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RS Seat A Gift To Gogoi THE hallmark of a healthy, vibrant and vigilant democracy is an independent judiciary. In this regard, the post-retirement nomination of former chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to Rajya Sabha is a very unfortunate decision, especially as the nomination comes a few months after he retired. He was the judge behind the Supreme Court …

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A Peep Into Epidemic Diseases Act

The balance between raising red flags and keeping the city ticking is a delicate one, and it is a fine line that any administration must draw LEKHA RATTANANI THE decision of the Maharashtra government announced by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday to stamp all those ‘home-quarantined’ for exposure to the coronavirus and the reactions it has drawn highlight the …

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COVID-19 Crutch For Propping Up SAARC

India’s unstated message to its neighbours behind this initiative was loud and clear – that it will stand by them in coping with the spillover S D MUNI THE killer COVID-19 is prompting the reactivation and revival of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a bold and positive initiative to engage with his …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Act Fast On COVID-19 AMIDST worries about how to halt COVID-19 transmission, Indian Council of Medical Research has warned  that  India  has  30  days’  time  to  halt  the  onset  of  Stage-III  or  community  transmission  of  the  coronavirus.   India  has  no  time  to  lose,  and  the  country  must  take  steps  for  wider  testing.   Wider  testing  and  quick  access  to  testing  facilities  …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Unwarranted Panic THE decision of the state government to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 appears to be a cruel joke on Goa when our state is already reeling under the pangs of economic meltdown. The country inherited the particular act from the British Raj; the law was enforced in India at a time when Goa was not part of …

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‘Intra-Hindu’ Tussle Over Idea Of India

The women of Shaheen Bagh have reclaimed what others had ceded to an aggressive nationalism of violence, hatred and divisiveness SAEED NAQVI THE Idea of India is being fiercely contested within Hindu society. Rampaging communalism is an offshoot. The latest to pick up the glove are two senior members of the Indian Foreign Service. Deb Mukharji, 1964 batch, former high …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Highly Irrational GST System GST-system is highly irrational as far as spare-parts of cars as the rate varies a lot. While clutch-assembly attracts 28 per cent GST-slab, clutch-bearing attracts 18 per cent GST slab. Surprisingly even car-battery comes into luxury segment attracting 28 per cent GST. There is irrationality in GST slabs of other items like sweets, salted items, biscuits …

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Fragile Foundation Of Banking Trust

Swift action of RBI and the government will hopefully lead to a rescue of Yes Bank Ajit Ranade ONE of the most telling episodes in the aftermath of the failure of Yes Bank is the scramble by state governments to move their deposits to public sector banks. It brings back memories of 2008, when in the wake of the Lehman …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

ISL Players, Staff At Risk THE Indian Super League (ISL) final between ATK FC and Chennaiyin FC slated on Saturday will be played without any spectators at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second time that an ISL match will be played to an empty stand after the game between North East United FC …

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Ban Large Gatherings

BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE,Faridabad OVER 1,32,700 people in at least 111 countries have been infected with coronavirus. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has also tested positive. Now the PM Justin Trudeau has decided to work from home for 14 days but has no symptoms and is not being tested. Like the worst stock market crash in …

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