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Meghalaya teachers take to the streets demanding 100% salary enhancement

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The sight of thousands of school and college teachers taking to the streets in state capital of Meghalaya has ceased to arouse the sympathy of masses, not to mention the government, as such protests by teaches are so frequent and every successive government fails to address the grievances. On April 12, 2017, the teachers, under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers Association of Meghalaya (JACATAM), held the protest near Raj Bhavan demanding 100 per cent enhancement of salary for ad hoc lower and upper primary teachers as well as for Hindi teachers. A protest march was also taken.
The agitating teachers had also torched the effigy of Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, as they protested against the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government’s unresponsive and adamant attitude towards their demands and have threatened to resort to extreme agitation from next week if the government failed to fulfill their demands.

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Assam CM’s vigilance team cleaning up governance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal became Assam’s first Head of the state from the Bharatiya Janata Party when he was sworn-in on May 24, 2016. He assured to clean up governance and streamline the Bureaucratic system of the state. To do so, he constituted the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell (CM’s SVC), Assam, headed by a Superintendent of Police. The team is said to be causing sleepless nights to many of the government employees.
It may be mentioned that the Cell which has its jurisdiction throughout the State of Assam was created in the year 1984 with its Headquarters at Guwahati. The main objective of the creation of this Cell was to enquire and investigate into the special and sensitive offences committed by the State Government officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 (Amended in 1988), offences U/S 406 to 409 IPC, 417 to 420 IPC, 417 to 477(A) IPC and also under Official Secrets Act, 1923, only when referred to by the Chief Minister of Assam. 

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Gau Rakshaks, now Ban on meat sapping Modi’s popularity

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Supreme Court on April 7, 2017 refused to entertain a PIL (Public-Interest Litigation) seeking a complete ban on cow slaughter in every state to prevent rampant inter-state illegal transportation of cattle which has come as a relief to many communities and has also avoided a total breakdown of Law and Order in the nation, as the Gau Rakshaks (Cow Protectors) went on rampage in the name of preventing any form of transportation of cattle. It all started after cow slaughter was declared illegal in Uttar Pradesh immediately after Yogi Adityanath took charge as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

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Tarun Vijay’s racist remark once again exposes poor oratory skills among some parliamentarians

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Thomas Lim
Tarun Vijay, former Rajya Sabha MP has come under the scanner for a rather unfortunate comment that he intended to make while defending India’s policy of anti-racism. He said: I don’t know who you are, whether you’re an Indian or you belong to some other nation. But you know the entire South India. There is Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra. There are black people all around. So if we were racists, why would we be living with these black people? You are denying us of our ancestory. You are denying us of our history. This is not good. We can be as good or as bad as any other human community.  Vijay told the news presenter.
Although he said sorry for the statement via twitter, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday criticized the former Rajya Sabha MP and asked whether he referring to the saffron party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members when he made that statement.

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Manipur CM prioritizes restoration of trust and relationships among different communities

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Manipur literally meaning the land of jewel, is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east and has a population of almost 3 million, including the Meitei, Kuki, Naga, and Pangal peoples who speak Sino-Tibetan languages. Manipur has been at the crossroads of Asian economic and cultural exchange for more than 2,500 years. It has long connected the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, enabling migration of people, cultures and religions. It is also one of the most disturbed states of the region, having the record of the longest economic blockade which lasted for five months thus earning the dubious distinction of being the longest economic blockade not only in Manipur but perhaps in the entire country.

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