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Breathing space for Umkhrah and Umshyrpi

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The cry for saving the Wah (river) Umkhrah and Umshyrpi in East Khasi Hills are getting louder. At the sometime erstwhile crystal clear river passing through picturesque pine city of Shillong, where State’s first Padmashree awardee, Silverine Swer, on her 100th Birthday Celebration two year back recalled herself as young girl swimming in Wah (River) Umkhrah. While anglers recall fishing along the bank of the same river. Today the same river is the concern of as many as 19 social and civil organizations along with district administration, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Defense authorities; all are putting efforts to sensitize the public for cleaning up the very same river that can be mistaken by any visitors to city as drains.
Union Minister for Water resources, Harish Rawat while accepting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Rs 42.29 crore for the flood control and beautification of Wah Umkhrah and Wah Umshyrpi submitted by Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent H Pala along with General Administration Department Minister AL Hek on Tuesday, assured the state government that UPA government will take up this project on priority basis. This comes as a sign of relief to the totally chocked river turned drainage system.

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Meghalaya needs more innovative ideas for trade and commerce

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Christmas and New Year season are approaching, the business community wears a worried look due to bad turnover of business. The stocks remain the same as the days are closer to the season. The situation was the same during Puja and Deepawali festivals. 
The entrepreneur here attributed the failure to the selection of stocks without keeping in mind the changing trend of style icon. While the consumer endorsed their poor power of purchase due to limited fund while the cost of living is escalating day by day.

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The year of extermination for masses in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The illumination at every commercial area, just reminds us of the festive season, also turning of new leaf as the year 2013 is just at the door step. The city entrepreneurs are still keeping their hopes high, especially after the market disaster during the Puja festivals, hoping to pick up during Christmas and New Year.
The rest are introspecting over the individual achievements and failures, while the remaining is hoping to be reunited with family members and friends. A section of the fortunate have already reached their respective destination fully prepared on how to spend the winter. However, Meghalaya is turning on a new leaf with bitterness of many unfulfilled assurance from the government.
As we take a walk down the streets, one can witness is the dug up highway and bye- lane alike on both sides, either for water supply schemes or for telecommunication. Neither the common citizen sees a fresh drop of water, not does the telecommunication improves; it is just a political gimmick keeping the upcoming general Assembly Election 2013 in mind.

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Eighth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly a lesson learned

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The three days Winter Session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine-die on December 14, 2012, also marking the end of an era of Meghalaya Politics, as Eighth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly officially pull down its curtain. This also marked the completion of 40 years of statehood. The state is going for General Assembly Election in February – March 2013. 
The 8th Assembly of Meghalaya has witnessed two Speakers in its tenure of five years – Bindo M Lanong (UDP) and incumbent Speaker Charles Pyngrope (INC).  This session had two bye- elections one for Umroi Assembly Constituency and Laitumkhrah Assembly Constituency.  President Rules was also imposed in this session from March 18, 2009 to May 12, 2009 after controversial confidence vote secured in the Assembly by than Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy. Speaker B M Lanong suspended five MLAs, who withdrew support to the government, under the Anti-Defection Law ignoring the Governor’s directive that he maintain status quo on the voting rights of members and cast his vote when there was a tie in the 60-member House during division. 

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Non tribal in Meghalaya is a victim of vote bank politics

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It was never out in the open, till two Member of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly debated on Influx. One opposed the Non Tribal being issued the Regional Party’s ticket to contest the 2013 election, also demanded to scrap the tribal status of the offspring from inter-cast marriage, while other justified by terming segregating them as illegal immigrants and permanent non tribal residents. The latter have equal constitutional rights and is an important component in checking infiltration and development of the state.
Participating in the discussion in the ongoing Winter Session, representative from Nongkrem Assembly Constituency, Ardent M. Basaiawmoit demanded to exempt Meghalaya from the purview of the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty 1950 besides implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to checked influx. He was elected to the seat through United Democratic Part (UDP) tickets, but relinquished his post as Parliamentary Secretary to advocate clean politics in the state. Now, he is placed under suspension for protesting the decision of the party to allot ticket to a non-tribal, (Dr.) Md Mizanur Rheman Kazi for the Rajabala (general) constituency.

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