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An Exemplary Punishment

The world discus champion Dani Samuels (Australia) has joined a long list of stars to pull out of the Commonwealth Games. His plea: It’s enough to worry about performing, worrying about where to sleep and walk is another thing.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Relax Lending Rules
IT was surprising to read that Forsche, the all-women taxi service (by women and for women) which has been plying the streets of Mumbai and Delhi is struggling to sustain as lending agencies (banks and micro-credit institutions) have refused to grant it loans (NT, September 20).

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Recognising Kashmir’s Identity

BY KULDIP NAYAR
I HAD an interaction with some Kashmiri young men at Delhi this week. There was no doubting of their indignation and exasperation. The killings in the Valley, more than 80 since the beginning of stone pelting in June, were very much on my mind and I wanted to know what could be done.

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A Festival without People

IT is sad and disheartening that the third South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) went almost unnoticed and unattended. Absence of organisers, hurried departures of filmmakers, technical errors in screening of films, last-minute alterations of film schedules, poor selection of films… the list is endless. Clearly this festival, which was conceived by the South Asian Foundation to ‘dissolve boundaries’, is not working.

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A Mutually Agreed Solution

LET us hope the all-party delegation visiting Jammu and Kashmir makes a good beginning to create a favourable political climate for dialogue with all sections in the state.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Decongesting Panaji
THE CCP decision to commence pay parking in Panaji is a wise idea for the municipality coffers, but not so great an idea for vehicle users and shopkeepers. A municipality is supposed to make life easier and provide services to the people. The same applies for governance.

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Dynasty and Beyond

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI
IT was a made for television moment: on the night of the Jammu and Kashmir election verdict in 2008, we had the Abdullahs, Dr Farooq and Omar, together on an analysis show. ‘Would you rule yourself out as the next chief minister?” we asked Dr Abdullah.

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Thinking Public Transport

The decision of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) to introduce pay parking in three zones in the city is perhaps a last-ditch effort to bring some order on the city’s roads. Last week tenders were awarded for collecting parking fee at the Dona Paula jetty, 18 June Road and selected areas around the market.

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A Frightening Reminder

In November-December this year the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram would have completed two years without a terrorist attack. But that was not meant to be.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ayodhya Verdict
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court is scheduled to pronounce its judgement on the Ayodhya dispute on September 24 and television channels have already begun creating a hype surrounding the issue.

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