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Downplaying Risks

WHEN the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik said there is no drug mafia in the state he probably had a point. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function held to inaugurate an 80-bedded barrack for policemen in the city he asserted that the backbone of the drug trade had been broken leaving only petty narcotic sellers.

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Russian Connection

The visit of Russian President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev might not have witnessed the media hype that surrounded President Barack Obama’s trip, but in terms of agreements inked it is more significant. The two countries agreed to double trade to $20 billion by 2015.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Skyrocketing Onion Prices - I

The onion prices have more than doubled in a matter of a few days and are likely to touch ` 100 per kilo. Not only onion prices but prices of other vegetables are also spiralling out of control.

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India’s Congress on a Sticky Wicket

BY KULDIP NAYAR
WHEN the efficacy of the parliamentary system is doubted in a democratic polity, the finger may well be pointed at governance. The rulers make a mess of things and blame the system. This is what has been happening in India which, otherwise, remains an open society.

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Manmohan’s Offer

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has decided to step up his defence in the 2G scam, touted as the biggest scandal since independence. Speaking at the concluding session of the Congress plenary, Dr Singh announced that he was willing to personally appear before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee for questioning.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Deteriorating Benaulim
FOR so many decades now, Benaulim has elected (and re-elected) MLAs who have only made the constituency worse.

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Immaturity of India’s ‘Future PM’

BY KEDAR NATH PANDEY

THE BJP can cry itself hoarse against the indiscretion of Mr Rahul Gandhi but the Congress’s Prince Charming is determined to go down that low road of cheap opportunism to try and claim the prime ministerial ‘gaddi’.

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Integrity Begins at Home

THE five-pronged strategy to tackle corruption unveiled by Ms Sonia Gandhi at the Congress plenary session underway in New Delhi is a reaction to the precarious situation in which the ruling party finds itself. In 2009, Transparency International, which conducts a worldwide survey to gauge levels of corruption in various countries, placed India at 84 with a score of 3.4 over 10.

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Welfare of All

December 19, Liberation Day was a day of contrasts. On the Campal grounds the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat announced a slew of measures to benefit different sections of society while taxi and bus owners held a dharna near the Old Secretariat.

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