Sunday , 21 April 2019
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Radia Tapes:Threat to Democracy

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
AS the telecom scam over the 2G spectrum reverberates, two magazines (Outlook and Open) have reproduced partial transcripts of certain telephone conversations between Ms Nira Radia, a corporate lobbyist for the Tata and Mukesh Ambani groups, and several top journalists and politicians. These show journalists illegitimately acting as political lobbyists.

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No Easy Solutions

NEWS that five panchayats in the Bardez taluka–Candolim, Calangute, Odxel, Pilerne-Marra and Assagao, have identified land for setting up garbage treatment plants should make the people of these villages heave a sigh of relief.

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Sensational Leaks

THE Saudi King describing Pakistani President Zardari as the greatest obstacle to the country’s progress; US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referring to India as a self-appointed front runner for the UN seat; Israeli President describing Pakistan as his ‘private nightmare’; how India was kept out of the Turkey talks on Afghanistan…

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Deduction against Unwanted Schemes
THIS refers to the editorial ‘Finally, Number Portability’ (NT, November 27). Mobile number portability is not as urgent as dealing with the illegal methods practiced by some mobile phone operators. 

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Time to Reinvent IFFI

WHEN a well-known film critic like Mr Derek Malcolm says the International film Festival of India lacks a passion for cinema, it is time to sit up and think. Mr Malcolm is more than qualified to make the comment; after all he has been following IFFI for the last 35 years. So this isn’t the statement of a malcontent first timer, but an observation backed by experience and in-depth knowledge of films and film festivals.

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Out in the Open

THE expose of the Radia tapes has brought to light the ease and comfort with which major decisions, even allocation of portfolios in the union government, are lobbied for and influenced by powerful politicians, businessmen and media personalities.

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Murky SEZ Story

The order of the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court squashing and setting aside the land allotment to developers of seven designated Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the state has put the brakes, temporarily or not, on unplanned and mindless industrialisation. As of now the Goa Industrial Development Corporation has four months to make fresh allotments and if this is not done then the GIDC can take possession of the land.

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