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Manmohan slams GST for killing jobs and business, AICC expresses concerns

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
While declaring November 8 (Demonetization) as Black Day at the meeting of All India Congress Committee (AICC) at its Headquarters, while demonetisation was organised loot and legalised plunder, GST has ended up taking away livelihoods of ordinary people besides shutting down businesses resolved the meeting.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh further affirmed that GST as implemented has a “faulty design” and that its “complication of compliances” has killed jobs and businesses.

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Meghalaya needs to overcome manmade disasters

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Along with the rest of the world, Meghalaya too observed the National Day for Disaster Reduction on October 29, 2017. This year’s theme was - Home Safe Home. This is an opportunity to mobilize the world and to strengthen collaboration with all stakeholders. According to the United Nations’ (UN) International Day, such day aims at reducing the risks that stem from rapid urbanization, poverty, environmental deterioration and climate change and above all the need to avoid the creation of risks in the first place. This demands more education, culture, and local knowledge, along with prevention skills. 
The UN had stressed that disasters produced by natural hazards strike societies at the heart and affect millions of people every year worldwide. These past months have been particularly destructive, when all have seen the extent of the threat and of our own vulnerability. Cyclones in the Caribbean and the USA have far exceeded in intensity the typical seasonal levels, and the population of Mexico has been severely hit by earthquakes, to name but a few examples. Human activities are linked to this escalation.

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Manipur back to square-one on moral policing

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
One of the eight states of North Eastern Region – Manipur, the Land of Jewel as described by first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has withstood various restrictions, be it the ban of Hindi movies and songs, militant outfits’ diktat on government employees and the general mass alike, to the Mother Union’s moral policing, which culminated in the liquor ban since 1991. However, the ground level remains the same, particularly for the youths staying in other parts of the country as pointed out by the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), which has started enforcing moral codes on the revellers in the state and Manipuris staying outside.

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After Mizoram, Assam suggested as link to ASEAN countries

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal while promoting investment opportunities for his state, has extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to be the Chief Guest of the closing ceremony of Advantage Assam, the first ever global investors’ summit in the Northeast. Organized by the industry body FICCI along with the state government, Advantage Assam will be held in Guwahati on February 3-4, 2018. Sonowal also met Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju, requesting his office to extend the UDAN scheme to Guwahati to connect the capitals of ASEAN and South Asian countries.

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Third city in NE to be connected by Rajdhani, can railways connect the region

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The announcement that the Rajdhani Express will begin its service from Agartala, the capital of Tripura from October 28, 2017 as some empty coaches successfully conducted trial services in between Agartala and southern Assam’s Lumding was made earlier this month; the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain will flag off the much expected train services to be connected till Delhi’s Anand Vihar station.
An official of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) informed that the Rajdhani Express from Agartala would reach Anand Vihar station in around 40 hours covering 16 stations in Tripura, Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.  Agartala would be the third city in northeast India after Assam’s Guwahati and Dibrugarh to be connected by the Rajdhani Express.

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