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ILP agitation dampens Christmas mood in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, is contemplating to promote the state as Christmas and New Year destination, cashing on being the Christian state, very little disturbance will be there unlike the pressure in maintaining Law and Order during Puja festivals. If the mass participation could be mobilized, it will not only help to boost the economy of the state, the overall face lift of the state is also expected. On the part of the competition, Goa is way ahead, the nearest will be Kolkata, where the entire Park Streets is the favorite location for Christmas and New Year celebration.
In Kolkata, being a cosmopolitan state, such festivals are jointly celebrated, where every stranger is warmly greeted as the clock strike 12 at midnight on both the occasions, where Male and female equally exchange pleasantry with hugs and kisses in most decent manners. Hence, even the tourists can feel at home in joining the celebration.

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Tobacco to cost 6.5 percent more in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Dr Mukul M Sangma’s Cabinet cleared a decision to increase tax on tobacco and tobacco products from 13.5 to 20 percent on Tuesday. But the cabinet once again failed to clear the desk on a decision to ban sale and manufacture of Gutka in Meghalaya. The Chief Minister justified that the Health Department has sought some more time to further study the matter as the ban should be on mouth-fresheners mixed with tobacco products, as there was some confusion on the composition of the said products.
Earlier, Supreme Court directed 23 states and five Union Territories to file a status report on the implementation of the notification issued by them banning these products and also asked the remaining states and Union Territories to explain the reasons why they have not imposed the ban so far and the time they need to do so.
Several States in the country have banned Gutka as they are said to be food adulterants under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). FSSAI under its rules notified that no food products should contain any health injurious substance, which specifically includes tobacco and nicotine.

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Flaunting Red beacon is style statement in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Most common sight in every nook and corner of Meghalaya is the Red beaconed vehicle. One will never fail to spot them at educational institutions during schools hours, market places on all working days, reception of any kind and church services of all denominations on Sunday. While during office picketing and road blockade, such vehicles become rare display on the road, except few near the Secretariat. The occupants of the red beacon vehicle besides the driver could be just school children or lady for shopping to messenger. The traffic police is expected not to compound such vehicle parked in ‘No Parking zone’ and also clear the traffic for such vehicles even if the only occupant are school children.
The Supreme Court of India on December 10, 2013, said that red beacon lights with or without flashers would be used only on the vehicles of high constitutional dignitaries and blue or multi-coloured beacon lights will be used only on emergency services and police vehicles. The court further said that multi-toned horns would only be used on the emergency services ambulances and fire tenders and police vehicles.

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Arbitrary declaration of agitation programmes by NGOs irks masses in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The word Bandh, according to many, should enter into the Oxford dictionary as accepted word synonym with Shillong. The city that is well acquainted with such shutdowns at a call, especially for the last few months, has witnessed the normal life being affected due to the demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) by 13 Non Government Organizations (NGOs). On few occasions rescheduling of the proposed duration announced, either on request of Church Leaders or some individual marriage ceremonies, was criticized by few section of the society. In a similar manner, the recent 36 hours bandh was reduced to 12 hours for December 10, although came as a breather for many, but calling off at the eleventh hour still cannot help the individuals to reschedule their respective appointments.
This recent shutdown for Tuesday and Wednesday was announced on Sunday evening, but the public learnt of it only by Monday morning through newspapers. Hence, there was a mad rush in the market on first working day of the week to stock the foodstuff for 36 hours. All the main lanes and bye-lanes were chocked with traffic jam as the rural folks rushed to dispose off their perishable products and dashed back to the village. In most cases, all vegetables were sold at higher prices.

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Humanitarian Logistics 2013 award for cyclone Phailin evacuation efforts

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Thomas Lim

One of the most prompt and appreciable action has been displayed by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur, which conferred the International Conference on Humanitarian Logistics 2013 award to the State-run Odisha State Disaster Management Authority for excellence in humanitarian action. In most cases, the good deeds are fast forgotten. Odisha has bagged a prestigious award for evacuating more than a million people which ensured minimum loss of lives during cyclone Phailin in the state recently.
Adhering to the alarm for the Cyclone sounded by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Indian Army sprang into action to evacuate the villages, and had managed to save nine lakh precious lives. This is for the first time in the history of India where ravage was minimized due to alertness.

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