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Mukul taking initiative to ensure access to quality higher education in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma while interacting with the Ri Bhoi Students Union (RBSU), which demanded the state government to set up a government college to cater to the educational needs of the students in their district, has assured to take up the issue in the upcoming Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly session, which will pave the way for the students getting access to quality higher education.
It may be mentioned that the Board examination will start by next week, and with the new marking system by the Board of Education, students appearing for the Board examination are finding it much easier to score higher marks, however the State Board is still causing nightmares with its marking system, hence most of the parents are opting for Central Board of Education, which can enable them to seek admission for higher studies outside the state. Posed with such challenges, with the bright students excelling in their respective studies, triggering further ordeal under such circumstances, Dr Sangma advocates that a higher benchmark needs to be set by the youths themselves to realize their dreams of building their career based on their potentialities and skills.

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Gohain assures safety for influx if state extends support for rail connectivity

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After missing out on the wish list in the just concluded Budget, particularly in the Railways for North Eastern region for Meghalaya, Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain acknowledged that the main fear of the people here regarding influx in the advent of the railways is unfounded while opining that the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution provides them ample protection against such threat. His statement came in the wake of strong opposition against the move to implement the railway projects in the state by various pressure groups, who have alleged the state government of failing to bring effective laws to tackle issue of influx.

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Tripura to Go Green by reducing Air Pollution emitted by vehicles

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Tripura is known to be the first in many developmental and infrastructural initiatives and in this backdrop, the state is making yet another attempt to be the first Green State of North Eastern Region. In view of this, efforts are on to run more vehicles on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and supply Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to households to turn Tripura into a green state.
It may be reminded that  Tripura Natural Gas Co Ltd (TNGCL)- , a joint venture company of state-owned Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and the Assam and Tripura governments, was set up in June 1990 to supply CNG and PNG to make the environment clean and cut fuel costs.

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No relief from heavy school bags for toddlers in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The common citizens of Meghalaya might not have been affected much, as the rest of the states, by the recent demonetization, but are now being faced by the annual predicament of school reopening, after the winter break are the order of the day in a rush for uniforms, text-books and bags except for the students of a few schools where the entire requirement are sold from the school itself. Whereas elsewhere there are moves to lighten the school bags, while the school authorities in the state never made any attempt to relieve the toddlers from heavy school bags
It may be reminded that, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha has informed the Lok Sabha on November 21, 2016, during the winter session that CBSE has directed schools affiliated to it to ensure that students do not carry school bags till class II and also to restrict the number of books to be prescribed in classes I-VIII. This came as a relief to the parents who have been shouldering the load.

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Meghalaya missing in the rail connectivity list, Arunachal the biggest gainer

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government is making all efforts to fulfill its election manifesto - inclusive growth of North Eastern region, particularly the connectivity of the region, both to the rest of the states in particular and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in general. Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on February 4, 2017 announced that Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is going to undertake three surveys for laying railway tracks connecting Bhalukpong to Tawang, Silapathar-North Lakhimpur-Bamey and between Murkongselek-Rupai-Pasighat. 

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