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All eyes on Government after the vandalism of Khasi National Awakening Day

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The war of words seems to be unending on social network sites, media and public discussions on the violent turnout as the Khasi Students Union observed 35th Khasi National Awakening Day on Thursday. The violence seems to have revived the bad experience of the past. The scar of tribals and Non Tribal conflict is yet to be fully healed as the victims silently bear the wounds. But this time, the Legislators are more vocal, they are demanding an investigation and booking of the culprits, as unidentified youths dressed in traditional Khasi attire pelted stones at shops in Laitumkhrah, injuring four people including tourists. Also many like-minded indigenous tribals too have condemned the incident.

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Shillong forced to shut down early on Khasi National Awakening Day

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The auspicious torch rally accompanied with traditional musical instruments and recitals to mark the 35th year of the Khasi National Awakening Day turned violent as some miscreants took advantage of the tense situation created amidst a huge presence of Police Forces, as these culprits started pelting stones at shops situated in Laitumkhrah, targeting specifically the shops owned by Non Tribals while the public meeting was being held at Madan Iewrynghep. The panic spread like wild fire in the city forcing all business establishments to down their shutters by 6:00 pm. The rally was organized by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) supported by the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP).

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Once a power surplus, Meghalaya now faces challenges for electricity

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Thomas Lim

Electricity is now one of the essential commodities in our day to day lives. Not only for charging cell phones and other electrical appliances but a commercially important tool as various apparatus require electrical energy to make it function, so also as a domestic requirement from the sitting room to the kitchen. Meghalaya, once used to a state with surplus electricity, where the excess power generation was pushed to the neighboring states including Assam. Recovering of revenue from Assam for the hydro electricity consumed generated by Meghalaya used to be the hottest debates in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly session. The recent exposure about ten villages under Hima Nongspung, Ri Bhoi District to receive electricity from Assam should awaken the department for failing to meet the demands in the state.  

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Health Care is still unaffordable for BPL families in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad accepted that different parts of the country are facing the problems of shortage of manpower in the Health sector. The Central Government will be increasing the seats for MBBS from 33, 000 to 45, 000 seats and from 13, 000 to 22, 000 seats for post graduate seats across the country by June this year, he said this here in the state capital of Meghalaya.
Azad also informed that the Centre has also sanctioned over 269 nursing schools of which 60 are for the North Eastern states, the state governments of the NE has been able to accept only 39.

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HM’s attempt to bifurcate daily policing and investigation a welcome move

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Thomas Lim

After a long struggle, East Khasi Hills District had bifurcated Judiciary from Executive. Other districts will be taken up in phase manner as soon as Judicial Officers are available after mandatory training. This will only reduce the work load of the Executive, and speed up the Legal processes by speeding up disposal of cases pending for years. The proposal of Meghalaya Home Minister, Roshan Warjri on April 1, 2013 to separate investigation from the other functions of the Police is also a long pending demand.
Warjri proposed to have a dedicated team of officers to deal with investigations alone. This is an attempt by the Home Department to ensure greater accountability on the part of the police officers; the Law is expected to be more organized.
As of now, the Investigating Officer has to perform day to day duties, besides writing the case diary and investigation.  In view of dearth of time to complete the case, and the pressure by the higher ups, on many occasion, the innocent have been slump with the charges for crimes committed by others, only to determine the progress of investigation.

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