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No-trust at wrong turn

What started as a mild storm was destined to end with a whimper. No one expected the Modi government to fall right now; least of all the Opposition. Yet, the big question was why a No-Trust motion at this precise hour. Having gone through…

Congress weighed down by Dynasty

In the Congress Party, the more things change the more they remain the same. On Monday July 16, when Congress President, Rahul Gandhi reconstituted the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, with a mix…

Govt Should Accord Top Priority to Public Health

Patricia Mukhim “The health of people is the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend” – Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister. Going by the above prescient quote from one of the great British…

Short-selling Meghalaya Tourism

Meghalaya is soon going to lose its pristine beauty which is its unique selling point. Anyone who passes through the Umiam Lake Viewpoint on a given day will see the load of garbage strewn all along that venue. It’s as if people don’t know…

Our health at stake

That fish procured from Andhra Pradesh is laced with formalin was rumoured since long. But despite having a medical doctor as Chief Minister for nearly seven years and despite his strident criticism that fish coming from outside the state,…

MDA – the inherent contradictions

Coalition politics is at best a marriage of convenience and at worst a nightmare. Satisfying the demands of coalition partners can often be a nightmare. The events playing out before the by-election to the Ranikor and South Tura assembly…

Dwindling forest cover of Meghalaya

There have been repeated incursions and felling of trees inside the Reserved Forests of Garo Hills, particularly East Garo Hills but the State Environment and Forest Department continues to live in denial of this daylight robbery of timber…

Cracks in NATO

The NATO summit predictably began with US President Donald Trump launching a tirade against Germany, the most powerful member of the organisation in Europe. He said that a natural gas pipeline deal had left Germany totally controlled by…