," SLFC CEO and managing director Larsing Ming Sawyan said.

Shillong Lajong FC CEO and managing director Larsing Ming Sawyan, along with his son and father, cut a cake as part of the inauguration of The Mobile Centre in Shillong on Wednesday.

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Wild West in North East


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Pine Mount School students perform a cowgirl-inspired routine during an event attended by Governor V Shanmuganathan (not see in photo) in Shillong on Wednesday.

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GREEN, ECO-FRIENDLY CREATIONS


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Brilliant Meghalaya designer heading to UK during London Fashion WeekShillong: The fashion world`s attention will be centred on London Fashion Week this month and one of Meghalaya`s creative young designers, Rupert Wanlambok Lynrah, will be in the UK capital exhibiting a collection of ethnicity with a modern twist.

This Spring/Summer 2017 Lynrah, through his fashion house RwL Designs, is promoting sustainable eco-fashion with an aim to revive the rich indigenous textiles of Meghalaya by featuring ryndia (eri silk) and muga silk, which are natural, organic and eco-friendly materials.

Weaving has traditionally been the main source of income for women in the rural areas of Meghalaya. Weavers use time-honoured lion looms, backstrap looms and flying shuttle looms, but due to decreasing demand for these exquisite, labour intensive creations, they are giving up their age-old traditions in search of other work.

Speaking about the green message he`s taking to London, Lynrah said, "The textile industry is one of the most polluted in the world. Organic is not a fad. We can`t have it here today and gone tomorrow, it has to be at the core."

Elaborating more on his ryndia designs, the 37-year-old said, "The ryndia is our traditional indigenous textile that comes from a silkworm reared by rural people in Meghalaya. Ryndia is warm in winter and cool in summer, like a natural product is supposed to be."

"Because of its rustic nature, ryndia might look lifeless, but if you give the fabric a form and a twist with some overlay, like embroidery or some lace detail like I have done, it can raise the value of the product," he added.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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RUN FOR WOMEN


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Milind Soman, supermodel, actor, fitness enthusiast and avid barefoot runner was joined by eager runners from Meghalaya during the Pinkathon promotional run from Guwahati to Shillong on Monday. The upcoming Pinkathon run will be held in eight cities across India, including Guwahati, on September 18.

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Milind set to make Pinkathon run go blazing


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WOMEN EMPOWERMENTShillong: Milind Soman, supermodel, actor, fitness enthusiast and avid barefoot runner will take part in the run from Guwahati to Shillong on Monday, September 12. A team from RUN Meghalaya will meet him at halfway and accompany him in his run from Nongpoh to Shillong, a communiqué stated.

It may be mentioned that the marathon will start from Jorabat at 4.30 am and is expected to reach Nongpoh at 9.30 am. He will finish the run in Mawiong.

This is part of the promotional campaign for the upcoming Pinkathon run which will be held in 8 cities across India and in Guwahati on the September 18 next.

Pinkathon, India`s biggest run for women, aims at empowering women through health awareness. It is organised by the United Sisters Foundation and created with the specific purpose of getting more and more women to adopt a fitter lifestyle for themselves and their families and to highlight the need for increased awareness about `Breast cancer` and other issues that put women`s lives at risk. It has been conceptualized by Milind Soman as per the release.

Pinkathon is a unique initiative that encourages women to incorporate a fitness programme into their daily lives by promoting simple community activities like walking and running. Running addresses most of the top 10 ways to help prevent disease including increased mental and physical well-being and raising immunity levels. Pinkathon offers running distances of 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and the half marathon distance of 21km, giving each participant an opportunity to run or walk in their comfort zone, the release further stated.

Speaking about his Pinkathon concept, Milind Soman said, "To change the mind-set in a country like India where health and fitness are seldom a priority, women are the key. When women begin to understand the value of a fitter, healthier and more aware lifestyle for themselves; then by their example, they will inspire and influence their families to do the same," the release stated.

Further stating the importance of Pinakthon, the release said, "Pinkathon is more than a marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India."

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Exciting Meghalaya designer highlights sustainable fashion


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Shillong: The second edition of North East India Fashion Week (NEIFW) concluded in Itanagar on Sunday with Meghalaya`s Rupert W Lynrah showcasing his fusion mix of indo-traditional and western wear which underlined an increasingly important topic in fashion – that of sustainability.

In an era where throwaway fashions are being questioned by a public that is concerned about the impact clothes have on the environment, Lynrah said, after returning to Shillong, "Being the only representative from the state, it was my honour to showcase my traditional Khasi jainsems and a mix of traditional and western wear, and promote sustainable eco-fashion by featuring ryndia silk in the collection, which is a natural, organic and eco-friendly product."

This edition of NEIFW, which ran from August 19-21 in the Arunachal Pradesh capital, emphasised the importance of weavers by introducing their creations to the fashion world and promoting the khadi movement, something that Lynrah feels strongly about.

"We have to educate customers about the importance of sustainability, the human impact on the environment and social responsibility. The textile industry is one of the most polluted and this has to change. Fashions are shaped by demand and it is up to the consumer to choose products that support sustainability," he said.

The Itanagar event, organised by the non-profit organisation Affluent Ray of Light (ARL), witnessed the participation of over 20 young designers and weavers from the region who celebrate traditional fabric and patterns and have successfully carved out a niche for themselves in the fashion industry.

The goal is to promote and preserve indigenous textiles in today`s world and Lynrah`s designs reflect this, as he explained: "My collection was a fusion of ethnic traditions with a modern twist. The overall experience of NEIFW was excellent. It was a fashion show where the weavers and designers came together to promote the rich handloom heritage of the North East that is so diverse in its colours and patterns. It really was a celebration of our traditions."

Lynrah has been in the fashion business for the past 12 years, but counts his near seven-year stint at retailer Splash in Dubai as a "turning point" and three years ago he took the plunge and launched his own fashion label, RwL Designs in Shillong.

Among the other designers at the three-day gala fashion event were Arita Kashyap and Rohila Engtipi from Assam; Nana Gona, Milli Indira Dangngo, Techi Yapar, Minu Mara and jewellery designer Renu Logum from Arunachal Pradesh; Lalthabiki Chawngthu from Mizoram; Gloria Ovung and Ongtiong Kichu from Nagaland; Archana Kabra from Rajasthan; and Vanshala Mishra from Bihar.

The invited weavers were drawn from several states in the region, including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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When North East weavers hit the fashion runway


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NEIFW organisers have joined hands with PETA India to promote its campaign against imprisonment of animals in zoosItanagar: Weavers taking a bow in front of the shutterbugs after showcasing their creations at a fashion gala is a rarity. But that`s what happened at the second edition of the North East India Fashion Week (NEIFW) here.

The three-day fashion week began on Friday at this Arunachal Pradesh capital`s newly constructed multipurpose cultural centre.

Reaching the venue was literally an uphill task, but some of the fashionistas and supporters of the approximately 40 participants couldn`t care less.

Chakpu Anam, a weaver from Arunachal Pradesh, opened the gala with her loin loom collection.

Models, also from the North East region, sashayed down the ramp in colourful ethnic sarongs with tops teamed up with jewellery made of coins or beads. There were knee-length and off-shoulder dresses in shades of purple and red. But the range was dominated by the popular combination - black and white.

"Black and white combination is commonly worn by the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh," Anam, who looked excited after presenting her collection at a fashion week for the first time, told the media here.

Even the showstopper - actor Adil Hussain, the brand ambassador of NEIFW, sported a black shirt and black pants with a black and white stole that covered his chest. The beaded long neck piece and a handloom belt made the "Life of Pi" and "English Vinglish" actor from Assam look every inch a chic man.

The fashion week organisers have joined hands with animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to promote its campaign against the imprisonment of animals in zoos.

So, the show also had two models, dressed in tiger-print outfits, being set free from cages by Adil.

Weaver Dimbeswary from Assam also presented an equally eye-appealing Bodo traditional outfits on the stage.

Mostly made of cotton and wool, the collection had dokhonas (the traditional dress of the Bodo women) in colours like orange, yellow and green. The floral embroidery on the outfits gave them a more feminine touch.

There was something for men as well. A male model was also seen in a lungi with a shirt on the ramp. There was one more show by the weavers of Arunachal Pradesh. The show, about Dibang valley handloom, was presented by Tine Mena, the first lady climber from the North East to scale Mount Everest.

The collection mostly had sarongs or skirts with crop tops in colours like green, pink, white and black.

Chief guest Bamang Felix, a member of the Arunachal Assembly, praised the event`s host and designer Yana Ngoba Chakpu, who is from the state.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Meghalaya honours its lone Maha Vir Chakra recipient


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(L) Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum laid down his life in service of the nation during Kargil WarShillong: The late Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum who had laid down his life in service of the nation during the Kargil War in 1999 was remembered and paid rich tribute as is done every year here in Shillong.

In this regard, a wreath laying ceremony was held at the Rhino Heritage Museum, Shillong Cantonment on Tuesday to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil war and commemorate the glorious victory of the Indian armed forces in operation Vijay.

The focus of the solemn ceremony was paying homage to (L) Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum whose exemplary courage and sacrifice led to the capture of Point 4812 in Batalik sector in one of the decisive battles of the war.

The General Officer Commanding 101 Area, Lieutenant General SP Nawathe and senior army officials laid wreaths on the martyr`s memorial during the ceremony.

(L) Captain Nongrum`s parents, Keishing Peter Nongrum and Saily Nongrum besides his family members were also present on the occasion. (L) Captain Nongrum was born on March 7, 1975 at Shillong and had joined the Officer Training Academy in 1996 from where he got commissioned in the 12th Battalion of The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.

Though severely wounded in a fire fight during the Kargil war, Lieutenant Clifford Nongrum refused to be evacuated and fought valiantly till he succumbed to his injuries which led to the ultimate capture of Point 4812.

(L) Captain Nongrum is the only individual from Meghalaya to be awarded the the `Maha Vir Chakra` for bravery.

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Back to action: With surrender of militants, trekkers now choose Tura Peak for adventure!


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Nothing has been done on the proposal of constructing a ropeway from Tura to the peak, says Tura Adventure Club chiefTura: Tura Peak, one of the important places for trekking in West Garo Hills, remained a `no go zone` for adventurists and trekkers for several years fearing that they might be target of the militants who reportedly used the Nokrek range as a thoroughfare.

But with the surrender of militants in huge number following pressure from the security forces, the peak, which falls under the Nokrek National Park, again gets new lease life with trekkers thronging the area to carry out their adventure.

Speaking to EC, Prakash Momin, president of Tura Adventure Club said, "Due to fear of being target of the militants who used the Nokrek range as a thoroughfare, the trekkers hardly came to Tura Peak for trekking in recent years. But as the militancy issue is now on the back foot, the youngsters and school children are making trips to the peak."

It may be mentioned, to summit the Tura Peak at 1,400 metres, one has to trek, hike or rock climb that covers a distance around 5km. The best season for trekking and hiking is October to March, the non-monsoon season, but the adventurers can do it even in the rainy season.

Momin said, "The adventurers trek in the rainy season too, but in this season the trekkers may face the growth of moss and vines on the path and animals that pass through their territory."

Stating that re-construction of forest quarters with proper sanitation facilities would go a long way in encouraging trekkers to spend the night to view the magnificent lights of the fast-growing Tura town, Momin said, "This would also help the children learn how to co-exist with the nature."

Momin, while alleging that there is lack of coordination between the Forest and Tourism Departments, demanded that the concerned departments should keep on updating their websites and make clear about their areas of operation.

He also said, "The Transport department in early `80s came up with a proposal of constructing a ropeway from Tura to the peak to boost tourism but sadly, nothing has been done in this regard till date."

Trekking body`s appeal Stating that re-construction of forest quarters with proper sanitation facilities would go a long way in encouraging trekkers to spend the night to view the magnificent lights of the fast-growing Tura town, Prakash Momin said, "This would also help the children learn how to co-exist with the nature." Momin also alleged that there is lack of coordination between the Forest and Tourism Departments.

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Meghalaya records 7 per cent drop in foreign tourist visits


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NE increases 1pc as visitor numbers surge by almost 1 million nationally I Tripura sees greatest regional growthShillong: Foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to Meghalaya saw a decline of more than 7 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, even as international arrivals increased in the North East and nationally, figures provided in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday show.

In a written reply, Union minister of state for tourism and culture Mahesh Singh stated that FTVs nationwide increased by 9.92 lakh (or 4.4 per cent) last year to over 2.3 crore, but the North East`s figures went up by just under 1 per cent (or 1,101) to 1.18 lakh.

The region`s share of the foreign tourism market is paltry, standing at just 0.5 per cent of the country`s total. The western region, which includes Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, saw the greatest share at 30.6 per cent of FTVs.

The figures were gleaned from records submitted by state and Union Territory tourism departments.

Meghalaya saw 8,664 FTVs in 2014 and 8,027 (a decline of 637) the following year. Overall, the state ranks fourth in the region in terms of FTVs, behind Sikkim (38,479), Tripura (34,886) and Assam (24,720).

Tripura saw growth of more than 30 per cent on the year before (26,688 FTVs in 2014), while Assam grew by 14.78 per cent from 21,537. While still the state with the most foreign visits, Sikkim saw a decline of more than a fifth from 49,175 in 2014.

Among the other North East states, Manipur recorded 3,260 foreign visits last year, a growth of nearly 500 (17.73 per cent) and Arunachal Pradesh went up from 5,204 to 5,705 (9.63 per cent).

Mizoram recorded the lowest FTVs of any state or UT in the country – just 798 last year, a decline of 123 (13.36 per cent) on 2014. Nagaland, meanwhile, saw an increase from 2,585 to 2,769 (7.12 per cent).

lower figures Meghalaya saw 8,664 FTVs in 2014 and 8,027 (a decline of 7.35 per cent) the following year. Mizoram recorded the lowest FTVs of any state or Union Territory in the country – just 798 in 2015, a decrease of 123 (13.36 per cent) on 2014. The figures were gleaned from records submitted by state and UT tourism departments.

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No marketing strategy: Meghalaya orchids yet to attract exporters


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Around half of North East orchid species found in Garo HillsTura: Meghalaya is home to a large variety of species of orchids, a few of which have medicinal properties.

But due to lack of proper marketing strategy, the orchids farmers in Meghalaya fail to export their orchids, said floriculture experts.

It may be mentioned that 1,000 species of orchid are found in India and out the 650 species found in North East around 325 are found in Meghalaya, mostly in and around Garo Hills, like Nokrek Biosphere Reserve and Balpakram National Park.

Speaking to EC, Kalkame Momin, assistant professor of the Department of Floriculture, Central Agriculture University, Arunachal Pradesh, said, "Meghalaya is an abode of orchids and the orchids available in the state are only sold in the local markets," adding, "These are not exported or sold outside the state as there is no proper marketing strategy in this regard and only enthusiasts buy these orchids."

Regarding the preservation of the orchids in Meghalaya`s natural environment, nothing much has been done yet, Momin stated, though the Department of Forest and Environment has taken an initiative and launched a scheme for the protection of rare and endangered plants and has started vitro-multiplication or orchids.

She also informed, "At present, plants of Paphiopedilum hybrids, vanda coerulea are being maintained under greenhouses, even the Department of Biotechnology, NEHU, Shillong is also doing a good work on the vitro-multiplication of rare and endangered orchids."

Momin further said that some of the species of orchids have medicinal properties.

"The locals use vanda cristata leaves as tonic and expectorant, juice of cymbidium giganteum leaves is used for clotting of blood in wounds, cymbidium aloifolium seeds are used for healing wounds and the juice of dendrobiun moschatum is used to heal earache," she explained.

medicinal use On medicinal use of Meghalaya orchids, Kalkame Momin said, "The locals use vanda cristata leaves as tonic and expectorant, juice of cymbidium giganteum leaves is used for clotting of blood in wound, cymbidium aloifolium seeds are used for healing wounds and dendrobiun moschatum leaves juice is used to heal earache.

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Travelling round the globe on foot


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Shillong features in Estonian youth`s quest for adventureShillong: Intrepid world traveller Meigo Mark, who is on an incredible round-the-globe journey on foot, arrived in Shillong recently, two years and 9,000km into his adventure.

Mark (26) started his world tour by walking from his native Estonia in May 2014.

"I reached Umiam Lake exactly two years and two weeks into my world tour and completed 9,000km with no bus, no cycle and no train but simply by walking," Mark told reporters during an interaction here on Tuesday.

The traveller, however, said that the only country he has excluded from his travelling map was Pakistan as certain areas are not safe. So, from Iran, he flew to Mumbai, where his Indian tour began.

"The message through this world tour is that challenges help us to become stronger people – we only need to have a positive attitude," Mark said. "I really love travelling as it gives me the opportunity to meet people," he added.

The vegetarian walker either sleeps under the stars (in a tent for preference), police stations, hospitals, temples, churches or in local homes along the way. So far he has stayed in at least 130 different homes, something he describes as "amazing".

Mark, who is a musician by profession, said he met members of the Shillong Chamber Choir, who he described as "inspiring" and visited Pine Mount School.

Although not at any attempt to break any world record, Mark`s astounding tour will eventually take him to 45 different countries over 40,000km, which he hopes to complete in another seven years.

On Wednesday, Mark will begin walking to Jowai, proceeding onto Manipur. He expects to reach the border of Myanmar, the next country on his list, in another 40 days, so look out for him on the road.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Invigorating


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Cavers Barry Lawton and David Cooke from England inside Krem Puri which after being partially explored and surveyed for 8,269 m makes it India`s longest sandstone cave and perhaps one of the top sandstone caves in the world. The expedition was organised by the Meghalaya Adventurer`s Association.

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Underground wonder


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Caption: Members of the `Adventurers` admiring the wondrous stalactites inside one of the caverns of the Mawmluh cave in Sohra (Cherrapunjee) on Sunday. The cave system is the fourth largest in the Indian sub continent.

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Bamboo culture of the region comes alive in Shillong


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POTPOURRI SHOWCASEShillong: More than a hundred artisans from different parts of the State are set to display bamboo articles and the craft making process of certain bamboo materials during the `Celebration of Bamboo Culture of North East India` from March 10 onwards.

Organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in collaboration with the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), the six – day event will comprise an academic deliberation; dissemination and exposition of arts and crafts, film screening and bamboo cuisine and recipes besides cultural expression which includes theatre, storytelling and musical performances.

Around twenty academicians and scholars will present papers at the symposium on the topic "Significant of Bamboo in the Socio-cultural and economic development of Northeast India" with specific subthemes according to the papers submitted by the respective experts.

The IGNCA will have an exclusive display of its collection of basketry, and NESFAS also will be having an exposition of photographs and few bamboo crafts of a renowned bamboo artist Markus Heinsdorff from Germany.

Apart from the collection of films by IGNCA and agro-biodiversity films of NESFAS, there will be a special screening of a Bamboo film "Where the Tallest Grass grow" written and directed by Mauleenath Senapati.

The event seeks to promote talents and provide a platform for them to showcase their creativity abd as such, every evening, there will be a cultural expression of music, theatre and besides the mask dance from Ri Bhoi district, an all-bamboo instrument demonstration besides performances by the group Ki Pateng U Longshwa.

Among the theatrical performances will be a Drama `Ka Li Dakha`, a short play on Manik Raitong, `U Shken Khongpong` and others.

Special screening Apart from the collection of films by IGNCA and agro-biodiversity films of NESFAS, there will be a special screening of a Bamboo film "Where the Tallest Grass grow" written and directed by Mauleenath Senapati.

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`Facebook to become world`s biggest virtual graveyard by 2098`


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The website turns the account into a `memoralised` versionLondon: If you are bogged down by notifications sent by the known but deceased people in your timeline on Facebook, do not get surprised by this news. According to researchers, the social networking giant will become the world`s biggest virtual graveyard by the end of this century as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users.

"Social media website Facebook, which currently has 1.5 billion users worldwide, will turn into the world`s biggest virtual graveyard by 2098," an online media quoted statistician Hachem Sadikki from University of Massachusetts as saying.

This will happen because the website refuses to delete dead users and instead turns the account into a "memorialised" version.

"Facebook`s refusal to automatically delete dead users and the plateauing membership of the site means that the living will be outnumbered sooner than you might think," the report said.

Sadikki, PhD candidate in statistics at University of Massachusetts, said he worked out the figure by assuming that Facebook`s growth will begin to slow soon.

A blogging company Digital Beyond has claimed that nearly 970,000 Facebook users will die this year alone across the world which is far more as compared to 385,968 in 2010 and 580,000 in 2012.

Sadikki also assumed that the social media website will retain its existing policy on how to handle dead users.

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Trekking on living root bridges, a real adventure


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Living Roots Eco Challenge draws sizeable participation including Hollywood celebritiesShillong: The Living Roots Eco Challenge saw an unprecedented participation of around 550 participants taking on the 10km trek between the villages of Wahlyngkhat, Nongblai and Rngain across 10 of Meghalaya`s prized living root bridges.

Emphius Nongrum took first prize with a timing of 1 hour, 20 minutes. The first runner-up, five minutes behind, was Lightnesstar Lyngdoh and the third prize went to Wanbok Syiemsad.

The women`s category was won by Enifer Nongkynrih who finished in 2hrs 38 minutes followed closely by Pynhun Shulet and Dakahi Kyndait. There were special prizes for the youngest participants, Hope Isabel Syiem and Renee Crisstel Nongrum both eight years old. The oldest was 65 year old D Nongrum. There were also prizes for different age categories.

The Living Roots Eco Challenge was not only about a race, a competition, about living root bridges, about eco-tourism but interestingly it became the story of some 600 odd individuals who took the challenge knowingly and unknowingly. It was a human story that evolved throughout the day and the characters were the participants who gave their all to finish the journey.

Included in the list of participants was Hollywood actor Serena Scott Thomas, who said of her experience, "I just did a 100K run three weeks back, but this challenge was much tougher ... this was the hardest I have ever done." This will be an annual feature and next year the organisers hope to get more national athletes and international athletes as well on the race.

challenging journey There were those who cried, some who uttered expletives on their way, a few who threw up and still many who almost gave up. Like the journey of life, there are ups and downs, small and big battles but no problem is too big to handle.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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Cryptographik Street Poets


MUSIC

Genre Hip Hop/Rap

Band Members P.O.E.M. [Prophet Of Esoterical Metaphors] (ANDREW LYNDEM) Grey Jaw Ripper (RATUL HAJONG)

Record Label Cryptographik Records

Short Description For Bookings, Interviews, etc hit up CryptographikStreetPoets@gmail.com SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!!!!

Long Description Cryptographik Street Poets (CSP) is an Underground Rap Group from Shillong consisting of main members Prophet Of Esoterical Metaphors [P.O.E.M.] and Grey Jaw Ripper. CSP also have a few other artists affiliated with the group (names mentioned in the members section). CSP was founded in late 2010 with nothing but a few roughly mixed freestyle tracks and mad dedication for rap. Prophet and Ripper are known for their unique horrorcore style of rapping accompanied with lots of multis, punches, etc and a smooth hard flow. CSP is a group known to be the pioneers of Underground HipHop in Shillong (or even other surrounding places??) and has been making music as a group for some years now.

Bio Cryptographik Street Poets (CSP) is an Underground Rap Group from Shillong consisting of main members Prophet Of Esoterical Metaphors [P.O.E.M.] and Grey Jaw Ripper. CSP also have a few other artists affiliated with the group (names mentioned in the members section). CSP was founded in late 2010 with nothing but a few roughly mixed freestyle tracks and mad dedication for rap. Prophet and Ripper are known for their unique horrorcore style of rapping accompanied with lots of multis, punches, etc and a smooth hard flow. CSP is a group known to be the pioneers of Underground HipHop in Shillong (or even other surrounding places??) and has been making music as a group for some years now.

General Manager Cryptographik Records

Influences Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, RA The Rugged Man, Army Of The Pharaohs, Diabolic, Canibus, Lowkey, Fort Minor, Dzk, Poison Pen, Jean Gray, Papoose, Boot Camp Clik, Wu Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, and many more....

Band Interests Using our verses to send subliminal thought-provoking messages straight to your brain

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Plague Throat


MUSIC

Plague Throat was formed in 2006, where they made their debut on the 8th August 2008(888) Powerplay.

The band`s track `Present Chaos` has been featured in many compilation albums like
Brutal Pokhara : Occult Science of Metal
Putrid Ascendancy : Ascending True Indian Metal
Brutal Pokhara : Build On Chaos Field
Metal Spree : New Year Killing Spree
Brutal Launch box : Life is sick and brutal
The pretentious and the deceived : Metallers Mayhem 2 by Metalbase india

An Exordium To Contagion - Ep (Incanned Productions, 2013)

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DeJavu


CUISINE

De Javu
Laitumkhrah, Shillong

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SynZie


MUSIC

Genre EDM & House

Record Label LoudDjs

Awards First Recognized Female Producer from Shillong

Influences Nervo,Tenashar,Helena,Tiesto,Hardwell etc

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TASKS Travel Agency


TOURISM

TASKS is a reputed travel agency operating for more than a decade. With a fleet of numerous vehicles in the Small Cars, Sedans and SUV category, TASKS, with its disciplined and well trained staff, can make sure all your travel needs are met with excellence.

Vehicles operate all across the state, including booked trips to Guwahati and back.

Sevices include:
1. Book our vehicles for trips to various Tourist Hot Spots.
2. Home Pickup and Drop: Just give us a call and we`ll pick you up from your doorstep.
3. Prompt & On-Time Service
4. Airport Pickup and Drop.

Please contact +91 98631 04702 for bookings and other details.

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City Hut Family Dhaba


CUISINE

Located in the heart of Shillong City perfect for families, business lunches, pre-theater appetizers or romantic dinners. Serves contemporary Indian cuisine with a Punjabi flair.

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Moving forward, Assam`s Rewati now crowned Miss International India 2016


NEWS

Shillong: Assam`s very own Rewati Chetri has been crowned Miss International India 2016 paving the way for her to represent the country in the upcoming Miss International 2016 pageant which will be held at Tokyo, Japan in October 2016.

Elated after winning the coveted title late Saturday evening Rewati said, "I must thank my friends and supporters who lent their support and blessings to me. I cannot name all of them but I sincerely acknowledge the immense support from my family and close friends who stood by me through thick and thin." Rewati also expressed her gratitude to social media enthusiasts and North Eastern print and electronic media for the publicity and support to her.

Speaking about the next step in her modelling career, Rewati said, "I will try my best to bring home for India the Miss International 2016, which will be the 56th Miss International pageant. It is one of most prestigious and premier pageants in the world founded by the Japanese." Rewati has also sought the nation`s support in her bid to win the Miss International contest while pointing out that should she win the crown, she will become the first Indian to do so.

It may be noted here that besides modelling, Rewati has also had a stint in the film industry after debuting in a Hindi film "Gangs of Northeast", directed by Rupak Gogoi and co-produced by Sanjive Narain and Kenny Lyngdoh Talang.

The super model further added, "I am now called `Gorkhali Gabhuru` joni from the famous lyrics of Mahamanab Asom Ratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. "I must thank my people back home for awarding me this title and keeping me in their prayers and blessing me through out," she said. 23-year-old Rewati was born to Baburam Chetri and Bina Chetri and was born and brought up in Haflong, Assam. She finished her schooling from St. Agnes` Convent High School, Haflong after which she graduated with a commerce degree from Lumding College, Lumding. Her friends from school, college and University meanwhile have begun celebrating on social media by uploading pictures of her latest triumph.

Numerous slashes in the kitty already Rewati Chetri is a top 10 finalist at the Femina Miss India 2015 pageant where she won Miss India Miss Popular and Miss Multimedia subtitles. Rewati also represented India at World Miss University 2016 pageant in Beijing, where she bagged the Miss Asia University award.

Source: Eastern Chronicle

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A majority of the Online information regarding our beloved city is scattered and incomplete. Through this application, we aim to make all information regarding Shillong and Meghalaya in general, available to the masses in a clean and easily comprehensible format.

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