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Meghalaya remains aloof to rail connectivity reflected in rail budget

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is all set to be listed in the Map of Railways, as per the assurance made by the Union Railway Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, while presenting the interim Rail Budget on February 12, 2014, being his first as the Rail Minister and the last stroke of the 15th Lok Sabha for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government. He said despite the resource constraints, the targets for the current fiscal were fully achieved, with some 2,207 km of new lines, adding two more Northeastern states will be on the country’s railroad map this fiscal — Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya will be connected, besides this, 72 new trains will be introduce. However, the announcement failed to create any spark for the citizen of Meghalaya, who have opted to remain aloof over the announcement. 

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Educators should be encouraged for publication and research

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Taking a cue from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who is advocating for revamping of education system, has stressed on more research and publication works from the teachers rather than depending on textbooks written by others, more so the foreign authors. On the contrary, standards of education system in Meghalaya is in decline, overshadowed by various anomalies from tampering of marks for the appointment of Lower Primary teachers to the recent appointment of teachers for the premier school of Meghalaya  government.
Education scams in Meghalaya have been so frequent that the general masses have turned immune to any fraud relating to education system here. Be it the mushrooming of colleges and universities just to make quick money, appointment of teachers’ right from Lower Primary section to University through political patronage, even the recent question papers leakage in the newly introduced Class Nine Board examination in Shillong, conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) did not witness any protest or concern from parents or the public.

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Enough is enough said Nagaland public while ransacking the office of NSCN-IM

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Once most feared name - Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) formed in the late 1970s under the leadership of Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and Khaplang. Is now facing the crisis, as public are demanding that the NSCN-IM vacate the Shepoumaramth Regional office in Senapati district headquarter. NSCN was the fall out of the Naga National Council (NNC) of Angami Zapu Phizo, which also came to be known as the Shillong Accord. NSCN started an underground Naga Federal government having both Civil and Military wings. It again split into two factions in the late 1980s: the NSCN (I-M) and the NSCN (K).
About three decades old militant outfits of Nagaland claimed to be fighting the causes of the general public. But the incident occurred on February 8, 2014, where furious mob ransacked the regional office of the NSCN-IM at Shepoumaramth pulled out the furniture like sofa sets, chairs, tables, kitchen utensils, mattresses and blankets, the angry public latter set on fire the goods in full public view.

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Meghalaya has the most unorganized administrative system

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Talking about the day to day affairs of the state, Meghalaya government machineries are engulfed mainly in maintaining Law and Order, controlling the most unorganized traffic in the state capital and headquarters. Still doing the brainstorming for regulating drinking water supply and stabilizing the electricity energy supply during dry season, the Legislators are left with no free time to visualize as to how to take the 42 years old state ahead. Hence, uncountable numbers of pressure groups, civil societies or NGOs are mushrooming at various points of time which only adds up more trouble for the government.
Meghalaya has the highest number of registered social organizations, most of which pop-up for specific demands or issues, which in the course of time have its own natural death even before they could achieve what they have come together for. Strangely, all have one similar modus operandi – demanding every issue as public demand, either with or without the sanction of the masses. It is easily achieved because the state has the ever – cooperative public for any bandh call even at the drop of a hat.

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Street kids demand Right of Identity

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Indian National Congress (INC) is contemplating to include the demands of street children in the party election manifesto. A delegation which included 16-year-old Chandni, who leads the ‘Badhte Kadam’ programme of NGO Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA), met Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik and G. Mohan Gopal, both members of the manifesto drafting committee and presented a charter of demands.
The demands include right of identity, ensuring participation in government schemes, inclusion in census, consultations with street children twice a year and strict implementation of laws related to children.
It is perhaps for the first time the street children in Delhi will be able to feel they are part of the same society which have been snatched away by circumstances. It is time for all political parties to extend their help to this section of the society by showing them ways to be a proud India who can contribute to the growth of the nation.

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