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Is education affordable for the economically weaker sections in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the biting cold reached its crescendo in Meghalaya, also symbolizing towards the culmination of winter, keeping the rising tension of the commoners not only how to fight the cold, but how to meet the demands of the school as the winter vacation nears its end. The annual business of the schools through the sale of books, uniforms, and other accessories are the actual nightmare for the economically weaker sections of the society.
Terming it as populists move, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has decided to dedicate its services for the upliftment of the poor, and termed the year 2014 as ‘The Year of the Poor’. The council publicity secretary stated that this is the beginning of the year and most of the poor people are preparing for the educational needs of their children including schools and colleges. It has come to the notice of the Council that various book retailers are engaged in manipulating the prices of books by starting of February every year.

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Will New Judge of Meghalaya take on use of red beacons

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The aspirations of general public and section of the bureaucrats started running high as Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen sworn was in as Meghalaya High Court Judge on Tuesday. Justice Sen- born and brought up in this very pine city is expected to have more passion to streamline the governance, especially the traffic menace and bandh culture in Meghalaya. He has the distinction of serving as the District and Sessions Judge in January 2002, with Special Power to try cases under NDPS, PC Act, WAQF Tribunal, and Land Acquisition.
The Supreme Court in a December 10 ruling barred the use of red beacons on vehicles, except of those holding high constitutional posts or offices. Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma opted not to provide any advice on such mixed opinion to any of his colleagues what they should do about the red beacons culture in the state.
Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had done away with VIP culture in Delhi, and earlier Mizoram too have down away with it.

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Rahul tells Congress leaders to fight corruption and price hike

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the general public began the habitual exercise of making Resolution (which is meant to be broken) as the countdown of New Year began, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is not making any resolution but making sure the Congress Chief Ministers are geared up to battle mode ahead of the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He had summoned them all on Friday for the first brainstorming after the humiliating defeat in the recently concluded assembly polls.
The meeting reviewed the implementation of the central government welfare programmes besides those of the Congress-ruled states. He pointed out to the party Chief Ministers and Leaders that the biggest challenge for 2014 is to eradicate corruption and control the price hike. The party has paid a heavy price by losing the elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. The Congress won only in Mizoram.

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Meghalaya government should take few clues from AAP

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the nation focuses on the National capital’s Aam Adami Party (AAP) that caught the people’s imagination with its leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had slogged among the poorest of the poor in Delhi for few years, yet remained a largely unknown entity; he catapulted to fame when Anna Hazare fasted in national capital for 12 days in 2011, and is now set to be Delhi’s Chief Minister. The entire drama is nothing less than a masala Bollywood movie, however after witnessing the difficult take off of Trinamool Congress with Mamata Banerjee at the helm of affairs in West Bengal, political pundits are now forced to question if AAP’s promises are practical.
In one of the most unique five day Referendum seeking the consents of the general public if AAP should form the next government, where people were asked to say “yes” or “no”, majority wanted Kejriwal to form the first people’s government. In the course of referendum, AAP assured to fulfill three main poll promises - Slashed power bills, a daily supply of 700 liters of water to every household and regularizing unauthorized colonies in Delhi.

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December 23 Bandh: Acid test for HNLC, Public Support to break bandh culture

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Thomas Lim

For the first time ever in the history of Meghalaya has an organization has called for a 12 hours Bandh on the eve of Christmas. For the first time as well, the usually bandh happy public are openly criticizing the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for calling a Bandh on December 23 on the pretext of demanding immediate release of all the arrested Pro Inner Line Permit activists. More than the confusion, this is the final show down of the militant outfit’s show of strength, to see if they still have the command over the public like that of 1992. At the same time the state government is leavening no stone unturned to gain support to break the jinx of bandh culture in Meghalaya.

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