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Modi move for removal of Governors sparks off resentment

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

With every change of power in the Centre, the general masses always expect the change of governance; however, there are issues which every government in power does is the transfer of the officials appointed by the previous government, revoke laws and regulations, and most prominent of all are the removal of the Governors who are political appointees. The recent attempt by Modi Government to remove few of the Governors appointed by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has sparked off criticism; the Congress termed such move by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as  political vendetta instead of fulfilling its promises. 
Removal and appointment of Governors is the prerogative of government in power. According to the Supreme Court of India’s judgment, a Governor cannot be removed on the ground that he or she is out of sync with the policies and ideologies of the union government or the party in power at the centre.

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Rapiush: Politician turned militant now in Police net

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Unsuccessful candidate for February 23, 2013, Meghalaya GeneralAssembly Election, from 42-Rongjeng Assembly Constituency, RapiushChSangma, contesting from Samajwadi Party secured 1604 votes, coming atfourth position with nine candidates in the fray.Within few monthsafter the election, he plunged into armed movement in Meghalaya, and wasimmediately appointed as Vice Chairman of Garo National LiberationArmy (GNLA), and arrested by Bangalore Police based on intelligenceinputs provided by Meghalaya Police on Monday.

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Education and Health departments should scrap reservation at all levels

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya education system is already hitting rock bottom when it comes to results and quality of instruction. The ghost of marks tempering for the appointment of Primary School Teachers during MUA I government is still haunting the education department, and now comes the drastic action of Meghalaya High Court which quashed and set aside the recommendation made by the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) for appointments of ten selected candidates to the posts of lecturers in Garo in the government colleges under the State education department.
The Court found that the 10 selected candidates have not cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) which makes them ineligible for the appointment for the lecturers in Garo while the petitioner passed the NET examination conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and, therefore, eligible to be considered for appointment to the lecturer posts. 

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Debates in Meghalaya Assembly getting too personal

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Speaker, Abu Taher Mondal for two consecutive days had to expunge some personal remarks during the debate in the ongoing Reassembled Budget Session. He was concerned about the frequent personal attacks between Legislators, which forced him to remind the members to stick to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly , so that the legislators from both the sides abide by the dos and don’ts.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in the past was considered as having highest standards of debates. However, as session after session lesser professional, scholars, visionaries and statements are being elected to the August House, it is one of the deficiency leading to the present crisis.

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As FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, testing time for MeECL

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil has kicked off a different controversy in the sport loving state of Goa, as the Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar approved a Rs 89 lakhs Junket for six of his MLAs, including three Ministers, sans Sports officials or sports personnel to attend the World Cup. While here in Meghalaya, the only Hydro electricity supplier - Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) is making extra efforts to supply uninterrupted energy for the Football lovers in the State. This month long Football fever is the testing time for the Corporation to withstand the sentiment of the consumers.
Goa is a football loving state. They have contribution in Indian Football. Also amongst the six MLAs, four of them are former footballer themselves. The public are irked about the list where no government official, or football expert being the part of the state delegation to Brazil, including omission of both of Goa’s Arjuna awardees - Brahmanand Shankhwalkar and Bruno Coutinho names.

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