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Odisha exporting mangoes to Southeast Asia while Meghalaya produces fail to reach domestic market

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Odisha’s mangoes are soon expected to find a market in Southeast Asia- thanks to a new flight from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneshwar. Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia started its first international flight from the city airport to Kuala Lumpur on April 26, 2017 and that has prompted the state government to explore the possibility of mango exports to Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.
It may be mentioned that the mangoes of Odisha meet all quality parameters for export; all they need to do is to tap the market. The government is in talks with various stakeholders for exporting the king of fruits, informed the marketing consultant to OAMB, Barada Prasanna Choudhury.

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Militant-Politico nexus takes a new turn, HNLC claims Mukul seeking their support

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Enough has been written about the Militant-Politician nexus where one of the most affected states today perhaps is Jammu and Kashmir. The unrest will surely affect the Progress Report of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi Government at the centre. During the Assembly election, the voters defied a boycott call by separatist groups, braving inclement weather and ignoring a bomb blast to cast their ballot in large numbers. This made it loud and clear – now they want to pave the way only for development. Similarly in the case of Jharkhand, voters defied a poll boycott call by Maoists, where voting took place in 13 of the 81 assembly constituencies in six Maoist-affected districts, in the first phase that is also spread into five phases.

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Political activities picking up ahead of 2018 state election

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The political parties in Meghalaya have been on the upbeat lately, be it contemplating to jump the fence of the parent party for greener pastures, or sitting on the fence waiting for right opportunities. The fight for party tickets has already begun where candidates aspiring to get tickets from the Ruling Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party were hitting the headlines, even as the Regional Parties are seemingly taking on a wait and watch policy. Strangely, this term neither the Ruling nor the Opposition was rushing to implement the MLA schemes, reportedly due to lack of funding from the central government.

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Kashmir needs national support as Modi fails to calm unrest

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Law and Order situation of Jammu and Kashmir now seems to be affecting only the locals, as a few tourists flow to the valley to escape the heat in their respective states which in turn is evident that the militant outfits are only targeting the locals, particularly the uniformed personnel. This targeting of the locals and uniformed personnel has been intensify since last year’s killing by the security forces of Burhan Wani, the so-called poster boy of the local terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s belief that only Modi can solve the state’s problems has almost turned her government non functional particularly in maintaining the Law and Order. According to observers, an expectation of this nature appears unreal because militancy in the Valley has become a great deal more intense than before, making the situation “scary”, as the Election Commission has been told by the state government in the context of the Anantnag parliamentary by-election, which had to be cancelled.

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Assam ambitious attempt to empower rural women through internet without improving infrastructure

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Mobile internet is now a necessity, but due to heavy traffic, the resultant slow speeds have caused a lot of hardships for the users. In spite of such poor communication network, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition government in Assam has launched the ambitious Internet Saathi Project which is being implementing by the Gramya Vikash Mancha in Assam’s Nalbari, Kamrup (rural), Barpeta and Baksa districts. Apart from Assam, the project is being implemented in ten states across India. Around 16,000 women were engaged all over the country as Internet Saathis to run the project.

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