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Has the Central government remained indifferent to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic situation that is rocking the nation now? The lurking suspicion is prevailing in the minds of the people as an atmosphere had been created till December last year that the deadly disease that made an inroad into the entire world last year, courtesy China, was controlled with precision, especially in India. The government realised the dastardly effect and its catastrophe when the crisis escalated and reached an alarming proportion from February this year.

However, the problem cropped up when the Union Health Minister cautioned the patients not to visit the hospitals, as the oxygen was available in plenty. The patients, however, much to their chagrin and discomfiture found out the shortage of oxygen and drugs like remdesivir.

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The Draft Meghalaya Youth Policy 2021 has been tabled by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya. It is believed to have been drafted keeping in mind all stakeholders in the state striving towards the development and empowerment of the youth. The document has been developed after conducting consultation workshops and deliberation meetings with the Deputy Commissioners of various Districts, government departments which includes the Health and Family Welfare, Social Welfare, Education, Labour Department, Planning, Commerce and Industries, Arts and Culture, Tourism, Forest, Information Technology, and external agencies and bodies such as Indian Institute of Management, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, and Ernst and Young LLP.

While trying to understand the methodology followed in drafting this policy and the highlighted salient features, there are a few important observations that have been elaborated as follows.

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The Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contemplating for privatisation of the nationalised banks for quite some. It was not surprising when the decision was announced by the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the budget recently. She also made it crystal-clear that the government’s intention is to fine-tune the performance of the public sector banks and the privatisation would only augur well for their long-term growth. She was also not averse to informing that henceforth the private banks would take care of the government-related work like the Income Tax and Pension scheme, instead of the nationalised banks, speaks volume of the government’s seriousness in facilitating the process.

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Speculating about what will be outcome of any election in any region, be it Assembly, parliamentary or even civic bodies’, polls can be of a tall order provided it is a triangular contest. In Assam, the Assembly election round the corner, this time by all account, seems to be a triangular one, with the main struggle at most constituencies being between the two major adversaries at the fray spilling the bean against each other, that is between the rainbow ruling combination in Assam with the Bharatiya Janata Party –led coalition and the grand old party, the Congress-led six party new grand alliance. In 2016, the Congress fought the State Assembly election on its own because the AIUDF influence that time around was declining in the State as then winning 13 seats against 18 seats bagged in the 2011 Assembly polls.

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Mighty Teesta River, flowing through the Northeast India and holding key to the region’s prosperity through generation of power and other multipurpose projects, now has become the focal point of forthcoming Indo-Bangladesh talks.

The reason is long standing dispute between India and Bangladesh over sharing of its water. Dhaka wants lion’s share of water while Delhi is justifiably claiming more since the river originates in Sikkim. Dispute, as a result, continues.

Bangladesh also depends much on Teesta River as it also flows through this country like many other rivers which, though originated in India, terminates there. The stretch of Teesta River is about 121KM on which 21 million Bangladeshis depend. But India’s dependence on Teesta River is much more as it is the lifeline of Sikkim and North Bengal.

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