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A Human Face

THE prospect of displacement from land you considered your home always evokes a feeling of fear and uncertainty. Demolition has an element of finality. It signals the end of a chapter in the life of a family and the beginning of a new one fraught with difficulty and hardship.

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Flip-Flop on Environment

THE red light which halted the progress of the Posco bandwagon has turned to green. The ` 50,000 crore project, which envisages construction of a mammoth steel plant and a port facility was stalled by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) after a four-member committee noted that several irregularities had been committed.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

TCP Amendment Bill

IT is reported that the Goa Legislative Assembly has introduced the TCP (Amendment) Bill 2011 to amend sub-Section(2) of Section 45 for raising the maximum limit of fee for filing an appeal before the TCP Board from the present ` 500 to ` 10,000 (NT, February 2). Reason:

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Need to Curb Aggressive Hindutva

BY KULDIP NAYAR

THE Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor has written to the government to provide protection for his campus. He was reacting to the emergence of a group of Hindu terrorists who have reportedly made the Aligarh University as one of their targets.

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Health of Goa’s Economy

THE statement made by the Governor, Dr S S Sidhu in the Assembly that the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) had grown by 13.03 per cent at constant prices in the year 2009-10 needs to be analysed for where really such a very high growth, well closer to the growth in developed states such as Gujarat, is coming from.

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Left in the Lurch

The fate of 1,555 students, duped by a sham university in California and now stranded in the US, lies in the balance. Most of them could lose their visa status and the opportunity to study there if they are not granted admission to other universities.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Sorry State of Margao

THE Chief Minister, while inaugurating the Assonora bus stand is reported to have said that it is the pride not only of Tivim constituency but of entire Bardez taluka and gave credit for this development to the MLA of the constituency, Mr Nilkant Halarnkar.

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Karnataka: Conflict of Interests

BY JAYANT MURALIDHARAN

IT is unending saga where there is conflict of power or ideology between a state governor and a chief minister. Since governors are appointed by the ruling party at the Centre, and the state government is having some other political formation, there is bound to be conflict of interest and priorities.

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Limits of Lamenting

AS a columnist, I realise that whatever amount of corruption I expose, half my readers will block it out, although they may get a frisson of joy in the process," wrote Margaret Carlson, the first female columnist of ‘Time’ magazine in 1994.

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Egypt in Chaos

EVEN as Egyptians are planning a one million man march in protest against the regime of Mr Hosni Mubarak, elsewhere in the world there is a sense of foreboding. What will come next if Mr Mubarak goes? What happened in Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen appears to be spreading and the future appears uncharted.

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