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Code of Conduct imposed in three NE States as ECI announces poll dates

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Code of Conduct came to immediate effect as the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the poll dates for three North Eastern States - Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. All the three states have 60 seats each and their present Assembly session would expire on March 6, 13, and 14, respectively.
Meghalaya and Nagaland are to votes on February 27, while Tripura on February 18 while counting of votes in all the three states will be on March 3, next. With the announcement, Meghalaya and Nagaland are getting just 40 days, while Tripura only a month even though, usually, 45 days could be given by the ECI from filing of nominations, withdrawal and Poll date.

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Housing for all by 2022 a distant dream for Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
One of the flagship programmes of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government approved on June 17, 2015 has set the stage for a robust recovery in the residential property market, since this mission mainly aimed for the urban areas with following components, options to States, Union Territories and cities. Meghalaya failed to yield benefit from the scheme, whereas, the cities are choked with migration, leading to unhealthy lifestyle and mounting of problems for the civic bodies to keep the cities clean.

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As four states await poll date, luring of sitting MLAs continues in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The poll bound states – Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Karnataka are waiting for the announcement of the poll dates by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) as the Poll Panel had completed the survey of preparations by respective states. While the National media had already completed the prediction for the state of Karnataka and Tripura, in Nagaland the government is contemplating to defer the poll dates in order to facilitate a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency as assured by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government. In the case of Meghalaya, almost all the political parties are too occupied in luring the sitting members to contest from their respective camp.

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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly reduced to a minority

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has scripted a lot of history, and such is also the case with the 9th Session of the Assembly, constituted on March 1, 2013, and its term expires on March 6 this year which has been reduced to just 46 in the House of 60, as on January 15, 2018, Former Meghalaya Minister and Independent Legislator Saleng A. Sangma resigned as Assembly member and joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of state elections.

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Rohingya the new threats for NE after Myanmar mishandles Myanmar ethnic conflict

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The arrest of six teenaged Rohingya Muslims in Tripura’s Dharmanagar town bordering Assam  on January 13, 2018 evening, all from Myanmar and aged around 18 years- the three girls and three boys were arrested from Dharmanagar railway station acting on information. According to various Aid Agencies, about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims are living in India since fleeing their homeland of Myanmar in the wake of violence recently.
Although UNHCR is taking the lead in emergency response and assistance to the refugees in the two camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara, in close collaboration with partners and authorities, many other refugees are suspected to have gone missing.

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