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Nation debates dynastic politics but ignores economy breakdown

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has questioned why he is being singled out as the natural heir to the Indian National Congress (INC), as dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties in India, as well as in the business circle and entrainment industry; and that is how the entire country has been running. His statement has sparked off debates on all platforms and national news channels. Gandhi had also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization and the hastily implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that he said caused tremendous damage to the Indian economy but was not discussed.
Gandhi said this during a talk - ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, at Berkeley University during his visit to the US. He talked about a range of issues including the Congress’ loss in the 2014 general elections in which his party slid to its lowest tally ever in the Lok Sabha, at the same time declared he is “absolutely ready” to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections.

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Students’ safety in schools concerns SC, while Meghalaya faces insecurity outside school

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Supreme Court of India on September 9, 2017 issued notice to the Centre, CBI and Haryana government on the plea by Varun Chandra Thakur, the father of Pradhuman, a class two boy who was found dead in school. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued notice to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thakur’s plea seeking framing of guidelines for the safety of students in schools.

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Is GST making the public pay more or is it wrongly implemented?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by now is known for harsh implementation of laws like the November 8, 2016 demonetization and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), an indirect tax which was introduced in India on July 1, 2017; both have turned out to be affecting the masses and not as promised of bringing uniformity across the nation. The total failure of the note ban has already been exposed by the report of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which revealed the low efficacy of last November’s demonetisation of high-value currency through its annual report for the last fiscal; it also showed the growth of unemployment.

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Murder in Gurugram once again raises concerns over security of children

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In one of the most shocking incidents, a seven-year-old boy in Ryan International School in Bhondsi area near Gurugram, was found dead by a school staff in the school washroom with his throat slit. A knife, presumably the murder weapon, was found near the body. The boy is identified as Pradhuman, a Class II student. Forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem examination, informed that the deceased had two cuts on his neck. His throat was almost completely slit. Haemorrhage and excessive blood loss was the cause of death.

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Meghalaya’s youth stressed out while Bengaluru start-ups tackle mental health issues

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Thomas Lim
In one of the most unique ventures, Bengaluru entrepreneur Mukesh Bansal through his start-up space aims at tackling one of the highest growing mental health issues, with a number of firms coming up to address the issues around mental health using technology. This venture is being launched at a time when India is listed as being home to among the most depressed citizens of the world. According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study in 2014, India is among the leading countries whose citizens are battling depression and anxiety.

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