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Taming the Khap

FROM enforcing honour killings to forcing the Union government to amend the Hindu Marriage Act, the Khap Mahapanchayat of Haryana has been literally trying to force its Taliban-type justice. Khap panchayats have meted out cruel judgements on young couples marrying within their ‘gotra’ or lineage.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Shortage of Potable Water-I
EVERY year there is shortage of potable water in Porvorim and other parts of Bardez, resulting in demonstrations and gheraos of the concerned Assistant Engineer of the PWD.

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Goa’s Dying Water Bodies-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
RIVERS have sustained Goa’s major towns. Panaji was a major port of Asia for several centuries. The pre-liberation photographs of huge number of cargo ships and Arab dhows anchored in Mandovi River offer the testimony.

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Nobody’s Cause of Air Safety

The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel has offered to resign owning the moral responsibility for crash of the Dubai-Mangalore flight, Boeing 737-800 of the Air India on Saturday which overshot the runway at Mangalore airport, plunged into a ravine and burst into flames, claiming 158 lives.

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Giving the Poor Their Due

The food security atlas on rural Bihar prepared by the Institute for Human Development in cooperation with the World Food Programme has identified 12 districts of north-eastern Bihar as the most vulnerable “hotspots” in food security requiring intervention.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Mindless Plunder
THE news that oceans may be devoid of fish in 40 years should be an eye-opener for all ‘fishitarians’ in general and Goans in specific. The situation that is going to come after 40 years is the result of greed of human beings who have been plundering Mother Earth to satisfy their need for more.

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BJP Finds Itself in Sorry State

By INDER MALHOTRA
SINCE almost everyone is busy writing the annual report card of the United Progress Alliance government in its second avatar–and no one is giving it more than a B grade–let me look at the state of the main Opposition party, the BJP, if only because a healthy democracy needs a strong and responsible Opposition.

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Waiting for Water

THE government failed in its promise of providing adequate water to North Goa by May 25, owing to delay in the commissioning of Assnora plant. On May 7, the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao had assured to provide 20 million litres per day (mlt).

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Political Opportunism

THE refusal of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief, Mr Shibu Soren to vacate the office of the chief minister has not come as a surprise. Only on Tuesday, Mr Soren and his alliance partner the BJP had agreed to share power in rotation for 28 months each.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Indifferent Authorities
IT has been nearly a fortnight since the tragedy occurred at the Baina beach wherein a slab of an old structure fell on two little children who had a miraculous escape. Till this day nothing has been done by the authorities to bring down the remaining structure which seems beyond repairs.

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