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Random development in Shillong endangering public lives

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The fire at a petrol pump, located at the main junction between Nongrim Hills and Rynjah where an oil tanker with over 18,000 liters of fuel was engulfed in flames while it was parked in the premises of the station broke out around 3 PM was put off only by 8 PM, creating panic across the residential area in Nongrim Hills, while the city was choked by a traffic snarl hampering the Fire Brigade which has exposed the poor management during emergency and crisis.
Starting from the site of occurrence, the Fire fighters, which were pressed into action till late evening, were dousing the fire caused by petroleum and water, yes water! The petrol pump had no arrangement of Fire Safety caused by Flammable liquids, petrols and spirits, like the dry sand, or Fire Extinguisher with Foam or CO2 Gas base. The water used had further spread the fire to the streets and the neighboring areas, particularly to the workshop just behind the said pump. More than reprimanding the Petrol Pump for failure to make arrange of Fire Extinguisher, the unprofessional and unpreparedness of Fire Brigade department of Meghalaya Fire Services needs immediate reform, starting from Fire Safety Week coming in the month of April annually.

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Doctors’ security, patients’ health care lockhorns in Maharashtra

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the resident doctors in government hospitals across Mumbai and some parts of Maharashtra continue their mass leave since March 19, 2017 as a mark of protest against the recent spate of attacks on resident doctors in areas such as Dhule, Nashik and Sion, the agitating doctors, in their leave applications, have said that they cannot work under such life-threatening conditions.
The agitating doctors adopted the Mass Leave as an option because the Mumabi High Court had passed an order that the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) cannot call for a strike. There is a general belief that the supposedly spontaneous decision of the resident doctors to go on leave is a ruse to in fact go on a strike.

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Khaike Paan Banaraswala in UP is Ban by CM Yogi Adityanath

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
One of the most popular songs of Bollywood - Khaike Paan Banaraswala from the movie Don, sang by Kishore Kumar has been remade, but this song was kept in its original this time sang by Udit Narayan, who has personified the Paan – betel leaf from Banaras also known as Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, a holy city of the Hindus and a sacred place of Shiva, located on the Ganges River, a place where the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign was first launched and which has banned gutka and pan masala in government offices, on the third day in office by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Yogi Adityanath.

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Lack of Youth initiative, ideological differences in Regional party keeps Congress stress-free

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After the great show of strength by capturing Uttar Pradesh, there is a clear indication of the Anti-incumbency of Non  Bharatiya Janata Party rule state, taking advantage of the Modi wave. However, in the state of Meghalaya, where the ground work of visiting the constituency have started, the Ruling Congress is still confidence of coming back to power, although accepting the number of seats might dropped compared to last election. 
As the Congress led government have less than a year term, before the state go for General Assembly Election sometime in February – March next, the regional parties continues to  play a constructive role as the Opposition Members in the 9th Legislative Assembly. Like a popular song which says: The winner takes it all and the loser has to fall, so also the Indian National Congress who gained 29, and latter one more through bye- election seats in the House of 60 are taking all the limelight.
On the other hand, all the regional parties are still conducting the postmortem over their failure to perform in the 2013 election. All though one general blames game is the use of money power; it actually means which individual party has used more money. There is no denial every individual party in the fray has some way or the other did used money power, the voters during 2013 election have learned the lesson from the past. This time the voters took the cash from all party who offered, but the ultimate decision was on individual which button they would like to press without the influence of the cash received.

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General masses in Meghalaya still lack sense on social issues

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The citizens in Meghalaya are known to be socially conscious people. Especially during feast or mourning of the acquaintance or neighbour, at least a member of the family participation is expected and assumed to be compulsory. Also any aspirant politician steps into the arena of politics via such occasion(s). But when it comes to social issues, the similar crowd seen in the house of feast or mourning gets fragmented. The social responsibilities are considered as the business of others and not self. It is strange how the legislators, Civil Societies, Pressure Groups and others claim to be acting on behalf of the masses.
To begin with, no individual household came out to protest against the supply of contaminated drinking water, even after various pressure groups came out with tested report. Even it has been admitted on the Floor of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 are not fit for human consumption. The muddy water with earthworms, human hair and others foreign bodies coming out from water tap, are all considered the business of others and not self. As the rainy season creeping in, very soon such contaminated water will be reaching every household in the state.

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