Wednesday , 24 October 2018
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

British Legacy of Wearing Gowns - I
THE Union Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh has rightly sparked debate on continuing with British legacy of wearing special gowns at convocation ceremonies at universities, when he himself publicly removed his gown at such an event.

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Af-Pak Policy and Obama Visit

By INDER MALHOTRA
PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s sudden visit to Kabul–his first to Afghanistan during the 14 months since he moved into the White House–was sudden and surprising. It was also short; lasting only five hours but its outcome could be significant and lasting.

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Number Plate Scam

On December 16, 2009, the government extended the deadline till May 31, 2010 for implementing its May 8, 2008 judgment making it mandatory for vehicles to have high security registration plates (HSRP), but the way the project was unethically handled and the credentials of one of the suppliers of HSRP have come under scanner, it appears the task could not be accomplished with timeframe stipulated by the apex court.

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Educating All

On April 1, the UPA government announced fulfillment of the pledge made to the country by the past political executives of giving all the children the right to elementary education.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Indecisive Goa Government
CONSIDERING the number of agitations that have been conducted recently in Goa, it seems like Goans have taken to protesting against anything and everything that concerns development in the state.

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Armed Forces and Human Rights

BY SANCHET BARUA
TEN years ago, Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila began a ‘fast-unto-death’, protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Among other things, this controversial legislation empowers Army personnel, down to non-commissioned officers, to use force after giving due warning, ‘even to the causing of death’, if they are convinced that it is necessary to do so for the ‘maintenance of public order’.

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Only Technically Correct

The Supreme Court’s decision that the Bihar government had no competence to challenge the acquittal of Mr Lalu Prasad and Ms Rabri Devi in the disproportionate assets case may be legally and technically a correct order, but it in no way affects the merit of the case.

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Overtaxed City

Nothing could illustrate the political and administrative incompetence and bankruptcy of the Corporation of the City of Panaji than its decision to hike the taxes ranging from 100 per cent to 5000 per cent.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scourge of Honour Killings
A HARYANA court has set a good precedent by awarding death sentence to five persons involved in the brutal murder of a young couple for marrying against the wishes of their community. The killers were none other than the close relatives of the girl–her brother, two uncles and two cousins.

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