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Unbelievable that officers are ignorant about Jawans being exploited while in service

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Since the video posted by Border Security Force (BSF) Jawan, Tej Bahadur Yadav went viral on social media that accused senior officials of irregularities and not providing sufficient food to the cadets, followed by second video posted by Lance Naik, Yagya Pratap alleged that Jawans are being exploited in the Army by officers, many such video are storming the social sites exposing how unhealthy the Defence, Paramilitary and Police services are and how these are yet to come out from the colonial syndrome of command.

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More than perverts, their sympathiser and apathetic society shaming Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The shameful act where a 14 year old girl was sexually assaulted by at least 13 persons, including a legislator and a 66 years old man has been in the limelight of late in Meghalaya and beyond. Yet the general masses do not feel the need to oppose such a brutal act, which is not only exposing the entire community to the threat of such sex rackets existing in the society and worst so resting our trust on Law Makers, such as the rape accused legislator Julius Dorphang. What is even worse is the statement made by the Mawhati Constituency Political Committee (MCPC) which had given a clean chit to their elected representative, calling him a “Good Man”.

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Unprofessionally manned Hospitality Industry in Meghalaya aiding sex rackets

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The infamous Marvelene Inn trafficking case has opened up the proverbial can of worms, exposing a sex racket case involving a minor victim and many high profile personalities of the State including a sitting legislator which has prompted Shillong Police to appeal as many as 80 hotels operating in and around the jurisdiction of the Sadar Police Station to get abreast on how they could help in curbing the crime of sex trade. At the same time, police have warned owners against wilfully allowing such activities in their establishments.
The government in the past has failed to keep a check on the mushrooming of the hotels and guest houses, even in the residential areas, including the guest house in question - Marvelene Inn. Also this is not the only establishment owned by the family of the politicians, there are many more in the state which are either directly or indirectly owned by the affluent and politicians in the state which are mostly kept unchecked by the district administration.

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High political drama by Samajwadi Party may lead to rekindling dynastic politics

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The term Dynastic Politics in India is most strongly associated with the Congress and the Gandhi family, while in every state too other parties and families engage in it too, be it in Meghalaya or Tamil Naidu. In this backdrop, a case of dynastic politics which is dominating the headlines for over six months is the Yadav clan of Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, where Father- Son duo are battling it out to head the party which has led them into serious prospects of the Election Commission freezing the party’s election symbol ‘cycle’. This has opened up a new dimension for scholars researching Political Dynasties Succeed in India where a family tussle can ruin a party’s prospects.

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Why are only petrol stations exempted, extension to all cashless transactions required

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan assured that there will be no additional charges on digital transactions made at petrol stations; he was making an attempt to douse the charges of bullying, as petroleum dealers threatened to stop accepting credit and debit cards after January 8, 2017 midnight, which was later extended for five more days by the All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA). Pradhan also announced that neither the customers nor petrol pumps will bear additional charges on digital transactions. The issue will be resolved, after meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the matter.

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