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Exchange of Bravado

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of “unbearable damage” if it tried to impose a short or long war on his country. For all we know this is sheer rhetoric, a kind of bravado army chiefs use to cheer up their boys at a gathering of importance.

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No Members for Village Development Committees 

We wonder why some NGOs make so much noise about lack of “people’s empowerment” when village panchayats in Salcete cannot find any “people” to become members of village development committees? Aren’t social activists no better than politicians they love to skin alive day in and day out – just good in words and poor in action?

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Rich Rewards of A Gandhian Mutiny

The ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) have called off their fast-unto-death but decided to continue their relay hunger strike “till the order to implement OROP is received in black and white.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have hoped that with his announcement on Sunday that pre-mature retirees (PMRs) would be included under the OROP scheme the ex-servicemen …

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Beware of Poison In Fountain of Youth

AT least a dozen young persons aged 20 to 30 years are suspected to have died of heart attack in Goa in the last few years as a result of using chemicals such as growth hormones or steroids for body growth. Use of growth hormones and steroids has been not uncommon among athletes engaged in competitive sports and Hollywood actors …

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How to Win Tamil Hearts in Sri Lanka

THERE is a lot of churning going on in Sri Lanka. More than three decades later, a Tamil has become the Leader of Opposition in the island nation’s Parliament. Of course, R Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – the third largest party – won the Leader of Opposition office not by virtue of numbers but owing to …

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Great Expectations From A Liberal Pope

Pope Francis has told Catholic priests to pardon women who have had abortions during the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, a directive that might reanimate the debate on why should not the Vatican accept abortions as legitimate. It would be too far-fetched to see Francis’s order as legitimization in any way of abortions.

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Magic Trickery Is No Religion

Although the murderers of Kannada writer and rationalist M M Kalburgi have not been caught yet, evidence so far suggests that he lost his life to the fanaticism of elements that portrayed him as an “enemy” of Hinduism because he was campaigning against superstitions and false beliefs.  These elements were the ones who had threatened to kill him. The local …

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Realpolitik in Bihar

THE Swabhiman Rally of the Nitish Kumar-led political front comprising his party Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress attracted huge numbers at and around Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday, giving enough reasons for the BJP-led political front to think as it is banking almost entirely on the crowd pulling power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for …

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Deterring Rash Drivers

IN an accident on National Highway 17 at Gaunsawaddo, Mapusa  on Sunday a critically ill patient, who was on his way to the Goa Medical College Hospital in an ambulance, died on the spot while six others including two other patients suffered injuries when a truck rammed into the ambulance.

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A Better Deal For Farmers

A couple of hours before Congress president Sonia Gandhi joined Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad at the Swabhiman Rally in Patna on Sunday, the ripple effect of their mobilization was felt in New Delhi when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at his Mann ki Baat that his government would formally pull the plug on the amendments to the land acquisition …

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