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Government to keep an eye on onion hoarder in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Government is contemplating to issue a directive to all District Level Price Monitoring Committees (DLPMCs) to keep an eye on the price of onion in the state, at the same time to keep a check on the possibilities of hoarding of onion. Interestingly, the Centre asks all the states to invoke Essential Commodities Act to crackdown on hoarders, in the past the authorities here have always turned a blind eye towards such activities.
Onion prices in Meghalaya keep rising during festival season and on the eve of any bandh called in the state. Although, comparing to the other states, the price here is about five rupees cheaper; at Iewduh market (Bara Bazaar) selling at Rs 80 to 95 per kgs, while in Laitumkhrah, Jail Road and Rynjah Market are selling at the rate of Rs 100 to Rs 110 per kgs.

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Beauty Pageant in Shillong fails to provide secure platform

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Fashion industry is definitely a booming sector. Meghalaya too has been stormed by various branded products and fashion statements. Its capital – Shillong – is tagged as fashion store house of North East. But the model making waves in national level are from Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland devoid of Meghalaya. Fashion Society Shillong, formed since 1983, is yet to promote any talent in the national level. The very first meeting of the society is said to have been held in the residence of Former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr D D Lapang.

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President digs into the flaws of Universities in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In one of the rare occasion, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), was personally present for the XXIth  Convocation ceremony of the university here in Shillong. The future students will envy this particular batch to have received their degree from the hands of President.
The Academicians and administrators, on the other hand, were made to see the ugly truth on the failure to connect infrastructures, traditional cultural knowledge, providing sustainable knowledge and tapping the human resources.
President expressed his resentment that none of the Indian Universities figure in the top 200 list of global universities. Also for over 80 years none of the Indian University managed to produce a Nobel Prize winner after C V Raman. On the other hand Indian Students like Amartya Sen, S. Chandrashekar and Hargobind Khurana got their Nobel Prizes while working in US universities. He urged upon the universities in India to prevent such brain drains.

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Government of the day cannot be seen as obstinate: President

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing the Legislators of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, during his maiden two – day visit to Shillong, made it crystal clear that the government of the day needs to be accommodative to civil societies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). He had also given the Mantra for the functioning of State Assembly with three Ds — Debate, Dissent and Decision, but a fourth D, that is ‘disruption’, should be strictly avoided.
Mukherjee, who defeated former Lok Sabha Speaker and Meghalaya Chief Minister Purno Agitok Sangma, to become the 13th President of India on July 25, 2012, said he is witness to the formation of Meghalaya State 41 years back and recalled the jubilant members of Meghalaya. In the backdrop of the zest shown by the stalwarts of Meghalaya, he stressed on every individual Legislator to discharge the responsibilities as they got his or her job after begging people for their votes, and after gaining their trust it is unfair to turn a blind eye towards the issues of their respective constituency.

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Testing time for general public in Shillong on October 21

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The two - day (October 21 and 22, 2013) maiden visit of Pranab Mukherjee to Shillong as President of India will surely go down in the annals of history. He assumed office as the 13th President of India on July 25, 2012. But proscribed militant outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called for a 36-hour bandh to strongly protest against Mukherjee’s visit to the state, also October 21 is the 25th death anniversary of Wickliff Syiem (the founder of Hynniewtrep Nationalism).
The state government for once is making an effort to foil the public bandh by organizing a musical concert – Free your Mind – at the heart of the commercial area – Kyndailad (Police Bazaar). Before that the civil organization have also called for public meeting with the motto of ‘Be the Change’ and speak out at the platform provided by the NGO, stating ‘enough is enough’ about the frequent Bandh which has affected the common people in the state.

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