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Voting trend changes analysis of political pundits

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The election campaigns are heating up in poll bound Meghalaya which is scheduled to elect new representatives to the State Assembly for February 27 next. The speeches as heard so far are mostly justification for the candidates switching political parties and this is being heard not only from the candidates but also the supporters and grassroots workers. The other common speeches revolve around mud-slashing against the opponents and the rival political parties. Vote bank politics, which is most common in the state, had helped the political pundits to predict how things would turn out in the past. This year, the switching over of dissidents at the drop of a hat is now making an analysis a big challenge even for experts.

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Haryana inaugurates AMRIT pharmacy, Meghalaya yet to mobilize

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Union Health Minister J.P Nadda on February 10, 2018 inaugurated Haryana’s first AMRIT pharmacy in Gurugram, aiming to strengthen the availability of generic medicines.  Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) Retail Pharmacy is a scheme through which the government has been attempting to provide medicines for various critical diseases at an affordable rate.
Meghalaya had inaugurated its own AMRIT pharmacy on September 21, 2017 and this was done by Meghalaya Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Roshan Warjri at Shillong. While inaugurating the state’s first AMEIR pharmacy, she pointed out that a significant number of patients stop visiting hospitals after two or three cycles of treatment due to the high cost of medicines, hence the pharmacy has been set up in the State run hospital where patients from the weaker section of society can afford to buy medicines at a highly subsidized rate.

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Modi advocates for stress free examination, while Meghalaya needs pragmatism

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi has focused his attention on the importance of stress-free examinations and has called on the young students to pursue knowledge over marks. In a new book- Exam Warriors which he authored, Modi has set out to provide a handy guide for students in India and across the world. The 189-page book carries rich illustrations and is printed on fine paper. The book, published by Penguin India and BlueKraft Digital Foundation, is priced at Rs 100 only. Notably, books of similar length and genre from the same publishing house are priced anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 400.

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Salary dependant Meghalaya immune to Stock Market Crash

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is where about eighty percent of the population is made up of government employees and where manufacturing and production industries are not visible, except for a few service industries. Hence, the citizens in this part of the country are not actively engaged in investment and the stock market. The recent Stock market crash has not at all affected poll bound Meghalaya even as it led to the mayhem in the market on February 6, 2018 pulled down nearly 200 stocks to their respective one-year low levels on BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) with benchmark Sensex nosediving nearly 3.6% in early trade, also said to be the work fall of last six years. India also joined the bandwagon of stocks that hit new 52-week lows on the 30-share index.

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Poverty forcing patients to resort to quacks

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, in keeping with the preparations for the Lok Sabha General Election 2019 had claimed to have launched the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme- Under the Ayushman Bharat, under which Rs 5 lakh cover will be provided a year to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country. Elsewhere, in Bangarmau, Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh on February 6, 2018, 40 persons have tested positive for HIV after being administered injections with the same needle by a quack. This was discovered through a medical camp, organised by the state’s health department on February 3.

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