Tuesday , 25 September 2018
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A Fresh Beginning

THE prime ministers of India and Pakistan have agreed to break the logjam in bilateral relations. Nothing was conclusive; and Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani’s word that Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use its soil was sheer rhetoric.

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Goa’s Financial Blues

THE Governor, Dr S S Sidhu in his address to the budget session of the Assembly has pegged Goa’s growth at 12 per cent. But Goa’s fiscal health does not appear to be as good as Dr Singh felt and expressed on the floor of the house.

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Abolish the Khap Panchayats

BY P RAMAN 
THERE has been wide acclaim after a trial court earlier this month awarded death penalty to five caste panchayat leaders for killing a young couple who had violated the gotra rules. To get such a verdict against the Khap leaders in Haryana and certain adjoining areas is not a mean achievement.

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A Great Betrayal

History has repeated in Jharkhand in ten years. Mr Shibu Soren had voted to protect the Narasimha Rao government in 1991 and after ten years he voted for the Manmohan Singh government on the cut motion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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Direct Dialogue with People

The panchayats in Goa are so obsessed with their own agenda and interests that they are prepared to go against the directives of the Panchayati Raj Act. Else, there was no tenable reason for 11 panchayats including Taleigao, Merces, St Cruz and Chimbel not holding their gram sabhas in April which is mandatory according to the PR Act.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Frequent Power Failures
Power failures have become an everyday affair in Mapusa city, inconveniencing its citizens. With the temperatures soaring high, it becomes difficult to stay in the house without either the fan or the air conditioner on.

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Chidambaram’s Lame War

BY RAVINDRA SHUKLA
THE Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram’s remark that “something went wrong,” during the anti-Naxal operation in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh is an admission that the flawed plan drawn up by the home ministry, the so-called ‘Action Plan’ created in October 2009, for the anti-Naxal offensive in the country needs to be revisited.

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An Unusual Traitor

THE second secretary to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Ms Madhuri Gupta could not be bracketed with the famous women spies Mata Hari and Virginia Hall, because she allegedly operated for her lover.

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