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Soaring unemployment imposes PM’s economic panel for road map for job creation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The 2014 Indian General Election which constituted the 16th Lok Sabha witnessed an aggressive campaign headed by none other than Narendra Damodardas Modi as the Chief Campaigner, received thumbing support with the principle mandate to clean up the system, curb black money and create job. After three years, the unemployment has further increased to its all time high of 8.30 percent from 4.08 percent from previous year.  
Understanding the volatile situation, where the public will surely seek the progress report of generation of job, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) on November 10, 2017 chalked out a "clear road map" for stepping up skill development and job creation and enhancing resource investment in the social sector, including health and education, while making out a case for boosting infrastructure financing.

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Ryan student’s murder case exposes deteriorating education system and poor policing

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The dramatic twist to the murder of seven years old Pradhuman Thakur of Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 8 by the CBI will surely send shivers down anyone’s spine, first that the crime was committed by a 16-year-old student of the same school who wanted the upcoming exams to be postponed. Secondly, it has once again exposed how the Police department - Haryana Police implicates an innocent school bus conductor as the killer.
One can easily comprehend the standard of the education institutions, where the weapon for the crime, a knife could be easily carried into the school premises, and that too in broad daylight to commit the crime not as a gang-war which many say was the movie but just to postpone an examination!

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Meghalaya remains immune on First Anniversary of Demonetization

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The nation expressed mixed responses on the first anniversary of demonetization – November 8, 2017 while in the state of Meghalaya it was just another regular day, as the masses continues to remain immune to the national movement. Even a year back, Meghalaya was perhaps the one state which hardly had long queue outside the ATM for long. It was stabilized just after a month, while other states had suffered. Meghalaya is not at all a poor state, the standard of living is quite high, yet the exchange of demonetized notes was smooth in the state.

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GST council meets in Assam to remove more items from 28% slab

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has justifying how the new tax regime, introduced in July 1 this year, had been guided by the principles of equivalence and revenue neutrality, as the old regime, where the central excise was embedded in the cost, so people didn’t realize and with the cascading effect of excise, VAT, the taxes added up to 31 per cent. Keeping with the equivalence principle, that is how the 28 per cent GST slab was born.
Jaitley further informed that the GST Council in the last 3 to 4 meetings has slashed rates on over 100 items, thereby bringing them down either from 28 per cent to 18 per cent or from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and has been gradually bringing them down. As the revenue collections neutralise, the Council suggests that the rate must prune it and that is the pattern in which the Council has so far been functioning.

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HC, Mukul slam political appointments for decaying governance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya High Court while ordering the cancelling of teachers’ appointment of LP School since the infamous white ink fiasco was at a gigantic proportion. Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma while reacting to the court’s observation added that this is the eye-opener for political references for jobs. It is indeed that such political appointments is one of the main causes of decaying governance, at the same time meritorious youth have gone into depression due to unemployment.

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