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Divinity and humanism just a plaque a superficial society demonstrates

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As Meghalaya turns 45, just five more years away from the Golden Jubilee of attaining its statehood, the state is yet to exhibit some state-of-the-art infrastructure or landmark policy and legislation. While all that is known to the rest of the world is the society with directionless youth and recently the growing menace of crimes against fairer sex in Matrilineal Meghalaya, this has exposed the decaying foundation of social and cultural institutions, who simply put on the superficial pride as a community with Divinity and Humanism like exhibiting a plaque, while refusing to acknowledge the deteriorating law and order.

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Meghalaya turning 45 without vision and mission, no accomplishment to boast of

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
January 21- the Meghalaya Statehood day is like any other normal day, except with some entertainment and exhibition as the state turns 45 years old, with just one more General State Assembly election in 2018, that is a year away, will take the state towards a Golden Jubilee. Yet there is no roadmap as a policy for the special observation as the state turns 50 in the next five years. The absence of landmark development or infrastructure is yet another drawback. One needs to understand that hard work always pays. This is conceivably the most common advice being given through the generations. Like any other guideline and advice given that is taken for granted, values are being underestimated mainly due to lack of insightful knowledge about the struggle the ancestors have gone through. Take the struggle for India’s Independence for example; the spirit of patriotism of the freedom fighters to free India was considered a necessity about seven decades ago, while today it has become just a reason for a national holiday.

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Feeling the pinch of demonetization, Meghalaya now shouts - Modi Hatao Desh Bachao

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Taking part in the national protest of Opposition members of Parliament, against what has been termed as the humungous blunder of demonetization by the Narendra Damodardas Modi led government, Meghalaya Congress on January 18, 2017 took out a protest march in the state capital to the Reserve Bank of India office and gheraoed the office. The protesters held Modi responsible for the hundreds of lives lost due to this draconian rule. The families of the deceased should be compensated. All the affected people should be compensated were few of the demands.
The party workers numbering about a thousand comprise the members of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee, Youth Congress and Mahila Congress who carried placards which read – All the Pain, No Real Gain. The protesters also expressed that in an exercise at the cost of public money to go after a small fraction of unaccounted wealth, Modi has destroyed 86 percent of the cash economy which has in turn resulted in the cash crunch. Non availability of cash has crippled the lives of farmers, traders, small and medium enterprises, construction laborers, transporters, recipients of micro finance and others who are struggling to make both ends meet.

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Minority schools once again challenge admission guidelines in Delhi

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The guidelines for admission of the toddlers for better education are once again being confronted, this time two minority schools - Mount Carmel School and Somerville School on January 17, 2017 have approached the Delhi High Court challenging the January 7 circular of the Delhi government restricting private schools built on public land to admit students only using the neighbourhood or distance criteria. The two minority schools have said that the notification was against their right to establish and administer their institutions and to admit students.
Justice Manmohan posted for January 19 the pleas of both the Schools would be heard along with other pending petitions filed by two private schools groups and some parents. It may be noted that last week, the High Court had directed 300-odd private schools to accept applications based on their own criteria as well as city administration guidelines.

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Daily ATM withdrawal hike cannot cover-up the poor infrastructure of banking institution

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Thomas Lim
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 16, 2017 hiked the daily ATM withdrawal limit from Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000 and doubled the weekly Current Account withdrawal limit to Rs 1 lakh, however there is not relief for the Saving Account through this attempt at a temporary respite for the cash crunch which has continued even 50 days after the notebandi which came to an end on December 30 last year. The shortage of cash and lack of swiping machines has continued to hit the public hard.
According to the RBI communique it was stated that on a review of limits placed on withdrawals from ATMs and current accounts, it has been decided to enhance the same with immediate effect. It may be reminded that on December 31, the RBI relaxed the daily ATM withdrawal limit to Rs 4,500 from the earlier cap of Rs 2,500. The enhanced Current Account withdrawal has been extended to overdraft and cash credit accounts, the RBI said.
The caps followed the November 8 government decision to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, a decision which triggered widespread cash crunch in the country.

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