Thursday , 23 May 2019
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A Fine Line

TOO much is being read into the objections raised by the Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar to an advertisement in some newspapers of Patna showing him together with the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who is there to attend the BJP national executive meet.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Innocent Unless Proven Guilty

THE Nadia death case which has rocked the state is becoming more and more baffling with every passing day.  There seem to be more questions than answers. Even though the investigation is in progress, various NGOs and individuals have already passed the verdict and labelled the ex-tourism minister not only as a suspect but as the real culprit.

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Good Governance as Antidote to Maoism

By INDER MALHOTRA
TWO former Army Chiefs, Generals Shankar Roy Chowdhury and V P Malik, and a former Vice-Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant-General S K Sinha, who has had the added advantage of serving as governor of two insurgency-ravaged states, Assam and Kashmir, have in recent days written thoughtful articles on combating the Maoist challenge.

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US Double Standards

THE statement of  the All India Congress general secretary, Mr Digvijay Singh that the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Arjun Singh had no role in helping the chief executive officer (CEO) of Union Carbide, Mr Warren Anderson flee the country after the Bhopal gas disaster in December 1984 has posthumously put Rajiv Gandhi in spot.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Deemed Universities
THE new Guidelines issued by the UGC to regulate deemed universities must be welcomed. Presently, these so-called universities are fiefdoms of certain families; some member of the family is the vice-chancellor, another is the pro-vice-chancellor and their relatives and friends occupy important academic and administrative positions in the university.

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Need for New Initiatives in Kashmir

BY FAZAL MEHMOOD
THE two day visit of Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to J&K generated a mixed response from political parties in the Valley. The PM invited all political parties for dialogue as to prepare ground for all round development of the strife-torn state. Dr Singh’s visit only underlines the importance of reviving the political process. More than half of the solution to the Kashmir problem is within Kashmir itself.

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Food for the Poor

AMONG the most prominent tasks UPA-II has assigned itself is to provide food security to the poorer sections of the population. It is assumed that food availability is not the problem in the nation, but the ability of the poor to buy it.

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Significance of Dabolim

THE assurance of the state government that the Dabolim airport would be developed according to international standards should cheer up those sections of politicians and citizenry who were thinking that with the approval of a second airport at Mopa the old airport would be given a step-motherly treatment by the Centre—worse, it might be closed.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Obstruction on Road
THE La Marvel Colony at Dona Paula has its own power grid within the premises, accessible only by a small cul-de-sac. Construction activity is going on in the vicinity, and builders have dumped their materials on the road,

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Manipur needs Peace not Politics

BY DAWA TSHERING

LIFE in Manipur, wracked by insurgency and under a draconian act giving special powers to the armed forces, is never easy. The blockade had made it even more perilous.

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