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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Meghalaya exclusive tribal State of the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos is a mountain region.  Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is situated in the center of a high plateau.  It has been called ‘the Scotland of the East’ because of its elevation (1496m above the sea level).  The highest peak in the state is the Shillong Peak - 1965 m in height. Nokrek in the Garo Hills district the next highest peak.


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A number of rivers, none of them navigable, drain this mountainous.  Manda, Damring, Janjiram, Ringee, Ganol, Bugi and Simsang flow through the Garo Hills District Kynshi, Khri, Umtrew, Umngot, Umiam Mawphlang and Umiam Khwan flow through Khasi Hills district and Kupli, Myntdu & Myntang flow through Jaintia Hills district.

Meghalaya is the homeland of three of India’s ancient hills communities – the Khasis, the Jaintias, and the Garos. Dance, music and sports reflect their way of life.  Khasi is spoken by Khasi and Jaintias.  The Garo Hills is the homeland of about 10 lakhs of Garos who prefer to call themselves ‘Achik’.

The majority of the people depend on land for their livelihood.  Rice and Maize are the major food crops.  ‘Khasi Mandarins’ oranges are famous.  Pineapple is the chief horticultural crop.

Meghalaya is a ‘Dream come-true’ for the tourist.  It is a happy land of magnificent beauty, undulating hills, rolling grasslands, cascading water-falls, snaking rivers, terraced sloped and thrilling wild life.   Some of the important tourist spots are. Uniam Lake, Kyllang Rock, Nohsngithiang falls at Mawsmai, and the monoliths of Nartiang.


A deputy superintendent of police and a militant were killed during an early morning shootout between security forces and suspected HNLC militants in Meghalaya's Ri Bhoi district on Wednesday. (Meghalaya Cop Killed In Gunfight With Militants , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

The police in India's north-eastern Meghalaya state say they have killed five tribal separatists. (India Tribal Separatists 'Killed' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Reminiscent of the Scottish highlands, it leaves you spellbound (Scotland Of The East!, Hindu, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 27, 2007)

The Supreme Court's directive to all States and Union Territories to enact suitable legislation that will make the registration of all marriages, irrespective of the religion of the couples, compulsory, is a welcome move in the right direction. (Bonds Of Marriage, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 27, 2007)

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for . . . . (Family Against Woman, Indian Express, Indira Jaising, Oct 26, 2007)

Order covers all religions across the length and breadth of the country (Register All Marriages: Supreme Court , Hindu, J. Venkatesan, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed all the states and union territories to make provisions in three months for compulsory registration of marriages, irrespective of his or her religious affiliations. (Register All Marriages: Sc , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court today gave states and Union Territories three months to make registration of marriage compulsory for all religions. (Sc: Register All Marriages , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court today gave three months’ final deadline to the states and Union Territories to frame laws to make the registration of marriages compulsory, as a majority of them have failed to comply with its earlier order of February 2006. . . (Sc: Register All Marriages, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court on Thursday set a fresh three-month deadline for states and union territories to frame necessary rules to make registration of marriage compulsory, irrespective of religion, after most of them failed to adhere to an earlier order. ('Make Law To Log All Marriages In 90 Days', Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

It is now official. Marriages under all religions will be registered. (Register Marriages In All Religions: Sc , Pioneer, Abraham Thomas, Oct 26, 2007)

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday appealed to all secular parties to form a united front in Gujarat to defeat the BJP government headed by Narendra Modi. (Ncp Calls For United Front To Defeat Modi, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

Six elephants have been electrocuted in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya, officials say. (Indian Elephants 'Electrocuted' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote north-east. (Elephants Electrocuted After Beer-Fuelled Rampage, Guardian (UK), Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on Tuesday signed an agreement with global seed major Monsanto for developing a GM papaya seed, resistant to Ring Spot Virus (RSV). (Tamil Nadu, Monsanto Ink Deal To Develop Gm Papaya Seed, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 24, 2007)

High-voltage talks are on this week to counter terrorism in the subcontinent, and it may just be coincidental that the move comes in the wake of explosions in Ajmer, Ludhiana and Karachi. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 24, 2007)

Yet another monsoon is over and, with that, yet another test for the prediction skill of the statistical long-range forecast (LRF) model of the India Meteorological Department (IMD); this time it was a new model with a new methodology (Frontline, June 1). (Cloud Of Mystery, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 24, 2007)

It’s such an unassuming place that you will feel humbled being there. Meghalaya has innumerable ‘heavens on earth’ yet it doesn’t go bragging. You wonder why this State doesn’t get its deserved attention, while places no t half-as-stunning find admirers. (Scotland Of The East!, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 22, 2007)


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