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Meghalaya: State to officially Get Its Twelfth District

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The state of Meghalaya is officially getting its twelfth district on Wednesday, November 10.

Speaking to The Shillong Times on Thursday, November 4, Metbah Lyngdoh, Assembly Speaker and MLA of Mairang, informed that the district of Mairang will be inaugurated by state Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday, November 10.

Finalisation of New State in Meghalaya

He said, “The cabinet will have to sit to decide on its inauguration, but the date of the inauguration of the new district is more or less finalised”.

Lyngdoh stated that the fight for the enhancement of Mairang Civil Sub-Division into a new district has been ongoing for many years. He said, “I am happy that the long-cherished dreams of the people will now become a reality,” he added.

The villages falling under Mairang and Mawthadraishan constituencies will fall under the new district.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: State’s largest multipurpose stadium in Yupia nears completion

The largest multifunctional sports stadium in Yupia, Arunachal, with a seating capacity of 15,000 people, is nearing completion.

The project, which was approved in 2014, was meant to be completed by 2018, but it has been slowed owing to a variety of factors, including the Covid 19.


However, the majority of the work has been done, leaving only the parking lot to be built.

The project’s overall cost is Rs 59.48 crore.
The stadium’s construction agency, the Department of Urban Development (UD), is now waiting for the government to approve the revised estimate provided for the completion of work.

A media room, a 16-room hostel, a gymkhana, and other amenities will be available at the stadium.

ASSAM: Three more fresh Bridge Projects on River Brahmaputra announced by CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Thursday, November 4, announced that three more bridges would be constructed on the Brahmaputra river in the subsequent five years.

The Chief Minister announced this while inaugurating a newly constructed Bridge at Dispur-Downtown in Guwahati.


He said, “Guwahati is the gateway to Southeast Asia, so we need to develop and modernize the city”.

In the next five years, in addition to the present Saraighat Dalang (or Bridge), the Narangi-Kuruwa, Guwahati-North Guwahati and Palashbari-Sualkuchi connections will be linked to the three Dalangs.

“The DPR for the project is underway and the work will be taken up under Bharat Mala Project. The under-construction Guwahati- North Guwahati bridge over the Brahmaputra river will be inaugurated by December 2023. AIIMS at Changsari will be inaugurated this financial year,” he added.

Sarma also said that Sarabhatti and Maligaon in Guwahati and two bridges that are under construction and, would be completed by the year 2023. “The Government of Assam will build a bridge to provide services at the tri-junction of RG Baruah Road-Gitanagar. In addition, flyovers will be constructed at Basishta Chariali and Garchuk”, asserted Sarma.

He also said that another bridge would be constructed from Guwahati Club to the Bamuni Maidan area and that DPR was nearing completion.

A six-lane ring road will be constructed in Guwahati city and it will be connected to Baihata Chariali-Shipajhar and Kuruwa-Narangi. The ring road will be constructed under the Central Government project, ‘Bharatmala Project’.

Running 1205 meters in length, Dispur-Down Town-Last Gate Flyover, inaugurated on November 4, Thursday, has been constructed at a whopping cost of ₹127.20 crores.

MANIPUR: No plan to reopen schools in Manipur: Education Minister

On Thursday, Manipur Education Minister S. Rajen said, “There were no plans to reopen schools and other educational institutes for now”.

Hence, clarifying the news that said some private schools in two hill districts of the State had reopened, while schools in the valley districts were not allowed to reopen.


“We had closed the schools in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no fresh order to reopen any schools. We have written to the Home Department on the issue since this department has been giving the ‘go ahead’ orders,” he stated.

He further said, “there are no vaccines for children below 18 years. In case of fresh infections among school students, it would pose problems.”

MIZORAM: Three years later, the grandson of the former Mizoram chief minister surrenders in sodomy case

Three years after Zothansanga, a 25-year-old man, was reportedly sexually abused by Zodinliana Sailo, grandson of two-time former state chief minister T Sailo, justice may finally be on the way. On the morning of November 4, the alleged offender surrendered to Mizoram police.

On September 7, 2018, Sailo allegedly sodomised a 25-year-old man. After a complaint was filed on September 28, he and another co-accused, R Lalhruaitluanga, were arrested, but both were able to gain bail.

On November 3, Aizawl’s additional district and sessions judge HTC Lalrinchhana issued arrest warrants for Sailo and Lalhruaitluanga in response to public uproar and media attention. However, when police attempted to arrest Sailo, he allegedly eluded them and surrendered about 2 a.m. on November 4.

According to sources, because Lalhruaitluanga tested positive for COVID-19, he is currently being held in isolation at his house.

NAGALAND: Tokhü Emong Mini Hornbill Festival 2021 commece in Wokha

Tokhü Emong also known as the Mini Hornbill Festival 2021 started in Nagaland’s Wokha district. Lotha Hoho (LH) chairman, Mhondamo Ovung inaugurated the Tokhü Emong Mini Hornbill Festival 2021.

According to a press release, LH joint secretary media, Abenthung Kikon informed that during the programme, Lotha Hoho vice-chairman, S. Mhonlumo Lotha briefed the stall owners about rules and regulations.

As per the report by Nagaland Post, earlier, the programme was chaired by Tokhü committee treasurer, Y. Bankathung Lotha, dedication prayer was said by Humtso Baptist Church pastor, Bikhamo Yanthan while Tokhü committee convenor, Myingthungo Lotha delivered a brief report on the setup of stalls.

SIKKIM: Program to spread legal awareness at 14000 feet initiative to deliver legal processes

The Sikkim State Legal Services Authority (SSLSA) hosted a legal awareness session on November 4 at an altitude of 14,000 feet in the tiny Himalayan state in an attempt to provide easy access to legal processes to populations inhabiting along with remote areas.

Mrs. Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Executive Chairperson, Sikkim State Legal Services Authority, presided over the awareness session, which was held in the Army Transit Camp of Thangu.

Mrs. Rai drew attention to a number of legal concerns, urging the army administration as well as local civil administrations to raise awareness about them.

She also spoke on the numerous grounds for divorce under Hindu marriage, the rising number of incidences of child sexual abuse, and the steps that should be taken in such cases.

Mrs. Rai went on to explain the criteria for receiving legal help and how to apply for it, saying that army officers might receive weekly or monthly counselling from psychologists or psychiatrists to treat mental difficulties.

Meanwhile, Mr. N.G. Sherpa, District Judge (North), discussed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) and the Minimum Wages Act, which states that a worker is entitled to one day off each week. He also stated that forcing underage minors to labour is illegal.

Fines for driving without a licence or not wearing a helmet when riding a two-wheeler have been increased fourfold under the new Amendment. If a guardian or other person permits a minor or juvenile to drive a vehicle and the latter is involved in an accident, the guardian or other person who lets the minor or juvenile to drive the car may be held criminally accountable, according to the SSLSA Member Secretary.

He went on to say that cases in which both sides are willing to compromise can be resolved through mediation or Lok Adalat.

TRIPURA: CPI(M) member Purnima Das withdraws post; sources claim alleged pressure from BJP

Purnima Das, the CPI (M)’s female candidate in Ward No. 7 of Khowai municipality, withdrew from the election today, surrendering a win without a contest to the BJP candidate.

Ward No. 7 of the Khowai municipality has 903 registered voters.

The CPI (M) party has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but sources in Khowai claim that all opposition party candidates are being threatened and pressured to withdraw from the race so that the BJP can take over the municipality without a fight because the BJP is unlikely to win in a normal, free, and fair election.

The Khowai municipality has 15 wards, with a total electorate of 13,941, according to an official press release published by the Khowai information department.

Male voters account for 6878 of the total, while female voters account for 7063, outnumbering males.

There are only two wards with more than a thousand voters each, Thalcherra girls higher secondary school in ward no-10 and Sukanta Smriti Vidhya Niketan girls school in ward no-14.

The whole electorate in ward no. 10 is 1032, whereas the total electorate in ward no. 14 is 1076.


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