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Bargain in Chennai

DR Manmohan Singh’s cup of woe which was already filled to the brim has spilled with a pouring from Tamil Nadu. The DMK, which provides a wafer-thin majority for the UPA in the Lok Sabha with 18 MPs, has decided to quit.

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Waiting for Promises

IN another seven days, citizens of Panaji will go to the polls to elect their ward representatives who will collectively decide the future of the city. Every panel that aspires to rule the Corporation of the City of Panaji has launched its campaign with door-to-door visits.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Inefficient Passport Office
I APPLIED for a passport for my wife and myself in the month of August 2010. We received our passports in the month of October 2010. But my wife was issued a passport with a wrong date of birth.

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Democracy may Overcome Gaddafi

BY INDER MALHOTRA

IN the midst of region-wide mass upsurge in West Asia and North Africa for change–already successful in Tunisia and Egypt–attention is now focused on Libya whose tyrannical, ruthless and megalomaniac ruler, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has already turned it into an inferno.

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PM in Dock

What is legally wrong is not necessarily morally wrong," said Mr Abhishek Singhvi, spokesperson of the Congress party. He was essentially defending the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and the Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram after the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of Mr P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

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Ray of Hope

News that the Goa Medical College is now equipped to undertake transplant of kidneys calls for popping the champagne bottle, even though the facility is still to receive the green signal from the appropriate authority to commence operations.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Konkani in Roman Script

This in response to the letter, ‘Education in Mother-Tongue’ by Mr Augustus Alphonso (NT, March 2), appreciating the concept of disseminating Konkani through the Roman script.

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Hostage-Taking Not True Maoism

BY ARUN SRIVASTAVA
DURING the last couple of years, Maoists have evolved a new strategy; to abduct officers primarily for pressuring the state governments to release their jailed comrades. No doubt this strategy has succeeded in some cases but by no means could this be attributed as a classic Maoist action.

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Legitimacy to Radical Islam

THE assassination of Pakistan’s Minority Affairs Minister, Mr Shahbaz Bhatti, by armed gunmen is symptomatic of a larger battle between religious extremists and liberals.

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A Backward Step

IT seems utterly shocking that the state government sat tight while the Goa Dental College lost affiliation of the Goa University for the Master’s in Dental Surgery Course.

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