Wednesday , 27 March 2019
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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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Let Qureshi Row be No Roadblock

BY INDER MALHOTRA
NO twist or turn in India-Pakistan negotiations surprises anyone. But what has happened after the foreign ministers’ talks in Islamabad last week is more than usually bizarre. In effect, what Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr Shah Mehmoud Qureshi, has done is to excel his past performance and raise the ante so much as to queer the pitch for the present at least.

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A Haunted Minister

SOHRABUDDIN’S ghost haunts the Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah and Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. In November 2005, the state anti-terror squad killed Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi allegedly in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

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Save Mandovi

TWO years after the media first exposed it, the Goa government has woken up to its social and political commitment and accepted the fact that 10 out 11 cruise boats operating in the waters of the Mandovi were disposing various types of garbage and waste directly into the river.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Let’s have a Constructive Discussion
THIS monsoon session, we request our honourable members to please note that the Legislative Assembly is a sacred democratic institution. Do not desecrate it by un-parliamentary actions and behaviour. Please debate to the point and brief questions and enlightening answers should be the norm.

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Complex Web of Afghan Politics

BY S N SACHADEVA
THE one-day international conference on Afghanistan (July 20) attended by around 70 international representatives, including 57 countries and 11 regional and international organisations, including the UN secretary general Ban-ki-Moon, suggested to the President, Mr Hamid Karzai to “clean up political and economic reforms and improve governance, including the fight against the Taliban”.

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Dubeys and Jethwas

At least two anti-corruption initiators were killed: engineer Satyendra Dubey in  2003 for exposing corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project in Bihar, and now RTI activist Amit Jethwa for exposing illegal mining in Gujarat. What is intriguing is they were exposed and murdered only after they filed the complaint with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

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Mockery Of Democracy

What happened in the Bihar assembly on Wednesday must make every Indian hang his head in shame. Though the Speaker has suspended 67 legislators for throwing slippers on the chair and indulging in vandalism, this is not enough to restore the prestige of the house.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goan Minority Reservations

THE elected representatives belonging to the Christian minority community have done little or nothing to safeguard the interests of their community in providing employment opportunities to the Goan minority Catholics in the government service.

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