By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: 'We need brains, not bombs,' as a local student says, is precisely the message Shillong would seek to put across when it plays the proud host to the biggest-ever scientific event in the North-East - the 96th Indian Science Congress (ISC) -- which is scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the scenic campus of NEHU on Saturday.

JOWAI: The Jaintia Students Union, Namdong Circle has urged the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) to look in to the matter of irregular power supply in Namdong and Khanduli areas seriously for the well being of the people in the area.

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NEW DELHI: The UPA Cabinet on Friday revised the uranium royalty rate, an action that could benefit mineral-rich Meghalaya once uranium mining kicks off in the State.

SHILLONG: The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department (AHVD) will conduct post-operative surveillance on fowls in areas from three to ten kilometers of Meghalaya's side of Khanapara on December 29 to collect samples to see if bird flu has spread to local poultry from Assam.

SHILLONG: Meningococcal meningitis has claimed 193 lives in the State this year and there are public concerns that the killer disease is yet to be wiped out from Meghalaya.

Director of Health Services Dr KH Lakiang on Wednesday said only ten meningococcal meningitis deaths had been "medically confirmed" by doctors in government hospitals.

SHILLONG: Meghalaya continues to have a poor record when it comes to implementation of Central schemes.

Besides several other projects including Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), one of the most progressive social welfare schemes called National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has yet to take off in the State as desired by the Government of India.

After reports of China trying to divert the waters of Brahmaputra, now friendly Bhutan has been found releasing excess river water to India causing heavy floods in the down stream North East.

SHILLONG: Bio-diversity is a subject best left to environmentalists, or so it is believed. This springs from a lack of awareness about the larger consequences that destruction of biodiversity can lead to.

SHILLONG: The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary (AH&V) Department has begun spraying of disinfectants, including sodium hypochloride, in the villages of Ri-Bhoi district bordering Assam, where at least 1100 birds have been culled as a precautionary measure against bird flu.

SHILLONG: The long cherished dream of people of Mawdem, a remote area of Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya, bordering Assam to have their own drinking water supply has finally become a reality after Public Health Engineer (PHE) Minister AL Hek inaugurated the Rs 60.35 lakh Mawdem Water Supple Scheme under the Minimum Needs Programme (MNP) from the Non-Plan Expenditure on Wednesday.