Letters to the Editor

Education woes

Editor, Shillong’s reputation as an educational capital remains undoubtedly the unchallenged attraction and a preferred destination of students from the North Eastern states. The premier educational institutions are a paradise for aspiring students seeking admission to every stream of excellence offered by these institutes. However, all fame and no excellence is now the trend as is evident from the final results of students who [Full Article...]

Regarding MPSC

Editor, The recent notification concerning MPS mains examination has again brought MPSC into the fore and for all the wrong reasons. The subject matter of recruitment and selection is always a sensitive one and as such it is flabbergasting as to how such an important and strategic organization could even contemplate to act in such an irresponsible manner. In relation to this issue, I [Full Article...]

Complacency of Khasis

Editor, The views expressed by Willi Gordon Suting in your daily under caption ” Complacency of Khasis” (ST July 26, 2014) made excellent reading. In fact it is an eye opener not only for Khasis but for all the people irrespective of their caste or community. It has a bearing on youngsters of all hues. Nowadays children of affluent parents do not care much [Full Article...]

Complacency of the Khasis

Editor, We the Khasi people are complacent and self-satisfied with our standing in society. We don’t have the desire to learn more or to achieve more. I can take the example of my own college and university life. When I would want to go to the library, my friends would say, “Now you’re trying to be an intellectual. Come go with us to the [Full Article...]

Functions of a rapporteur

Editor, Recently, a number of news items have appeared in a section of the Press regarding my role as Special Rapporteur for the North-East in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). From these news items, it appears that the reporters filing their stories are not aware of the functions of the Special Rapporteur. Owing to this, the public as well as some NGOs seem [Full Article...]

MLA cum MDC – the spirit of the law please!

Editor, A controversy has erupted in Khasi Hills. It is created by the eight MLAs cum MDCs in Khasi and Jaintia Hills (plus two in Garo Hills) who enjoy double pay and perks as dual law-makers. Demands have been made for their disqualification as members of the Legislative Assembly as they were elected in spite being already members of the District Council. They have [Full Article...]

Minister’s bizarre explanation

Editor, Apropos the news items relating to the job scams in the Soil and Water Conservation Department, it is to be expected that government officials would continue to commit such irregularities with impunity because of Government apathy. We have read enough about circulars or instructions being issued by the government from time to time to its employees such as those relating to maintaining punctuality [Full Article...]

Minister’s bizarre explanation

Editor, Apropos the news items  relating  to the job scams  in the Soil and Water Conservation Department, it is to be expected that  government officials  would continue to commit such irregularities  with   impunity because of Government apathy. We have read enough about   circulars  or instructions  being issued   by the government from time to time to its employees such as those  relating to maintaining  punctuality [Full Article...]