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India-Bangladesh begins land acquisition for rail line, road communication neglected

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Land acquisition for a 15 km India-Bangladesh railway line has finally begun in both countries which have been pending for more than seven-and-a-half-years after the Rs 963 crore ($145 million) project was finalized and a year after the ground-breaking ceremony was performed.
The Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway line would facilitate carriage of goods to and from both the countries and greatly benefit India’s land-locked north-eastern states. Also, the journey time between Agartala and Kolkata, via Bangladesh, would be reduced by a third, from 1,613-km through mountainous terrain to a mere 514 km.

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All that Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants needs is change of mindset

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants was held in the state capital where Bangladesh’s Chief Conservator of Forests, Md Shafiul Alam Chowdhury said a protocol on elephant conservation and management between Bangladesh and India has been developed during the 2nd thematic meeting held on December 11-14, 2015 in Sundarbans, Bangladesh where the latter agrees to develop an operational guideline to handle trans-boundary migration of elephants including stray elephants.

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Meghalaya Times completes eight years of dedicated services today

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As Meghalaya Times completes its eight years of dedicated services, which also means that it has just completed the stages of nurturing the organization, it is ready to step into the fragile society filled with hope and criticism. In the last one year, the newspaper has journeyed along with the nation overcoming the demonetization, and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which came six months after. While walking the tight rope in maintaining all journalistic ethics, the rewards have been thrilling. The aspirations of the entire team also come with the sense of responsibility. Meghalaya Times while taking the leap towards the ninth year of publication today will once again express our gratitude to all the esteemed readers, patrons, advertisers and critics for their unconditional support even as we pray for the same support in the years to come.

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Assam seeks interim flood relief, Meghalaya incapable of tackling monsoon woes

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It has become mandatory for the state government to seek relief every year, this year, the Assam government has sought an interim assistance of Rs 2,939 crore from the Central Government to deal with destruction caused by floods as an inter-ministerial team, led by by Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry V. Shashank Shekhar, arrived in the state on July 25, 2017 to assess the damage.
According to the Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia, the government had submitted to the Centre its own assessment of the economic loss. The team will visit the flood-affected areas till July 28 and assess the overall damage where the visiting officials will conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and will visit Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

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Road signs in Shillong are misleading for tourists

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Printed words have become the day to day silent instructors from the moment an individual wakes-up to going back to bed at night, not to talk about the daily chores both for domestic to official work. A small store with Signage display not only makes it easy doe the customer, it also eases the duty of the store owner. Even the meal set out on buffet tables with instruction helps the service. In the case of managing the traffic, proper Road sign along with mile-stone will surely make the vehicle maneuver an easier job for the Shillong Traffic Police (STP), which is missing in the city, which off late is attracting huge frequency of domestic tourists.

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