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Non-functional Baljek Airport to resume work, Agartala airport to be made International

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

It was a breathing space for the district administration of West Garo Hills, Meghalaya, to have cleared the deadlock for land acquisition, paving the way for the completion of the Baljek Airport in the Garo Hills, the foundation stone for which was formally inaugurated by Former President Pratibha Patil about five years back. Yet another airport in Meghalaya - Umroi Airport - too is yet to be fully functional. On the other hand the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken an Rs.300-crore project to modernise Agartala airport and upgrade it to international standards by 2016.
Agartala and Meghalaya are the states in North East India, the militancy activities have equally dented the development of the society in both the state, but when it comes to development, Agartala has been termed as one of the fastest developing states. The state tops in Health Care, Education, Best administration and other governance. But, Meghalaya in comparison seems to be sitting at rock bottom in all these spheres. Such disparities are evidence of the standards of government in the respective states.

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Chief Minister demands visibility of impact of law

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, finally has broken his silence over the deteriorating Law and Order situation in the state capital. He asked the state Police to play a pro-active role to bring back peace and tranquility, also demanded that visibility of the impact of law is the need of the hour, so that fear for law starts developing in the state across all sections of the citizen.
Is the call of the Chief Minister a bit too late, as arsons and night road blockade is continuing in the state, and it seems uncontrollable now. Although the public now dares to defy the road blockade, but the fear psychosis is still running high.
Under such confusion, neither the Pro – ILP activists nor the government is willing to take the first step towards the negotiation table. Meanwhile, general public are not raising their voice, but silently observing any form of agitation. Immune to any form of pressure, the public obediently observes every call of agitation without any expectation of change in the society.

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Meghalaya Police involvement in Highway robbery fails to shock the masses

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Three Meghalaya Police personnel were on Saturday arrested for stealing Non-ferrous scrap material valued at over Rs 20 lakh from a truck on the Shillong bypass in East Khasi Hills. All the three arrested cops were posted at the newly set up police station in the Mawryngkneng area, 50 km from the state capital Shillong. The crime was committed on November 7, 2013, wherein the trio carjacked the truck loaded with copper, brass and aluminum, took it towards the Shillong bypass and later kidnapped the driver, Saidullah Alam Laskar, and one Deep Kumar Nath.  
The news was widely publicized by all media, both print and electronic. Except a few comments in the social networking site, the masses are apathetic towards such incidents where Law enforcer turned criminals are kidnapping and looting the public. The arrested have been identified as Sub-Inspector Sudarshan Sangma, Unarmed Branch constable Claipson M. Marak and MPRO (Meghalaya Police Radio Organisation) Operator Constable Basant Lama.

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Rumor of Salt shortage puts Gandhi’s Dandi March to shame

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The rumor mongers put the general public into irrational fear that there will be shortage of salt, one of the main ingredient in a food, set people stocking them in huge quantity, provoking the merchants to sell a kilo of salt starting from Rs 60 upto Rs 250 here in Meghalaya. The rumor started on Tuesday from Bihar, which has spread across the nation including the North Eastern part of India.
India has always been proud of the Salt March, known as Salt Satyagraha. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, began with the Dandi March on March 12, 1930, and was an important part of the Indian Independence movement. Today, a kilo of salt is Rs 16 because of this Dandi March. It was a direct action campaign of tax resistance and non-violent protest against the British salt monopoly in colonial India, and triggered the wider Civil Disobedience Movement. This was the most significant event organized to challenge to British authority since the Non-co-operation movement of 1920–22, and directly followed the Purna Swaraj declaration of independence by the Indian National Congress on January 26, 1930.

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Role of Media in serving public interest

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Thomas Lim
November 16 is observed as National Press, the day Press Council of India started functioning as Watchdog while thriving for a free and responsible press in India. The theme for 2013 – ‘Role of the Media in serving public interest’ is a reminder to the Fourth Estate on their role and duties according to the First Press Commission that the media should help secure and protect a social order in which justice for Social, Economic and Political would prevail.
It is also a reminder that the Indian Constitution confers no special rights or privileges to the Press as does the American First Amendment. However, Article 19(i)(a) does assure freedom of expression for every citizen, the same is extended to the Press. Not to forget Article 21- which says No person shall be deprived of his or her life or personal liberty, except according to the procedure established by law is to be read together.

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