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Alternative for Mud Houses
Every year during monsoon one hears of houses collapsing in the state due to the heavy rains. Recently there was a case of a woman losing her life as she was inside the house when it collapsed. It must be said that almost all the houses that collapse during monsoon are made of mud and are very old.

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Pakistan’s Most Powerful Man

By Inder Malhotra 

IN the three-year extension to the Pakistan Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani, the two most pertinent and pithy comments have come from the Pakistani media itself.

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A Question US Must Answer

THE Afghan President, Mr Hamid Karzai has stated, in the wake of WikiLeaks exposure, that unless Pakistan’s "Islamist militant sanctuaries" were destroyed, it was not possible to contain insurgency. Pakistan’s double game with the international community of fighting terrorism while feeding it is an open secret, but the US has not done enough against it.

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A Fair Probe

THE first report of the demands related to the ad hoc House Committee on Home had no hesitation in recommending that the drug peddler-police-politician nexus in the state needs to be cracked down on and therefore the case be handed over to the CBI for a thorough probe. For last couple of days the Assembly was witness to persistent demand to hand over the case to the CBI.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Preserve Identity of Khel Tiatrs

CONGRATULATIONS to the Kala Academy for successfully organising the just-concluded ‘Khel Tiatr Festival - 2010’. It will go a long way in promoting Khel Tiatrs of yesteryears and remembering the Gurus of original Khel Tiatrs. However, it was disappointing to see that the participating writers /directors of Tiatrs lost the sense of a Khel Tiatr and its format.

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Gigantic Tasks Before Gadkari

BY P Raman 
MR Nitin Gadkari, who is just six months into office, has already become a target for his many failures. The rumour mills within the party churn out juicy stories as to how he had messed up issues like the Narendra Modi-Nitish Kumar spat, government crisis in Karnataka and interactions with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

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Tackling Prices

THE Chief Minister’s assurance to modify the price control scheme and make available more funds to give relief to people reeling under escalating prices of essential commodities needs to seen in the perspective that inflation is a national  phenomenon and only the central government can do anything about.

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Oh, Judiciary

IN the biggest ever indictment of the country’s judiciary, the CBI submitted a report to the Supreme Court holding a former supreme court judge along with 23 other sitting and retired judges of Allahabad High Court and lower court judges guilty of fraudulently withdrawing crores of money from the provident fund accounts of class III and IV employees in the Ghaziabad district court.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Another Milestone for Sachin
ANOTHER milestone has been scaled down by Sachin Tendulkar by registering his 5th Test double century in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. What a great achievement by the “Run Machine”. He is the leading run scorer and century maker in Tests and one-day international cricket.

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Flexibility, Key to Indo-Pak Thaw

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

BOTH India and Pakistan damaged their image with their Foreign Ministers’ meeting last week–the first ministerial since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks–by refusing to start a productive dialogue. This has disappointed many of their citizens who had hoped for better relations.

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