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Sena’s Fireworks And BJP’s Choice

Political pundits explain the current exchange of pejoratives between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra as mere “posturing” before the municipal polls in the state. The pundits say the Sena has a big stake in the civic bodies as they give the party both local leaders and works and enough resources to cater to the electoral constituencies. There …

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Musharraf Proposes, Sharif Disposes

FORMER Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s admission that Pakistan created the Taliban to fight Soviets in Afghanistan in the late 1970s and 1980s and then supported and trained groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir has ripped apart the façade Pakistani army and political leadership had for decades tried to maintain when badgered by charges …

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Regulating Seating On Private School Vehicles 

THE state transport department today started a drive to take penal action against auto vehicles that ferried many more children to school than their capacity would permit. The campaign is in compliance with the directive of the Bombay High Court which had admitted a suo motu petition on overcrowding of school buses.

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Work, Don’t Play Musical Chair

The municipal election results have come as a mixed bag for BJP that almost made it like a semi-final before the final in 2017. BJP-backed panels won majority in 6 councils – Mormugao, Mapusa, Pernem, Bicholim, Sanguem and Curochorem-Cacora – while Congress-backed panels won 3 – Margao, Valpoi and Quepem – with Cuncolim and Canacona ending in a tie. The …

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Chhota Rajan, Whose Nationalism Is Sham

FOR a while there was confusion whether the man the Indonesian police arrested at the Bali airport on Sunday was really the underworld don Chhota Rajan. The confusion perhaps arose more due to incredulity than a mix-up of his face with another criminal wanted by India nicknamed ‘Cyanide Mohan’  who had trapped 20 women in marriage and killed them by …

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Making Goans Direct Beneficiaries of Projects

Certain groups are beginning to raise objections even to the IT hub and habitat that the Goa government is planning to set up. IT sector is one of the business sectors that is non- polluting and that holds out hopes for self-employment and employment of Goan youth who otherwise have to migrate to Bengaluru, Pune and other cities in search …

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Why Pakistan Avoids Bilateral Dialogue

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s call in Washington on Thursday for “third party mediation” to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan was more intended for his political constituency back home than for seriously mobilizing US intervention. Of course during his meeting with US President Barack Obama he raised the Kashmir issue; of course, Kashmir figured in the joint …

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Vote For Councillors Who Wouldn’t Steal

Voters will elect representatives to 11 municipal councils in the state on Sunday, hoping for better civic services. Though the municipal elections are not fought on party lines, political parties use them to try out each other’s influence and strength. The parties also back candidates who could emerge as their nominees in Assembly elections in the future. Nearly all candidates …

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Establishing Real Peace In Villages of Haryana

ON Tuesday, two children of a Dalit family in Sunpedh village in Haryana were burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries allegedly after a group of upper-caste Rajputs set fire to their house while they were sleeping. From all accounts it was a revenge killing. A year ago, there was a violent clash between a group of Dalits and a …

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A Civilising Mission for Goa’s Drivers

Making over a dozen roads in Panaji one-way helped in reducing congestion and making driving smoother and walking easier for pedestrians. It was not only the city residents who benefitted from it but also visitors to the capital. With the success, the authorities have decided to make the one-way traffic management plan a permanent one.

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