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India-US Ties Upbeat The first 2+2 strategic and diplomatic dialogue between India and the United States in New Delhi is said to be a success story.   The Indian foreign and defence ministers met with their  US counterparts.  It was good to see both countries following-up from where  President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi left.   New Delhi and Washington have …

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Glory To All Professions

Joao Barros-Pereira, Velsao While anyone and everyone is eulogizing the virtues of teachers and the teaching profession, I who was a teacher for 30 years cannot help but think it is a once-in-a-year discriminatory activity, and unnecessary celebration. Now is a good time as ever to end it. In a famous English poem written two centuries  and more ago, the …

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Technology Will Spur Transport Industry

Surajit Das A report in the ‘Wall Street Journal’ predicts that India’s combined workforce will increase by 12 million each month, making it the youngest working population in the world by 2022. Sixty-five per cent of India’s population already falls in the working-age bracket, which means that a considerably large group of commuters from across the country travel long distances using personal vehicles and public transport. In …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Democratic Strongmen All over the world, democracy seems to be throwing up dictators as heads of government who can subvert the democratic processes and do pretty much what they want like gross misuse of public funds or lording it over the cabinet or flying abroad on jaunts or treatment of personal medical problems or demanding VIP treatment all paid for …

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Parking Woes Turning Roads Into War Zones

PACHU MENON, MARGAO When we speak of traffic awareness among the masses, there is a tendency to equate it with the disciplined and orderly movement of vehicles on our thoroughfares without creating any bottlenecks. Rising incidents of road fatalities has prompted authorities to enact stringent laws to make commuting a pleasant experience for the public. Using helmets and seat-belts have …

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Growth: Learning From World’s Experiments

Amit Kapoor Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, the dream run of the world economy came undone with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, revealing a rotten scaffolding of financial skulduggery beneath. Lehman’s failure had been the inevitable fallout of a systemic economy-wide pattern of irresponsible lending financed through issuing exotic new financial instruments that had fuelled the American housing …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Democracy Needs Fighters All over the world, democracy seems to be throwing up dictators as heads of government who can subvert the democratic processes and do pretty much what they want like gross misuse of public funds or lording it over the cabinet or flying abroad on jaunts or treatment of personal medical problems or demanding VIP treatment., all paid …

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Traffic Awareness Among The Masses

PACHU MENON, MARGAO When we speak of traffic awareness among the masses, there is a tendency to equate it with the disciplined and orderly movement of vehicles on our thoroughfares without creating any bottlenecks. The frequent safety campaigns organised by the transport department to educate the public on the nuances of safe driving have however failed to bring about the …

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Rebuilding Environment-friendly Kodagu

SIBI ARASU Heavy, incessant rainfall is a fact of life for the people of Kodagu (the erstwhile Coorg district) in Karnataka. “For the old-timers here in Coorg, the last few months of rain was nothing new. None of us was really expecting such incredible damage to happen though,” said Pavita Subbaiah, a resident of Madikeri. Subbaiah and her husband had …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Supreme Court Verdict On Section 377 A Right Move In our euphoria about the Supreme Court rightly putting down Article 377 that criminalises LGBTs, we forget to ask one question. Why cannot an intimate relationship between people be called a friendship instead of as lesbians, gays or bisexuals? It cannot be so because such relationships go beyond the emotional bonds …

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