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Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit to protect Child Rights

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Infants are considered as bundles of joy, the innocence of the every individual toddler is believed to be a reflection of the Creator, but on the other hand, crimes against children are on the rise and have led to the first ever “Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit” at the Rashtrapati Bhava, New Delhi. Organised by Nobel laureate and Child Rights Activists, Kailash Satyarthi, the summit witnessed the participation of several Nobel laureates and global leaders like the Dalai Lama, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands among others. The two-day summit aims towards building a strong moral platform for protecting children from violence, and ensuring a world where children are free to be just children.

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With GNLA on the wane, could peace be restored in Garo Hills?

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Thomas Lim
One of the senior most cadres of the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Nikam Ch Momin alias Baichung surrendered to the police team of South Garo Hills in the village of Chokpot on December 9, 2016 at about 9: 30 am in the presence of the Superintendent of Police of South Garo Hills, Anand Mishra and the Deputy SP Headquarters. He was accompanied by his young son and wife and had surrendered with one 5.56 X 45 HK-33 Rifle, 120 Rounds of live ammo., 1 magazine, 2 mobile phones, 2 extra batteries, 4 SIM Cards, 1 GNLA ID Card, 1 Pouch and 1 Rifle pull-through. Significantly he was carrying the ‘Holy Bible’ along with him during the entire time of his surrender. 
Baichung’s surrender came about through various circumstances. He by his own account had spent over a decade in the jungle, first with the ANVC and later joining the Sohan D Shira led GNLA in December 2009, when the outfit announced itself, arguably amongst the first few members of the outfit.

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Police force needs revamping to tackle corruption, terror and illegal immigrants

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Thomas Lim
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged the Police Officers from the region to work towards making the North-eastern states free from corruption, terror and intrusion of foreigners. He said this in his address during the passing out parade at the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA), erstwhile the Regional Police Training College, at Umsaw, Ri-Bhoi District, Umiam, 25 km from Meghalaya capital Shillong.
Acknowledging that the biggest challenge for northeastern states is terrorism, Sonowal said that the most dangerous threat is terrorists, as they are armed with sophisticated weapons and resources.
Sonowal said that the region needs to be from corruption, terror and intrusion of foreigners. If the Police Forces work with honesty, the region can help in moulding a better nation.

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Mukul terms demonetization implementation as centre’s bankruptcy of ideas

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Thomas Lim
As the nation continues to battle out from the demonetization since November 8, the apprehension of the central government announcing new conditions is keeping the nation on its toes. The continuous seizures of huge amounts of demonetized notes from the North Eastern region, particularly for Manipur and Nagaland are prompting the authority to review the special category status. Under this backdrop, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma while continuing his attack on the Narendra Modi government over the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes said that the implementation of the move shows its bankruptcy of ideas.
Dr Sangma stressed that the country is going to face real challenging circumstances in the days to come, as the demonetization will open up bigger scope for corruption. He also pointed out that there are two ways of implementing a decision - expeditiously and hurriedly. When it is done expeditiously the implementation is done in a proper manner but if done hurriedly, it is done without proper homework.

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Telangana to emulate Tripura’s model of success in literacy

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Thomas Lim
In one of the most exemplary moves, India’s 29th state – Telangana, which came into existence on June 2, 2014, under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of Parliament, would introduce Left-Ruled Tripura’s model of success in literacy, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari proudly announced on December 6, 2016 in Agartala,  after a three-day tour of the northeastern state. Accompanied by top education department officials, Srihari visited various villages and literacy centres in Tripura to study the success of literacy in the region, which attained a literacy rate of 96.82 per cent targeting to reach 100 per cent at the earliest.
The literacy rate of Telangana is 66 per cent which is less than the national literacy rate (the national literacy rate, according to the 2011 census, is 74.04 per cent). Srihari was enthusiastic in stating that on his return to the state, his government would discuss and study Tripura’s success and implementing method and again sought the help of the Tripura if required.

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