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Militancy activities is full blown with Naxalite ideology in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Taking up arms as protest against the system is nothing new in Meghalaya. Even during colonial era, there were many Freedom Fighters, who were termed as revolutionist by the British rulers. The contemporary armed struggle taken up by Indigenous tribals’ factor assuring them protection against any outside invasion, are inspired by the ideologies of the Naxalites operating in the Eastern part of the country. The newly formed outfit is said to be headed by Commander – in – Chief, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Sohan D Shira as the Chief to fight for the common cause ‘Freedom’ and ‘Sovereignty’.

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Meghalaya gradually losing ground as Educational Hub of North East

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The Admission to various streams of studies in Meghalaya are being conducted amidst the controversy regarding fake universities. The dust was raised after the Governor of Meghalaya, Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, who has been keeping a tight watch over all the universities operating in the state, questioned the Chairman of the CMJ Foundation, Chandra Mohan Jha regarding the appointment of Chancellor of the CMJ University which does not have the approval of the Visitor of the University. In this case Mooshahary himself is the Visitor. He also directed the University to recall and withdraw all the degrees awarded so far.

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Meghalaya Women militants in matrilineal society’s vows to punish rapists

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In spite of the nation demanding strict laws against sexual crimes, Meghalaya continues to keep a distance on such movement. On the contrary, the incidences of rape is on the rise, more so in Garo Hills, where there are instances of raping even the disabled minor, at the same time the rape cases reported from Garo Hills are either gruesome or gang rape. The women wing of the ANVC(B), in its maiden call, on Saturday justified the reasons for taking up arms and under gone training in guerrilla warfare was to save many woman from being raped.
In a press communiqué, leader of the women wing of ANVC(B), Silan Ginchi Marak while assuring all women folks to be proud as woman and Mother of Meghalaya further extenuating in saying that they joined the breakaway faction because neither police nor government was helping them while they were alone and vulnerable.

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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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