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MoEF must direct Cement companies to restore environment besides compensation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Forest & Environment Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday during the Budget Session asserted on the Floor of the House that the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) will decide on the amount of compensation to be paid by the cement companies in Jaintia Hills that have grossly violated the guidelines of Forest and Conservation Act, 1980.

The last government, also headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma on many occasion have refused to accept that Cement companies in the state are located in the Forest Land. Tynsong confirmed on the Floor of the House that Joint Inspection Team of the State forest department and Ministry of Environment and Forest stated that not less than 838 hectares of land where these cement factories are locating have been assessed as “forest-land”. The report also mentioned that the remaining 1140 hectares of land already acquired or under process of acquisition by the said cement companies is yet to be ascertained whether it is forest land or not.

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First Budget Session of 9th Legislative Assembly lacks the heat

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The first Budget Session of 9th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday, also marking the end of the first 15 working days session. Although nothing could be remember as historical deliberation, the appointment of first Non Tribal Speaker in the person of AT Mondal, also the session ended without Leader of Opposition do mark few moments. As the session was called less than a month after the declaration of Election result held on February 23, 2013, the expectation of the masses were high, hence the shortfall is felt more this time.

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Meghalaya Police directed to map vulnerable areas for human trafficking, child labour

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Home Minister, Roshan Warjri informed the State Legislative Assembly that Superintendents of Police in all the districts have been directed to conduct “vulnerability-mapping” in areas prone to human trafficking and child labour. She encouraged the police to conduct raids in all areas where trafficking cases are suspected to have occurred.
The Lady Home Minister also informed that through the funding of the Government of India, two anti – human trafficking units at Shillong and Tura have been provided with vehicles and other equipments. Provision of vehicles and equipments for these units in Ri Bhoi district and Jaintia hills district is under process.

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Mad rush for higher studies turned hazardous by businessmen

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Board and University examinations are coming to an end. The students who wish to pursue higher studies are moving out from the state. Many a student fall in the traps of unrecognized universities outside the state, and parents are easily lured by the advertisements and different career fairs for admissions. The authorities concerned must do background checks before any universities are allowed to open up any counter for admission.
The genesis of all such education scam and nexus is attributed to the unchecked mushrooming of universities within the state, and also uncensored stalls and private groups easily taking admissions round the year.

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Youth restore to criminal activities for quick money in Jaintia Hills

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The exposure of two kidnappers wanting to expand their organization by procuring arms and ammunition through ransom money should be taken as a warning sign. This exposes that the youth are desperate either due to unemployment or lack of work culture to struggle; hence they are finding an easy way out to earn quick money. Also, easily availability of arms and ammunitions coupled with unprofessional dealings against crime by the state government leads to a full blown event of criminal activities as industries for the youth.

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