UNENDING KULBHUSHAN SAGA

One step forward, two steps backwards. This has been India’s experience in its dealings with Pakistan. The Kulbhushan Jadhav case is one example. With the International Court of Justice making it clear that Pakistan must review the death…

POLITICAL CIRCUS IN KARNATAKA

The obituary of the 13-month-old JDS-Congress government in Karnataka has been written. The BJP is itching to form a new government, it being the largest party in the assembly and having the muscle-power to take matters forward with able…

Who owns Meghalaya?

The demand by the Meghalaya Land and Forest Owners’ Association (MLFOA) that the State Government should assert its authority and seek a Presidential decree to exempt Meghalaya from central mining laws etc., because Meghalaya is a Sixth…

POLITICS SANS PRINCIPLES

This is time for defections in politics. With the Lok Sabha polls seeing the BJP emerging as an unassailable force, the mood in the Opposition is downbeat. A leadership crisis in the Congress has further complicated matters. Selfish…

AILING RAILWAYS, PPP MODE

On Friday, Parliament heard that the Indian Railways will not be privatized as a whole, but the PPP mode would be adopted for new lines and projects so as to generate much-needed funds. In effect, this would be a partial privatization of…

Clean Shillong Initiative

The recent plastic onslaught on the Umiam Lake has left Chief Minister Conrad Sangma with no option  but to take the bull by the horns. The incessant rains recently have not only exposed the shoddy road construction work but also the…

Is Sustainable Tourism a Myth?

By Patricia Mukhim The other day we saw a release from the West Jaintia Students’ Union (WJSU)warning “outsiders” not to interfere and raise any alarm on the limestone mining in the area since  “limestone” has been gifted by God for the…

TIME TO END HOUSING WOES

The Supreme Court’s intervention to set right the wrongs in the housing sector is timely. Chaos reigns in the sector and the scenario is worsening due to lack of governmental interest in this important matter. The apex court has asked the…

Human and Child Trafficking in Meghalaya

One of the prime reasons for human trafficking is poverty and Meghalaya as a state is increasingly dipping below poverty line. This can be measured from the under-nutrition and malnutrition of its growing population and women in the…
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