Wednesday , 21 November 2018
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Congress Trying to Come Out of Quagmire

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
The Congress finds itself in a real tight spot for the first time since its return to power in 2009 as part of the United Progressive Alliance. The entire Opposition united against it in demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the 2G telecom scandal, and put it on the defensive.

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Making a Difference

In 2003 Brazil launched ‘Bolsa Familia’ a scheme by which money was put straight in the hands of the poor without having to go through the bureaucratic system. Around 12 million families have now joined the scheme which ensures they get $12 a month (around Rs 500).

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Nature’s Fury

If global warming as articulated by the Greens looms large over the planet, how come it’s getting colder and not warmer? For the most of December almost all of Europe and parts of the United States and Canada have been battling record levels of snow fall.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

When PM is Ignored
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is in a piquant situation. The fact that former telecom minister, A Raja did not heed his advice is indicative enough to show that Dr Singh lacks the will to put his foot down on certain issues. The Railway Minister, Mamata Banerji often throws tantrums flouting the guidelines from the PM and his office.

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Ominous Signals

IF there is one quality that separates a dictatorship from a democracy it is the capacity to absorb and assimilate dissenting views. To not only accommodate opposition in every sphere, but also give it enough space to grow.

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The Right Track

IT is difficult to flaw the decision of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to dispatch a team to conduct an inspection of examinations conducted by schools, even though the method to be adopted has not been revealed.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Burglaries at Religious Places - I
FOR quite some time now, temples and churches have proved to be soft targets for robbers. The latest robbery at a temple in Quitla-Fatorpa wherein burglars decamped with gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh, as estimated by the committee members, apart from cash of Rs 25,000, is another stark reminder.

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On the Fringe

A GOVERNMENT job has always been like a prized possession. The pay is good, the perks even better and the work not back breaking. Over and above, the retirement benefits are a steal. Hence, the urge to squeeze oneself into a government department is quite universal in Goa, while the ability of the government to accommodate all aspirations limited.

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