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PM summons Tripura CM for controversial remarks affecting BJP image

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
A month earlier, the Central body of Bharatiya Janata Party were all praise for the Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb. The party had even compared him of having the charisma of Bollywood actor, but due to his controversial remarks back to back within the first month of his government, has compelled the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi to summon him to Delhi for dressing down on May 2 next. He was also dropped from the team of Young Chief Ministers Mascot as star campaigners for the Karnataka May 12, 2018 poll.   

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Speed-up Central assistance to bail out patients from medication debt

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, in keeping with the preparations for the Lok Sabha General Election 2019, had claimed to have launched the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme – Ayushman Bharat, under which Rs. 5 lakh cover will be provided a year to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Mudassir keeps crying every day. His parents had to give away every last rupee they had painfully saved over the years, for chemotherapy because of lymph node cancer.
According to the report, in December last year, Mudassir got a swelling in his neck that refused to go away. It became enlarged and painful to the touch over the days. The first time he went to the doctors, they said it was because of the harsh winter in Bengaluru. When the swelling started interfering with normal activities such as eating, drinking and even speaking, he went to the doctors again. This time, it turned out to be something his father, Moula, and mother, Mohsina, could never imagine in their wildest dreams. Cancer – It only took six letters to destroy their happiness, as they do their best to encourage their son to fight against the cancer telling him that he is more important to them than money, but the truth is the parent have no money left and are neck-deep in debt.

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US Commission says Modi government has done little on religious violence

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The annual report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government of Narendra Damodardas Modi has done little to prevent violence against religious minorities and Dalits in India in 2017. The findings stated that at the Federal Level, Indian Prime Minister has made statements decrying mob violence, but members of his own political party have affiliations with Hindu extremist groups and many have used discriminatory language about religious minorities. Despite Indian government statistics indicating that communal violence has increased sharply over the past two years, the Modi Administration has not addressed the problem.

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Meghalaya citizens reject unrest, demand Peace and security from MDA

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Thomas Lim
The 47 year old Meghalaya has witnessed enough unrest- be it armed struggles by misguided youth or guerrilla warfare by militants. Also the arson and frequent breakdown of Law and Order in sensitive areas, all such anti-social activities have pushed all developmental works backward. Realising the ill effects of both the unrest and arson, the residents of Mindikgre in South Garo Hills are demanding Police protection against the newly formed outfit serving demand notes, and the citizen from Khasi Hills are expecting the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma to deal with not just arson but any crime in an effective and swift manner, such that peace and tranquility prevails in the state.

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Pressure groups refuse to suffer for poor roads due to administrative negligence

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Thomas Lim
The lifeline of Meghalaya is road communication, most of the important roads are done by the then British Rajj, while the successive state governments are doing mainly the maintenance work. However, lately the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India has been doing its best to further enhance the length of the roads. The state Public Works Department has always been considered as the plum portfolio, but the durability of any roads is questionable. The Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Phulbari on April 25, 2018 once again objected to the poor quality of materials being used in the ongoing repair of the Agia – Medhipara – Phulbari – Tura (AMPT) road.

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