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STP clamping illegal parking to ease traffic congestion

Posted in October 2012

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Traffic culture have reached its breaking point, especially in the state capital, day to day activities have been slowdown due to regular traffic jam during peak hours. As an attempt to deal with such menace of illegal parking, Shillong Traffic Police (STP) has acquired clamping devices to clamp all such vehicles starting from October 30. On day one, only from Laitumkhrah Traffic Branch and Sadar Traffic, 37 vehicles were clamped, and collected Seventeen thousand and Nine hundred rupees as fine.
Only time will gave the accurate answer, if this system will work in the long run, the lifting of illegal parking of vehicles is said to have damaged the bumper of many vehicles. Slumping the summon slip alone was not very encouraging, most of the violators failed to report to respective traffic branch, hence this new method.
Meghalaya should be proud to be graded as the state with the city traffic ranks second in the country in terms to vehicles to population ratio, Mumbai being first. In terms of brand availability the citizen from South India are amazed to see various brands on the street, with modification and accessories. Meghalaya Streets have been well decorated with various vehicles during any working day.

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Dropped Union Ministers to steer up tempo for 2013 Meghalaya election

Posted in October 2012

Thomas Lim

As the newly inducted ministers takes charge on their new assignment on Monday in the “make-over” cabinet of Dr Manmohan Singh. The transaction was smooth, except in the case of shifting S. Jaipal Reddy from the oil ministry and Salman Khurshid’s elevation to external affairs has raised criticism both within the Party line as well as the opposition. The political activity was also felt in Meghalaya, although in different nature. As both the Union Ministers of State from Meghalaya was dropped at the same time, neither Agatha K Sangma (NCP) nor Vincent H Pala (Congress) was informed about the reason for dropping them. Being “jobless” now, both plunge into state politics, expecting to steer up the tempo for upcoming Assembly Election 2013.
Pala, whose name has also surface during the toppling game in 2010 to oust Dr DD Lapang government, was actually projected as Chief Ministerial candidate for 2018 general election. He has been in the news for many occasions for forming his own groups, preparing his ground for active state politics. A week before being dropped, he was all praise for Dr Mukul M Sangma leadership, now that he is no more the Union Minister of State, he vow to be actively participate in state politics, he is said to have even received the sanction of the Prime Minister before being dropped.

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Manmohan Singh’s new cabinet is a mixed bag

Posted in October 2012

Thomas Lim

The final lists of Ministers who took oath on October 28 for Dr Manmohan Singh Cabinet shocked the political arena, when they could not find the Young Brigadier as speculated. The assumption of having a younger look was based on two factors. First, the final list is said to be “stamped” by none other than Rahul Gandhi, who on taking charge have been voicing for greater participation of youth in politics and governance, and he did groom the youth force in the party, but none could make it to the Cabinet. Secondly, focus is Lok Sabha general election 2014, a stronger and dynamic cabinet is a must to steer the Congress back to power, however, the old guard seems to still enjoys the blessing of the Congress Supremo and the Prime Minister. 
The last revamping of the cabinet is definitely a bad news for Meghalaya. The youngest Minister- Agatha Sangma was expected to be axed, she was replaced by Tariq Anwar (NCP), and he also took his oath in Hindi as Agatha did and won her all praises than. Now she is expected to jump into the bandwagon of her father- Purno A Sangma newly formed party to campaign for 2013 state assembly general election.

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Dengue cases burst in section of North Eastern region

Posted in October 2012

Thomas Lim

With the outbreak of Dengue cases in Assam and Manipur, Meghalaya is yet to sent out any alert for prevention. The total breakdown in waste management in the state capital and headquarters should be the point of concerned. The heap of waste spread all over the cities, streets corner, chocked drainage system, are the best breeding ground for mosquito.  Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults.
This time it was first reported in West Bengal, Dengue related death toll touches 60 in Kolkata. A whopping 788 dengue cases have been reported in Delhi this season so far. Maharashtra reported 18 dengue deaths, forcing the Maharashtra government to steps up preventive measures. Coming closer to North Eastern Region two dengue deaths reported in Assam. A case of dengue in Churachandpur district of Manipur has been officially confirmed with a 17-year-old girl tested positive.
Meghalaya Government should step up preventive measures in the state; district administration should instruct the Municipality Board to clean up the entire cities. Order the traditional institutions to conduct a cleaning drive in their respective jurisdiction, and wipe off all stagnated water within the vicinity of residential as well as commercial areas.

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Durga puja in Shillong celebration blend with indigenous Khasi drum beats

Posted in October 2012

Thomas Lim

It took about two decades to witness the Durga Puja with the participation of all sections of the societies. Most exceptional was the indigenous Khasi drum beats, where Khasi drums known as “Bom” in local lingo was part of the competition.  The rhythm of the “Bom” was harmonized with the traditional festive drums beat sending out the clear message of secularism. This newly introduced indigenous Khasi drum beats competition by the Central Puja Committee (CPC) was in memory of popular journalist (late) Prasad Gupta.
The drummers from the Sngap Paka Institute of Heritage, Shillong won the first prize, the team U Jeebon Roy Creative Centre for Arts and Culture were adjudged second followed by the group from Seng Khasi Higher Secondary School bagging the third prize.
The annual ‘Harmony Visit’ was also held in the city, with Leaders from all faiths and distinguished delegates in the society visiting seven Puja Pandals in different parts of the city exchanging greetings and prayers for peace and prosperities.

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