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Assam ambitious attempt to empower rural women through internet without improving infrastructure

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Mobile internet is now a necessity, but due to heavy traffic, the resultant slow speeds have caused a lot of hardships for the users. In spite of such poor communication network, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition government in Assam has launched the ambitious Internet Saathi Project which is being implementing by the Gramya Vikash Mancha in Assam’s Nalbari, Kamrup (rural), Barpeta and Baksa districts. Apart from Assam, the project is being implemented in ten states across India. Around 16,000 women were engaged all over the country as Internet Saathis to run the project.

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Sinha raises aspirations for new airports in Northeast

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Enough has been said about the proposal of turning North east India into the hub for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with an assurance to improve all necessary infrastructure, particularly road, rail and air connectivity. But till date nothing constructive is visible and  with hopes diminishing, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, while giving an interview to the television channel on May 13, 2017 said there is immense possibility for building new airports in the northeastern states and that a new multimodal airport would come up in Guwahati, Assam, soon.
Sinha, a first-time Member of Parliament also said that a new airport would be built in his constituency Hazaribagh in Jharkhand.

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How secure are children amidst unorganized school management in Meghalaya?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Every day during school hours in the state capital of Meghalaya, one will not fail to witness a mad rush of parents rushing the kids to school in time and the district administration in maintaining the vehicular flow. Both during school and after hours is considered as Peak Hours for the Shillong Traffic Police (STP), unlike in other states where this is during office or trading hours. In the course of easing out the traffic, school authorities in Shillong have spaced out the school timings, but with the recent rise of missing school children in the city it is evident that the school managements and the government have failed the student community in providing secure movement between home and school and vice versa.
As mentioned, the STP has a special group of Police personnel dedicated the School duties, the department had turned the busiest routes either to one way traffic or no vehicle zones only during school hours where even the other emergency services are deprived of entry toward hospitals if they are on the same route during these peak hours.

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Govt needs to streamline the system before pushing for educational empowerment of minorities

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Thomas Lim
Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced that Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, led by Narendra Damodardas Modi will be launching a campaign - Tehrik-e-Taalim (campaign for education) - to educationally empower the poor and marginalised sections of the society on the occasion of late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s 86th birth anniversary on October 15. The campaign will be launched in 100 districts across the country, which have been identified as lacking in education awareness.
The campaign will be establishing five “world class” educational institutions across the country; the new institutes will be imparting education in the fields of technology, medical, Ayurveda, Unani and others.

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After Bangladesh, Myanmar to set up border haat in North East

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Thomas Lim
For the development of the North Eastern region, economical progress is a must and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi had on various fora stressed on inclusive national development, which is impossible if the North Eastern region is being ignored. Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister, Jitendra Singh also reiterated that India cannot develop without developing the northeast, hence the centre stressed on the governments of the eight northeastern states to prepare themselves for the benefits of India’s bilateral trade with neighbouring countries, especially in regard to production of goods and services.

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