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Is legal profession just another money making business

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

India is now being portrayed as the country not safe for the girls to move out, especially the capital state Delhi is being termed as “Rape City”. Inspite of the mass movement demanding more stringent law for rape and crime against women, the other cities seem not to have been affected as rampant sexual assault cases are being reported from places like sexual assault of 17 year old girl from Pondicherry, rape of 45 years woman from West Bengal, and now VVIP rapists are forcing the victim to compromise through Lawyer and police, while the victims are being traumatized by the police for filing First Information Report (FIR).
Recently, former President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, exposed that during her tenure she was advised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and state government to pardon five cases of rape since Capital Punishment was not active for years. Such exposure not only shocked the world as she herself is a woman but secondly the legislators are not serious in enacting the long pending law to safeguard women in India.

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Meghalaya government has lost touch with ground reality

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As we keep hearing people making their New Year resolutions, it is also the warning bell that yet another year has come to an end. This year the aspirant legislators are making tall claims of serving their respective constituency keeping the general assembly election in mind. Are such mandates also meant to be broken like the resolution every individual makes. The 40 years old Meghalaya still lacks in basic necessities like proper road communication, drinking water, health care and most of all gross national happiness in terms of mental peace and happiness is missing.
The year 2012 is fading away in just few more hours, as we welcome the year 2013, lest we forget that 2012 have proved the prophesy wrong for claiming it as the end of the world. Meghalaya was also caught in the same phobia, but it is strange how the citizen here have turned immune to the non-performance of government and administration.

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Does India needs legislator like President’s son

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

One of the most common cliché- if u wants to have a good kitten one should observe the mother cat. This time Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from the Jangipur, Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was forced to tender an unconditional apology on Thursday by terming “highly dented-painted” the women participating in the Delhi mass protests after the December 16 gang-rape. He also said he is ignorant that engineering students have different meaning for “highly dented-painted”. Such comment have dragged the nation’s first citizen into a controversy and forcing the nation to introspect if they have elected the right person for the right post.
Abhijit, no doubt has won the Congress ticket to contest because of his farther. Now that he is also the son of the first citizen of India, mature and universal conduct is much expected as it will only reflect the image of the President of India, as the theory of kitten and mother cat. His ideology of beautiful woman who used cosmetics and being crusaders has shocked the whole nation.

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Delhi Police needs refresher course in mob management

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Two consecutive days of firing water cannon on peaceful demonstration, followed by lathi charge and tear gas in Delhi at the youth raising their concerned for the 23 – years old raped victim and demanding for Capital punishment, is miscarriage of power by the Delhi Police Department. The actions have aggravated the situation. It has forced the youth to wonder do we seriously have democracy, and if the Policing is only meant for the VVIPs and this time for the six arrested rapists.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had only sought the report on the incident, and latter advocated that the government should be committed to provide security to the people, even if they had to cut VIP security.

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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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