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KHADC to promote, preserve and conserve tribal indigenous cultures

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In one of the most commendable attempt of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) is the upcoming ‘Monolith Festival’ on October 25-26 next at the famous heritage-village Mawphlang constructed over 7 - acres of land in East Khasi hills district. As many as 53 traditional Himas (kingdoms) from different parts of Ri Bhoi, East, West and South West Khasi hills districts will be taking part in displaying and showcasing their rich traditional food, sports, medicines, attires, dance, songs and others.
Two years back, the Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU), Mid-east Circle, in keeping with the cultural and customary ethos, issued a strong dictate banning school girls wearing short school uniform skirts and students found smoking or taking drugs within their jurisdiction. JSU was bold enough to point out that short skirt within knee length invites unwanted attention of male, which resulted to even attempted rape. In keeping disciplining of the students community, the union also warned of stern action against students smoking and consuming any form of intoxication.

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Is trouble time for MUA – II blooming along with squash plant

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is known to be gripping under trouble as the unique squash plant blooms. Starting from early 1970s till 1991, as the squash blooms, the agitations and bandh becomes the event of the day. It is significantly noticeable because the squash was always used as weapon for pelting at the state police, more so towards the CRPF personnel. The 12 hours bandh call by United Civil Bodies in Meghalaya on September 02 from 5 am to 5pm after the talk between the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma, and the NGOs demanding for implementation of Inner Line Permit failed is consider significant for trouble in the state as squash blooms.

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RBI's Banking Ombudsman expressed astonishment over customers’ ignorance on their Rights

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

North Eastern regions, blessed with abundant of natural resources and special category status for tax exemption for selected tribes provides amply scopes for saving. However, the banking scenario in this region does not seem lucrative, the Credit- Deposit ratio are not encouraging too. The expose made by Anand Prakash, RBI's Banking Ombudsman that Bank customers in northeast India are shying away from lodging complaints for their banking problems in spite of having ample facilities to do so.
According to Prakash North East contribute less than one percent of complaints compared to the figures of the nation. Eight northeastern states together have registered only 708 cases against banks during fiscal 2011-12 compared to the 72,000 complaints received by the ombudsman nationwide.

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Mukul seeks Central assistance to maintain peace, stability with SFA

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Any form or unrest in the state is attributed to lack of development. Secondly, unemployment has driven the youth to take up arms for seeking justice. The untapped Human Resources and poor work culture too have pushed the state backward. To top it all, the disparities between the urban and rural, haves and the haves not have fragmented the societies. Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma made his earnest attempt as he said peace and stability becomes vulnerable, if development does not commensurate people’s aspiration. His government has sought a Special Financial Assistance (SFA)of Rs. 3120 crore from the Central Government for seven developmental projects in the memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

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Mukul rated as average Chief Minister by people’s choice

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Indian political scenario has always been dependent on the democratic process of vote, which formed the popular government. In most cases, the elected government while at the helm of power, gets carried away and becomes unapproachable for the masses. In the era of e-governance, India is also taking advantage of popular voting. One such survey conducted by iForIndia, a website based on a citizen engagement and political accountability initiative to actively involve ordinary citizens, have put Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma as an average Chief Minister.
iForIndia, involves common citizen in the democratic process and to give voice to our opinions on issues that affect the lives of all Indians. It is a platform enabling the public to rate the quality of government provided services provided to generate real time ‘Report Cards’ for MPs, MLAs, CMs and the PM.

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