LET us hope the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh meant it when he said that the administration should not overlook the fact that many areas in which extremism flourishes are under-developed and many of the people, mainly poor tribals who live in these areas have been denied the benefits of our ambitious developmental programmes.Read More »
THE state directorate of panchayats has submitted a proposal to the government to amend section 3 of the panchayati raj act to facilitate the demarcation of boundaries of the panchayats.Read More »
Saving the Environment-I
I FULLY support the Diocesan Bishop of Vasai, Archbishop Felix Machado, who along with Rev Fr Francis de Britto’s Harit Vasai Andolan has joined the residents of 53 villages to protest against the builder sharks attacking the Vasai-Virar belt in Maharashtra.
BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
FOR much of history, the world’s peoples lived under despotic rulers. The monarch’s will is all that mattered–there was no rule of law. Political rights developed only in the last century. Soldiers would round up suspects; judges loyal to the monarch would try them. Until the Modern Age, the armed services and the police were one.
THE United Nations investigation report on slain former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto has not precisely identified her killer; instead it has blamed the former military regime for failing to protect her and called for a thorough investigation.Read More »
IT is a matter of shame that one of the canteens of the Goa Medical College has been employing child labourers notwithstanding the fact that the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 strictly prohibits this system.Read More »
Pagan Practices in the Church-I
I FULLY endorse the views expressed by Mr Bosco Vaz in his letter ‘Paganism in the Church’ (NT, April 20). Idolatry and pagan practices, such as the pouring of oil over the statue of Mother Mary have been flourishing in the Catholic Church as well as in the hundreds of Marian shrines in India and abroad.
S N SACHADEVA
OCCASIONALLY, very occasionally, the military mind here hits upon a good idea. The offer to supply nuclear fuel cycle services under the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards may be one of those ideas. Let’s begin with the science bit in this maze of scientific jargon and high-stakes international politics.
IT is really tragic that the two most powerful persons in the Indian political establishment the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi who had opened the gate of the Indian politics for Mr Shashi Tharoor had to eventually make the most painful decision to show him the door.Read More »
THE 28 year old Bengali girl, Rinku Basak has become the victim of the “Minister’s Order”. In May 2008 the then railway minister, Mr Lalu Prasad out of generosity had offered a job under disabled quota to the three feet tall Rinku at a rally.Read More »