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India should take forward Vajpayee’s contribution to South Asian Cooperation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in its condolence message with regard to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise has described him as a strong advocate of cooperation within the South Asian region. In a message on August 17, 2018 to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B. Sial stated that the Cooperation has lost a great statesman, politician, writer, poet, and above all a humane person committed to peace.
Sial, who is from Pakistan and assumed office as SAARC Secretary General in March last year, recalled Vajpayee’s statements at the 10th SAARC Summit in Colombo in 1998, in Kathmandu in 2002 and in Islamabad in 2004 and said: Vajpayee vision for a self-reliant and fully integrated South Asia continues to guide the SAARC process even today.

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Congress to turn GST into election agenda to woo voters

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has sounded the war cry for the Lok Sabha polls, due by May 2019, by once again dubbing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as the Gabbar Singh tax. He assured the nation that if Congress is elected to power, his party would introduce one tax and remove the new indirect tax regime with five slabs. Rahul also claimed that his party will form and run a government that will do what the people want. We will work for the benefit of farmers, youth, poor and small businesses, Gandhi said at the party’s Janadhwani (voice of people) rally at Nehru ground in the state’s north-west town, about 690 km from Bengaluru.

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MDA should extend olive branch to HNLC for peace in Hynñiewtrep

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Thomas Lim
The maiden speech for Independence Day Celebration of Conrad Kongkal Sangma could have been an opportunity to invite the proscribed Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for talks, but due to the model code of conduct for the bye- election, his speech will be devoid of any achievements and announcement of schemes. However, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) should take advantage of the initiative of the Council which has expressed that it is ready to continue its struggle for another 31 years if the need arises. The Council while observing its 31st Rising Day expressed has expressed its willingness to come forward for unconditional peace talks as long as these are without any pre – set conditions.

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People are losing trust in Banking Institutions under NDA government: Congress

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Thomas Lim
As the Indian Rupee drips to a record low in 2013, this had prompted extraordinary measures from the Reserve Bank of India. Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on June 29, 2018 sought to play down any alarm on this count, said that the government would take appropriate measures after taking cognizance of the current global situation. The Indian Rupee ended at Rs. 68.79 per dollar on the previous day after breaching the all time low mark of Rs 69 earlier in the day due to high crude oil prices and weak macroeconomic fundamentals.
Just two days back, Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, during the eighth interaction with beneficiaries of various social security schemes from across the country through video bridge, informed that the total number of 28 crore bank accounts opened under Pradhan MantriJan DhanYojana  during the period 2014 – 2017 is nearly 55% of the total bank accounts opened in the world. He also expressed happiness that more women have bank accounts in India now and that number of bank accounts in India has reached 80% from 53% in 2014.

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Meghalaya free medicine scheme needs to fight against drug mafia

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Thomas Lim
The newly approved Free Drug Policy of the Conrad Kongkal Sangma led Meghalaya government will surely be a blessing for the citizen of the state, particularly for the economically weaker sections of the society. The only fear is that will the proposed 72 items (medicines) be supplied to all government hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), Public Health Centres (PHCs) and sub-centres across the eleven districts, be made available to the actual beneficiaries through the government hospitals and health centres or simply end up only in paper like so many other schemes in the state.
It may be reminded that these medicines will be made free of cost to the people of the state, which will be acquired through 90 per cent of the cost of the medicines will be borne by the National Health Mission (NHM) and 10 per cent by the state government.

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