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Mockery of Panchayat Raj System-III

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
WHAT are the immediate and long term consequences of paralysing the panchayat raj system? The immediate consequences are seen everyday–whether it is breaching of bundhs, flooding of farms, emergence of Chikungunya, controversy about alignment of the bridge over Sal river, the pollution of Colva creek or the illegal alluvial sand mining at Capao, Sao Matias and near Amona-Khandola bridge.

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Systemic Failure

A DAY after eight paramilitary troopers were killed by Maoists in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh, almost an equal number of Maoists were killed in Orissa by the Special Operation Group.

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Goan Maritime Enterprise

GOA’S Industrial Policy is for encouraging projects with high economic viability. In his budget speech the Chief Minister called for boosting industrial production and announced a task force to identify and prepare a report on under-utilised and unutilised industrial plots in the industrial estates to meet the land-needs of investors.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Environment Friendly Projects
WE are seeing an extreme boom in housing projects these days. Whether we like it or not the fact is that housing facilities make life a lot simpler and safer as they have ample parking space, electricity back-up and 24-hour security among other facilities.

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Sad Record of Coalitions

BY INDER MALHOTRA
IT was V P Singh, then Prime Minister, who coined the convenient expression ‘compulsions of coalition politics’. He did not elaborate but his meaning was clear: all kinds of unsavoury compromises would have to be made and loudly proclaimed high principles thrown to the winds if, in an era when coalitions had become unavoidable, unwieldy combinations of motley parties had to be kept together.

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Bumpy Road for Britons

LABOUR has lost but the Conservatives got no mandate either. After 36 years Britain has a hung parliament again, which could take the UK’s troubled economy from bad to worse. Of course, the past is not necessarily a guide to the future but down the line at some level it helps to redesign and shape the policies.

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Need for Vigilance

THE Goa police have arrested a naxalite Shambhu Beck, allegedly a leader of a hitherto-unheard-of ‘Maowadi Trishul Manch’ along with his 17 accomplices.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Disaster Waiting to Happen
ALL the respective municipalities and panchayats and the state government should open their eyes and see the devastating situation that has taken place at Carambolim where garbage along with plastic materials were seen blocking the gutters thus creating chaos in that village.

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UPA’s Unethical Ways of Survival

BY P RAMAN
MR Pranab Mukherjee can rightly feel proud of the massive majority with which he got his finance bill passed in the Lok Sabha. The combined opposition had put up a stiff fight against India’s most market-friendly union budgets.

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Doing India Proud

DR Nitin Nohria, Richard P Chapman Professor of Business Administration, has been named the dean of Harvard Business School. This is the most prestigious assignment that has ever been offered to an Indian-American.

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