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North East alerted after Hyderabad blasts, Meghalaya immunized

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

A high alert has been sounded in India’s North East following the Hyderabad terror attacked which claimed 16 lives and injured 117 innocent people. The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday instructed all North Eastern states to intensify their vigil. He attributed Hyderabad twin blasts as reaction to executions of terror convicts Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.
Meghalaya had also conducted the formality check on sensitive locations, but had never taken it as extremely vulnerable for any attack. However, precautionary measures are not compromised affirmed the district administration. Even the general public is immune to the terror attack in Hyderabad twin blasts; inspite of huge number of Meghalaya’s youth studying there; the effect of Telangana was felt much deeper via Osmania University.

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Once again rural voters out number urban voters in 2013

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya government has always been the blessing of rural voters. The election of 2013 once again reaffirmed the same with higher percentage turnout of rural voters compared to the urban. The official results shows that 13,23,110 out of the 15,02,509 registered voters cast their vote with the Nartiang constituency recording the highest voter turnout of 94.88 percent, while the ‘urban’ Shillong North constituency with 71.45 per cent recorded the lowest turnout.
The total voter turnout for 2013 election is 88.06 percent, wherein urban turnout was 75.52 percent while rural vote cast was 88.86 percent. Despite the fact that this year there were addition of more than a lakh of new voters who have just turned 18.

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February 23 poll: Judgment day of Indianness in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

General Election to the state Assembly comes once in five years. Many aspirant candidates who dreamt to reach the August House were doing humanitarian servicing, while other belonging to the entrepreneur groups plunged into the fray to enhance their business deals like contracts and supplies in the government sectors. Other sections that had already entered into the House are fighting for yet another opportunity. Dynasty system also prevails in Meghalaya.  Most common platform to reach the Assemblies are through Traditional Institutions, Pressure Groups, youth organization, recently even through arms struggles. But ultimately only 60 of them at a time can make it through their personal charm, well devised and executed strategies and most important of all being a shrewd politician.

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Meghalaya all set to elect the 9th Assembly on February 23

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The campaign period of the candidates and political parties came to an end at 4:00 pm on Thursday. This also symbolized the end of yet another era and ready to move on with new covenant. To achieve better governance, the opportunities provided for the electorates for assessing the credibility of the candidate, who will not just be the representative, but also a good legislator, philosopher, thinker or visionaries has also come to an end. Now is the time for all to introspect over the performance of the government and decide if another term could be provided or find a new replacement.

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2013 Election in Meghalaya is a Reality watch

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The election canvassing is coming to an end on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 pm in Meghalaya and Nagaland. 2013 general election to elect the 9th Assembly on February 23 is considered as one of the most uninteresting election campaigns so far in Meghalaya. Few of the constituencies even failed to organize public meetings keeping all the contesting candidates in one common platform. The iron fist and microscopic eyes of the State Election Commissioner are keeping all the polling agents on the toes. Even the traders hoping to do bulk business by selling various parties flags, badges, caps, mobile covers and other accessories are re-packing the products due to low business turnout. Most political parties are working on tight budgets officially, while the unofficial expenditure has no boundaries even in the border areas.

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