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Cash Villain hunt fixes scanner on bank officials

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government of Narendra Damodardas Modi is on the defensive to portray to the nation that the November 8 decision to ban the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is healthy, good for the economy and the nation. Income Tax Department is also working around the clock to unearth the mystery of huge leakages of new Rs 2000 notes which are ending up in the hands of politicians, bureaucrats, contractors and the elite in the society, while the general public continues to stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw the rationed amount. Besides Banks, there is no second channel for the release of cash; hence the Enforcement Directorate is focusing the recent Cash Villain hunt with a fixed scanner on bank officials.

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Rationed withdrawals post demonetization claims farmer’s life in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Being pushed into a corner by being unable to repay a loan of Rs 10000, a prosperous farmer, Wajning G Momin (50), a resident of Sindilgre in South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district hung himself on December 8, 2016. The unfortunate incident is due to the cash crunch after the recent demonetization where the bank failed to make payment of the limited withdrawal as assured by Reserved Bank of India.
Momin, who belong to the unbanked rural folks, was making an earning of over lakhs of rupees annually from his farming produce, which is not taxable. He, like many in the Garo Hills region had never kept money in banks and preferred to keep the entire earnings in hand. However the recent demonetization announced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, forced him, after he was cajoled to do so by his family members, to open an account and put his entire life savings into the bank amounting to over Rs 50 lakhs.

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Paris imposes measures to fight pollution, Delhi awaits SC findings

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Paris authorities put on an Iron fist to fight Pollution as the Air Quality Index (AQI) was showing as 46 on December 11, 2016, according to the Health Implications the Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk, only when it reaches 51- 100 (Moderte) - Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution, yet the authorities do not want to take any risk. Meanwhile Delhi, has reached three digits of 999 where the scale does not read further, yet both the Central and State governments are waiting for the findings of Supreme Court to take action.

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Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit to protect Child Rights

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Thomas Lim
Infants are considered as bundles of joy, the innocence of the every individual toddler is believed to be a reflection of the Creator, but on the other hand, crimes against children are on the rise and have led to the first ever “Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit” at the Rashtrapati Bhava, New Delhi. Organised by Nobel laureate and Child Rights Activists, Kailash Satyarthi, the summit witnessed the participation of several Nobel laureates and global leaders like the Dalai Lama, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands among others. The two-day summit aims towards building a strong moral platform for protecting children from violence, and ensuring a world where children are free to be just children.

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With GNLA on the wane, could peace be restored in Garo Hills?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
One of the senior most cadres of the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Nikam Ch Momin alias Baichung surrendered to the police team of South Garo Hills in the village of Chokpot on December 9, 2016 at about 9: 30 am in the presence of the Superintendent of Police of South Garo Hills, Anand Mishra and the Deputy SP Headquarters. He was accompanied by his young son and wife and had surrendered with one 5.56 X 45 HK-33 Rifle, 120 Rounds of live ammo., 1 magazine, 2 mobile phones, 2 extra batteries, 4 SIM Cards, 1 GNLA ID Card, 1 Pouch and 1 Rifle pull-through. Significantly he was carrying the ‘Holy Bible’ along with him during the entire time of his surrender. 
Baichung’s surrender came about through various circumstances. He by his own account had spent over a decade in the jungle, first with the ANVC and later joining the Sohan D Shira led GNLA in December 2009, when the outfit announced itself, arguably amongst the first few members of the outfit.

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