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From Rameswaram to Shillong: People’s President no more

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Rajiv Roy
He did not have money to continue his schooling. His well-off best friend went and told his father, who is a priest in a temple in the southernmost island of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, to help his friend because he is extremely talented and that should not go to waste. The priest realized his son’s urgency and helped the friend. After completing his schooling he went to Madras (now Chennai) to pursue further studies. He worked as a vendor dropping newspapers in people’s doorsteps as a way of earning a livelihood. To save time he would roll the dailies like rockets and throw them into the balconies of high rise buildings. From this technique of perfectly targeting dailies onto balconies, he got the inspiration to venture into the world of rocket science and technology. He is none other than the 11thpresident of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who breathed his last in Shillong on Monday evening while doing what he loved most – teaching. He once said, “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”

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Telecom Status in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Phrangboklang L Thangkhiew
Connectivity plays a major role in the state of Meghalaya. The region is characterized by an extremely tough terrain with poor infrastructure like rail, roads, electricity and telecom. Connectivity is the most important key to development of a region; be it road, rail, waterway, air, power or telecom. Connectivity helps in overall economic development and social integration of the region.
Telecommunication is the main focus for the connectivity of the region. The present status of telecommunication in the region requires upgradation to ensure fast, reliable, more-coverage area and better connectivity.Meghalaya state covers an area of approximately 22,340 square kilometers and has 11 districts. The population of Meghalaya as of 2014 is estimated to be 32,11,474 with 20.08% urban connection.

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Devesh Ranjan’s Journey from a small village in India to the red carpet in Korea and London soon

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Mumbai, April 25 (Agencies):  For the first time in the history of Busan they have not opening the festival with a Chinese or Korean story, instead VARA an Indian Story which is like a tribute to Indian Culture.
There aren’t many who possess the grit to translate their dreams into reality. The odyssey from a childhood fantasy to  fame was a tough and exhausting journey, but Devesh Ranjan vowed never to say ‘no’ until destiny bowed down to his perseverance. Ranjan plays the lead character of Shyam in Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu’s upcoming English film Vara: A Blessing, opposite Bollywood actress Shahana Goswami.
With the movie slated to make its world premiere during its screening as the opening film at the 18th Annual Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and at the 57th BFI London Film Festival, We spoke to this dusky and shy lad from Jajpur about his journey thus far.

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Time to Take Action for Mother Earth

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Ranjan K Baruah
Climate change is bringing more question than answer amongst us and people around world are worried about the climate change. Developed countries and developing countries have different roles when it comes to combating. Role of United States is crucial when it comes to climate change. A strong global leadership is needed for the mitigation and adaptation when it comes to climate change. A lot of global events have been organised around the world which discussed issues related to environment and development. Over the past 20 years, there have been a series of failed attempts to create an effective international treaty on climate change mitigation. In 1997, the first major international agreement was passed, The Kyoto Protocol. The US—one of the top polluters—didn’t ratify. Since then, many Summits and many efforts to come to agreement—Rio, Copenhagen—have ended in a flop. There are certain occasion and special days to think about the earth and one such day is Earth Day which is observed on 22nd April .

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Land Acquisition Bill takes away rights of farmers and pits them against ‘Make in India’

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Dr Rahul Pandey and Dr Sandeep Pandey
Since the past several months we have seen the NDA government aggressively pushing through changes in land acquisition policy, first in the form of Ordinance in December 2014 and then, as it was passed as a Bill with nine changes in Lok Sabha but faced roadblock in Rajya Sabha, re-promulgating it before its expiry in April 2015. With the government calling the Bill pro-farmer and pro-development and most of opposition parties and social activists opposing it as anti-farmer, it is useful to sieve through the noise and look at the changes proposed and what existed earlier.

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