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Ballot Defeats Bullet

TWO states and a union territory went to the polls on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu clocked a record 80 per cent polling, while in Kerala 74 per cent turned up to exercise their franchise. In the Union Territory of Puducherry, 83 per cent voters cast their ballot.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

A Biased System
LOOKING at the present situation, it looks like things in our beloved country will never change for good. As things stand, we witness in our everyday lives how different laws apply for different people.

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India Must Put N-Power on Hold

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

WHAT do social scientists Ms Romila Thapar and Mr Ramachandra Guha, dancers Ms Leela Samson and Ms Malavika Sarukkai, former bureaucrats-diplomats Mr S P Shukla and Mr Nirupam Sen, retired Navy chief Mr L Ramdas, writers Ms Arundhati Roy and Ms Nayantara Sahgal, scientists Dr MV Ramana and Dr PM Bhargava, artists Mr Krishen Khanna and Mr Vivan Sundaram, and former vice-chancellors Mr Mushirul Hasan and Mr Deepak Nayyar, have in common?

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Unsafe Landings

It seems rather strange. The Airport Authority of India, which runs the Dabolim civilian airport and representatives of the navy have a meeting to discuss maintenance of the airport runway and adjust the timings in a manner that would cause minimum disruption to commercial airlines flights. Accordingly, the AAI issues a notice to airmen (NOTAM) giving details of the work schedule which also clearly mentioned that the precision approach path indicator (PAPI),

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Loss of Focus

A casual statement by anti-corruption crusader, Mr Anna Hazare has got him in a spot. Mr Hazare had apparently praised Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi for development in the state.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Better Bus Service

THE proposed strike by the All Goa Private Bus Owners’ Association (AGPBOA) will only serve to add to the woes of the commuters who remain stoically silent in the face of the mounting hardships encountered by them.

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Mixed Emotions over Hazare’s Campaign

BY KULDIP NAYAR

WHEN a civil society exhausts its patience, it comes out on the streets. It is angry, but peaceful. Such was the phenomenon one witnessed in India a few days ago. The country was ablaze with passion, petulance and purity for four days. The mood was to overhaul the entire system which people considered rotten to the core.

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The Kaiga Alarm

The decision of the Goa government to dispatch two senior officials to the Kaiga nuclear plant to discuss disaster management and organization of a mock drill shows that the government is worried about the after effects in case of a nuclear accident at the plant.

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50 Years Ago

Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space, the first by a human being. It was a path breaking development in science and shook the US out of it slumber.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Games Politicians Play

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IN response to the mass movement launched by Mr Anna Hazare, the nation’s politicians have started their usual agenda exercise of causing confusion and dividing the people. One political party, in order to discredit Mr Hazare’s movement, has accused the Gandhian of setting a bad precedent.

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