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Image of media friendly Tripura crashes due to killing of journalist

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) government in Tripura of Manik Sarkar, after it tamed the militancy activities in the state, has always been a hot-spot for media across the nation for its various achievements in literacy, development of infrastructure, promotion of art and crafts of the state. The brutal killing of 28 year old journalist Shantanu Bhowmik during the melee between members of Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and CPI-M’s tribal wing Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) which had gathered at Mandai in Western Tripura after a series of violent attacks across the state has exposed the threat to the working journalists in the state in particular and North Eastern region in general.

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Fight against corruption should be mass movement, not just political agenda

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It is appreciable that the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Meghalaya Unit, braving heavy rain on September 20, 2017 staged an Anti-Corruption protest rally at the parking lot near the Additional Secretariat in the state capital, highlighting what it termed as the various scams and irregularities under the present Congress-led state government regime.
The issues raised includes 2009 education job scam unearthed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), irregularities in electricity bill, deplorable road conditions, medicine scam, and others.

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Meghalaya should emulate Tripura in demanding CBI probe for substandard work

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Thomas Lim
The Tripura government has made an exceptional move by recommending a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the poor quality of work undertaken by central government agencies, like Hindustan Steel Works Construction Ltd, in the Northeastern state. The demand was made through state PWD and Health Minister Badal Choudhury before Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who was on two day visit to review central sponsored projects.

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Rijiju advocates developing border areas like hinterland

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Thomas Lim
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, hailing from Arunachal Pradesh and representing the North Eastern Region agrees that it is imperative that border areas are as developed as the hinterland of the nation and this needs a rational outlook. He has suggested this while releasing a FICCI-PwC Report - Smart Border Management -Indian Coastal & Maritime Security on September 18, 2017 in New Delhi.

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Alphons makes insensitive statement while justifying petrol price hike

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Thomas Lim
The newly inducted Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam, in an attempt to justify the petrol price hike stated that Car or bike owners can afford costlier fuel, means those who own a vehicle are certainly ‘not starving’ and can pay the taxes. His statement stirred a controversy; most of general public who once look up on his leadership stated that they never expected a former Civil Services personnel could make such insensitive remarks.
Reacting sharply was Former Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily. He described Alphons’ statement as “atrocious”. He added this is expected from the bureaucrats, who come to politics without having any understanding of people’s problems.
lphons further flared up the situation when he said it is an intentional decision made by the government, who are going to tax people as somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay.

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