Latest Shillong Stories

2008-08-11 00:00:21

By Andrew Buncombe Delhi Notebook TWO YEARS ago, the Indian town of Shillong broke the record for the largest numbers of rock drummers to play together. Last year it won a similar record for the most guitarists, when 1,730 picked up their instruments and strummed. Meanwhile, every year there is a Bob Dylan festival. This former British hill station in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, fragrant with the scent of pine and blessed with cool breezes, is known as the town that rocks....

2008-06-26 00:02:29

By Somini Sengupta SHILLONG: Lou Majaw wore his signature skin-tight shorts. His long gray hair hung like dirty threads around his face. Eyes closed in prayer, a guitar cupped in arms, he strummed the chords to 'Blowin' in the wind'. Happy birthday, Bob Dylan, wherever you are, he began, standing on a stage in a near-empty church hall on an overcast Saturday afternoon. God bless you, and thanks for everything that you've done. For the past 35 years, Majaw, 61, and one of India's...

2007-10-23 19:31:16

GAUHATI, India -- Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Nearly 40 elephants came to a village on Friday looking for food. Some found beer, which farmers ferment and keep in plastic and tin drums in their huts, said Sunil Kumar, a state wildlife official. They got drunk, uprooted a utility pole carrying power lines and were electrocuted in Chandan Nukat, a village nearly 150...

2006-06-02 01:50:03

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Two more Indian states have banned cinema screenings of the controversial "The Da Vinci Code," doubling the number of regions to have passed such orders after protests by minority Christians. Authorities in southern Andhra Pradesh state and Meghalaya in the Christian-dominated northeast blocked the film late on Thursday. Two other states, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, had earlier banned the film. The Andhra Pradesh government said many groups, including...

2005-09-30 07:24:42

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Indian police shot dead six student protesters on Friday when a demonstration over college facilities turned violent in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, officials and police said. Police said they opened fire after students tried to break through bamboo barricades during their illegal protest and attacked policemen in Tura, nearly 400 km (250 miles) west of the state capital Shillong. "Six people have been killed in police firing this morning,"...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.