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Time for Meghalaya government to ensure rights and dignity for PwD

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Just a week away, the world will be observing International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) on December 3.This year’s theme is ‘Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all’ if religiously implemented in the state of Meghalaya it can have a facelift for the section of the society with special needs. Keeping with the theme of observation, the state government on the day could announce special schemes or programmes focusing on the matter will be the best gift and meaningful way to celebrate the day.
Meghalaya does not have a glossy picture when it comes to the issues related to the people with special needs. The development and infrastructure are not accessible, whatever little assistance extended by the state government are not properly implemented, causing more hardship for the specially abled in the society.

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Fiasco in first attempt of MBOSE’s newly introduced Internal Examination

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The very first attempt of conducting the Class IX examination by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) was a disaster, some over ambitious head of the institution in the state capital had opened the question paper before the scheduled date of the examination and the questions were dictated verbatim to students by teachers. Thereafter, overexcited students shared these questions with their friends in other schools. Fortunately, it was just the selection test, where the answers scripts will be scrutinized by the examiners of the same school. Hence, not much harm will be caused to the final board examination.
However, the Executive Chairman, MBOSE, E P Kharbhih, informed that Enquiry Committee Report headed by the Joint Controller of Examinations of the Board will determine the course of action to be taken against the erring Head of Institution and the School concerned.

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PM expresses concern over Garo militancy in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the state government refuses to call in Army to tackle the Law and Order breakdown especially in Garo Hills, the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Saturday expressed his concern regarding the Garo insurgency in Meghalaya. He was referring to the situation in the northeastern states, particularly mentioning about the susceptibility of lower Assam areas and Karbi Anglong region of the state to ethnic and communal tensions, the growing mistrust between tribals and non-tribals in Bodo areas, the increasing targeting of non-Manipuris in Manipur.
Recently, the District Administrations in Meghalaya claimed of handling the situation in a most professional manner, the Police Checking and Patrolling too have beefed up in proficiency, all keeping in mind just to maintain Law and Order, while not affecting the general public. Unlike in the past, where Police were given free hand to tackle the situation only to end up annoying the general public, the present practice in tackling the situation is commendable.

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President is disappointed over quality of Higher Education in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Being consistent, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on Friday again expressed disappointment over the quality of Higher Education in the country; he also regretted that leading academic institutions lacked orientation towards research. Addressing educationists, researchers and students at two academic institutions in Burdwan district, the President also called for spreading the spirit of innovation across all sectors, saying India’s future progress will depend increasingly on the ability to innovate.

President while stressing on orientation towards research, the universities across the nation need to introspect on the quality of research work being submitted for their doctoral degrees. There are many research scholars being pre-occupied with other profession not related to the research, have been awarded the degree. Most of the dissertations are purely for acquiring the degree, in most cases not even found in the university library. Very few thesis are printed as book or even implemented as an innovative idea as stressed by the President.

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Saying ‘NO’ to Bandhs and Road Blockades in Meghalaya through social sites

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Feeling the pain of bondage due to the imposition of bandhs and road blockades for about three months now, the masses have made every attempt to defy the call of any form of agitation, but the pressure tactic through arsons and violence have pushed them back to their respective homes. This is not something new; Meghalaya has been reeling under such bandhs and road blockades for several decades together. This is damaging the state’s economy and hurting the people, but it is strange how the district administration is yet to figure out strategies to tackle such unrest which have paralyzed the state. Meanwhile, the masses are airing their frustration through the social networking sites.

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