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Indian mindset does not endorse unity in diversity

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Unity in diversity is just one of the chapters of India history, while present day India is embroiled in a spectrum of controversies linked to religion, caste or creed. Disputes between the haves and the have nots, conflicts between tribes, boundaries and political ideologies, all such have fragmented the nation, giving a free hands for the antisocial elements to spark off incitement with any form of rumour knowing well how fragile the society at large is.
The recent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief, Mohan Bhagwat while speaking at a three - day Conclave on September 17, 2018 at Jaipur said that Hindu religion is inclusive of every person and accepts them with their separate identities. He was candid when he question how can the RSS and the society tries to exclude Muslims, he stressed that if there is an exclusion of Muslims it will simply defeat the word- Hindutva.

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Globally retail bank customers unhappy with services, banking needs renovation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Digital India is leaving no stone unturned to push the nation towards e-governance, e-commerce and most importantly of all e-banking, whereas, while non-traditional competition is posing a challenge to traditional banking services, a new Capgemini report on September 21, 2018  showed that globally just half of the customers are satisfied with their banking experiences, and nearly a third of customers (32.3 percent) are willing to consider big tech companies for financial products and services, showed the findings of the report titled: World Retail Banking Report 2018.
The report based on insights of customers and senior banking executives in over 40 countries, including India, charts the current perspectives and potential evolution of traditional banks amid the continued emergence of big technology and financial tech players in the financial services space.

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Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists reveal plan of three major explosions in Assam

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Hizbul Mujahideen plans to execute three major explosions at Lumding Railway junction, Geeta Ashram in Hojai town and another area in Assam this year. This came to light during interrogation of Qamar-uz-Zaman, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist arrested by the Lucknow Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Kanpur on September 12, 2018. He has revealed that for this specific mission, 12 Assam youths were sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan for arms training.
Qamar-uz-Zaman, who failed in his BA third year examination, went missing in 2017 until April 2018, but he had undergone training in Pakistan in 2017, he had taken arms training under ISIS and joined Hizbul Mujahideen.
Qamar-uz-Zaman, originally hailing from Jamunamukh area in central Assam’s Hojai district is the same person whose photograph was appeared in the social media with an AK-47 rifle as a Hizbul ultra, he also revealed that his childhood friend Shahnawaz Alam (39-year-old), his elder brother Saiful Islam have already completed the rekey to set up base camps in Assam and Meghalaya and procurement arms from Nagaland based arms dealer, separatist groups.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat now preaches Hinduism as inclusive of every person

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Thomas Lim
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - an Indian Right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary volunteer organisation that is widely regarded as the parent organisation of the ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party has always advocated for Hindutva (Hinduness), a term popularised by Hindu nationalism, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in 1923. The incumbent RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, while speaking at a three - day Conclave on September 17, 2018 at Jaipur said that Hindu religion is inclusive of every person and accepts them with their separate identities.
Bhagat also justified the 1920s which witnessed a significant deterioration in the relations between Hindus and Muslims. The Muslim masses were mobilised by the Khilafat movement, demanding the reinstatement of the Caliphate in Turkey, and Gandhi made an alliance with it for conducting his own Non-cooperation movement, and if exclusion of Muslim it will simply defeat the word- Hindutva.

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Merger of state-run banks cannot restore trust on banking

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Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government made another move which might change the banking system in India, on September 17, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed the merger of three state-run banks - Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank and the Bank of Baroda - into an amalgamated entity and has directed their respective boards to consider the proposal, this is the second such exercise in the last 18 months.
In the previous such mega merger, five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank became part of the state-run State Bank of India on April 1, 2017, making the country’s largest lender among the world’s top 50 banks.

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