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Rajasthan doctors’ strike ends sans recourse for patients

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The 11 - day long strike of doctors in Rajasthan came to an end on December 27, 2017 evening following an marathon meeting which lasted for nine hours between the State Government and the striking doctors. State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf while announcing that the agitation has been called off informed that there were a few “misunderstandings”, which had been resolved now.

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Indian politics moving towards religious intolerance, devoid of development

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
India is leaving no stone unturned in reaching out to all foreign countries to foster better relationship to explore opportunities of Trade and Commerce. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi values reaching out to foreign leaders at a personal level to forge better relations between their countries and India. Termed as his personal diplomacy, this approach has seen visits to foreign countries play a big part in it, but, back home as India moved into the 21st Century not only as rising power, the politicians instead of carving out an image of a truly secular country, where every citizen votes not because he or she is of a religion or caste, are endorsing religious intolerance.

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EC assures tamper proof EVMs, failes to guarantee revised electoral roll

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
A full bench of the Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joyti and Election Commissioners OP Rawat and Sunil Arora arrived in the state’s capital - Shillong on a two-day visit to poll-bound Meghalaya to review the election preparedness in the state.
These officials have informed that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines cannot be tallied in all polling booths as per a Supreme Court directive that tallying of EVMs and VVPAT will be done in one polling booth of every constituency.

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2G case verdict indicates weak investigation; political interest can frame a scam

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Special Judge O.P. Saini acquitted all the accused, including then Telecom Minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and Essar and Loop promoters in two different cases related to the 2G spectrum allocation after a decade of court cases on December 21, 2017.
The alleged scam on the issuance of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecom that occurred during the Congress-led UPA government’s first tenure in 2008 was widely reported in 2010 following a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The court in its Judgment said there was no evidence to suggest that A. Raja was the “mother lode of conspiracy” in the so-called 2G scam created “by artfully arranging a few selected facts and exaggerating things beyond recognition to astronomical levels”.

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Indian-Cuban MoU on health, medical cooperation, while grassroots health care being ignored

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The health services in India are deteriorating lately, particularly the private hospitals. In the past it was mainly the infrastructural issues like the fire escape and smokes detectors, or the parking spaces in the hospital. Lately, the mismanagement came to the fore, starting from Gorakhpur hospital deaths allegedly due to Oxygen shortage in Uttar Pradesh, than the recent Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, which had wrongly declared a newborn baby dead who was later found to be alive, ultimately lost its licence over negligence.
Under such back drop, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, on December 20, 2017 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Cuba for cooperation in health and medicine, including exchange and training of doctors and other health professionals and developing health facilities.

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