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Weaknesses of the Police System

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA

THE Indian police are not as bad in protecting human rights as they are made out to be by the media and civil liberties organisations. Before condemning the entire force for the lawlessness of a few, it is necessary to clarify the criteria for judgment and to respond to the explanations for failures advanced by the police themselves. For irrational and motivated criticism will do more harm than good to society.

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The Popular Current

FOR the first time India observed a ‘Bharat bandh’ with life completely on hold. And for the first time political parties of left and right made a common cause to articulate people’s grievances and challenge the UPA government’s decision to end control of petrol prices, causing spurt in the prices of petrol and LPG.

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Reinventing Kolkata

THE Left Front government had changed the name of Calcutta to Kolkata and now the Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee, after assuming the reins of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation intends to give the city a blended character.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Power from Waste

GOA has been grappling with the problem of garbage disposal for far too long and there seems to be no solution in sight. Almost every municipality and panchayat in the state is finding it increasingly difficult to scientifically dispose off the garbage that is being generated everyday.

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Neglect of Archeological Heritage-I

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

IT is a free for all situation on historic Kadamba plateau and in most of Old Goa and surrounding areas (Dhavaji, Banastarim, Carambolim, Corlim, Panvelim) of exceptional historic and archaeological importance.

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Puzzling Relationship

TALIBANI suicide attack at Lahore’s Sufi shrine, Data Gunj Baksh shrine might have forced ordinary Pakistanis, including the conservative religious leaders across the country to come to the street and demand a new offensive against Taliban, but it certainly does not manifest a unity with well-defined purpose.

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Kangaroo Court

TILL a decade back "khap panchayats", the caste-based village councils with their kangaroo courts, mainly functioning in Haryana were unknown and "honour killings" were unheard of but now they have emerged as a major threat to the body politick and law of land.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Outbreak of Chikungunya

THE South West Monsoon has just about set in and there have already been about eighteen confirmed cases of Chikungunya reported in the state. It may be recalled that Goa saw an endemic of this vector-borne disease last year wherein several people were affected by the disease with symptoms of swelling of the legs and joint pains which lasts for several months.

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Terror Tops Agenda in Indo-Pak Talks

BY INDER MALHOTRA
WHAT a week it has been! There have been three major developments in the course of seven days, forcing me to abandon my normal practice of concentrating on a single subject and to discuss all three.

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No Escape for Mickky

WITH the Supreme Court rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of the state’s former tourism minister, Mr Francisco Pacheco in connection with the murder of his woman friend Nadia Torrado, all escape routes for him have been closed.

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