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St. Edmund’s College felicitates 77 position holders in the NEHU Examination 2017 Posted on: 15-Jul-2017 St. Edmund’s College felicitated 77 position holders in the Degree examinations from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

In his speech, Chief guest Fr. Barnes L. Mawrie lauded the efforts of the College and appreciated the role played by the teachers and the College. He said, “whatever position you occupy in life you have to play your role to bring growth, development and peace not communal feelings.”

Guest of Honour Prof. Bekingson Myrboh urged upon the student that “do not satisfy with what you have achieved but work harder to achieve greater thing in life, only hard work will bring good results”.

Principal of St Edmund’s College Dr. Sylvanus Lamare in his speech said, “St. Edmund’s College is known for team work and closeness between teachers and students that is what brings in success”.

The students were given awards instituted by well-wishers and the College.

It was a day where the present students entertained the rank holders and the members of their family with music of high quality.

The welcome address was given by Prof. Monotosh Chakravarty while the vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Allanson Wahlang.

The programme was hosted by Prof. Iarisa A. R. Dorphang and Prof. Baiakmen Manners.
Monolith Festival 2016 wins awards in two categories at WOW Awards Asia 2017 Posted on: 14-Jul-2017 The success of the second edition of the Monolith Festival 2016 has resounded yet again as the festival wins two awards in two of the heaviest categories at the recently concluded Wow Awards Asia 2017 at Aerocity, New Delhi on the 7th and 8th this month.

WOW Awards Asia is the most reputed recognition platform in the world encompassing almost every aspect of the event industry. It is in initiative of EVENTFAQs in collaboration with EEMA(Entertainment and Event Management Association), Bahrain Island Destinations and Dubai Tourism Board. 2016 marked the partnership with KPMG in India as the process advisors and evaluators for this award and the judging process has been further strengthened on top of having top industry professionals from around the world as judges. International Live Events Association (ILEA) – Middle East Chapter has strengthened its association with the WOW Awards and Convention Asia 2017 and has come on board as Supporting Industry Association.

The first award it received was the Bronze award for Intellectual Property-Achievement in Production Management through Rockski Group which was the Event Management agency responsible for the production of the festival in the first two editions. Higher achievers in this category were both based out of Dubai and they were awarded Gold and Silver for their work at the Launch of KEF Infra Park,UAE and the inauguration of the Biltmore Hotels in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was high honour indeed for a regional Indian event company to be awarded on the same platforms with the giants of the industry.

“Awards are great reaffirmation of the effort put in by our team on audience engagement. The wins at WOW are doubly special because of the stiff competition we were up against” commented Jason Manners of Rockski Group. “We were invited for a discussion forum with people of the Dubai Tourism Board and they mentioned that everybody was shocked with the kind of budget the Monolith Festival had and they had expected it to cost a lot more with the kind of work that was done with the local resources available. It wasn’t event comparable to the multi million dollar projects that the other winners were working with. Lee Charteris, the current President of the ILEA Middle East chapter was one of the Judges in the category was very impressed and expressed his interest of even visiting the Festival because he has never seen an Indigenous Festival of this scale being managed in a very professional manner” he further quoted.

The second award was also bronze and it was for Intellectual Property- Festival of the Year in Art/Culture/Lifestyle. This award was all credits to the Khasi Heritage Conservation Forum, an offshoot forum of the KHADC comprising of Mr Alan West Kharkongor, Prof. Desmond Kharmawphlang, Mr Neil Antonio War, Mr. Kyntiewbor War, Mrs D.M. Lyngwa, Mr Banlumlang Blah, Mr Peter Mawlongwho were all responsible for coming up with and curating the concept and ideas revolving around the Festival. Other winners of this category were the Comic Con chain of Lifestyle Festivals that happen throughout the country and the Mother of the Nation Pavilion which is a Government event in the UAE which displays the History and Culture of the Arab Legacy.

The Member Secretary, Mr Alan West Kharkongor stated that it was indeed an honour to receive this award on such a huge platform where all the organizations involved were of very high calibre and credibility. This is only testimony of the high intellectual value of the Festival and that it is only going towards the right direction from here on and that is to reach out and spread goodwill across international borders.

The organisers attribute the success of the Festival to all those involved in the Festival whom without their rigorous and full hearted effort, the recognition wouldn’t have been possible.
Presidential candidate Meira Kumar may address MLAs & MPs in Shillong! Posted on: 04-Jul-2017 Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar is likely to address the MLAs and MPs in Shillong on Wednesday as part of its campaign for the presidential election to be held on July 17.

Kumar, the opposition’s presidential nominee, is likely to address the MLAs at the annexe hall of the Meghalaya Assembly.

When contacted, sources in the Assembly confirmed that they have received a request to allow the opposition presidential nominee to address in the annexe hall of the Assembly.

Sources said that the former Lok Sabha speaker will be addressing the 60 MLAs and all the three MPs from the state.

It may be mentioned that even NDA presidential candidate,Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit the North East in the coming few days.
BSF seize huge consignment of Indian sarees being smuggled into Bangladesh! Posted on: 03-Jul-2017 The Border Security Forces (BSF) on Sunday seized two huge consignments of Indian saris which were being smuggled into Bangladesh. The BSF personnel made this seizure along the border in Muktapur, West Jaintia Hills and Pyrdiwah in East Khasi Hills.

According to BSF, there is growing craze for Indian Saris in Bangladesh lately and this has led to a sudden increase in the smuggling of Indian made saris along the Indo-Bangladesh International Border, especially in the Meghalaya Sector.

In the first incident, the BSF personnel deployed at Muktapur West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya observed that around eight to ten miscreants were seen carrying 7/8 packets of consignment of clothes along the international border.

The BSF informed that the persons who were attempting to smuggle these packets of cloth ran away after seeing them. On searching these packets, the BSF recovered more than 700 saris besides 120 meters of cloth worth more than approximately 8 lakh adding that the consignment of saris were being smuggled from unfenced area of Muktapur in Jaintia Hills.

Similarly, in another incident, the troops of BSF deployed at Pyrdiwah in East Khasi Hills seized 340 numbers of saris worth Rs 4 lakh.

Meanwhile, the BSF revealed that the smugglers on both sides are keeping constant touch with each other to keep tracking the movements of the BSF patrols to get the opportunity to smuggle the cloth consignment to Bangladesh. Further, the BSF in its special drive have been able to seize a large number of cattle which are being smuggled to Bangladesh.

The BSF troops deployed at Nayabazaar, East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya seized 12 cattle worth more than 12 lakh on Sunday. In recent past, the BSF has seized 441 cattle worth more than 66 lakh in around 50 seizure which they had made along the international border.
Vice Presidential poll on August 5! Posted on: 01-Jul-2017 The members of Parliament will elect the next Vice-President of India on August 5, the Election Commission announced.

The ruling NDA, which has a majority in Lok sabha and received support of parties such as AIADMK and BJP in the Presidential Polls, will find it easy to place its candidate as the next vice president.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said notification for the election will be issued on July 4 and nominations can be submitted by July 18.

The scrutiny will take place on July 19 and the date for withdrawing from the electoral battle is July 21.