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Climate of Hate

The assassination of the Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab, Mr Salman Taseer by one of his own security guards makes one ask the obvious question: What can you expect in a country where hate is the currency? Mr Taseer, one of the few moderates to stand up to the bullying of extremists,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scar on GMC

THE news of leakage of medicine papers of the final year MBBS resulting in the Goa University cancelling the examinations of two papers General Medicines-I and General Medicines–II comes as a shock to the common man.

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Growing Discontent Among Poor in India

By Kuldip Nayar
NOBEL Laureate, Dr Amartya Sen has said at the International Tagore Conference in Kolkata that “a deep political analysis” was required to understand the reason behind violence.

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A Tribal-Friendly Approach

The decision of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to amend the Forest Act to end harassment of tribals and local people by forest officials marks a departure from the colonial approach to protecting forests.

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Ghost of Bofors

Just when the Congress thought it couldn’t get worse, it has. This time it was the turn of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal to deliver the body blow.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Common Man in Distress

THE growing discontent among people lays bare the Congress claim that the party’s objective is to eradicate poverty and not seek power. Apparently, over the years how much poverty has been eradicated needs to be provided through a bar graph.

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Utter Neglect of Jharkhand’s Tribals

By Arun Srivastava
THE ruling powers of India, and particularly of the states like Jharkhand are no longer scared of the 'spectre of Communism' but significantly it continues to haunt them in the shape of Maoism; the latest version of Naxalism. Adivasis of Jharkhand have a long association with the communist-led armed movements but the recent Maoist upsurge has made the urban people and particularly those who have vested interest in the state scary.

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A Senseless Subsidy

THE state transport department seems to have run out of ideas or is perhaps looking for some way to spend its money before the financial year ends. This is apparent from its plan to get all private bus owners to re-paint their vehicles in the same colour.

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At Great Risk

IT was long believed that the assassinations of Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq in 1990 and Abdul Ghani Lone in 2002 was carried out by terrorist groups at the behest of Pakistan. On Sunday, for perhaps the first time a top Hurriyat leader, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat admitted at a seminar that the two leaders were not gunned down by government forces but by ‘their own people’.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Soaring Onion Prices
WITH the market prices of onions still hovering around ` 60 per kg and prices of essentials and consumables at an all-time high, the day is not too far when the ‘aam aadmi’ will be forced to eat cake instead of bread in true Marie Antoinette style.

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