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Goa’s Urban Poor

POVERTY is the last thing the mind conjures up at the mention of Goa. Goa is very high in the list of states on human development indices. Its per capita income is next only to Punjab and Delhi. Yet there are several thousands of families in the rural and urban parts of the state who are extremely poor.

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No Sex Change

WOULD we have less of corruption if women were to rule? The lust of women such as Ms Aadilakshmi, assistant director of tourism, Karnataka, who demanded and was caught for accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a resort owner on Thursday, would make us highly sceptical.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Favouritism in Govt Recruitment
WHEN the state is besought with a number of pressing problems like drug peddling, custodial deaths, spate of murders and rising road accidents, the least the electorate could expect from the ruling party when they assembled for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet would be to deliberate strongly on these burning issues and find means to contain them.

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A Leader Not in Control

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
INDIA’S Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is now a fairly isolated figure in the government and the Congress. His initial enthusiasm is vastly subdued, and the good doctor has been unable to come up with effective formulae for tackling inflation and spiralling prices.

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The Dangling Sword

THE reshuffle made by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh of a few portfolios in his ministry hardly makes any sense to the public. It is too minor to have any impact on the efficiency of the government.

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Improving Goa’s Infrastructure

GOA is seeking special assistance from the central government for infrastructure. Let us hope the efforts of the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to persuade the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee bear fruit. Goa is ahead of several states in terms of infrastructure.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inefficient Economists
IT is said that an economist is a person who will know tomorrow why the things he had predicted yesterday went wrong. We have a top brass economist managing our nation, and yet we are unable to check the spiralling inflation faced by the people.

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Worsening Centre-WB Relations

BY ARUP DEY

BETWEEN them, power aspirant Trinamool Congress(TMC) and the ruling CPI(M) in West Bengal have already plumbed the nadir in their political exchanges.

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Free the Lions

A GROUP of leading citizens, including industrialists Mr Azim Premji, Mr Keshub Mahindra and Mr Deepak Parekh, and two retired judges Mr B N Srikrishna and Mr Sam Variava, and two former RBI governors Mr Bimal Jalan and Mr M Narasimhan, have written an open letter to the nation’s political leaders, expressing serious concern over a series of scams which have led to ‘governance deficit’ in every sphere of national activity.

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Still Not Shy

THE Centre’s decision to get states to pay for the gap between the minimum wages fixed and the wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme is likely to affect Goa, which is one of the richest states where the minimum wages are high.

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