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First Indian Miss America Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency while India splits

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Indians worldwide are scaling new heights, be it at the realms of politics in Maldives and America to business in Britain or Hong Kong to Sports, now the growing influential Indian American community added a crown jewel to their glory with Nina Davuluri winning the Miss America title for the first time. Bach home here, the internal conflicts based on caste, creed, religion or districts are fragmenting India into smaller states.

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Food Security Bill and Food canning in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The UPA – II will be seeking votes in the name of Food Security Bill, no matter if the petrol prices keep rising or the onion price is uncontrolled. All are considered passing phase, which might just spring back. Though the introduced Bill still awaits the approval of Rajya Sabha, Meghalaya will not be able to contribute into agriculture, and remain just a mere spectator in the whole process. However, the state needs to rethink on Food Canning in the state.
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on October 6, 2009, called for strengthening research and development in the country’s food processing industry with the Central Food Technology and Research Institute (CFTRI) playing a more proactive role. “While basic agricultural research has a very strong and large institutional network in the country, there is little focus on the food processing sector,” he said.

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PCI needs to sensitize Legal practitioners in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Media organizations in Meghalaya have their own pride for contributing to the Hills State Movement. Hence, this 41 – year old state cannot be brushed off the struggle of the media in terming it as young industry. The question is – does state government actually consider Media Houses here as industry, more so, the Judiciary system here is yet to recognize the media as the Fourth Pillar of Democracy, or the existence of the Press Council of India (PCI) as a statutory body to deal media related issues.

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Mukul says no to separate Garo state

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The resonance for saying no to Inner Line Permit (ILP) by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma are still vibrating in the state in the form of Night Road Blockade, bandh and hunger strike. Unmoved by curfew and bandh in Garo Hills and talking in the same tune as that of All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Meghalaya In – charge Luizinho Faleiro, Mukul also said it loud and clear that he does not foresee the demand of a separate Garoland fructifying as Khasi and Garo hills will not be divided.
Mukul said the demand for Garo statehood is being made by only a bunch of people for long now. As the government refused to cave in to the demand under the banner of the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC), the indefinite strike began from Thursday morning.

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Where is ILP leading Meghalaya to

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Ever since the Government – NGOs talks on implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya failed on August 29 last, followed by yet another blow as All Political Parties meet on September 5 also failed, the entire state was caste under gloomy clouds. The Government, NGOs and Regional Political Parties- none of the individual is willing to retreat, keeping all sections of the people in Catch 22 situation, unsure about the turn of event on every passing day. Most affected are the students, business community, services and hospitality industries in the state.

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