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India’s manufacturing sales dip despite Make-in-India campaign

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi was voted to power with the sole mandate of creating more employment. In November 2014, just weeks after Prime Minister launched his Make-in-India campaign; Nokia shut its factory in Chennai, rendering 6,600 full-time workers jobless. Despite the government’s efforts to attract investment, sales of manufactured goods fell 3.7 per cent during 2015-16, the first decline in seven years, sparking fears of layoffs and debt default in the months to come, reveal a special studies conducted by the news agencies.
The study also pointed out that spurred by a global slowdown and lack of demand, sales of manufactured goods were falling even before demonetisation, affecting sectors ranging from textiles to leather and steel. 

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Meghalaya yet to adopt sewage water treatment as per Swachh Bharat Mission

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya government might have been spending a lot of public fund in the name of restoring the water bodies in the state, so also the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, but at ground reality the situation remains the same as the odors from the sewage system are polluting the society due to the dry season and absence of rainfall. The urban sectors, particularly the commercial areas are the most affected areas in the state, as the state government has totally failed to clean up the places due to the unhealthy practices of waste disposal across the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission seeking to achieve its targets by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The mission has gathered pace since its launch on October 2, 2014 from Varanasi and aims to construct 10.4 million individual household toilets and 508,000 community and public toilets, as also ensure 100 percent scientific disposal of municipal solid waste in 4,041 designated towns.

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Tripura to follow in Sikkim’s footprints in organic farming

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Thomas Lim
Tripura’s ruling Left Front led by the CPI-M has turned into a model state for the North Eastern region, for it over all development of infrastructure and Human Resources. The state at present perhaps has the best road connectivity in the region, highest literacy rate and the list will go on. However, when it comes to shifting from traditional farming to Organic farming, the state never adopted to study the technology from some foreign countries, like most of the states do; rather, Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma informed that the government would take lessons from Sikkim on this.
Debbarma informed that in an attempt to expand the organic farming of vegetables in Tripura the government would take help and knowledge from Sikkim. For this project the agriculture department has earmarked 2,000 hectares of land for organic farming of vegetables for 2017 in Tripura and based on the success and demand gradually the area would be extended.

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One succumbs to hate crime in US as intolerance infects the world

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration - Globalization has turned the world into a smaller place, that too without boundaries and might have benefited the developing countries that now have access to worldwide markets and can export cheap goods. However, since the UK referendum to leave the European Union - the Brexit resulted into a spate of hate crimes, the worst happen in this week’s hate-based murder, as an Indian engineer was killed and another was injured by an American who mistook them for “Middle Easterners” and yelled “Get out of my country” before shooting them at a bar in Kansas, USA.
The Brexit affected almost every individual country with the once most loved Britain, known for the etiquette and an aristocratic nation has turned into the most hated country worldwide, the effects as the world political analysis put it has spread the culture of hate crimes.

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Deborah admits to poor education scenario in Garo Hills

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Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Elementary Education Minister, Deborah Marak, on February 23, 2017 raised concerns on the grim education scenario of Garo hills, as she made reference of poor overall Class X Board results and performance of students from rural areas, including those studying in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) schools. She was speaking at Monfort Education Centre, while inaugurating the weeklong annual sports along with former MLA and Minister Billikid A. Sangma.
Deborah admits that many students who complete class VIII examination from SSA schools cannot even read or write. It is a sorry state of affairs. Above that, she stated that proxy teachers in rural areas of Garo hills is in a mess as many teachers hire their proxies (substitute) to teach on their behalf. We have to assess the problem and fix the wrongs she suggests.

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