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When doctor stresses for more than academic excellence in Medical College

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in December 2012

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, a medico practitioner himself, stressed that Meghalaya Government Medical College should be a center of excellence pursuing research and development other than academic excellence. He said it at the function as he laid the foundation stone for State’s first Government Medical College on land under the Balalgre and Jewilgre Nokmaship near Damalgre, around 25 kilometers from Tura. The day also marked the dead anniversary of Garo freedom fighter Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma.
One more Medical College under Public–private partnership (PPP) mode would be established very soon in Shillong. The present Government Medical College is scheduled to be completed in three years time.
Dr Sangma emphasized on the need for the creation and utilization of human capital on a sustainable basis. He also stressed that this Medical College will bring about a tremendous Socio Economic transformation in the region.
Dr Sangma, a medical professional himself, surely understands the standards of Health Care in the state. As the existing Medical College- North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong failed to absorb the students from Meghalaya due to limited seats; those admitted were in dilemma regarding the recognitions of their degree, in spite of having “state of the art” infrastructure. Medical Council of India (MCI) is yet to recognize this Medical College for awarding degree. 

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Will Wal-Mart lobbying episode stall FDI in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in December 2012

Thomas Lim
The ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) seems to be venturing into yet another rollercoaster as the Opposition members alleged that Wal-Mart has spent Rs 125 crore on lobbying since 2008, and that $3 million was spent in lobbying in India in 2012. The government while brushing aside the charges is ready for probe. The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) bill is now at the Rajya Sabha, while Lok Sabha had already cleared the bill after voting.
Talking about foreign investment, Bangladesh is the most famous destination for foreign companies to processes their raw materials which could pollute their own country. The fast and steadily growing economy of India is now the most famous and popular destinations in the whole world, for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). UPA government proposed to allow 51 percent foreign investment in multi brand retail shops and retail outlets and 49 percent FDI in aviation will permit foreign airlines to pick up a stake in domestic carriers have once again created unrest in the government.
World’s most cited Economists and Professor at Columbia University, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz agrees that opening doors to foreign investment in India at this juncture would have disastrous consequences and would lead to serious economic instability. He was addressing a seminar at Guwahati titled ‘Asia Rising’ organized by Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, a think-tank. The seminar was moderated by Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist and Author.

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Enfranchised citizens of Meghalaya come to reality shock once in 5 years

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in December 2012

Thomas Lim
The announcement of United Democratic Party (UDP) on party decision not to go for any pre poll alliance in 2013 assembly election comes in with no surprises. The party is the main ally in the Congress led coalition government lead by Dr Mukul M Sangma, the party was also there extending the support to the government of Dr D D Lapang. The decision also means UDP is turning down the earlier proposal of Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) led by former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma, who had approached political parties in the state including the UDP and the Hill State People Democratic Party (HSDPD) expressing its willingness to have a “pre-poll-alliance” to form the government in the next elections.
In Meghalaya, except the unification of all Regional parties in pre poll alliance, in most cases turned out to be a disaster. But to remain in power, coalition government has bailed out the Hung assembly to go for reelection.
Most of the time the coalition partners put forward the mandates, and common minimum programme of the partners have been the guiding forces for such government.  The success and failure of the government however in most cases are not taken responsible together.

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Freedom of speech and Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in December 2012

Thomas Lim

Freedom of expression is vital to democracy. It is guaranteed by our Constitution as well as by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and by various other international documents adopted to ensure the protection of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms. It flows from these guarantees that the people are entitled to receive news and views, without interference and to disseminate it regardless of the frontiers, and that this is an integral part of the democratic process. In practice, it is the media which daily exercises this right.
Whereas, there are two major threats the Journalists suffer while exercising the rights. One, their physical safety and security while doing their assigned job. The other is the insecurity of their job and inadequate conditions of service. Above that as pointed out by Chief Justice of India (CJI), Altamas Kabir on Saturday in Shillong that there is no authority to regulate freedom of speech but it is expected the Journalist should be self-regulatory.

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World Children’s Fund Day

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in December 2012

Thomas Lim
Joseph Lam, the founder and president of World Children’s Fund, was born in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong in 1958. As a young boy of 24, he visited India with his mother Nora Lam and paid a visit to Mother Teresa in Kolkata. This meeting became the catalyst for a life dedicated to humanitarian relief. In 1993, Joseph started his first children’s relief program and incorporated the non-profit, World Children’s Fund. After on, every December 11 is observed as World Children’s Fund Day.
Joseph is a dedicated humanitarian; he was at his mother’s side, travelling the world at any early age, only his meeting with Mother Teresa in India turned out to be life-changing experience. He witnessed Mother Teresa’s devotion to the sick and dying and saw the enormous needs and suffering of the poorest souls, this prompted him to formed World Children’s Fund, a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to helping children worldwide who are suffering the effects of poverty, disease, natural disaster, famine, abuse, civil strife and war.