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First divorce of BJP coalition government exposed dominating nature of party

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party in an unexpected move on June 19, 2018 pulled out of the coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir as the second largest party with 25 legislators in the House of 87 seats. BJP Vice President, Ram Madhav stated that it has become untenable for the party to continue with the alliance government in J&K, while the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, with 28 legislators after tendering her resignation to Governor N N Vohra said PDP did not ally with the BJP for power, but to defend Article 370 and 35A, said that J&K cannot be treated as an enemy state and there is no room for muscular policy.

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Frequent suspension of internet services exposes unpreparedness for absolute freedom

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Social media has turned out to be the biggest nightmare for the Ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government led by National People’s Party headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma, who himself is extremely active on various social networks. The recent 48 hours suspension of internet services in Meghalaya with effect from 3 pm of June 16, 2018 has raised many an eyebrow with many questioning whether there is yet another breakdown of law and order.

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Conrad to remain in state politics to fulfill the mandate of change

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The National People’s Party is learned to have unanimously agreed to retain Conrad Kongkal Sangma to remain in state politics. The Assembly Constituency has already been identified for him to contest; however, the official announcement will be made in the coming week. The decision made is also to counter the claim of the Opposition Congress that the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) will fall soon.
On the very first working day of Conrad, he had shocked the Secretariat Staff for reaching the office in time. Although they had earlier experienced his action as the youngest state Finance Minister had changed from all Saturdays as Holidays to only second and fourth as that of the central government offices was faced by almost like the Non – Cooperation movement and he could not remain in office for long. Also his lost in 2013 Assembly Election was due to the same reason. This time he is as demanding when it comes to deliverance of duty but do allow some breathing spaces to the state government employees.

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Banning heavy school bags, Madras HC says children aren’t weightlifters

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In a landmark judgement, the Madras High Court on May 30, 2018 directed the Centre to ensure that homework is banned for students of Classes 1 and 2 all over the country, regardless of the educational board of the school. The directive was issued with the help of recommendations from the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the Judge also noted that children aren’t weightlifters, and asked for a policy that ensures children don’t carry very heavy bags to school.
Justice N Kirubakaran, who passed the order, added that no subjects apart from language and Mathematics should be forced on Class 1 and 2 children. Students of Classes 3 to 5 should only have EVS (Environmental Science) as the additional subject. He added that all schools throughout the country should comply with the subjects and homework directive, failing which the schools will be disaffiliated from the NCERT.

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Fabricated news not social media responsible for Assam lynching case

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
With the arrest of the prime accused in the mob lynching of two Guwahati youths by Assam Police, late on the night of June 12, 2018, the horrific facts of the murder have been exposed which are being painted as an impact of social media and posts therein about the rise of child lifters in the region. The whole issue was just to settle a score with the two travelers and the accused had dramatized the whole issue by calling up his friends and news spread to other localities that the two youths had kidnapped a young girl.

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