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Ri Bhoi Railway project on a halt while National Highways bypass Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The pressure groups have compelled the work-forces for the Railway line in Ri Bhoi district to stop their ongoing work while the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on June 12, 2017 raised the question of what will happen to Meghalaya should it supply the youth of the state with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Claiming that the HNLC has been approached by many youths for logistic support on the issue and threatened the state government to immediately release the KSU activist detained by the police if the situation is to be diffused and not aggravated by their intervention.

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Minors adopting destructive methods exposes unethical society in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In a recent disclosure, the banned militant outfit - Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) via social network claimed that the outfit has recruited as many as 13 youth under the age of 18 years for the 2017 batch, from different corners of the state. As the State Police try to confirm the claim, the general masses need to introspect on the social fabric, moral ethics and the so called modernization of upbringing the child, turning them so vulnerable for all anti-social deeds, easily misguided and worst of all ever ready to adopt criminal activities.

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Beef ban unites local tribals against Centre’s regulation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The interpretation of recent notification of Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which bans sale of cattle for slaughter in open markets across the country, prompted the Gau Rakshika (Cow vigilante) to demand the total ban on beef, while the Gau Rakshika from Rajasthan wants Modi to declare cow as India’s national animal, has divided the nation. Meghalaya took a different turn as Ex-Leaders of BJP held the bitchi (local rice beer drink) – beef fest on June 10, 2017 as a mark of protest and to send out a loud message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi government that the regulations passed by the central government cannot be forced and implemented directly in scheduled areas of Garo hills in Meghalaya.

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Modi government turning banking into a nightmare, RBI softening stance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi, which took over on May 26, 2014 began its mission by strengthening the grassroots and the very first action was opening of bank account for every individual, including the students and Below Poverty Line sector of the society. Now comes the problems, where the banking policy is changed after demonetization, where even the student accounts now demand a minimum deposit, the zero balance for the students and the salaried account were removed, posing difficulties for this section of account holders. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) meanwhile pointed out that the central bank’s latest policy statement indicated a softening of its stance and opens up the possibility of a rate cut in the near future.

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Meghalaya farming community failing to fetch good price for produces

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the state is gearing up to control the price index of all essential commodities, which keeps scoring high during monsoon, the local produces are not fetching good prices, mainly due to unorganized market and the unscrupulous middle-man controlling the entire market, while they themselves are making good profit. Adding to the woe is the recent disturbance of Law and Order, which will directly affect the farming community in the state in case of breakdown, as most of the perishable produces will not be reaching the market.
The popular broomsticks of Meghalaya, which are in high demand, but the farmers have failed to fetch good prices. After the demonetization, the local farmers are selling them for Rs 4000 per quintal instead of Rs 7000, so also in the case of Tezpata- they could fetch just Rs 1600 per quintal instead of Rs 2500. The middle-men informed the farmers that all the cash has disappeared, and now in view of the monsoon and the tension in the state due to agitation starting from Ri Bhoi district, which they fear will further deteriorate, hence are giving away their harvest at throw away prices.

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