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Has MDA government come to power in an opportune time

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya has witnessed various militancy related activities for decades where the armed movements have not only pushed the developmental work backwards, they have also tarnished the good name of the state, where both the tourists and investors, refuse to set foot in the hills state. Conrad Kongkal Sangma heading the newly formed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) is one lucky Chief Minister, to have come to power then the state is witnessing relative peace.
On the very first day, after winning the Trust vote, as many as eight rebels of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), who were once the close aides of Sohan Dalbot Shira the military wing chief of the GNLA surrendered before Meghalaya Home Minister James Kongkal Sangma, with the hope that peace will now prevail in the state.

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Result of Speaker election will show the strength of Conrad’s government

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The outcome of election to the House’s highest post – Speaker is always considered as the Trial of Strength for the government in power. The Meghalaya Assembly Speaker election with two contenders- Former Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government and Opposition Congress legislator Winnerson D. Sangma, is scheduled on March 12, 2018 and is also the acid test for the new Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma, who is under fire for his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in his Cabinet. Even the general masses are expressing their hostility via the social network.
It may be mentioned that the former president of Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, who lost by just 76 votes to Lambor Malngiang (Ind) in Nongkrem constituency on March 5, 2018 just a day before the swearing in ceremony held a Press Conference, expressing his party’s unhappiness with the decision of the Regional ally - the United Democratic Party (UDP) to project NPP Chief Conrad as the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya, whereas, Prestone Tynsong was earlier projected as the CM candidate by the NPP prior to election. When his party Legislators were inducted into the cabinet, he resigned as the Party Chief.

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Food Security and Food canning in Meghalaya is still a distant dream

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya has a unique cuisine, yet food processing here has not picked up in spite of the favourable climate conditions and quality of agricultural produces. Many attempts were made by various organizations, be it for slow-food movement to food festivals, but it mostly ends there once the function is over. Keeping this situation in mind, ASSOCHAM - The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, has been taking several initiatives with special focus on North East with the support of Ministry of Food Processing, Ministry of Agriculture and Department of industries in Meghalaya and other stake holders, through various awareness and knowledge among entrepreneurs, coordination between the stakeholders and thus the hand holding of young entrepreneurs. Over the last decade, the focus in the food industry has shifted to quality, health and integrity. Organic, natural and fresh produce are gaining popularity.

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Hamid visit an opportune moment to strengthen ties with Bangladesh

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma will meet the Bangladesh President, Abdul Hamid during his visit to Meghalaya on March 9, 2018 and hold discussions on business and trade relations between Meghalaya and Bangladesh. Hamid will visit Balat, a border town near the India-Bangladesh border, where he set up a camp for Bangladeshi youths taking part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Two Indian Air Force helicopters will take President Hamid and his entourage to Balat, about 74 km by road from state capital Shillong. After his arrival in Shillong, Hamid is scheduled to visit the Bungalow of Bidhan Chandra Roy (Bengal Chief Minister between 1948 and 1962) and Sidli House, where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore stayed during his third visit in 1927.

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Saffronization phobia escalates, overshadows regionalism

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is jubilant in being included in the Cabinet of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition led by National People’s Party (NPP) Supremo Conrad Kongkal Sangma. At the same time, to welcome the Central Leaders and Senior Leaders of the party during the Swearing-in Ceremony on March 6, 2018, the party here had gone had overboard by hoisting too many party flags, life size posters of Narendra Damodardas Modi and Amit Shan along the route towards Raj Bhawan. Also, the showering of flower petals at the entrance of the Governor’s House received huge criticism from a section of the society which fears that the other four Regional Parties, including the NPP, who have maximum MLAs (19 members) will be relegated to an obscure component under the Central diktat of the BJP which has only two members in Meghalaya Assembly.

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