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Streamline professional courses in state to protect innocent students’ life

Posted in April 2012

Thomas Lim

The ill-fated incident involving the niece of Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma – Dana S Sangma who committed suicide after she was allegedly humiliated by the staff of Amity University, where she was a MBA student, the incident occurred on Wednesday, April 25. Condemnation and protest was staged across the cities. The media, especially in Meghalaya was giving prominence to the incident. While another sad incident occurred on April 18, 2012, Loitam Richard, a 19 years old architecture student was found dead lying in a pool of blood in his hostel room. He was brutally beaten up to his death, by senior students in the Institution, over an IPL Cricket Match. The deceased is from Manipur. This could not master the space in the media, because his parent is just a commoner.
February last year, the ill-fated incident occurred under Hauz Khas Police Stations, New Delhi on Saturday, where roommates- comprising of two female and a male, all returned from China after completing their MBBS, and were preparing for a Medical Council of India Examination. Both the female, identified as Adaleen Shabong and Virginia Shangpliang, both of them are recouping from the stabbed injuries in the hospital. While the roommate turned culprit – Shankar Thapa is absconded after the incident. The incident did cast a shock wave back home, but none can re-write them, so that such unfortunate incident can be avoided. Whatever is past is past, one should think of how to prevent such replay in the future.

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Is Ministry of Home Affairs being mislead by Meghalaya Home Department

Posted in April 2012

Thomas Lim

In an unprecedented move by Meghalaya Police Department on Saturday announcing a cash reward of Rs Ten lakh on information leading to the arrest of Garo Hills based militant outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Commander -in- Chief, Sohan D Shira. Along with him, his deputy Rupanto R. Marak head’s carries a cash reward of Rs Five lakh, remaining eleven top leaders also carries a reward of Rs Five Lakh, they are Baichung Ch. Momin, Kram Marak. Savio R. Marak, Babang, Walshrang alias (Dalton Sangma), Philiport alias (Rakban), Hedeo Ch. Momin, Jack Marak, Reading T. Sangma and Bryan Sim R Marak.
Also information leading to the arrest of any cadre carrying AK series weapons will fetch Rs One lakh, while information leading to any of the cadre with small arms or grenade will fetch Rs Fifty thousand.
It may be recalled that via the notification in the Gazette of India Extraordinary F. No:11011 /124/2011- NE-V  dated January 12, 2012 reads that - under sub-section (1) of Section 35 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, GNLA and all its formations and front is added as a (36) terrorist organization in the schedule to the said Act and for the said purpose.
Strangely, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram during his recent visit to the state capital on February 19, 2012 while shutting all doors for dialogue with GNLA has termed the Garo Hills based militant outfit as ‘terrorist group,’ said “The number of GNLA cadres is small and we are determined to address the scourge of militant activities.”

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Meghalaya must have more universities

Posted in April 2012

Thomas Lim

As the mortal remains of Dana Silva M Sangma (21 years) MBA students from Tura was laid to rest, her death has once again provoked the students from North Eastern region in general and Meghalaya in particular to ponder on pursuing higher studies outside the state.
She was pursuing her studies from Delhi, her tragic death by committed suicide in her hostel room, after being reprimanded by the invigilator inside the examination centre.
Last year, the assurance of the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, in response to the letter sent by the North East Students Organization, that action would be taken against culprits for attacks on students especially on girls from the North East studying outside especially in Delhi, will surely bring some solace to the student community of this region in particular and parents in general.

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Unwarranted Flag March in Shillong

Posted in April 2012

Thomas Lim

The state capital was taken by surprise on Wednesday by the Flag March taken out by the Security Forces thronging two localities – Mawlai and Jaiaw.  The Flag March was conducted by the Border Security Force and Police personnel aimed at showcasing the strength of the state machinery and the ability to avoid any untoward incidents, instead created panic and inflame the pent frustration of the youth within the two localities.
In the past even Army Flag March was called out in the state capital, but at the extreme of the Law and Order breakdown, that too during Curfew bound city.
There is no denial that uneasy calm prevailed in the city following public meeting sponsored by four NGOs on Monday last, culminated into torching of government vehicles on two different days, the incident has also spread to other districts of East and West Khasi Hills districts till Wednesday. The agitation was in protest against the alleged enrolment of doubtful voters in the state and demanded steps to ensure that migrants and foreign nationals did not get voting rights.

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Damaging government’s property is damaging public money

Posted in April 2012

Thomas Lim

The recent breakdown of Law and Order situation in selected pockets, at least two government vehicles was torched by suspected NGOs activists as a mark of their protest against continued enrolment of doubtful voters in the state. This is not the isolation cases of torching government’s vehicles, at times even government’s offices, public lamp posts and private establishment are the target for any agitation in the state.
On the other hand, the state government is leaving no stone unturned in selling Meghalaya outside the state with the Tourism Task Force doing their best to carry out the task they are assigned to perform. The entire seven districts of the state have been covered to identify tourist spots, and the requirement or improvement needed to make both the domestic and foreign tourist comfortable.
The ground reality, however, does not seem as simple as it is being reported in reports, not because there are flaws in the project but because it does not cover up the participation at the grassroots level or the general public. In simple words, it lacks the participation of the public.
As the state government tries to improve the infrastructure, upgrading the existing tourists’ spots and providing basic necessities, after long deliberation and pulling of strings to generate finance, it is the general public who does not need even 24 hours to pull the same down by dismantling the same. Street lights are shot down just for vandals to practice their aim with stones and there are locations where even the electric posts have been uprooted. Sanitation is choked either with human waste or cigarette buds and used matchsticks and other un-dissolvable articles turning them un-useable.

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