Tokyo Olympics

Curtains rise today on the Tokyo Olympics, ending a long delay and months of uncertainties caused by the Covid’s deadly sway. The glittering, action-packed events will engage the world for 16 days even as the shadow of the pandemic looms…

How long is too long?

By Patricia Mukhim In Meghalaya the Covid infection rates and deaths have been fluctuating. Government is in a dilemma whether or not to relax the lockdown norms. The primary concern of those running the Government is that the rise in…

Gangrape amidst the pandemic

The news of the gangrape of a 14 year old girl in South Garo Hills in the midst of the pandemic is both shocking and troubling. While the girl was fortunately found and rescued by a police team from Rongsa Awe, what is alarming is that she…

Showdown in parliament

A stormy start to Parliament’s Monsoon Session was expected anyway. That’s how the Indian Parliament functions. Every time the two houses assemble, there will be a backlog of contentious issues to be raised to put the government on the…

Vaccine & communications challenge

Health Department officials must be appreciated for going the extra mile to create a platform where the voices of citizens, their fears and anxieties are being addressed and their questions answered adopting the participatory model.…

Monsoon Session

It’s time to take stock of the situation in the country. Parliament begins its Monsoon Session on Monday. Apart from presentation and passage of a string of 20 bills, major issues of the nation are bound to come up for discussion. Among…

Manipur back to lockdown

The Manipur government has imposed a strict 10-day lockdown in the state, starting 18 July. This came after Manipur reported its highest single-day surge over the past few days as the state recorded 1,104 fresh Covid-19 cases over a span of…

Violence, rape in Bengal

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has indicted the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government for the “gross apathy” it showed in containing the mob violence following the huge electoral success of the ruling Trinamool Congress…

Who’s the referee?

By Patricia Mukhim “In 1985, a Committee headed by YV Chandrachud, retired chief justice of India was constituted to go into the claims and counter claims by Assam and Meghalaya on their areas of dispute.” Even before any talks on the…

Reinventing education

To say that the Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted learning is an understatement. The forced closure of educational institutions has resulted in an abrupt end to education as we have known it. This has pushed school managements to evolve and…