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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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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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Nation’s Pride

THE BCCI, team managements and captains often try to shrug off all defeats as a ‘part of the game’. After all, they say, ‘you can’t hope to win every tournament or game’. No two opinions. But what happened at T20 championship in West Indies during the past two weeks with the Indian team is difficult to pass off as something part of the win-defeat cycle. It was absolute disaster.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

State must not Yield to Khap Demands
THE Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily did the right thing by ruling out amending the Hindu Marriage Act in order to accommodate the Khap panchayats demands. The so-called honour killings are illegal and unacceptable.

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