The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has earned the distinct acknowledgement as one of the best and highly valued places of debates amongst the August Houses in the world. The very foundation is now at stake as the sitting representative from Mawhati constituency, Julius Dorphang - militant turned politician and the founder Chairman of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is wanted for allegedly sexually exploiting a 14 year-old girl. The minor girl was rescued from a Guest House owned by incumbent Home Minister H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh’s son last month where she escaped from the clutches of the pimps.
The Central Government is still reluctant to remove the withdrawal limitation in banks although the ATMs withdrawal have been increase from Rs 2500 to Rs 4500 since January 1, 2017 but in the total absence of new Rs 500 notes, this is not serving any real purposes. On the other hand the Reserve Bank of India is yet to publish the total amount of the banned notes collected within the 50 days and has given rise to the question, if the huge exercise was a total failure, due to the unethical banking practices witnessed during the demonetization where huge amount of new Rs 2000 notes had reached the money laundering market. This has been seen as a betrayal of the very motive to fight against black money.
The nation is welcoming the New Year 2017 with lots of expectations, with the understanding that after a week, it is the end of the 50 days sought by Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi even as, post demonetization it will still take some time to normalize the banking system. Business during Christmas is said to be the lowest this time, due to the ration of bank withdrawals. Meanwhile, in Tripura it was a year of double delight as it emerged as an island of peace in the otherwise violence-prone Northeastern India with no incident of militancy reported in 2016. The state also topped India’s literacy map with a near 97 per cent literacy rate, beating Kerala at 94 per cent.
Tripura has been ravaged by decades of terrorism since the mid-1960s. But sustained counter-terrorism measures coupled with developmental initiatives slowly but steadily won the government its race against terror, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who has been Chief Minister since 1998 proudly recounted how the state progressed to being peaceful, added that due to their holistic approach and multi-pronged strategies, Tripura Government has tamed the decades of terrorism in Tripura.
It is better late than never, after a long struggle, finally Meghalaya got its institute of North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH), with its permanent campus located near NEIGHRIMS at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong. Union Minister of State Independent Charge, Ministry of AYUSH Shripad Yessa Naik on December 21, 2016 dedicated the institute to the state and also took the privilege of declaring the commencement of the academic session 2016-2017 both under graduate teaching programme of Ayurveda and Homeopathy.
Naik emphasized on the need to preserve and promote knowledge of traditional healers from the North East region. He stressed on the important to take this knowledge and use it in our modern system of medicine. The Central Government is trying to take and make it scientifically validated based on ethno botanical and scientific research with practical suitability for clinical practices as was informed by the Minister.
Pope Francis presented a unique assignment to young people of Italian Catholic Action, whom he received in an audience on December 19, 2016 for an exchange of Christmas greetings, a task for the holidays and beyond: to talk with and listen to their grandparents. He also told them to spread the great Joy of Jesus’ birth, adding that joy multiplies by sharing it, so also Peace which every individual deserves and to make these contagious.
The Pontiff understanding well how the generation gap still persists in the so called Information Technology savvy world, where the aged are being shunted and some confined to the Old Aged Homes abroad, and here in India to the small room in the house as the career oriented society is too busy chasing dreams and has no time for the aged.
While the young minds, being pampered by the latest gadgets, as their parents have no time to take care of them, also doubled up with swanky cars and hefty sums of pocket money to compensate for time have been turned into ‘emotionless’ citizens.
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- District Council bye-election managed to retain traditional and customary values
- No region in the country is as dependent on Central funds as the northeast