• Places of worship to reopen in Meghalaya from Oct 1: Deputy CM
    Shillong September 26 (PTI): The Meghalaya government has decided to reopen all places of worship from October 1, after a gap of more than six months, and issued necessary guidelines to ensure safety of one and all at the shrines, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Saturday. He also said that the government has laid down a standard operating procedure at these religious institutions, to be strictly followed by devotees, following consultations with various stakeholders.
  • One killed, 5 missing as landslide buries several homes in Meghalaya
    Shillong, September 25 (PTI): One person was killed and five others were missing when their homes were buried in a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Meghalaya''s East Khasi Hills district on Friday, officials said. The landslide took place at around 6 am in Mawnei locality of the district, they said. Body of Razia Ahmed, a woman cricketer who has played for Meghalaya in several national tournaments was retrieved from the debris, they said. "The body of
  • One dead, five missing as jeep washed away by strong river current in Meghalaya
    Shillong, September 23 (PTI): A woman drowned and and five others were missing after their vehicle was swept away by strong currents when crossing a river in Meghalaya''s South West Khasi Hills district, an official said on Wednesday. The incident took place at remote Mawjai village of the district on Tuesday when a jeep was crossing the swollen Tihiang river, officials said. A rescue operation has been launched to trace the missing persons, district deputy commissioner C
  • Meghalaya: BJP to meet Governor on GHADC elections
    Newmai News Network Shillong | September 18 Demanding that the tenure of the Garo Hills District Council (GHADC) should not be extended, the Meghalaya unit of BJP has urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to impose Administrator’s Rule on the council if no heed is paid to their demand. "The term of the Executive Committee will end in October and I have taken an appointment with our Governor and in all likelihood will meet him on coming Monday or Tuesday,” BJP State pre
  • 89 new COVID-19 cases take Meghalaya tally to 4,447
    Shillong, September 18 (PTI): Eighty-nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the state''s tally to 4,447, a senior health official said. Two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 34. At present, the state has 1,976 active cases, he said. Altogether 95 patients recovered from COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of people who have been cured of the disease in Meghalaya to 2,437, Health Services director Aman War said. Ea
  • Schools in Meghalaya to partially reopen from Sep 21
    Shillong, September 18 (PTI): Schools in Meghalaya which are shut for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic will partially reopen from next week for students to meet teachers to clarify their doubts, Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said on Friday. The schools will be open for students of class 9 to 12 to meet teachers to clear their doubts but there will be no regular classes and no classroom session, he said. "Schools will be partially opened up from September 21 for st
  • Meghalaya reports 161 new COVID cases, 3 fresh fatalities
    Shillong, September 17 (PTI):  Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload rose to 4,357 on Thursday as 161 more people tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the state''s coronavirus death toll to 32, a senior Health department official said. Health Services, Director, Aman War said three persons have died due to COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, taking the death toll to 32. "Two persons died due to COVID-19 last night. Another person died to
  • Meghalaya: Fake currency worth Rs 1 lakh seized, one held
    Shillong, September 17 (IANS): The Border Security Force (BSF) has arrested a Bangladeshi national and seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth around Rs one lakh from his possession, an official release said on Thursday. A BSF release said that acting on specific inputs, BSF troops deployed on the border along Meghalaya apprehended Bangladeshi national Badal Mia, 66, and seized Rs 96,000 of FICN, smuggled from across the border. BSF troops earlier this week also recovered
  • 2 drug peddlers arrested in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network SHILLONG | September 15 The district police of South Garo Hills arrested two drug peddlers on Monday while they were holding a commercial quantity of what has been identified as ‘Yaba’ tablets, which contain a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine to sell to users. As per information received, the two had got the drugs from another peddler in Krishnai under Goalpara district of Assam and an investigation is currently underway to determine whethe
  • Meghalaya: 30 Raj Bhavan staffers test positive for COVID-19
    New Delhi, September 14 (PTI): At least 30 staff of the Raj Bhavan in Shillong have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Sunday. Governor Satya Pal Malik and his ADC have tested negative for COVID-19, a senior Raj Bhavan official said. "At least 30 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at the Raj Bhavan since Friday and more tests will be conducted tomorrow," the official told PTI. He said the Governor has gone into self-isolation at the Raj
  • Close shave for Meghalaya minister as convoy meets with accident in Assam
    Nagaon/Shillong, September 13 (PTI): Meghalaya Power Minister James P K Sangma, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, had a narrow escape after a car in his convoy hit a truck in Assam on Sunday, police said. The minister, brother of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, escaped unhurt while four of his security personnel were injured in the accident that took place near Nonoi in Assam around 4:30 am when they were returning to Meghalaya from Manipur. "They were immediately t
  • Women factory workers to get free sanitary napkins in Meghalaya
    Shillong, September 8 (PTI): Women factory workers in Meghalaya are set to get free sanitary napkins at their workplace as the state cabinet has approved an amendment to the four-decades-old Factories Rules, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday. The amendment to the 40-year-old service rules also makes it mandatory for factories to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) to all workers, he said. "After discussion, the proposal to amend rules 25 and 78 (C) of the Me
  • Drugs, foreign cigarettes seized in Meghalaya, Mizoram; 5 held
    AIZAWL/SHILLONG/GUWAHATI, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): Drugs and foreign origin cigarettes, valued at Rs 3.78 crore, were seized in three different cases in Meghalaya and Mizoram and five people, including a woman, apprehended, officials said on Monday. Security officials suspect that the drugs and the cigarettes were smuggled from Myanmar, which shares a 1,640-km unfenced border with four northeastern Indian states -- Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Acting on a secret i
  • COVID claims another life in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | September 6  Meghalaya registered 88 more cases of COVID-19 and the demise of an elderly person on Sunday, who tested positive for the virus, taking the total active cases to 1,433 and the death toll to 16. Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman Warr said the deceased from Pynthorumkhrah was admitted at Nazareth Hospital at 10:30 am. “The patient was suffering from diabetes mellitus with myocardial infarction with COVID-19 and expired
  • COVID-19 : More containment areas identified in Shillong
    Newmai News Network Shillong | September 2 To restrict unregulated entry and exit movement in buildings, compounds and houses in Shillong which are vulnerable to COVID-19 and which have been affected by the virus, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has issued an order, declaring them to be containment areas with immediate effect. The first floor of the building of Shanta Uriah at Streamlet Road in Laban, the house and compound of B. Nongrum at Lu
  • Pregnant women, newborns die in Meghalaya as medical services hit
    Shillong, August 31 (IANS): At least 61 pregnant women and 877 newborn children have died in Meghalaya in four months -- April-July -- due to lack of institutional support and lack of medical services following the Covid-19 pandemic, a top official said on Monday. Meghalaya Director of Health Services, Aman Warr told IANS over phone, "The expecting mothers and babies died due to diseases other than the novel coronavirus." State Health officials said that the pregnant women
  • 20 more COVID-19 cases reported in Meghalaya, tally 2,362
    Shillong, August 31 (PTI): Twenty more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the state''s coronavirus tally to 2,362, a health department official said on Monday. Of the new cases, 14 cases were reported from East Khasi Hills, 4 from East Jaintia Hills and one each from West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi, Health Services director Aman War said. During the past one day, 42 patients were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the st
  • Demands for suspension of Aadhaar enrolment in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | August 30 The Meghalaya Peoples' Committee on Aadhaar (MPCA) has demanded an immediate halt of the ongoing Aadhaar enrolment in Meghalaya while pointing out that this enrolment drive during the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the people to unnecessary danger. “I strongly urge you to kindly suspend the Aadhaar enrolment in the district on the ground that the current pandemic situation does not permit us citizens to gather in large numbers in
  • Meghalaya reports 60 fresh cases of COVID-19
    Newmai News Network Shillong | August  30 On Sunday Meghalaya reported 60 new COVID-19 cases. Of them, 44 are civilians.  With this update, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya has now reached 1284. Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman Warr said that 31 cases, including 27 civilians and 4 Armed Forces personnel were detected from East Khasi Hills district, 9 civilians from East Garo Hills District, 9 Border Security Force (BSF) troopers from West
  • Meghalaya''s COVID-19 tally rises to 2,248
    Shillong, August 29 (PTI): Eight more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Saturday, taking the northeastern state''s coronavirus tally to 2,248, a Health Department official said. Of the eight new cases, six were reported from East Khasi Hills district and two from South Garo Hills district, Health Services Director Aman War said. Twenty-three patients recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 981, War said. Meghala