Tuesday , 19 November 2019
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Soldier’s Death As Election Plank

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA PRIME Minister Narendra Modi asks: “If farmers die then it is an election issue, but when soldiers die then it is not an election issue. How can that be?” Modi is absolutely right in pointing out this hypocrisy. Indeed if death, suicide, abject conditions of the farmers merit as an election issue zealously pointing fingers of accusation …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Experiment With ‘Lateral Entry’ IN June 2018, the NDA government had announced its decision to recruit private sector personnel to the joint secretaries’ post in some key ministries of the Union government.

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Relook At Jallianwala Bagh Bloodbath

ANUSHKA JAGTIANI APRIL 13 is a dark day in India’s colonial history. This year, it marked the 100th anniversary of the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, where Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on thousands of unarmed Indians,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Out Of Tune With Church Teachings THIS is with reference to the news report ‘BJP complains to CEO against priest’s hate speech’ (NT, April 15, 2019). The views expressed by the parish priest of a church in Goa are simply shocking and are not in consonance with the teachings of the Church which has always taught and continues to teach that …

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Low Food Inflation Disadvantages Farmers

AJIT RANADE THE latest data for March shows the inflation rate to be 2.86 per cent. The average inflation during the last fiscal year which ended in March is about 3.5 per cent. This has been a remarkable success story, the credit for which should go jointly to the Reserve Bank of India and the NDA government. It was just …

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Twists And Turns On Rafale Deal

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES In December last year the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to the NDA government on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets worth Rs 59,000 crore from the French company Dassault Aviation and had ruled that there were no irregularities in the decision making process, pricing or in the selection of offset partner in India. …

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Candidates May Win On Their Own Merit

Nandkumar M Kamat GOA’S people feel cheated once again because they know that none of the political party or candidate is serious in presenting to them a time-bound action plan for devolution of powers under the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Curbs On Electoral Bonds Were Long Overdue THE recent interim order by Supreme Court related to the source of funding for elections through electoral bonds as issued to the political stakeholders comes as a very late move at the eleventh hour.

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Housing Sector Awating Reforms

VAIDEHI TANDEL, SAHIL GANDHI As India marches towards a decidedly urban future, concerns about quality of urban living should be topmost priority for policymakers. While there are many urban problems that need to be addressed, inadequate affordable housing is among the most serious. Without affordable housing in the formal housing market, millions among the poor have found shelter in slums …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scorching Sun And Low Voter Turn-Out The recent conclusion of Phase 1 voting for elections in 91 constituencies has resulted in a skewed voter turn-out ratio. The outcome of such a voter turn-out may only be known further as the election progresses in the upcoming phases and may perhaps have an impact with the announcement of results. The Election Commission …

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