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Shillong university library unveils first-of-its-kind book sanitising machine

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

Oldest NE daily The Shillong Times asked to shut office for ‘violating Covid protocols’

District administration declares The Shillong Times building containment zone, but editor Patricia Mukhim insists they followed all Covid-19 guidelines.
Dr John L. Sailo Ryntathiang, who died of Covid-19 Wednesday, was the owner of Shillong's Bethany Hospital | Photo: Bethany Hospital | Facebook

Shillong doctor with no travel history dies, pilot son-in-law clarifies he tested negative

Dr John L. Sailo Ryntathiang, owner of Shillong’s Bethany Hospital, was diagnosed with Covid-19 Monday, becoming the first case in Meghalaya.

Violence over CAA kills 3 in Meghalaya, curfew & mobile internet restrictions imposed

Meghalaya has been witnessing spurts of violent clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act. CM Conrad Sangma and Governor Tathagata Roy have appealed for peace.

Navy divers spot another body of the trapped miners in Meghalaya coal mine

The Indian Navy detected a body of a Meghalaya coal miner at about 280 feet away from the bottom of the main mine shaft.
An IndiGo aircraft | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

SC stays Meghalaya HC ultimatum to IndiGo, SpiceJet for launch of flights from Shillong

IndiGo and SpiceJet had moved top court after Meghalaya High Court put airlines on notice over flights connecting Umroi airport near Shillong to metros. 

Month after Shillong violence, Sikhs in no mood to relocate, threaten to move court

Residents of Punjabi Line protest and lock doors as municipal officials arrive to conduct survey of the locality.
drug abuse

Senior Meghalaya police official says state emerging as heroin distribution centre

Davis Marak says many players are involved in the drug trafficking in Meghalaya, with Shillong as the transit point.
Shillong Clashes

When the marginalised strike back: Lessons to learn from Shillong

Fake news, lack of decisive police action and breakdown of local institutions led to the Shillong incident. The city can ignore all this and its minorities at its peril
communal clashes

Fear and suspicion in Shillong: How civic and political apathy led to a fractured society

After a week of violence, calm has returned to Shillong. But for how long? The root cause of the communal flare-up is yet to be addressed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a cabinet meeting Monday | Photo: ANI

Since 2015, Modi govt has kept no data on persons with disability seeking jobs, RTI shows

There were 6.89 lakh disabled job-seekers registered on the live register of Employment Exchanges in 2015. Data after this period is 'under process'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

RBI’s MPC is now decidedly more dovish, the consensus on ‘lower for longer’ rates is proof

Markets expects further interest rate cuts as the monetary policy committee of RBI sees inflationary pressure to ease.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.