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Rising to the Challenge of a Liberal Faith

By H.H. Mohrmen The Unitarian Union or ‘Ka Senglang ki Nongmane Wei Blei’ as it is known in Khasi is celebrating its 130th anniversary on the September 18, but the occasion also raises questions whether the liberal church has lived up to…

Disgusting, Cruel and Inhuman Cremation

Editor, On September 16, 2017, while attending the cremation of a relative at the Electric Crematorium, Barapathar, I got the shock of my life when I saw how the dead body was interred into the furnace. Those who have witnessed any…

Rise in Oil prices hits economy hard

By K R Sudhaman Critical to any business is stability especially in prices to enable easy planning and execution. When there is volatility in Rupee exchange rate, exporters or importers usually demand stability in exchange rate rather than…

The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

  By Thanggoulen Kipgen On August 25, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched military attacks against 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine state killing at least 12 security personnel including several hundred civilians.…

Abe Shinzo’s visit

Editor, This refers to your editorial “Shinzo Abe’s India visit” (ST- Sept 15, 2017). The determined effort by India and Japan to inject life into their bilateral relationship is showing positive results. Japan PM Abe has rightly said,…

Schools and Education

Ananya S Guha The death of a seven year old boy in a school at Gurgaon highlights how schools have become unsafe for children. Even now, the cause of the death is unclear, although initially the media, as it is usually wont to do,…

Democracy is larger than elections

Editor, Apropos the letter by Michael N. Syiem, no doubt the electoral system in India is very complex in nature and it’s not free from drawbacks. The first past the post system (FPTP) is one of them. It allows a person to be declared…

STEPS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

By Dhurjati Mukherjee Most countries, including India, have announced various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but these are abysmally inadequate. A recent study has again rung warning bells citing serious implications it would…

The embarrassing picture of Meghalaya’s education

By Aristotle Lyngdoh             Despite immense support and efforts from the government to assist various schools and students in the state, the educational scenario is not at all encouraging. The drop-out rate and low literacy level…