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PRANAM- empowering government employees’ parents for social security

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Assam Assembly on September 15, 2017 passed an extraordinary Bill making it mandatory for all state government employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings, or face a cut in their income. Assam is the first state to approve such legislation in the country, naming the Bill - Assam Employees Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill which was passed unanimously, with almost all the ruling and opposition MLAs backing it.

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India Food inflation worrisome and would prove to be cascading

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The expectation of having some relief from the high cost of living once the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out, at the same time to overcome the economy breakdown caused by November 8, 2016 ‘Demonetization’, have literally fallen off the rock. The citizens of India came face to face with the bitter reality that despite implementing GST and carrying out demonetization by the BJP headed NDA Government to bring ‘comfort and ease’ to people, a massive jump in food and fuel prices has pushed up India’s wholesale price-indexed (WPI) inflation in August at 3.24 per cent to nearly double that of July, the official data of which was released by the Commerce Ministry on September 14, 2017.

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Modi government cracking down the fake companies across India

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Thomas Lim
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power in 2014 as it assured to bring back all the black money stashed overseas and along the same lines, the Government in power felt that the fight against black money shall be incomplete without breaking the network of shell companies. The possibility of using such companies for laundering black money cannot be undermined. Over 1.06 lakh directors have been identified for disqualification because of association with shell companies, the government announced.

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Nation debates dynastic politics but ignores economy breakdown

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Thomas Lim
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has questioned why he is being singled out as the natural heir to the Indian National Congress (INC), as dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties in India, as well as in the business circle and entrainment industry; and that is how the entire country has been running. His statement has sparked off debates on all platforms and national news channels. Gandhi had also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization and the hastily implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that he said caused tremendous damage to the Indian economy but was not discussed.
Gandhi said this during a talk - ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, at Berkeley University during his visit to the US. He talked about a range of issues including the Congress’ loss in the 2014 general elections in which his party slid to its lowest tally ever in the Lok Sabha, at the same time declared he is “absolutely ready” to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections.

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Students’ safety in schools concerns SC, while Meghalaya faces insecurity outside school

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Thomas Lim
The Supreme Court of India on September 9, 2017 issued notice to the Centre, CBI and Haryana government on the plea by Varun Chandra Thakur, the father of Pradhuman, a class two boy who was found dead in school. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued notice to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thakur’s plea seeking framing of guidelines for the safety of students in schools.

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