THE central question in the elections to the Bihar Assembly, scheduled in six phases from October 21 to November 20, is whether a majority of voters would reward the state’s Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar for being a doer.Read More »
THE Magsaysay award winner Mr Arvind Kejriwal’s call for giving decision-making powers to the gram sabhas is sound in principle. After all in a democracy, people are supreme. Yet, we must take care to draw a line between the romantic and the realistic view of democracy.Read More »
Redefining Civil Engineers-I
THIS is with reference to the news item, ‘Reginaldo takes up for civil engineers over notification’ (NT, October 14). The decision of the Goa government to re-define civil engineers in the newly proposed ‘Goa land development and building construction regulations, 2010’, though discriminatory, should not be construed as a move to phase out diploma holders, but a means to regulate, safeguard and rein in the malpractices in present day civil engineering practice.
BY RAJDEEP SARDESSAI
IT has been my considered view that December 6, 1992 would not have happened in the age of 24-hour news television. Through the forest of mikes and broadcast vans that would have swarmed the disputed site in Ayodhya, it would have been impossible for either the UP government or the Centre to deny knowledge of what was happening on ground zero.
The managing director of the Konkan Railway Corporation, Mr Bhanu P Tayal’s bold announcement to invest Rs 75 crore in creating additional infrastructure in Goa sounds too good—and ambitious—to believe.Read More »
India’s entry into the United Nations Security Council after a break of 19 years might be a cause for celebration in diplomatic circles, but one should not forget that real power in the SC is vested in the Big Five – USA, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia, all of which have a veto power.Read More »
Refund HSRP Costs
The government is understood to have terminated the Shimnit Utsch contract for HSRP licence plates, which some of us were forced to compulsorily purchase at the government approved rate of Rs 1400 without which registration of vehicles was made impossible.
BY MONISH TOURANGBAM
The recent diplomatic spat between India and Pakistan during the United Nations General Assembly over Jammu and Kashmir yet again underscored the distrust and uncertainty that defines their relationship. The exchange of acidic comments between the two sides more than demonstrated the uphill task that officials will face in moving forward on other issues of importance.
Last week a bench of the Supreme Court comprising Mr Justice Markendaya Katju and Mr Justice T S Thakur remarked that nothing moves without money.Read More »
The arrest of the owner of a beauty parlour in Candolim for the second time leaves one with a sense of doubt over whether the police are really smoking out sex offenders or merely targeting genuine business houses.Read More »