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May 15th is the International Day of Families

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

May 15 is the International Day of Families. This was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992. The theme for 2013 is ‘Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity’. The very goal of social integration is to bring all social groups, particularly vulnerable groups, and individuals into the political, social, cultural and economic structures of a society so that they can participate in the decision-making process and improve their access to opportunities.
As globally the international day of Families is observed, it is also appropriate for Meghalaya to introspect first the family structures in the state, and then socially and globally.

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GNLA using school children as human shield needs condemnation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In one of the most unexpected move by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants, which deserves wide condemnation, is the fact that the militants used school children as human barricade to prevent police personnel from opening fire. The incident took place at Rongding Awe School playground in Nongal, South Garo Hills on Monday noon while the school children were in the open during lunch break.
The state police on receiving the tip-off had a hot chase on six militants, five managed to escape while the Financer identified as Uttam Marak was arrested; from his possession cash amounting to Rs 3.8 lakh was seized.

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Mother’s Day is just personal affairs in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the world observed second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day, it is a humble attempt for honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and of course the influence of mothers in society. “Ma” is one of the universal words which describes the person who have unconditional love. Mother is the main pillar of an individuals Home, also having the maximum impact on the role of the children, hence the saying goes, educating a mother is educating a family.
Meghalaya, the state with traditional values, yet never forgo any Western culture like Valentine Day, Friendship Day and so on. But this very special occasion – Mother’s Day turned out to be very personal and many even forget to wish their respective mother, unlike the other days where preparation starts before a month. Only in this case, the youth or the children do not deem it fit to for a formal observation but consider this just a Westernized culture.

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Does Florence Nightingale’s dedication still persist in contemporary world

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Thomas Lim

The world is observing the Birthday of Florence Nightingale, a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night, it is evident for every promising nurse to emulate her dedication. However, how many of them could shine out as she did.
May 6 to 12 is observed every year as the National Nursing Week to remember The Lady with the Lamp. She was born on May 12, 1820. She died at the age of 90 on August 13, 1910.

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New districts in Meghalaya rendering collapse of governance

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Thomas Lim

The transformation from rural to urban sector, if not properly executed leads to total collapse of governance, attributes Prof Bibek Debroy, who is an internationally acclaimed economist and has been professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi since March 2007 and has also been Visiting Honorary Senior Research Fellow for Institute for South Asian Studies in National University of Singapore from May 2009.
Such statement made by Prof Debroy while addressing select audience here in the state capital of Meghalaya at Asian Confluence can be directly related to the recently created four new districts carved out of the existing seven districts — Khliehriat in Jaintia Hills, Resubelpara in East Garo Hills, Ampati in West Garo Hills and Mawkyrwat in West Khasi Hills. The last formation of districts — Ri Bhoi and South Garo Hills — was two decades ago. With the addition of these four districts, the number of districts in the state is now 11.

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