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The survival of a Free press in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
November 16 is observed as National Press Day in India where the media is considered as the Fourth Pillar of Democracy. Rightly so, in the rest of the nation, the watchful eyes and journalistic ethics have helped the media to take on the mantle of caretaker of the society and the defender against all corruption. However, for the survival of healthy journalism, financially sound and accessible policies and schemes, either in the form of advertisement or subsidies is a must for the survival of individual media houses. In view of limited industry scenario in the North Eastern region, the revenue generated by media houses from private advertisements is inadequate and this, added with apathy of the state government, is forcing many media houses to shut down.

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The MHIS beneficiaries are willing to compensate for the extra cost

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya Health Department has failed to resume the next phase of the Health Insurance scheme, which the government said is on a policy break, and also the extra cost for the premium, of which the general public through their local heads have expressed that they are willing to compensate Individually if the health department implements the scheme with immediate effect.
The delay for about two months to rollout the fourth phase of the Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) is attributed to the technical reasons as informed by the State Health Minster, Alexander L Hek during the recent Assembly session, while replying to a cut motion. The third phase ends on September 25, and the next supposed to be rolled out by October 1.

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As we celebrate children’s day, we need to ask how safe are they?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As Meghalaya, along with the rest of India celebrates Childrens’ Day, the question that no one is really asking is ‘How safe are our children in the present day and age’? Today, when children, in the midst of little to no supervision by their busy parents, have access to almost anything via the worldwide web, they are exceedingly exposed to the dangers of the modern world which range from online pedophiles to online gambling, not to speak of the plethora of negative contents online.
While this section of children who come from families belonging to the middle income to high income group are susceptible to these dangers, the children from families in the low income segment of society are also not safe from similar dangers.

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India work force fails to tackle pressure on committing suicide on the rise

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The senior Uttar Pradesh Medical Officer committed suicide on November 12, 2018 in Gonda district, according the grieving family members told the police that the deceased was stressed with work. Deputy Chief Medical officer (Dy CMO) of Gonda, Gayasul Hassan's body was found hanging from a tree at his official residence by helpers.
According to the police, his family was asleep when he hung himself. District Magistrate Prabhanshu Srivastava said a probe has been ordered into the circumstances that could have led to the suicide.

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Global tobacco treaty advocates holding industry liable for tobacco pandemic

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco industry interference is the biggest challenge in implementing the Global Tobacco Treaty which is formally called the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In light of this, if the organization is to prevent tobacco related diseases, avert untimely deaths caused by tobacco and thereby also accelerate progress on sustainable development which currently tobacco not only stalls but reverses, then holding the industry liable is the key.
WHO Director General’s WNTD Awardee and Policy Director of Citizen News Service, Bobby Ramakant is wondering as to what is preventing governments from walking the talk on tobacco control and sustainable development. He stated that the disease burden, death toll and economic loss caused by tobacco is enough to warrant urgent action globally.

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