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Data Leaks & Cambridge Analytica

Most users of Facebook never imagined that every detail of their lives which include even their very personal choices such as the kind of food they prefer, the friends they choose, the movies they select and above all the political parties…

State of the nation

It took fifty retired civil servants, many of them now civil society activists like Harsh Mandar, to converge and dash off a letter to Prime Minister Modi, on the deteriorating law and order in the country.  Stating that the Modi…

The Work Permit Conundrum

 The MDA Government has in a rather impetuous manner announced that it would issue work permits to Bangladeshi nationals working in Meghalaya. First of all, no state can decide to give work permits to any foreign national. That is the…

Misuse of Sixth Schedule

The attempt by the MDA Government to use the Sixth Schedule to secure exemptions from central laws governing mining in the state of Meghalaya is appalling to say the least. The Sixth Schedule was created to conserve the customs and…

Niti Aayog for North East

So the Modi Government wants the North East to have a separate NITI Aayog called the NITI Forum for North East, for better delivery. Tripura was chosen as the destination for the first meeting of this newly constituted body perhaps because…

Why harp on mining as the only source of revenue

By Patricia Mukhim Early this month I visited Bholaganj (the Khasi name is Majai), near Shella which is adjacent to Bangladesh in the East Khasi Hills district. This was not a pleasure trip. I was accompanying the Commissioner…

Study on NE students’ performance raises concern

  From Our Special Correspondent GUWAHATI: Findings of a study conducted by NEDFi on the performance of students in mathematics and science in the Northeast are bound to raise eyebrows in the academic circles. According to the…

India’s hour of shame

The gruesome gang-rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua, Jammu has shocked the nation but not the political class and the legal fraternity. This crime took place on January 10 this year and the girl’s body was found a week…

Whither Meghalaya State Security Commission

The State Security Commission (SSC) was set up to insulate the police from interference by the government of the day. In 2006 the Supreme Court directed all states to set up SSCs which should be chaired by the Chief/Home Minister and…