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Orange, orange all over Meghalaya but only few can afford

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The second annual Orange festival 2012 in Meghalaya not only attracted the tourists, who got the taste of orange produced here, even the domestic fruits lovers were delighted to be treated with variety of  indigenous oranges from the state. Meghalaya claims to produce about 40,000 tonnes of oranges per year. Yet the domestic consumers pay Rs 10 to Rs 15 per orange depending on size. While one needs to pay around Rs 8 to Rs 10 per piece for the imported variety.
Meghalaya is yet to produce organic fruits; chemicals are still used to forcefully ripe the fruits. The produce collected from the Indo – Bangladesh border, which is considered to be one of the best qualities, hardly reaches the local markets, due to high cost of transportation. The farmers prefer to export to Bangladesh even at lower rate; each export orange could fetch them just about Rs 5 per piece. The consumer in Bangladesh is paying lower price for the same orange we consume.

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You like it or hate it, Modi is back in Gujarat

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, one of the Mascot of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), scored a hat-trick by steering his party back with absolute majority with 116 seats in the House of 182 seats. However he lost one seat from his tally of 2007, while Indian National Congress (INC) gain one seat, which also is an indication that anti-incumbency factors was not there at all.
Immediately after the declaration of the results, supporters are shouting not the victory slogans, but ‘PM, PM, PM …….’ means the factor by projecting him as potential Prime Ministerial candidate by Lok Sabha Opposition Leader, Sushma Swaraj had raised the ambition of the voters from Gujarat. How do the party fulfill the mandate is worth witnessing in 2014 Lok Sabha general election.

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Development without security of life is futile in Delhi

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The most horrifying and barbaric act of a 23-year-old woman gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi has shocked the world. After being raped, she was beaten with a blunt object, stripped and thrown out of the bus. As the nation prays for the victim who is fighting her life in Delhi Hospital, the doctors attaining her say that the victim’s vital organs have been damaged beyond repair and they had to remove a large part of her intestine. As the young girl struggles for her life on ventilator support, pressure is on the authorities to book the culprits at the earliest.
The victim’s friend was also injured, and one hour before the brutal act, the same gang members is said to have robbed a carpenter off Rs 14,000 and a mobile handset, which they spent on liquor.
The nation this time came out in large number demanding for fast track courts for women safety cases and offer severe punishment to the culprits. Strangely, in this country of illiterates and immoral made believe society, some self claimed Human Rights activists came out demanding for justice and Rights for the rapists! Such maniacs must be hanged till dead and make them feel the fear and pain too.

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Breathing space for Umkhrah and Umshyrpi

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Thomas Lim

The cry for saving the Wah (river) Umkhrah and Umshyrpi in East Khasi Hills are getting louder. At the sometime erstwhile crystal clear river passing through picturesque pine city of Shillong, where State’s first Padmashree awardee, Silverine Swer, on her 100th Birthday Celebration two year back recalled herself as young girl swimming in Wah (River) Umkhrah. While anglers recall fishing along the bank of the same river. Today the same river is the concern of as many as 19 social and civil organizations along with district administration, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Defense authorities; all are putting efforts to sensitize the public for cleaning up the very same river that can be mistaken by any visitors to city as drains.
Union Minister for Water resources, Harish Rawat while accepting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Rs 42.29 crore for the flood control and beautification of Wah Umkhrah and Wah Umshyrpi submitted by Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent H Pala along with General Administration Department Minister AL Hek on Tuesday, assured the state government that UPA government will take up this project on priority basis. This comes as a sign of relief to the totally chocked river turned drainage system.

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Meghalaya needs more innovative ideas for trade and commerce

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Thomas Lim

As the Christmas and New Year season are approaching, the business community wears a worried look due to bad turnover of business. The stocks remain the same as the days are closer to the season. The situation was the same during Puja and Deepawali festivals. 
The entrepreneur here attributed the failure to the selection of stocks without keeping in mind the changing trend of style icon. While the consumer endorsed their poor power of purchase due to limited fund while the cost of living is escalating day by day.

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