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President Calls for eradicating leprosy puts Meghalaya to shame

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
President Pranab Mukherjee has highlighted that there are certain areas in India where the prevalence of leprosy was much more, given their economic and social backwardness. He was speaking at the function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where he presented the International Gandhi Award for 2013 to Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Zhang Guochenf from China for making outstanding contribution in the field of leprosy.
The President also pointed out that over the years leprosy has remained a blot of humanity. More than the medical condition, the social stigma attached to the disease is a cause for concern. This statement will put the Health Care in Meghalaya in shame, which stated that leprosy has been totally eradicated from the soil of Meghalaya, following the announcement of World Health Organization. Hence, no more funds or medicines are being allocated to the state fiord the treatment of this disease.

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India is the land of Amnesty; even PM’s Killers can go free

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The world around looks upon India as the land of adventure, also having one of the oldest civilizations where most of the heritage sites and buildings like forts and ruined temples are the main attraction for many foreign tourists. The only caution visitors are asked to take is the unhygienic lifestyle where one can litter the entire country yet can go scot-free. Now with the move by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday, who announced that six men and a woman - both Indians and Sri Lankans - convicted in the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case are to be freed, is giving yet another reasons for others to venture out into the unmanned streets of India and do whatever one desires including killing, as it will be free ultimately!
Reacting to the moved of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the only son of the assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, who is now the Congress Vice President and many of the Congress workers see him as the next Prime Minister from the Gandhi’s family wondered how a common man can hope for justice if the conspirators behind a Prime Minister’s assassination are set free. He regretted - here is the land where even the Prime Minister cannot get justice!

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Has corporatization of Power Sector helped Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After long years of debate and protest at the same time, Meghalaya Government acting under the provisions of the Indian Electricity Act 2003, finally decided to give-up Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) and transform it into Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) on March 31, 2010, to bring about accountability, transparency, competitiveness, reduction of losses and improved performance for better customer satisfaction.
The dispensation had divided the Board under the name of MeECL with four bodies, namely, Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) - the holding company, Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) - the distribution utility, Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Limited (MePGCL) - the generation utility and Meghalaya Power Transmission Corporation Limited (MePTCL) - the transmission utility.

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Northeast tenants fearing evictions in Delhi seek recourse in Police

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Should the chapter of Indian History about political unity and cultural diversity in India, about unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation, be rewritten especially after the recent Delhi outburst and solidarity over the death of the young Arunachalee being just a tipping point of the sense of feeling alienated and discriminated in their own country? They feel these are hate crimes meted out to them for looking different, being different culturally and traditionally, hence losing the very backbone of the well acclaimed India’s Unity in Diversity.
As the Northeastern community is demanding stagnant laws against racism, yet another bombshell fell on the heads of the Northeast tenants in South Delhi as they claimed to have received confirmed information that landlord in Munirka are contemplating to evict all the tenants from the area, accusing them of misconducts.

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Kejriwal’s regime in Delhi lasted just 49 days, now eying National Role

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Thomas Lim

As expected, Aam Admi Pary (AAP) who stormed the national capital and trounced Congress to form the minority government in Delhi will fall soon. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators defeated his party’s attempt to introduce its most ambitious Jan Lokpal bill. As soon as he introduced the bill amid din in the Assembly, but aggressive Congress and the BJP leaders became strange bedfellows to force Speaker M.S. Dhir to go for voting.
In the voting, 42 members voted against the introduction of the bill, while only 27 MLAs - all AAP leaders - voted for it. Delhi assembly has a total strength of 70. Kejriwal staged a Walk Out understanding his government has been rejected.
Even prior to the fall of his 49 – day government, Kejriwal in various tones has pitched for the National Role stating it is the demand of the masses. Knowing well APP’s aim in entering politics is not to come to power; they have entered politics to change the current corrupt and self-serving system of politics forever. It is too early to make any assessment in fulfilling the aspiration of the masses. While the Political Pundits termed his government to have issued more threats than governance.
The newly formed Political outfit – AAP on November 2012, however did manage to change the outlook of political scenarios across the nation. As soon as he was invited to form the government by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal asked the two parties to clear their stand on 18 issues it listed in letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP Chief Rajnath Singh.

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