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India-Bangladesh border talks should focus on road communication

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is playing host to the four-day dialogue on border issues between India and Bangladesh which began on July 12, 2017, with Dhaka complaining about illegal killings of Bangladeshis and illegal entry of Indians into Bangladesh. A 23-member delegation of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) led by Additional Director General M. Zahid Hasan arrived here in Meghalaya. U.C. Sarangi, the Inspector General of the Border Security Force (BSF), led the Indian delegation at the annual meeting.

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Meghalaya ill equipped to tackle advancing monsoon and vector borne diseases

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The advancing monsoon has already created havoc in Assam, and other neighbouring North Eastern states and in the hills state of Meghalaya, the low land areas are being choked due to poor management of civic bodies, while landslides along the National Highways have disturbed the traffic flow and at the same time have claimed a few innocent lives. All such hindrances caused by rainfall are attributed to poor execution of development, particularly the expansion of four lane, at the same time a lack of field officers to assess the situation which have all caused an epidemic of vector borne diseases.

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Air India’s cost cutting measures to include serving of vegetarian food

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As an extension of a December 2015 order which stopped non-vegetarian food in under 90 minute duration flights, Air India will not serve non-vegetarian food to passengers in the economy class as part of its cost cutting measures with immediate effect for domestic flights. The move is seen as one of the many cost cutting measures adopted by the company facing a debt of around Rs 55,000 crore. However, non-vegetarian food will continue to be served for passengers in the business and first class category.

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Political will to maintain peace in Sikkim compels Center to take notice

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In most cases, the state governments from North Eastern regions keep blaming the unrest within the respective State or external forces for the breakdown of the Law and Order situation. However, Sikkim, considered as the only Brother of the Seven Sisters North Eastern states, has compelled the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take note of the unwarranted attacks on vehicles bearing Sikkim Registration number on the Highway over the past couple of days. The attacks started after Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling supported the Gorkhaland movement – a justified long-pending demand of the people of the Darjeeling hills.
It may be recalled that through a Press Communiqué Government of Sikkim is considering suing the West Bengal government at the Supreme Court, alleging heavy loss of revenue because of the agitation in the neighboring state for a separate Gorkhaland. Sikkim government assesses it has lost around Rs. 60,000 crore over the past 32 years because of the agitation for a new state of “Gorkhaland” to be carved out of West Bengal.

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Modi fascinated by Israel’s best weapon - Future Jeep

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi could not hold his surprise after getting a view of Israel’s biggest weapon - Israel water technology, and not the Tel Aviv’s prowess in the defence sector which is known to the world, certainly not its biggest weapon if future threats to humanity are taken into consideration. He was with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at a sea beach in Israel on July 6, 2017. Both the Premiers took a walk to witness one of these vehicles which are touted as being very useful, particularly during natural calamities.
It may be mentioned that the UN estimates that by 2050, around 40% of the world population will face water shortages. Israel’s superpower status in water technology makes the country immune from any such water woes in future.

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