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Soft CBI as Mayawati’s Reward

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
IF there is one thing the average Hindu would want to feel proud of, it is that he is not intolerant. Think of this: The ruling party is today headed by an Italian-born Roman Catholic who runs the country.

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Driving Children to the Brink

THE report of four students in south Goa committing suicide during the last four months due to their inability to cope with academic pressure is depressing. In Cuncolim, cases of youth in 15-24 age group taking their lives are growing.

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Mamata’s Inhuman Excuse

THE Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee has ordered a high-level inquiry into the stampede at the New Delhi station which claimed two lives but not before blaming it on the passengers.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Lessons from UK Coalition
THE recent formation of the coalition government in the UK between the Conservatives and the Liberals, and the manner it was conducted was extremely interesting. Both leaders stuck to the core issues of their election manifestos;

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Goa’s Dying Water Bodies-I

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
I KNOW that it doesn’t take rocket science to restore the smooth tidal flow and oxygenation in the Santa Inez creek. But over three years, 1998-2001, all attempts have failed. The State Pollution Control Board washed off its hands by saying that it is only concerned about industrial water pollution.

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Crimes against Tourists

THE state government has decided to take on the problem of crime against tourists seriously. The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has approached the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court for designating a special court to handle cases pertaining to crimes related to tourists.

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Discriminating Counter-Terror

THE Government of India under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in one stroke has formally banned over 100 outfits linked to al-Qaida from across the globe by declaring them ‘terrorist organisations’ in India.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

End of an Era in Indian Politics
THIS is with reference to the news article, ‘Ex-vice president Shekhawat passes away’ (NT, May 16). Former vice-president, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s death at the age of 87 years was an end of an era in Indian politics.

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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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