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Traditional Institutions to sensitize masses to fight crimes against women

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The traditional Institution - Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided to empower its Customary Judiciary system at the grassroots level to fight crimes against women, which are rising in alarming manners. It is a challenge against the matrilineal society in Meghalaya, where women folks who are kept in high esteem, still under go sexual abuse and face domestic violence. The very Institution seems to be under threat.
Chief Executive Member (CEM) of KHADC, Pynshngainlang N Syiem, in his reply to the motion moved by Mylliem MDC Teilinia Thangkhiew in the ongoing Budget Session of the council informed that District Council’s Judiciary system will be strengthen also the village courts falling under the Council’s jurisdiction.

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Meghalaya government must accept being landless

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The protest against the state government for acquiring community land for the construction of the New Shillong Township (NST) is getting louder day by day; the same was vibrated in the ongoing Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) as Member of District Council (MDC), Teilinia Thangkhiew demanded the Executive Committee (EC) to put a halt to the proposed land acquisition by government on tribal lands falling under Hima Khyrim in East Khasi Hills.

The pressure groups comprising of Non Governmental Organizations including CSWO, TUR, KSU, HNYF, KWADA, FKJGP and others along with residents from more than 20 villages staged the sit-in protest inside the KHADC premises as the session was in progress, protesting against the government proposal to acquire 2000 acres of land falling under community lands for NST.

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High cost of transportation felt through Poultry vendors in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

A week long protest by the Poultry vendors dealing with broiler chicken from Ïewduh (Bara Bazaar), the oldest and largest traditional market of Shillong, is an outburst caused by high cost of transportation. More than the protest against the hike in price by the supplier, the retailers have been chocked between the consumers and the whole sellers. Same is the case of the Pork and Beef vendors, since most of the vendors are themselves having the slaughter houses, it did not warrant the similar strike called by the broiler chicken vendors.
Meghalaya is well known as the meat consumer state, whereas right from the eggs to vegetables is being imported to the state. The meager production of rice, potatoes, pumpkin and other vegetables could not meet the demand hence even such products are being imported.

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Garo Hills Police under two separate attacks within 24 hours

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Powerful blast just minutes before mid- night near Williamnagar Police Station on Sunday followed by firing at Police team at Maguapara near Dalu at about 2: 30 PM on Monday, has shaken the habitats, especially those who felt the tremor caused by the bomb blast at about 11:40 PM on Sunday. Garo Hills seems to be under siege by militants. How does one expect developmental work to progress in Garo Hills?
The state government and central government are making all efforts to bring all the militancy movement back to the main stream. The successful Tripartite meeting early has raised hope for the civilian in Garo Hills. The meeting was held on January 5, 2013, in the Police Guest House, Golflink, Shillong under the Chairmanship of Government of India Representative, P C Haldar. The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambhu Singh, Meghalaya Chief Secretary, W M S Pariat, Principal Secretary, Home & Political Departments, K S Kropha along with other State Government officials. The ANVC delegation was led by its General Secretary, Wanding K Marak, and Chairman ANVC (B) Rimpu N Marak. The agreed text for settlement was finalized. The matter would now be processed further to obtain the approval of the Government of India and the State Government.

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Religion, tribal cards leads to JDU – BJP divorce

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Once again it has been reaffirmed that there are no permanent friends or foe in Indian Politics. Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) ended its 17-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This is one of the major split in the country’s main opposition grouping. The reason for the divorce was triggered by Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar’s opposition to BJP decision to make the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi its public face in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
The relationship between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi has been tested number of time. Finally JDU stated that they cannot compromise on “basic principles” and will not accept the appointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to lead BJP, on the ground that it will bring disasters by losing the Muslim and other backwards vote banks!
The outburst leading to split was termed as inevitable, and perhaps the best thing for Bihar. The political pundits pointed out that those who are talking about the BJP’s contribution should realize that in several places voters were forced to vote BJP because they wanted Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister the second time around. They claimed that BJP won its heavy mandate because of Nitish Kumar’s acceptability over ‘barbaric’ Laloo and ineffective Congress, so 40 percent of the votes polled for BJP last election were actually against RJD. This split will help RJD to regain their ground in the upcoming general Lok Sabha election.

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