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Shillong seems to have given up contesting for the tag of Smart City

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Shillong will have to contest for the last ten slots of the Smart City project, as it did not contest for the third phase. As per the announcement made on June 23, 2017 by Urban Development and Housing Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu while announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi, the centre has come up with a new list of 30 cities to be developed into ‘smart cities’, with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list.

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HC wants Action Plan to clean Shillong in 2 weeks

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The localities within the jurisdiction of the state capital are organizing urgent meetings with all the stakeholders after the directive issued by the Meghalaya High Court on June 21, 2017 where the Division Bench expected the Supervisory Committee to chalk out and implement proper action plans with utmost seriousness, so as to ensure cogent and concrete results, latest within two weeks to ensure the cleanliness of Shillong and has to submit the same within two weeks.
After deliberating on the composition of the Supervisory Committee, the HC directed that until the next date of hearing in this matter, the Committee will hold its meetings on June 23, June 27, June 30 and July 4 and in every such meeting, shall ensure that its directions are duly complied with and the tasks assigned are also duly executed by all the concerned. The next hearing has been fixed on July 6 next.

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Health crisis in Meghalaya cannot be solved by Yoga

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Yoga is getting more popular abroad, while in India it is taking a different direction with weird concoctions like -Beer Yoga getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. As yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day on June 21 this year, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can’t be swept under the carpet.
In Meghalaya the observation of the day was a low key factor, barring the programme organized by National Cadet Corps (NCC) in collaboration with Art of Living to mark the occasion with the students from Seven Hut School Mawlai and Seng Khasi School in the state capital and few Central Organizations, very few other functions were held to mark the day, while the FM radio too was only observing the World Music Day only.

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Unskilled manpower ensures stagnation of Modi’s Make in India

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Thomas Lim
Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi’s announcement of ‘Make in India’ on August 15, 2015 was considered as an innovative and inspirational and his call to the world’s manufacturing companies to “Come and make in India” was encouraging.  Unfortunately, it appears that there was little homework done before and practically no policy support which has turned this into a hollow slogan. The Skill Development flagship programmers too could not take off smoothly and hence failed miserably to tap the human resources to support the ambitious projects.
It is evident that no country or state can be economically viable without manufacturing the goods that are consumed or demanded by the population. The expectation of the people on any basic necessity is products with low technology and low value added services which are locally manufactured while the surplus is also exported. This model can be considered as a success story.

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NDA political masterstroke, proposes Dalit leader as Presidential candidate

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Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) known for springing up surprises did it once again on June 19, 2017 as the Ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance named Bihar Governor, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit and a BJP leader, as its candidate for the July 17 Presidential election. The announcement is considered as a masterstroke of the party, which have not only silenced the Opposition members, it has divided their unity.

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