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Guidelines framed to blacklist defaulting builders, no mention of building owners

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, on August 28, 2018 told the Supreme Court that guidelines have been framed to blacklist builders, contractors and architects found to have constructed buildings in violation of sanctioned plans. The court now posted for further hearing on September 7 pleas relating to the validity of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislation that protected unauthorized constructions from sealing.
A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the Centre to put the guidelines on public domain, while, Additional Solicitor General A.N.S. Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, told the court that an advisory has been issued to state governments to stop unauthorized constructions across the country.

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Modi should advocate regulation of Health services

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Thomas Lim
As the nation is gearing up for the Lok Sabha General Election by May 2019, in the last Independence Day Speech from Red Fort by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi announced that Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) or Modicare, will be launched on September 25, 2018. The government-sponsored health insurance scheme will provide free coverage of upto Rs 5 lakh per family per year at any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India.
However, since the scheme is meant only for poor and economically-deprived people, not everyone is eligible to get free medical insurance under Ayushman Bharat scheme. Modicare will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

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No consensus on massive electoral reforms during EC’S all party meet

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Thomas Lim
Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat assured there will be “satisfactory solution” to the issues raised in an all-party meeting convened where some major parties demanded reverting to paper ballots while there were mixed views on simultaneous polls. The core aim of the meet was holding consultations with all recognized political parties to elicit their views on important issues and to strengthen the democratic system by improving electoral systems and practices.
Earlier, through a Press Communiqué from the Commission, it was stated that the August 27 meet will discuss the issue of fidelity of electoral rolls. It was also said that the Commission would like to have the views of parties on measures to improve the accuracy, transparency and inclusivity of electoral rolls in view of the coming elections. The EC had also invited views on measures that parties can undertake to enhance representation of women within the organizational structure of the political party as well as in the candidate selection for contesting elections to legislative bodies.

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EC needs to stress on submission of reports by all elected representatives

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Thomas Lim
The Election Commission (EC) of India has begun preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha General Election and has convened a meeting of all recognized national and state parties on August 27, 2018 to discuss various issues including the fidelity of electoral rolls and gender representation in political parties, ahead of the coming elections to Lok Sabha and for Assemblies.
A Press Communiqué from the Commission said that while considering that political parties are stakeholders in the Indian electoral system, it has been periodically holding consultations with all recognized political parties to elicit their views on important issues and to strengthen the democratic system by improving electoral systems and practices.

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Manipur varsity reopens, Appraisal a must for education policy in Meghalaya

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Thomas Lim
After 85 long days of closure, Manipur University reopened on August 23, 2018. According to the President of Manipur University Students Union, M. Dayamon the strike is being suspended temporarily, as the Central Minister have Minister of Human Resource Development accepted all conditions of the university community.
The Manipur University Teachers Association and Manipur University Staff Union also announced that work will resume in university on Thursday. It may be reminded that the key demand of the agitators is the removal of the Vice Chancellor A.B. Pandey for his alleged financial and administrative irregularities. Pandey has denied all charges.

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