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Cattle slaughter ban to prove disastrous for BJP’s Meghalaya prospects

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The phobia of saffronizing the nation with Hindutva ideologies seem to be gaining ground across India through the sanctity of the cow is integral to the dogma. A controversy about cow slaughter helps the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) play to its gallery, with over 80 percent of Indians identifying themselves as Hindu, and most of the faithful not approving of the consumption of Beef, the BJP expects that the controversy will help it politically and ideologically, but in the state of Meghalaya, and other states in the South like Kerala and North East including Meghalaya, reacted to the Environment Ministry banned the sale of cattle for slaughter through an animal market angered many people, some BJP leaders from these regions have defended their practices regarding cows.

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Modi government should act and not just examine cattle ban issues

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi, on May 30, 2017 indicated that it could reconsider the controversial notification regulating the sale of cattle following a nationwide row. The indication was given by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to the media, even as Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the order was not directed against any state or any particular section of the society.
Naidu tried to justify that the norms regarding sale of cattle were notified by the government to prevent cruelty to animals. The rules were formulated and notified against the backdrop of some observations made by the Supreme Court and a parliamentary panel on the need to check animal mafia.

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World No Tobacco Day has no impact in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The observation of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on May 31 every year is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and the negative health effects this has, which currently leads to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide. This is besides the 600,000 deaths each year of non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke. However, in Meghalaya all forms of tobacco consumption were never stopped.

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Yesteryears actress tortured and abandoned by son; the fate of Indian parenthood

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
B-town was in shocked as the veteran actress- Geeta Kapoor, best known for her role in Pakeezah, was allegedly abandoned by her son halfway through her treatment at a Mumbai hospital. The 58-year-old was in critical condition when she was admitted in the hospital. Geeta also alleges that her son Raja used to physically abuse her. She also has a daughter, but neither of them is apparently willing to pay the hospital bills or take custody of their mother.
According to the report, Raja left his ailing mother at SRV Hospital in Goregaon and did not come back to pay the bills of around Rs 1 lakh or take custody of Geeta even after a month.

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Fresh protest against Railway project in Meghalaya erupts in Ri Bhoi

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Silence should never to be taken as consent and it has been mistakenly considered that the Railways projects in the state will be rolling out smoothly, hence even the tender process has been flooded by Government of Meghalaya which was taken by surprise on May 27, 2017 when violence broke out at the Gate Way to the State capital- Ri Bhoi district, over the construction of Railway Line. Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner CP Gotmare, while imposing Section 144 CrPC in the district, prohibiting assembly of more than five persons, also stated that appropriate legal action will be taken against KSU volunteers involved in the crime.

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