Tuesday , 19 February 2019
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Commentary

Driving Hawks to Wall

PAKISTAN’S double game of fighting alongside the US but protecting the Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan was an open secret. At one stage the Bush administration had expressed concerns that the Pakistani army, particularly its Directorate and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Stranded River Princess
IT is understood that the crack in the hull of the River Princess has widened further and there is a possibility that the ship might break into two. As two companies are involved in a tussle to win the bid to remove the stranded ship, it would be in the fitness of things to allot one half of the ship to one company and the other half to the other.

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Madrasas Dithering on Reform

By FIROZ BAKHT AHMED
The deadlock over a government proposal to modernise madrasas, or traditional Islamic schools, illustrates how a ‘minority mindset’ imposed by the ulema (clergy) and politicians could draw Muslims deeper into the morass of conservatism, poverty and unemployment.

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Courts in Fast Lane

TRANSFORMING a traditional high-volume court which every day deals with thousands of paper documents into a modern, efficient and cost-effective e-court with the basic aim of speedy justice delivery is a challenging, arduous, time-consuming and sometimes frustrating task.

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Somnath’s Bombshell

UNLIKE other CPM leaders expelled from the party in the past, who expressed their anger in ideological terms, former Lok Sabha speaker, Mr Somnath Chatterjee has attacked the attitude of the party general secretary, Mr Prakash Karat: he calls him arrogant and intolerant.

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Doctor’s Ineffective Prescription

The three major challenges facing the UPA government are: first, bridge the development deficit to reduce sense of alienation existing in the people; second, remove the weaknesses in farm extension services; and third, design a holistic development programme for Maoist-affected areas.

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A Hard Seat

A research conducted by a team of psychologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Yale University has come out with an interesting finding that people who sit in soft, cushioned chairs are more willing to negotiate and compromise than those seated in hard, cushion-less and uncomfortable chairs.

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