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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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CEC hopeful Meghalaya will set new benchmark in February 27 Poll

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat has a strong belief that Meghalaya will be able to set a new benchmark by providing a totally free, fair, peaceful, credible, transparent inclusive and participative election; he was speaking from Shillong after reviewing Meghalaya’s poll-preparedness with election officials on February 16, 2018. He had asked the election machinery in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to be “fearless and unbiased” to ensure fair voting during the assembly elections.
While expressing his satisfaction in the case of Meghalaya going to poll on February 27, he informed the Media that the Election authorities have so far seized Rs 17.25 lakh and over 20,000 litres of liquor in Meghalaya after the model code of conduct came into effect. Rawat also put on record that this time all the police check posts across the state are under webcasting and videography 24x7 for the entire period during the election.

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PNB $1.8 billion fraud raises questions on banking security in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Shares of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) on February 15, 2018 continued to drop for a second consecutive day, closing almost 12 per cent lower, after a $1.8 billion fraud was detected in one of its branches in Mumbai. Stocks of jewellery companies like Gitanjali Gems and PC Jewellers too declined after authorities blamed billionaire diamond trader Nirav Modi for the fraud. Meanwhile, MD and CEO of PNB, Sunil Mehta said the bank “will not spare anyone” involved in the crime, even as the main political parties started a blame game.

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Indian perception of damage control is skewed

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Every country has to face various challenges, either caused by natural calamities, humans or intentionally caused by predators. Irrespective of the origin of the damage, it is considered to be the duty of the state government through the administrators to do the mending work. In most cases the authorities are compelled to execute the work only on the surface area, like applying cosmetics while right beneath the surface is the ugly truth of non-performance.
The recent incident in Maharashtra and the subsequent actions of the government are a prime example of this.

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As EC takes stock of election preparedness, HNLC claims responsibility for explosion

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Election Commission (EC) team led by Chief Election Commissioner, Om Prakash Rawat, to be accompanied by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa, will arrive at Shillong on February 15, to take stock of the preparations for the February 27 assembly polls. The five-year term of the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly will expire on March 6. Three stand-by candidates have withdrawn their nominations on February 12, putting the total number of candidates for the February 27 Assembly election at 372.

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