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Tripura government employees oppose, CM allays fears of performance review

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Employees will always oppose any appraisal of their performance, worst so are the government employees, who consider that the government job they hold is their birthright in their own respective state. While none will accept periodical review of performance, which is one of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, which none of the state government has enforced as the impact that this will have on the staff is widely known.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is well known for his controversial press-statements, till he was summoned by the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, has this time picked up one of the most contentious topic as he had issued the circular saying that there is a need for a periodical review to ascertain whether the government servants should be retained or retired in public interest.

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Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted: Supreme Court

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Supreme Court (SC) of India while condemning mob lynching incidents across the country, has directed Parliament on July 17, 2018to enact a Law to deal with the crime that threatens Rule of Law and the country’s social fabric stated in most direct term: Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to become a new normal, as it is the Constitutional duty of the Judiciary to take a call to protect lives and human rights.
The remarks of the three - member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkqar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud came on petitions seeking the court’s intervention to curb violence by vigilante groups across the country. The bench said that when the vigilantes involve themselves in lynching or any kind of brutality, they put the requisite accountability of a citizen to law on those who are venting.

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Shukla claims nation has accepted GST, advocates reduction of transaction costs

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After a year of Goods and Services Tax (GST) being rolled out since July 1, 2017 many untapped tax payers indeed are compelled to pay the tax, however, there are still a few pockets who continue to be defaulters, while others are not qualified to be registered under the new law. However, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla claims that the nation had accepted the GST just one year after its implementation despite the initial reluctance due to its perceived complexity.
Shukla even claims that even those who were earlier critical of the new tax regime have now accepted it to be a “good and simple tax”. The Minister added that this was because all decisions were taken with consensus among the GST Council members which included representatives from all states.

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Arrest of Drug Inspector by ACB a wakeup call for all states

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The sleuths of Vigilance and Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Assam police, based on a complaint received from a pharmacy owner arrested a Drug Inspector- Jugal Baruah here for allegedly accepting bribe from one Dipak Katoky- a pharmacy owner of Mahimabari at Titabar in the district. It is said that Baruah had demanded a bribe of Rs 20000 from him after inspecting the pharmacy recently and pointing out certain anomalies, the drug inspector was caught red handed while he took the bribe.
According to the official, Baruah had demanded the bribe after calling Katoky at his office by threatening that he would suspend the license of the pharmacy on these alleged deficiencies. He has been arrested in the ACB case number 15/2018 under Sections 7/13(1) d/13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

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Mock drills turn fatal in Coimbatore College, NDMA not involved

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In one of the saddest turn of events, a disaster management training session at a college in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district turned disastrous as N. Logeshwari a 19-year-old student was killed during the exercise on July 12, 2018. As seen in a video that has gone viral, the victim was seated on the sunshade just below the second floor of the college building with a trainer identified as Arumugham standing next to her asking her to jump towards a group of students, who were on the ground holding a net. As she jumped, her head hit a sunshade and she suffered serious injuries and succumbed on the way to the hospital.

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