HNLC bandh an opportunistic move

THE outlawed HNLC has jumped into the much touted controversy surrounding the powers and functions of the Rangbah Shnong which was challenged by the Meghalaya High Court last year. The militant outfit is calling a 48-hour bandh beginning today (May 26) and is leveraging on this issue to gain public support and popularity as are other political wannabes and political parties. This is the [Full Article...]

Skills development

Much of India’s population- 62%- is 15-59 years of age. Political leaders topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have acknowledged that the country’s education system fails to meet the needs of the young. It is necessary to train the huge number of young people who join the work force every year. There is a hiatus between the demand for skilled labour and its supply. [Full Article...]

The Central Monitoring System

THE Supreme Court has struck down section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Net neutrality has to be observed. But little progress has been made with curtailing the expansion of the state’s surveillance capabilities. The NDA government has on the contrary pledged to speed up the functioning of the Central Monitoring System(CMS) which is reminiscent of Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984. The CMS [Full Article...]

One year of Modi Government

GOVERNMENTS are famous for producing their own report cards when they cross 100 days in office or a complete a year. Hence the assessment of the Modi Government’s performance is not a novelty. What has raised the temperature of the nation is because there were high expectations from Narendra Modi since he had promised growth, minimum government and maximum governance, Acche Din and a [Full Article...]

Crisis in Egypt

THE death sentence awarded to former President Mohammed Morsi marked the climax of the Egyptian drama. The spirit of the Arab spring has been crushed by the Military court. The expectations of the people stridently articulated at Tahrir Square in Cairo in January 2011 have more or less melted away. True, the tyrannical rule of President Hosni Mubarak was brought to an end and [Full Article...]

Democracy on hold in Garo Hills

ELECTIONS to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have been postponed four times. His is unprecedented in the history of Meghalaya. The Government’s plea is that certain sections of the Sixth Schedule have to be modified to enhance the number of seats in the GHADC from the existing 30 to 40 (35 directly elected members, with five nominated members). This was the demand [Full Article...]

Passage to China

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s three day visit to China produced little that is significant politically. There was no clarification of the Line of Actual Control and the final settlement of the boundary dispute is still up in the air. The joint talks called for more confidence building methods. China has not really backed Delhi’s claim to a permanent seat at the United Nations Security [Full Article...]

Child Labour Law

  The Union Cabinet has passed amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1981. Employers of children will in future be more severely penalized for violation of the Act. The ban on children below 14 employed in hazardous occupation has been expanded to those between 14 and 18. Children will however be allowed to work in family-owned business, at home and in [Full Article...]