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Meghalaya’s veteran journalist Nongsiej dies

Shillong, May 23 (UNI) Veteran journalist and Executive Editor of Kynjatshai, a Khasi
vernacular daily in Meghalaya, Various Star Nongsiej died in Super Care hospital here
on Friday night following a brief illness.
He was 52.
Nongsiej started his career in journalism as a Reporter of Mawphor and later climbed
the rung becoming Editor of U Peitngor and Kynjatshai.
He is survived by his wife Kwestina Warjri and his two children Godwin Warjri and
Evansaralyne Warjri.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said his demise is a loss to the press fraternity of
“Nongsiej has displayed utmost professionalism with his factual and objective reporting.
His demise is a loss to the press fraternity of our State,” Conrad said in his condolence
message to Warjri.
Condoling the demise of the veteran journalist, Meghalaya Information and Public
Relations Minister James Sangma said, “Nongsiej's vast experience working with
Mawpho, U Peitngor and Kynjatshai newspapers had enabled him to contribute
immensely to the state's journalism.”
With the passing away of Nongsiej, Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma said,
“I have known the Varioustar Nongsiej for a long time … I have lost a good friend.”
“He has been very resourceful member of the fourth estate in the state and have been
instrumental in shaping and strengthening the vibrant press that we are proud of the today,
his contribution will be long cherished,” the former Chief Minister wrote in his condolence
message to Warjri.
In their daily press briefing, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Health and Family
Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek also condoled the sudden demise of Nongsiej.
On the other hand, members of the Shillong Press Club also held a condolence meeting
in the press club premises and recalled Nongsiej’s contribution in the field of journalism.
“The demise of Nongsiej is big lost not only to the members of the fourth estate but to
the state as a whole,” the Club stated in its condolence message to the bereaved family.
The Club members also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to Various
Star Nongsiej.
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