NEW DELHI: Industry chamber Assocham has the urged Finance Ministry to keep marketing and sales promotion activities of Indian companies for rural areas outside the purview of service tax to further widen rural sales and deepening inclusive growth.Read More »
By Nandkumar Kamat
MANY a times in Goa, I wonder how little we know about our neighbouring states -Maharashtra and Karnataka. We in Goa need to learn from all the positive developments in these large states. We hold the writers, scholars, poets and playwrights of Karnataka in high esteem.
A task which should have been performed by the Central Vigilance Commission has to be accomplished by the Department of Personnel and Training: according to the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informer (PIDPI) resolutionRead More »
It is a paradox that a state which boasts of 82.3 per cent literacy rate has miserably failed to effectively spread out education to the poor Dhangar girls.Read More »
British Legacy of Wearing Gowns - I
THE Union Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh has rightly sparked debate on continuing with British legacy of wearing special gowns at convocation ceremonies at universities, when he himself publicly removed his gown at such an event.
By INDER MALHOTRA
PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s sudden visit to Kabul–his first to Afghanistan during the 14 months since he moved into the White House–was sudden and surprising. It was also short; lasting only five hours but its outcome could be significant and lasting.
On December 16, 2009, the government extended the deadline till May 31, 2010 for implementing its May 8, 2008 judgment making it mandatory for vehicles to have high security registration plates (HSRP), but the way the project was unethically handled and the credentials of one of the suppliers of HSRP have come under scanner, it appears the task could not be accomplished with timeframe stipulated by the apex court.Read More »
On April 1, the UPA government announced fulfillment of the pledge made to the country by the past political executives of giving all the children the right to elementary education.Read More »
Indecisive Goa Government
CONSIDERING the number of agitations that have been conducted recently in Goa, it seems like Goans have taken to protesting against anything and everything that concerns development in the state.
BY SANCHET BARUA
TEN years ago, Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila began a ‘fast-unto-death’, protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Among other things, this controversial legislation empowers Army personnel, down to non-commissioned officers, to use force after giving due warning, ‘even to the causing of death’, if they are convinced that it is necessary to do so for the ‘maintenance of public order’.