Tuesday , 16 October 2018
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Police Bill 2008

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WITH the next Assembly session upon us this month, it is imperative that the Draft Police Bill 2008 be kept off the agenda. Such an alarmingly repressive Bill that seeks to give the government and police almost unfettered powers to suppress the democratic rights of the people, demands close and careful public scrutiny.

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Eye on Throne

Few would have any issue with the ‘Odarpu Yatra’ of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, son of former Andhra chief minister, the late Y S Rajashekhara Reddy, starting from Ichchapuram in Srikakulam on the AP-Orissa border on July 8 which apparently aims at consoling the families of those who died unable to bear the shock of YSR’s death.

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FDA’s Laudable Effort

FDA’s Laudable Effort

INDIA’S Rs 100-crore mango trade is fraught with the danger of losing market support and initiative due to the get-rich-quick schemes of vendors who artificially ripen the fruit using chemicals. As in other states, in Goa too the king of fruits has been pushed out of markets as the consumers are not too willing to eat chemically ripened mangoes.

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Weaknesses of the Police System

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA

THE Indian police are not as bad in protecting human rights as they are made out to be by the media and civil liberties organisations. Before condemning the entire force for the lawlessness of a few, it is necessary to clarify the criteria for judgment and to respond to the explanations for failures advanced by the police themselves. For irrational and motivated criticism will do more harm than good to society.

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The Popular Current

FOR the first time India observed a ‘Bharat bandh’ with life completely on hold. And for the first time political parties of left and right made a common cause to articulate people’s grievances and challenge the UPA government’s decision to end control of petrol prices, causing spurt in the prices of petrol and LPG.

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Reinventing Kolkata

THE Left Front government had changed the name of Calcutta to Kolkata and now the Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee, after assuming the reins of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation intends to give the city a blended character.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Power from Waste

GOA has been grappling with the problem of garbage disposal for far too long and there seems to be no solution in sight. Almost every municipality and panchayat in the state is finding it increasingly difficult to scientifically dispose off the garbage that is being generated everyday.

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Puzzling Relationship

TALIBANI suicide attack at Lahore’s Sufi shrine, Data Gunj Baksh shrine might have forced ordinary Pakistanis, including the conservative religious leaders across the country to come to the street and demand a new offensive against Taliban, but it certainly does not manifest a unity with well-defined purpose.

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