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Bangladesh allows transit for food grains, Meghalaya not in the race

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Opening to globalization, Bangladesh Government adopted a major policy to allow India ferry foodgrains for the mountainous North Eastern states via its territory. Following a series of diplomatic and parleys during the Third week of May 2013, with some security related clearance came the conformation. Immediately after receiving a green signal from Dhaka, FCI (the Food Corporation of India) had initiated the process to transport food grains, mainly rice and wheat and essentials using the Bangladeshi river port in eastern Bangladesh and the roadways connected to the northeastern states. It is likely to start within a month.

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Meghalaya yet to ban tobacco

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. This year’s theme is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. Is Meghalaya ready to observe the same on the same day is a distant dream.
The District Administrations in the hill state are still mulling over the recent notification of Union Government to ban the sale, manufacture and distribution of gutka (tobacco-laced areca nut pieces) and pan masala (a chewing mixture). Earlier, Supreme Court directed 23 states and five Union Territories to file a status report on the implementation of the notification issued by them banning these products and also asked the remaining states and Union Territories to explain the reasons why they have not imposed the ban so far and the time they need to do so.

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Designers’ studies in Meghalaya should help patterning the traditional forms

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In one of the most rustic beckon, outgoing students from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Shillong are advised to stay back if possible on their graduation day, and help the Meghalaya government and tribals to pattern the traditional design. In return, it will link the hamlets to the ever growing demand of new creation with self signature in global market. Dean of Ambedkar University’s School of Design, Prof Jatin Bhatt exhorted such noble ideas to the second batch of outgoing students here in Shillong.
Prof Bhatt, the main brain behind the fashion designing courses, reminded the students how Government of India knowing the importance has finally accorded “Design” the status that it truly deserves in the nation’s priorities. In the 12th Plan the baton will now move to the design community to prove that spending on Design can indeed leverage the results much better than the spending in many other sectors.

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Cable TV networks to be monitored in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Media is an integral part of any democracy. Media’s role to be free and unbiased has been described as the vital organ of a healthy democracy, even referred as ‘backbone of a democracy’. Media have come of age in the state of Meghalaya. Along with the rest of the nation, newspapers existed in Meghalaya well before attaining statehood on January 21, 1972, but the true purpose was highlighted only during the hill state movement. Many newspapers and journals were launched by political parties during the era that were effectively used to voice the public demand for a separate state, resulting in Meghalaya attaining statehood without shedding a single drop of blood.

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Why Meghalaya emulates path of destruction while dealing with militancy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

If taking the claims by Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) regarding the nexus between politicians, police and the underground outfits to be true, than the doomsday for the state of Meghalaya is not far. CSWO also demanded from the state government to set-up an enquiry into the alleged use of girl child as militants and nexus between politicians, police and militants even as it threatened to move to court if government fails to comply with the demand within a week’s time.

It is strange, be it militant groups or the state government, will adopt the strategies which have brought nothing except destruction. Like using the girl child as militants seen in Nagaland. It could not achieve much. Also the rehabilitation package, which is a total failure, and the surrendered cadres are creating havoc like SULFA of Assam; thus, resulting in total surrender of Law and Order to the militancy activities as that of Manipur and Nagaland.

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