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Assam government to tackle public drinking, problem rampant in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Assam Assembly on February 21, 2018 unanimously passed an Amendment Bill to the Assam Excise Act, 2000, to make the rules more stringent to stop the menace of public drinking and other crimes under the Excise Act. Public consumption of alcohol and creation of nuisance in an inebriated condition may land a Bacchus worshipper in jail for six months along with a fine of up to Rs 50,000.
Assam Excise Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya informed that at present, drinking in public places is a bailable offence and offender(s) can be released on a personal bond without any fine. Sections 61A and 61B have been inserted to make alcohol consumption in public punishable with a fine up to Rs 50,000 and imprisonment up to six months.

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Combination of money and muscle power emerging as new trend

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The race to elect the member for the 10th assembly session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has picked up momentum. With barely a week left for the February 27 poll to elect 60 members the election to the Williamnagar Constituency has been deferred following the death of NCP candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma. With a total of 374 candidates for this 2018 election, a new trend has emerged which can be said is a combination of the 2008 and 2013 elections.
This time, about 18 lakhs qualified voters will cast their vote, as per the final electoral rolls in Meghalaya published with names of 18,30,104 voters. Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor added that a total 3,27,595 new voters, including 88,412 first-timers between the age of 18 and 19, were registered in 2018 rolls that showed an increase of 21.8 per cent. 

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Tranquil polls in Meghalaya amidst lack of political agendas

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The general public in Meghalaya is missing the hustle – bustle of election campaign in the poll bound state. With just about five more days for the poll campaigning, the common issues till date is why there are so many turncoat politicians for 2018 election even as most of the political parties are yet to announce their respective manifestoes. As most parties are still finalizing their political agendas or mandate for seeking votes, the unfortunate assassination of four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma is dominating the discussions. It also means that security of the citizens and their property are at stake. Besides that attempting to hinder the aspirations of the opponent by mud - slinging and allegations of non performance is like the contemporary election agendas.

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Political rivalry exposes nexus with militancy, a worrisome trend in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The assassination of four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, through an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in poll-bound Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district on February 18, 2018, at about 7:30 pm  has sent a shockwaves across the state. The incident took place at Sawilgre village, about 14 km from Samanda Block, when the candidate was returning to Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills from poll campaigning. Although no militant organization has claimed responsibility for the attack though investigations are currently underway.

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Manifestoes and Charisma of contenders main focus of Assembly polls

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The February 27, 2018 poll for Meghalaya for the first time saw the masses seeking copies of Party Manifestoes, which was not at all heard of in the past. The social networks have been attributed for the change, as the demands were first raised through various social sites. The charisma of the individual candidates however is still the prime factors for individual choice, while performance matters the most in the constituency while determining public opinion. This mentality shift for the voters is considered most healthy for the biggest Democracy of the World.

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