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Credential of Security Guard once again in question after Pune techie murder

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The breakthrough on the sensational murder of a young Infosys software engineer K. Rasila Raju (25) who paid with her life for objecting to a Security Guard, 26 -year old Bhaben Saikia staring at her in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Hinjewadi, Pune has once again raised the question if the Private Security Guards are qualified to either safeguard the lives or the buildings they are posted in for duty.
In this particular case, the victim, K. Rasila Raju, was a software engineer from Kerala and had been working with Infosys since 2015. According to Police sources, though it was her weekly off, she had come to office to complete a project and had been engaged in online communication with her colleagues at the company’s Bengaluru office, she had objected to Saikia staring at her when she came out of her office and threatened to complain to his bosses.

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Stakeholders in textiles should acknowledge weakness more than showing superficial interest

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As an attempt to attract investments in the north east region, particularly in the textiles and allied sectors, a two-day North East Investors’ Summit was inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong on January 29, 2017, the theme being: Exploring Opportunities in North East Region, aims to showcase the North Eastern Region (NER) as a global destination for investment, and to explore the possibility of bringing in convergence of efforts of various central ministries and North Eastern states to attract investment.
This Summit is a welcome move brought about by the joint efforts by the Ministry of Textiles and the Ministry Of Development Of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in collaboration with industry associations Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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High officials tainting matrilineal Meghalaya as city of sins

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Thomas Lim
As the state capital of Meghalaya- Shillong is still trying to overcome the shame of Independent mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang being accused in the sexual assault of a 14 year old girl, the state is reeling from a shocker as the employees of the Raj Bhavan in Shillong sent a five-page letter signed by nearly 100 staffers to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding recall of the Governor for what they alleged was turning the Raj Bhavan into a Young Ladies Club.
The protest letter by the Raj Bhavan staff came after an English daily report quoted a woman who accused the Governor of making advances by hugging and kissing her.

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P A Sangma the first recipient of Padma Vibhushan from Meghalaya

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Thomas Lim
The people of Meghalaya were jubilant as Former Lok Sabha Speaker, the late Purno Agitok Sangma has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan, on January 25, 2017. He has become the first recipient from Meghalaya to be awarded India’s second-highest civilian honour. Sangma’s widow Soradini K Sangma attributed the reorganization as an honour for the people of the north-eastern states and especially to the community of Garo tribals that the government has conferred the awards to her late husband, she was speaking over phone from Australia.
Soradini speaking on behalf of her family said the honour is in recognition to his selfless service and contribution to the people and to the nation, while thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the selection committee for bestowing the award.

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Meghalaya’s wines waiting for legalization, Assam’s gets GI registration

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Thomas Lim
Over the years, the wine makers from Meghalaya have been producing fruit and ginger wines, which are being sold at the annual Shillong Wine Festival. Earlier Mawngap, a village in the East Khasi Hills district was known for the coffee wine which attracted tourist from all over but this trade is yet to be legalized forcing the wine makers to pursue this passion as a hobby. However, Meghalaya Association of Wine Makers (MMAW) has been demanding the state government to legalize wine making for the past 14 years, stating that wine making if legalized will not only give a boost to the horticulture sector but will contribute to the revenue generation of the state.
According to the Minister in-charge of Excise Zenith Sangma, due consultation with the Law Department is required before legalizing wine making here even as he justified this statement by saying that such exercise is needed because the excise department is connected with rules and laws.

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