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After Delhi Civic polls, BJP will focus on Meghalaya General Election

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) hat-trick in Delhi’s municipal polls exhibits the zeal of the party in contesting all election from Municipal to Parliament with equal gravity, especially after the defeat in Bihar, Punjab and West Bengal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) finished a distant second and the Congress third. Now they have to focus in the state of Meghalaya for a success story like Assam and Manipur. Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) is also being seen as a feather in the cap of the Party’s Delhi unit Chief Manoj Tiwari and it has helped him emerge as a key face of the party in the national capital for next Assembly election.

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25 CRPF personnel martyred in Sukma, Rajnath to review anti-Maoist strategy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, after paying his homage to one of the biggest attacks on Defence Personnel, termed the massacre in Sukma, in which 25 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh were martyr, as cold blooded murder. It is an act of cowardice. The attack was out of desperation. The Minister also accused the Maoists of using tribals as fodder. On April 24, 2017, about 300 to 400 Maoists, including women, ambushed a CRPF contingent in a forested patch in Chhattisgarh, killing the troopers and escaping with their AK-47 assault rifles.
It was the worst attack by Maoists on security forces in Chhattisgarh since 2010.

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Modi government awards for NE districts to acknowledge performance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi, which took over on May 26, 2014 began its mission by strengthening the grassroots, a huge risk to take while keeping in mind how the respective state government, particularly the state ruled by opposition members participate in Central Government flagship programmes. It is understood that the result will be slow, hence on completion of half of his tenure Modi government started to award the states performing well in the Centre’s flagship schemes.
Three North-eastern (NE) districts in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram were awarded for the execution of the central government’s flagship schemes in agriculture and the power sector. It is more to boast of the Modi’s achievement, rather than awaiting for final execution of the schemes. 

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Flaunting red beacon as a style statement to come to an end in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the nation welcomes the Centre’s decision to ban the use of red beacons on vehicles attached to dignitaries with effect from May 1, 2017, Meghalaya is where the most common sight in every nook and corner of the state is the red beaconed vehicle. One will never fail to spot them at educational institutions during schools hours, market places on all working days, receptions of any kind and church services of all denominations on Sunday. The occupants of the red beacon vehicle besides the driver could be just school children or a lady out for shopping or a messenger. The traffic police are expected not to compound such vehicles parked in ‘No Parking zones’ and also clear the traffic for such vehicles even if the only occupants are school children. Also during office picketing and road blockades, such vehicles disappear from the roads, except a few near the Secretariat. 

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Once again Modi asks civil servants to change working style

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
For second consecutive year, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi has urged upon the bureaucrats to wake up from the hang-over of the colonial system of governance while pointing out that with changing dynamics the government too needs to change its role from being a regulator to an enabler. He was addressing bureaucrats on Civil Services Day, as he lamented that the “colonial legacy of hierarchy” continues to be an issue and warned bureaucrats that use of social media should not compromise anonymity of the civil services.
Modi stressed that the push for reforms comes from political leadership but the performance angle is determined by civil servants, while transformation is enabled by people’s participation, also pointing to changing dynamics and availability of alternatives to the masses, the Prime Minister said it was imperative to change the government’s way of thinking and functioning.

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