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UPA-II: Time to Push Reforms

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
IT’S no coincidence that the first anniversary of the United Progressive Alliance’s return to power should witness nationwide protests against its industrialisation policies which are massively dispossessing vulnerable people.

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The Arrogant Rule the Roads

WE were sad to hear of a number of traffic policemen falling sick owing to heat at the peak of the summer. Although Goan summers are not typically an Indian summer, the rise of the mercury can cause severe discomfort and also illness.

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Pakistan’s Double Face

IT is not hard to tell why a three-judge bench of the Pakistan Supreme Court has dismissed Pakistan government appeals against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed’s release.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Wasteful Expenditures
IF we make a list of the absurd and outrageous ideas our politicians have come up with, Ms Mayawati’s will sure top it. After squandering away Rs 6000 crore of hard-earned, tax-payers’ money for realising ‘her’ dream, she now wants special statue protection forces (read white elephant) to guard them!

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Problems Lingering with UPA-II

BY KULDIP NAYAR
MAOISTS kill 40 more people, including security officials, at the same place, Dantewada, in Chattisgarh where some Gandhians had marched for peace earlier in the week. Essential supplies continue to be blocked by the Nagas to the north-eastern state of Manipur.

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A Lacklustre Performance

THE Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s remark– “I believe that the record of the first year of UPA-II is a record of reasonable achievement but I am the first person to admit that we could have done more” –sounds like covering up for opposition criticism.

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Forward March

THE argument that frequent shuffling of directors of tourism tells poorly on the performance of the department is valid but at the same time not entirely correct.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goa’s Changing Identity
GOANS concerned about losing their identity and being reduced to a minority due to the burgeoning migrant population that is fast changing the demographic pattern and way of life in Goa, have one more reason to be worried about because of the indiscriminate and wanton move to rename Goa’s traditional ‘vaddos’ to ‘nagars’.

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Aviation: Erosion of Standards

BY T K KRISHNAMURTHY
THERE have been too many ‘near misses’ for comfort, and it is time that the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel realises that aviation is serious business, and restores the professionalism that is slowly but firmly evaporating.

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Unhealthy Fruits

FRUITS and vegetables boost our immune system, are good antioxidants and have anti-ageing properties. But what happens if they have chemicals in them? Can we say the same thing?

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