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One succumbs to hate crime in US as intolerance infects the world

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration - Globalization has turned the world into a smaller place, that too without boundaries and might have benefited the developing countries that now have access to worldwide markets and can export cheap goods. However, since the UK referendum to leave the European Union - the Brexit resulted into a spate of hate crimes, the worst happen in this week’s hate-based murder, as an Indian engineer was killed and another was injured by an American who mistook them for “Middle Easterners” and yelled “Get out of my country” before shooting them at a bar in Kansas, USA.
The Brexit affected almost every individual country with the once most loved Britain, known for the etiquette and an aristocratic nation has turned into the most hated country worldwide, the effects as the world political analysis put it has spread the culture of hate crimes.

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Deborah admits to poor education scenario in Garo Hills

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Elementary Education Minister, Deborah Marak, on February 23, 2017 raised concerns on the grim education scenario of Garo hills, as she made reference of poor overall Class X Board results and performance of students from rural areas, including those studying in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) schools. She was speaking at Monfort Education Centre, while inaugurating the weeklong annual sports along with former MLA and Minister Billikid A. Sangma.
Deborah admits that many students who complete class VIII examination from SSA schools cannot even read or write. It is a sorry state of affairs. Above that, she stated that proxy teachers in rural areas of Garo hills is in a mess as many teachers hire their proxies (substitute) to teach on their behalf. We have to assess the problem and fix the wrongs she suggests.

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Demonetization being defeated as ATM dispenses fake notes in Delhi

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The confidentiality being maintained prior to November 8, 2016 by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to demonetize banknotes of 500 and 1000, aims at curbing counterfeit money and black money, besides preventing the counterfeit cash  which was used to fund terrorist activities against India as  counter-terrorism purpose, seems to have been defeated as an ATM of the State Bank of India, in south Delhi reportedly dispensed fake 2,000 rupee notes on February 22, 2017, and police said that they had identified the culprits.

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Central government to set up at least one ITI in each block

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy informed that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to set up at least one Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in each block of the country to provide skill development training to all. Rudy had made this announcement while addressing Tripura’s first Digi-Dhan mela in Agartala on February 21, 2017 where he also informed that currently 25,000 blocks in India have no ITI and in the first phase, projects have been undertaken to set it up in 15,000 blocks.
This is also the part of the Skill India programme, as an attempt to eradicate unemployment problems and to make more skilled workers in the country; the mission has been undertaken across the country under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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China’s one-child norm is a disaster, Second child makes families happier

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is set to allow all couples to have two children, abandoning its four and a half decade-long one-child policy as per the announcement made on October 29, 2015, after a four-day long Fifth Plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population; however, the proposal must be approved by the top legislature before it is enacted.
A majority of Chinese families that have a second child are happier, according to a survey jointly conducted by Radio Guangdong News Channel and a number of fertility websites, interviewed nearly 10,000 two-child families, with 63 per cent reporting feeling happier after the birth of the second child.

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