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Whose fault is it

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Whose fault is it

Sir,
Thursday’s sporadic incidents of violence and vandalism at various parts of the city, causing widespread fear and panic, in consistency with the Khasi Student’s Union’s (KSU) Khasi National Awakening Day, has left many a soul baffled at the law and order situation and, at the functionality and response time of the administration. Youths being youths and with the presumption of a large gathering of any organisation being able to go wayward, the finger at this period, points at the failure of the administration to provide anticipatory measures and adequate protection to the general public.causing widespread fear and panic,
We can always, later, speculate upon the politics, motive, audacity, leadership quality, discipline and coherent solutions presentable to all.

Yours faithfully,
Benny F. Lyngdoh


 

 

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Excellent Traffic Management by Shillong Traffic Police

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Excellent Traffic Management by Shillong Traffic Police

Sir,

Through your esteemed Daily, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the hard working officers and personnel of Shillong Traffic police also known as “STP”, led from the front by the SP, East Khasi Hills Shri. Kharkrang and the new Additional, SP (traffic) (name, which I am not too familiar with) for their continuous efforts day and night inspite of so many constraints to ensure that the general public/commuters/drivers-like me travel from Point-A to Point-B in time with minimum traffic snarls.
I am writing this article to specifically thank the S.T.P. for doing such an excellent job in traffic management during the Synod Sepngi held on March 10 at Golf links, and also yesterday (17th  March 2013)during the Synod Mihngi at Sadew, Upper Shillong’s and my family had attended both the Synods and in my entire 57 years, had never witnessed such as smooth and disciplined traffic management plan during such big functions, where more than a lakh people had  attended, and more than 30,000 vehicles of all types and sizes were brought to both the Synods respectively. We had absolutely no problem with traffic right from when we started from our homes until we reached the venues and subsequently returning back to our respective homes in the evening. There was absolutely no traffic jam at any point, except for one or two minute due to the huge volume of vehicles proceeding to and from the venues on both days. Traffic personnel supervised by their officers and Head constables were seen all along the roads including by-lanes and blind curves. The way parking was done by the S.T.P. personnel at the parking lots at both the venues showed the professionalism of them. No vehicles were stuck at any of the parking lots as the parking was done in such a way that any vehicle which wanted to come out at anytime could do so without any difficulty.
 I would also like to place in record that the S.T.P. personnel were very polite while communicating with the public and were ready to provide assistance to us at any point of time. It was also a treat to our eyes to see young and smart personnel in their White Flying Squad bikes riding up and down to ensure that there was no unnecessary overtaking by impatient drivers, thereby ensuring smooth vehicle movement.
Finally, I on behalf of all those who had attended the Synods on both days including the public in general would like to specially thank that particular Addl. SP whom we saw was always seen standing and walking up and down the roads, busy communicating on his wireless set to ensure that traffic runs smoothly and so that all of us would have to unnecessarily suffer from a vehicle jam. Moreover, the overall performance of his officers and staff indicate that he had drawn up a specific plan on traffic management; the contents of which must have been briefed to his subordinates for strict implication on the field.
I wish the SP, Mr. Kharkrang, his Addl. SP and all the officers and men/women of S.T.P. all the best in their day to day duties in managing with the ever increasing traffic in Shillong.
May God bless you all.

Regards,

Mr. Stan Lyngdoh,
Upper Nongthymmai,
Shillong-14


 

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Delhi bigwigs’ visit and bamboo railing in city

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Delhi bigwigs’ visit and bamboo railing in city

Sir,

    Sometimes ago in the month of February 2013, the high command of the Congress party from Delhi has made an announcement that senior party leader Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is also the honourable Prime Minister (PM) of the country, will visit the state of Meghalaya with the sole intention to campaign for the Congress candidates who are contesting in the 9th assembly election of the state to be held on the 23rd of this month. When the PM makes such a visit, it is mandatory for the state to make necessary arrangements for his security and smooth transport within the state. I have observed that one such tangible preparations that the state government is making during the recent visit of the PM was by erecting/constructing the bamboo railings all along the road side in the city especially in his pass through road to the destined venue at Polo Ground. The PM did come on the 15th February 2013. In fact this kind of preparation seems to have become a ritual in Meghalaya when any political bigwigs from Delhi visit the state.
My simple question here is what are the purposes, logic and significance of the aforesaid railing? To me it seems as just one such easy and quick buck making piece of work for anyone who gets the contract to erect it; an un-eco-friendly act of sort if fresh bamboos are to be sacrificed for its sake; an additional shabby look to the poor Scotland of the East already shattered by grime and grunge; another digging of the road side which is already over dug by the PHE and the Telecom Departments for their reasons; an uneasy road crossing for the pedestrians who have to trespass through the 3-4 feet wide squares of the rails; the only blessing it can bring is that when the removal of the rails get delayed then some opportunists can make bon-fire with them during the winter nights at least.
Does Dr Manmohan Singh or any other Delhi stalwarts need to see them while visiting the state? Is it meant for the safety of the pedestrians or of the visitor for that matter? Is pedestrian safety relevant only during such visits? If such railing is relevant to the people in anyway, why can’t the state erect an iron rail once and for all?
We may do well here if we can remind ourselves about the critical work on the above issue by one of our renowned poet and writer Dr. K. S. Nongkynrih who has written a poetic satire on it entitled “Haba u Myntri Rangbah ha Shillong u wan hiar ki siej jar jar ki shu ia peit siar” (when the Prime Minister visits Shillong the bamboos sly reticently). This poem can be found in his book ‘Ka Samoi jong ka Lyer’ (2001) which is also a prescribed khasi textbook for the higher secondary students of MBOSE and the honours students of NEHU in the state. For some layman like me, this poem is hard to digest but I am fortunate enough to have gone through the well documented analytical note of the poem by Mr. P.R. Shabong (Shat Jingshai, 2009). In his note, the writer highlighted that the poem is context on the bamboo railing along the road side of Shillong during the visit of Mr. I.K Gujral (the then PM of India) to the city in 1998. He also brought out corruption/scam of such bamboo railing as the central theme of the poem. He supported his view by drawing inferences from the different lines of the poem and concluded that such bamboo railing was unwarranted but a mere wastage of public money. Perhaps it could have served the vested interest of the few hand only.
Mind you the students at the higher secondary level are being taught about it and just imagine what kind of mindset our youngsters will have towards our government if such bamboo railing becomes a money making heritage and a performing art of sort by our power holders while our youths are helpless in their search for sustenance.

Yours etc…
Airpeace Rani
Shillong - 4


 

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Election of many expectations

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Election of many expectations

Sir,

Countdown of election date has already started in the State of Meghalaya which is slated for 23rd instant, inter alia and many young electorate for the first time will be able to exercise their fundamental rights by casting vote in favour of a party or person of their choice not only by emotions but hopefully, judging a candidate’s social activities towards uplift, meant for all societies, irrespective of caste and creed with a commitment to bring peace in the mind of the people living in and around his/her constituency. At the same time, as estimated, this year, the young voters are not less in numbers while comparing with previous election and presumably they are more alert to chose a person/party candidate who will be in a position to plead for creation of more higher educational institutions in the State of Meghalaya followed by creation of more job opportunities in his/her own state. It is my presumption only, but every things lies with all those young voters. Because, I feel younger generations are the future builders of a corruption free nation/state in a true democratic way.
Moreover, I feel, it is a wise moment to appeal to all the voters, especially the younger voters of the state as whole to cast their valuable votes in favour of a candidate not whimsically or under any pressure but to keep in mind the five vital factors, such as WISDOM, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, MODESTY and SINCERETY (WHIMS) of the candidate of their choice, which will not only bring prosperity in the state but will make it an idle state amongst the ‘Seven Sister’.
In addition, I would like to mention that the efforts making by the Election Department of the State to bring awareness in the mind of voters as well as its values through songs and other means by placing few decorated poll trucks which are to ply throughout the state is just an ordinary step. At this juncture, it is the duty of all the political parties or persons to bring a festive mood in the mind of all voters by putting posters and flags at all public places as well as taking out processions remaining under the Election Code of Conduct. Ordinarily, the scope comes once in five years and let it pass off peacefully with lots of euphony and enthusiasm.

Yours etc.
P B Das


 

 

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Baghmara ITI implementation

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Baghmara  ITI implementation

Sir,
The Industrial Training Institute which had set up its office at Baghmara some years back has been functioning at a rented house at Rangdokram, Baghmara. The ITI building which was constructed at its permanent campus at Dopagrang somehow after much delay has been completed six months ago includes colouring of buildings and connection of electricity. Present ITI office (rented house) is too small to accommodate the students as well as to keep the machines and equipments. Such kind of Institute requires large and space free accommodation for the students. It will be convenient for the students if the office is shifted to the permanent campus/building at Dopagrang.
As concern citizens of Baghmara we are eager to see the functioning of the ITI office at its permanent building which is the only training institute in the whole of South Garo Hills, District. Although the building was completed but it is not known why this office has not still been shifted to its permanent campus. It is learnt from sources that after the transfer of Vice Principal to Shillong, present office has been functioning without the Vice Principal. So we request the Government to kindly look into this matter and appoint the Vice Principal at the earliest.


Yours Faithfully
TM Sangma and BR Marak
Baghmara


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