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Leprosy is raising its ugly head again, timely detection and treatment stressed

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
About two decades back, it was believed that Leprosy was eliminated globally in the year 2000, but due to the lifestyle and surroundings, Leprosy is still reported in a few localities in Shillong especially among the migrant population from nearby states. This was informed by Dr. Star Pala during an event held to observe National Anti-Leprosy Day at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on January 31, 2018. He added that many cases are coming to NEIGRIHMS in the department of Dermatology from the state and also many from Assam. This year theme is ‘One child with Leprosy is too many, BEAT LEPROSY’.

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Focusing on peace talks, political parties boycott Nagaland Polls

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As many as eleven political parties in Nagaland decided not to issue party tickets or file nominations for the February 27, 2018 Assembly elections, to press for early solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency issue before the polls. They also claimed that in doing so, they do not want to jeopardize Prime Minister’s desire for peace.
Earlier, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Imkong Imchen on January 9, 2018, a day after the announcement of Poll date by Election Commissioner of India has extended his support to the demand of various Naga pressure groups to defer the upcoming Assembly Elections in order to facilitate a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency.

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Guwahati moving a step closer towards implementation of Act East Policy

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Thomas Lim
The pride of hosting 10 leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries during the observation of the 69th Republic Day 2018 was also with an intention to convert the ‘Look East’ policy to the ‘Act East’ policy as quoted by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The mission to turn the North-eastern region into the hub got going with representatives from Tripura, Mizoram and Assam lobbying for their respective state. Also, the laying of the foundation stone for a new Integrated Terminal Building, on January 28 at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati by Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju has raised hopes of better economic ties with the South East Asian nations.

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LFW lending ramp to young designers to promote Action Northeast

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The youth from the North-eastern region have always been considered different from the so-called main land India, in view of the look and the dress culture. It is most befitting as the forthcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), IMG Reliance in collaboration with the United Nations in India will host an action-oriented dialogue on the north-eastern region (NER) followed by a curated show featuring six sustainable fashion designers from the region on Sustainable Fashion Day on February 1, 2018 in Mumbai, at the five-day fashion week starting from January 31 and day two will be dedicated to textiles and sustainable fashion.

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Kovind stresses on renewing age-old culture of Philanthropy to restore the society

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Thomas Lim
The 14th President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has asked the rich to renew India’s age-old culture of philanthropy by voluntarily giving up their entitlements for those with greater need while giving his first Republic Day eve address. The President also spoke of the need to move ahead rapidly on sustainable development goals like housing for all and the obligation to eliminate the curse of poverty in the shortest possible time.

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