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Railway Board Chairman replaced, Railway Minister owns up responsibility on rail mishaps

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The North -Eastern Frontier Railway (NEFR) authorities are making all efforts to restore the railways network at the earliest after the damage caused by monsoon floods. Meanwhile on August 19, 2017, the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district leaving 22 people dead. Even as the railways cracked down on errant officials and staff, the Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district on August 16, 2017 injuring 74 people. Both accidents took place in Uttar Pradesh and the Central government has since replaced its Board Chairman A.K. Mittal with Air India Chief Ashwani Lohani even as Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offered to quit on moral grounds. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Prabhu to “wait”.

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Modi needs to tame his own cadets to achieve national ownership

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi has expressed his vision to create an environment where development becomes a mass movement just as what Mahatma Gandhi transformed the freedom struggle into. He also stressed that every citizen should felt that this country belongs to him and that he has to work for the country and add to its growth. Modi said this in his address at the NITI Aayog’s “Champions of Change” programme which saw the participation of around 200 young CEOs of various sectors who shared their ideas with him on various subjects including job creation, income enhancement and good governance.

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Yet another sinkhole exposes the reckless execution of all Meghalaya Government schemes

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The monsoon season always exposes the substandard work of the Meghalaya government particularly those dealing with infrastructure like road communication. The city woke up to yet another shock on August 21, 2017 by way of the sinkhole in a link road connecting Oakland which was developed just a few years back to facilitate  Meghalaya  Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma and Meghalaya Chief Justice, Dinesh Maheshwari who both have their official quarters in the locality. The common commuters from Polo travelling to IGP, Raj Bhavan have to go through the new route to Police Bazar which has also suffered a landslide on August 12 last in spite of this new link road being commissioned only few months back.

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Meghalaya bears the brunt as Assam flood hits supply chains

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya- one of the states dependent entirely on imports for all essential commodities, from cattle to fresh vegetables, is bearing the brunt as all households are paying through their noses for all the daily essential commodities, as most of these items are priced almost three times due to floods in neighboring states. However, the flood fury continues in West Bengal and Bihar with train services of Northeast Frontier Railway still in disarray as its network still remained breached in Bihar’s Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria districts and full connectivity would not be restored before August 28, according to the NF Railways authority.

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Startups encountering challenges: DoNER Minister

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The ambitious flagship programme – Startup India and Standup India under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has encountered the challenges of population, infrastructure, heterogeneity and accessibility observed Union DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh while inaugurating the Assocham World Entrepreneurs Day Summit at Delhi on August 18, 2017, He added that the heartening part is that in the last three years, there has been an honest, sincere and sustained effort to overcome even these hassles.

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