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“Lightning BOLT”-End of an Era

Usain Bolt a.k.a the “Lightning BOLT” misses out his perfect retirement medal to American sprinter Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations in London.

This was Bolt’s farewell sprint before his retirement after the conclusion of the ongoing London IAAF Championship 2017. Gatlin sprinted to his glory in 9.92 seconds while his fellow American Christian Coleman finished in 9.94seconds and Bolt clinched unto his bronze medal in 9.95seconds. With this win Gaitlin became the oldest sprinter to clinch gold medal in short distance track at the age of 35.

 

Bolt is currently the reigning Olympic champion in three events (100,200 4x100) and will go down in history as the greatest Olympiad who has ever competed in track event. He holds the record of winning the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m at three consecutive Olympic Games. The eleven-time World Champion, Bolt has won the World Championship 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 metres relay gold medals consecutively from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100 m during the 2011 championship due to false start .

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Umkhrah : what has thou to tell? 

Dondor Giri Nongkhlaw
Geomorphologist

 Lately Umkhrah river has been a burning topic of discussion because of its dreadful conditions, it really is a topic of grave concern, environmentally in terms of pollution, culturally and spatially in terms of unplanned proliferation of settlements on its banks. It is a river that people have praised, that poetry have been composed and songs sung and as people have come so people have gone its name would be etched forever in the geographical landscape of the Shillong Plateau as long as it flows whether clean or dirty. 

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National green tribunal

steps over vague policies

Sumar Sing Sawian

The Lukha River in Jaintia Hills, near the border with Bangladesh, runs Gatorade blue due to sulphate pollution from Meghalaya’s coal mines.The state government is now in a quandary, as how to wriggle out, over the total ban of haphazard and wanton mining of coal in the state, which was imposed by the National Green Tribunal since April 17 in the year 2014. Because of the indifferent and callous attitude of the government, which had allowed for so long the primitive method of coal mining, the government has to now to bite the dust. Since the inception of Meghalaya, forty years ago, the state is now facing an annual revenue loss of rupees six hundred crores. The government had allowed the coal barons to rule the roost, at the cost of environmental degradation, which can never be recuperated overnight.

The financial wizards of the state, are now in a fix and have to possibly satisfy themselves in a shoe-string budget. It is indeed a lesson to be learnt in a hard way by the government, in taking for granted of the coal resource and also other minerals such as limestone, which cannot be taken for a ride. In fact the state government had prepared a policy on mining of minerals since the year 2012, but strangely enough, this policy had been kept in cold storage, less it offend the coal barons, who have been given a free hand in the exploitation of the miners, without any reserves.

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Polluted Kopili's Dark Shadows Over Cachar Paper 

The only PSU of Barrack Valley that is dependent on the mines of Jaintia Hills which had been directly responsible for the death of many rivers in the region.A first-hand account of the direct co-relation of the ensuring Ban by National Green tribunal and the Cachar Paper Mill.Impending coal crisis looms large over Cachar Paper Mill located at Panchgram in Barak Valley

It may sound incredible, but is true. Pollution of the far away Kopili river has cast particulearly dark shadows over Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Barak Valley. The only public sector undertaking in the south Assam established in 1988, has an annual capacity of producing 1 lakh metric ton of writing and printing paper, providing direct and indirect employment to hundreds of people and contributing towards the economy of the region.

Ironically the Kopili river originating in the Meghalaya plateau and flowing through the Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Kamrup and Nagaon districts has been severely affected by unscientific coal mining in its upper reaches in Meghalaya leading to acidification of the river which has, in turn, left a part of the river’s course biologically dead, making the water unfit for human consumption and leading to frequent outages at the Kopili Hydro Electric Project dams. Besides, several other streams and rivers have also been polluted. Significantly, the river is the source of drinking water in the lower reaches of Dima Hasao and other districts.

According to the state,it is 3.4 million m.t while the owners of mines claim it to be 9 million m.t

In view of the seriousness of the problem, All Dimasa Students’ Union filed a petition before the National Green Tribunal(NGT) against the evil effects of rat-hole mining. NGT headed by Swatanter Kumar and Ranjan Chatterjee, consequently issued an order dated May 19, 2014, that directed the state of Meghalaya to ensure that the unscientific and illegal mining is stopped forthwith throughout the state and any illegal transportation of coal suspended until further notice. After thorough examination and on the spot verification, the Tribunal found serious air, water and environmental pollution due to unregulated and indiscriminate mining. Streams and underground water have been severely contaminated, jeopardizing environment and human health.

From Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

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The Accidental Prime Minister? 

Manmohan Singh Set to Retire on a Slump


The magazine Eastern Panorama had in 2011 called the Anna Hazare - led Movement - the Indian Spring of People’s Power. This writer had also said that the ‘first draft’ for the obituary of the Manmohan Singh Government was written when the key Congress ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal mishandled the entire Anna movement.

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