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Meghalaya Government has failed to ban gutka since 2012

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The ban on gutka came into effect on September 2012 in the national capital and all the states are expected to follow-up, whereas, the gutka mafia has repackaged the same from the normal paper package, and some even with metals. Even the television commercials promoting gutkha were on full swing without any restrictions. This is quite a worrying issue for most of the parents and the activists, but who can fight against such tycoons who are allegedly running the government?

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Kudos for pinning those responsible for delay in repair of NH 62

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It is perhaps too late for the District administration to take action, but it is indeed the need of the hour for booking the Coordinator cum Manager of CCL International Limited, Jai Kishore (40) from Tura in West Garo Hills over the delay in repair of the National Highway 62. The arrest comes after a complaint filed some months ago by a group of people from Baghmara over the delay in repair of the highway – considered one of the worst in the entire North East. The FIR had been filed in the town of Baghmara.
It may be mentioned that NH 62 is the lifeline of residents of South Garo Hills which starts from Dudhnoi in Assam before ending at Karonggre in West Garo Hills. It passes through most of the district and has been lying in a state of ruin for over a decade now.

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Education and Health should be free from political recommendations

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Lately the state of Meghalaya is being embroiled with the headlines with Education and Health related matters, be it the College or Primary teachers, to the swine flu alert or the Megha Health Insurance Scheme, but no one has put a thought as both the departments deal with human lives, one moulds the person while the other heals, both deal directly with Human Resources, hence, utmost sensitivity is a must.
The report submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the Gauhati High Court is expected to come up for hearing on Children Day- November 14 by Meghalaya High Court which has exposed the involvement of state politicians such as Ministers, MLAs, MDCs in the MUA government in the education scam of illegal appointment of candidates, to the posts of Assistant Teachers in government Lower Primary Schools in five Sub Divisions by tampering score- sheets.

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HC directs Meghalaya government to take cognizance of welfare of abandoned children

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice S R Sen has taken note of the urgency of the abandoned children as witnessed during the night, with limited resources due to poverty stricken families who are braving the cold as footpath dwellers, while during day time they are working as vendors while marking that they too have the rights for minimum protection.
The High Court (HC) was responding to the Suo Motu moved by Khroo Lamsalanki Pariat, who is demanding night shelter houses for these people, starting from Shillong, Jowai and Tura. 
In the past such street kids did demand the Right of Identity since 2014 and the Indian National Congress (INC) had contemplated including the demands of street children in the party election manifesto.

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Air pollution in Delhi needs direct action, not discussion on human attitude

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The annual problems of the air quality in Delhi and its suburbs has seen enough discussion, blame games and suggestions and for over four years, nothing tangible has come forth from all such platforms and think tanks. It is because Delhi is known to be a place for all Indians, unlike others places in the country which have specific tribes or communities. Hence it is difficult to stand as one for any decision, including improving the air quality, which is considered a problem of other people and not for oneself to solve.    
The week before Deepawali has seen Delhi and the region around the National Capital shrouded in a blanket of smog that has made breathing difficult and has led to a rise in heart and lung complaints. Schools were shut and the public took to the streets demanding emergency action from the government.

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