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ILP will affect tourism sector the most

Posted in August 2012

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, audaciously brushed aside the demand of 10 social organizations from the state for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to prevent infiltration of illegal immigrants into Meghalaya. He advocated for more strengthen measures by institutionalizing its mechanism in checking the influx.
On the other hand the government of Manipur is on war footing in flushing out illegal immigrants and foreign nationals.
Here, both the social organizations and government authorities are only checking on visible influx, which basically means a mass arrival or incoming of visitors or goods which can change the demography in the society. All the districts in Meghalaya and North Eastern states are apprehensive over the influx across the international and states border.
If taking records of Border Security Forces (BSF) into consideration, the readers will wonder where Meghalaya shelters all the influx if the forces are not active, as every alternate day they nab or push some intruder back to their respective nation.
The point to ponder is, the influx need not necessarily be militancy related activities. It includes the intrusion of minors and teenagers, now authorities has also identified students as one of the influx seeking better pasture from this side of the land. Does Meghalaya really have the potential to take such load, or the state has only been utilized as transit.

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Coin Mela to deal with dearth of coins in Meghalaya

Posted in August 2012

Thomas Lim

The Coin Mela organized by United Bank of India (UBI) as an attempt to bridge the shortage of coins in circulation at the same time creating awareness on the important for transactions of small denomination coins which are valid all across the country, indeed brought a relief to many.
Meghalaya have its own substitution of coins in the form of self-printed slip of small denomination or the customer are forced to settle for an candy or chocolate or matchboxes to accommodate the transactions, which is totally against the provision of Banking in the country.
The vendors who force customers to accept candy or chocolate or matchboxes, refuse to take back if the customers return the same, and the slip once lost is hundred percent gain of the shopkeeper who issued it.
Such slip similar to the “I owe you” note of RBI could only be transacted with the particular shop, hence it is not considered offensive by the banking law.
The recent opening of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Shillong is taking on war footing in tackling the alarming issue of counterfeit notes, both coming from neighboring countries and within the nation. RBI is keen at making available Rs 10 plastic currency notes on an experimental basis as these are more durable and cost effective in the long run.

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Meghalaya lacks student coordinating cell exposed Goodwill Mission Team

Posted in August 2012

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya state government was prompt to set up a coordinating cell to facilitate the parents, guardians of students, professionals who are either studying or working in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Pune who have left their place of study or work following the recent exodus to report to the office of Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Shillong in order to assist their return journey to their respective place of study or work. This was the suggestion made by the three members Goodwill Mission Team. The delegation of Meghalaya Ministers deputed by the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma comprising of IPR Minister, A T Mondal, GAD Minister, A L Hek and Urban Affairs Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh.
The delegation confirmed there is no discrimination or hate war against the communities from North East, its all the rumour spread by SMSes, initially all blames was on the media, now that the origin of this is said to be two social network sites, which is supposed to unite the society, besides SMS. Such networking turns out to be a threat to the unity of the nation. It is time for the government to keep a block to such free flow of information and visuals in such social network sites and Blog.
Meghalaya Government recently approved the “Meghalaya Cyber Café Rules (MCCR)” as per the Meghalaya Information Technology Act, in its bid to tackle the ever increasing Cyber Crimes in state. However, like any other Act, there is yet any specialist to deal with the offender. In the judiciary system too, concrete Laws is yet to be frame.

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Hynniewtrep : Visualizing Development with Identity

Posted in August 2012

Thomas Lim

In one of the most magnificent Art Installation on Khasi Identity and relationships between heritage, tradition and current challenges have mesmerized every individual spectator. The Installation was done by Iris Honderdos and Arno Peeters from Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands with local support from Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong. The exhibition with poetry and live performances reveal the origin of Khasi called Hynniewtrep (Seven Huts) to the contemporary politico scenario.
The 3D installation by using all the elements relating to the Khasi societies, depicting over 70,000 years old believes how the Khasi – Pnars are directly dissented from Heaven through the resembling of the double helix of DNA known as Jingkieng Ksiar (Golden bridge/ladder).
The artists selected seven elements like Rice, Limestone, Coal, Medicinal herbs, Bamboo, Shriew (Yam) and Betelnuts, which represent the wealth of the Khasi all flowing out from the centre symbolizing the core of spiritual and practice through another seven elements like Language, Music, Ethics, Herbal healers, Matrilineage, Sacred Forests and Beliefs and Rituals.
All such elements are being surrounded by seven Knup – traditional bamboo rain shields, iconic as the Hynniewtrep protecting the natural wealth and safeguarding the culture and custom.

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Time for NE people to assert themselves, Can Mary Kom be Peace Ambassador

Posted in August 2012

Thomas Lim

The unfortunate exodus of North East students, professional and workers mainly from South India, Maharashtra and Pune have shaken the very basic confidence of every individual who are seeking to curve out their own space in India. The delegation from Meghalaya and other North Eastern states are on their toes to re-install the faith and buoyancy to returned back and encouraged more to travel out from North East, both on professional aspects and touring. It is time for every individual to assert themselves their own Fundamental Rights.
The fear of venturing outside North East is said to be the handy work of external forces, through rumours, the overflowing of information through Information Technologies, has actually corrupted the mind of the computer savvy youths and social networking addicted population, resulting to the  exodus of “misinformed” population from North East.
The tribals population from this region have been too introvert , lack risk taking attitude to venture out, worst so the fear of being swept off by infiltration has forced the local populous to stay on alert, opposing the existence of any single new face in the locality. These are few core issues which have molded the mindset of the population here. It is time to open up and welcome change, at the same time abiding to the traditional customs and culture; it is definitely possible to achieve both with proper strategies.

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