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Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service Act 2012 yet to be fully implemented

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the direction of the winds change ushering a new season and Meghalaya is now experiencing a dry and windy climate, the burning of forest is still in practice which will create havoc for the Fire Services Department of Meghalaya Police. Although Fire Service week is observed from April 14 to 20 of every year, yet the masses are yet to be sensitized on fire safety.
In March 2012, Meghalaya Home Department approved the Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service Act 2012. Since then, inspection at various governments’ building and educational institutions along with hospitals and financial institutions has been conducted. However, till now nothing constructive could take shape, particularly after the recent fire that broke out in a Petrol Pump at Nongrim, and prior to that a building, housing shops near Dhankheti  was totally gutted, only exposed that none of the stakeholders have taken Fire Safety seriously.

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No industrial development leading to frustration among youth in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is sitting on a live volcano when it comes to Law and Order. The undercurrent of tension due to insecurities caused by unemployment, lack of competitive spirit and poor work culture are some of the issues causing anxiety leading to unrest and vandalizing of government property and other infrastructure. The figures of unemployment are ever increasing due to an absence of industries and enterprises which can generate more jobs.
Besides coal export- which has been banned by the National Green Tribunal, contract works and supply in the government departments, other trades requiring skills and manual work are not in vogue in Meghalaya. But no other person is allowed to take up the same, hence any venture by any non- local or non – indigenous from the state are being opposed leading to non-ignition of any big production or manufacturing industries in the state.

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SC allows only green firecrackers - A breather for NDA

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In a landmark ruling and refusing to impose a blanket ban on bursting of firecrackers, the Supreme Court (SC) on October 23, 2018 has allowed the use of only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels during all religious festivals. The bench also provided that firecrackers would be allowed between 11.55 pm and 12.30 am on Christmas and New Year while banning the bursting of firecrackers not conforming to the green norms. The ban would be in force throughout the year. These conditions would also be applicable to marriage festivities.
In its verdict on a petition filed on behalf of three infants, a Bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan specified that on Diwali, firecrackers could be burst only between 8 pm and 10 pm.

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More than skill development NE youth need to be sensitized about society

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Thomas Lim
Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla while speaking at the seminar on: Skilling the Youth in the Wake of India’s Act East Policy- from North East (NE) perspective at Manipur Assembly Auditorium stated that the north-eastern states need to develop an ambitious yet meaningful skill development and employment plan for its youth in the current phase of economic activities under Centre’s Act East Policy.
Dr Heptulla reminded that India is heading towards becoming the world’s fastest growing economy and is expected to become the youngest country by 2020 with 64 percent of its population in the working age group.

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Majority of Indians want to live together, opposes separatist movements: Guv

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Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy stated that separatist movements could not succeed in the country because a majority of the people in the country wants to live together. He was addressing the Get-together of Harmony, an annual meeting to kick-start the Durga Puja, organised by the Central Puja Committee in Shillong.
Roy, who was a resident of Shillong as a youth stressed that separatist movements did not succeed in India because majority of the people in the country want to live together; they did not want to be separated from India. Indian has been like that for the last 70 years and will continue to remain united for all times to come.

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