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Active Scamsters, Non-Active UPA

BY P RAMAN
MEDICAL Council of India chairman arrested for taking Rs 2 crore bribe * Multimillion IPL fraud involving the nation’s high and mighty * Four ministers of UPA government in big-ticket scams * Multi-crore business lobby networks influence government’s decisions, seek tax cuts and get undue favours

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Slaves of Media

THE shift in the Indian media from hard news and healthy entertainment to soft news and titillation is getting more and more apparent. Even the façade of decency and serious purpose it had until recently has been thrown off.

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Nation’s Pride

THE BCCI, team managements and captains often try to shrug off all defeats as a ‘part of the game’. After all, they say, ‘you can’t hope to win every tournament or game’. No two opinions. But what happened at T20 championship in West Indies during the past two weeks with the Indian team is difficult to pass off as something part of the win-defeat cycle. It was absolute disaster.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

State must not Yield to Khap Demands
THE Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily did the right thing by ruling out amending the Hindu Marriage Act in order to accommodate the Khap panchayats demands. The so-called honour killings are illegal and unacceptable.

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Caste Continues to be King

BY INDER MALHOTRA
THERE can now be no escape from the caste-based census that independent India had wisely never had before. Even in British days when the caste of everyone was recorded during the enumeration of population, the pernicious and divisive practice had ended in 1931, exactly 80 years ago. Because of the Second World War no census was held in 1941.

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Why Poor turn Maoists

THE recent weeks have witnessed a significant change in the approach of the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram toward the ‘Maoist problem’. His latest statement is that there is a ‘huge trust deficit’ between government and people in the areas of Maoist influence across the country and the government would now deliver more inclusive growth in these areas.

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Traffic Scenario

THE decision of the state government to seek assistance of the Central Road Research Institute for preparing a report on road traffic scenario needs to be explained for its rationale.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Missing Road Dividers
ONLY a couple of months ago, a generous industrialist from Vasco da Gama had donated a large number of road dividers with reflectors to the traffic cell of Goa Police,

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Tighter Check on Radiation Risks

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
THREE weeks after a Delhi scrap dealer was exposed to cobalt-60 and developed acute radiation sickness, the radioisotope was finally traced to a Delhi University chemistry laboratory.
Radiation is an especially insidious poison, being invisible. One of the 11 exposed scrap-workers died. Others are reportedly gravely sick.

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Cameron’s Blinkers

ON his very first day in office, Britain’s new Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron broke his promise “to forge a new special relationship” with India by putting an annual limit and new curbs on migrants from India.

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