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Is human error responsible for the Kanpur rail tragedy?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was quick to order a forensic probe in the Kanpur rail tragedy in which about 146 passengers have died and over 200 were injured. This is said to be one of the worst rail accidents in the country when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express were derailed near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city. While the exact cause of the accident will be known only after the enquiry report, prima facie evidence indicates rail fracture.
Prabhu also assured that there shall be separate comprehensive investigation aided by latest technical and forensic analysis by an appropriate agency to look into all possible angles. He added that the strictest action will be taken against those responsible.

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Demonetization having no impact on NE militancy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The common citizens are battling the day to day impact which has arisen after to demonetization of high-value currency notes after an announcement in this regard was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.
The long queues in banks and ATMs which had become the order of the day since this momentous announcement was reduced on Saturday as the government withdrew the exchange of currency for a day. However, due to the shortage of the smaller denomination notes, small business and day to day activities are badly affected. Besides curbing black money through such exercises, the government also aimed at clipping the wings of the terrorist groups but in the case of North East militant activities, at least three soldiers were killed when militants fired at an army convoy in Assam’s Tinsukia district early on November 19 morning.

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Demonetisation backfires on Modi government as public loses trust in banking

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Ten days after the announcement by Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will no longer be legal tender, the cash rush continues mainly due to poor execution of the effort to curb black money. On day ten after the move, only about 27000 ATMs out of 2 lakhs could be recalibrated, which is just 13 percent of the total number of ATMs in the country have further caused a cash crisis. Although the nation has welcomed the fight against black money, the Opposition parties and general masses are revolting against the poor planning on ways in which people will be enabled to exchange the old notes.

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No respite for the common man on 9th day after demonetization

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Thomas Lim
After the ruckus in Rajya Sabha, the House was adjourned in Lok Sabha on the second day of the Winter Session as a united opposition demanded a debate on demonetization under a Parliamentary Provision that entails voting, which was not acceptable to the government. This falls on the 9th day after the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, yet there is no sign of relief for the common citizens across India where anti Modi slogans were raised by a section of agitated bank customers.

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Nation endorses fight against black money but regrets poor money exchange system

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Members of Parliament, the Supreme Court, political parties and common citizen have endorsed the fight against black money, unaccounted cash and funding by terrorism even as everyone is of the opinion that the common citizens should be forced to face the financial crisis that has been caused by the RBI and Centre’s miscalculation as they had not properly pre-assessed the suffering that the decision to ban the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes would result in for the common people, even though the government claims that it had planned this major move as long as eight months ago.
Participating in a debate on the opening day of this Winter Session of Rajya Sabha, CPI(M) member, Sitaram Yechury said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi in an attempt to catch a handful of the black-marketers amongst the  1.25 billion people in the country, has made every individual suffer. He added that the black-marketers are like the crocodiles in the pond, whom Prime Minister while attempting to catch has emptied the entire pond, killing all the small fishes, while the crocodiles continue to survive even on dry land, meaning that those who are in possession of black money will continue to flourish while the nation suffers.

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