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NDA’s skill development schemes further enhances brain drain from North East

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In an attempt to empower the youth with vocational skills and enable them to be self-reliant, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi has launched one of the most ambitious flagship programmes - National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC) on May 9, 2013. Also, the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme, known as STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward), was operational between August 2013 and September 2014, with special emphasis for the North Eastern Region in order to increase the employability of the youth in the region and to merged into the Make in India movement. 

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Rahul extends moral support to UPSC probationers opposing government interferences in appointment

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After accusing the Modi government of disrespecting constitutional institutions and cautioning the masses against the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) cadres for intimidating day to day governance ahead of the Karnataka Floor Test, Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi on May 22, 2018 criticised the government’s proposal of allocating cadres and services to candidates selected under Civil Service Examinations only after completion of foundation course, saying it wanted to appoint officers of “RSS’s choice”.
Interesting to note here is a tweet hashtag #ByeByeUPSC, Rahul- Rise up students; your future is at risk! RSS wants what’s rightfully yours. The letter reveals the PM’s plan to appoint officers of RSS’s choice into the Central Services by manipulating the merit list using subjective criteria, instead of exam rankings.

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As Chambers demand inclusion of fuels under GST, Meghalaya should seek an alternative

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the price of transport fuel touched an all time high on May 20, 2018 immediately after the Karnataka election result, and less than a year towards the 2019 Lok Sabha Genereal Election, this will surely turn into an election agenda, as this has pinched the pockets of the general masses the most and is similar to the earlier rise in onion prices just ahead of the election. The Ficci and Assocham, on the first working day after the hike called for the government to urgently reduce fuel excise duties. It also urged the government to bring automobile fuels under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The price of petrol per litre in Delhi on May 21, 2018 under the dynamic pricing regime touched a record high of Rs 76.57, already having beaten the previous high of Rs 76.06 in the city on September 14, 2013. Diesel in the national capital on Monday went to its highest level of Rs 67.57 per litre.

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United opposition forces Modi wave to subside in Karnataka ahead of 2019

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The two – day old government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka headed by B S Yeddyurappa was unceremoniously removed as the Chief Minister resigned ahead of his trust vote, as directed by the Supreme Court, is considered as the collapse of Modi wave which hit the nation in 2014 Lok Sabha General Election. The United Opposition Parties- Indian National Congress (Congress) and Janata-Dal-Secular (JD-S) with their alliance beat Modi-Shah duo at their own Game in the bigger state like Karnataka attributed to timely action of the Senior Leaderships, which they could not in smaller states like Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.
The Political pundits have stated that this action will go down in the history as the turning point in the present scenario, where the public thought that the Modi-Shah juggernaut was unstoppable. As President of the Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi stated in his speech immediately after the fall of two days Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka that it is the power of the masses which have preserved the Democracy.

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SC sets the stage for debated floor test for Karnataka

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Thomas Lim
It was a landmark judgement of the Supreme Court (SC) of India, where in one of the fastest hearing proceedings on May 18, 2018, directed that the Floor Test be held in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 p.m. on May 19, 2018 to ascertain the support newly sworn-in Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa enjoys. The SC had slashed the time given to him by Governor Vajubhai R Vala to prove his majority following a split verdict. Meanwhile, political parties welcome the Apex Court directive which has saved democracy by advancing the floor test at the same time maintaining that the Governor decision still on test.
The new Karnataka Assembly hit the headlines immediately with the results of the May 12 election, which threw up a hung Assembly, where BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The Congress bagged 78 seats and the JD-S 37.

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