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Old is Mauled

REPORT based on a sample survey of the elderly in Goa suggests that very few of them are inclined to take advantage of the law to seek relief for mistreatment done to them. Only seven per cent of the elderly register their complaints against their abusers,

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The Kyrgyz Hope

THE ethnic violence between Kyrgyzs and Uzbeks going on in Kyrgyzstan for the past several days has gone beyond the control of the nation’s interim government and cannot be brought under control without external intervention.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Accountability in Govt Offices

THE Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms Shiela Dixit has become a role-model for other states by initiating a welcome trend to induce accountability in government offices when staff responsible for delays in processing applications in some key offices will be penalised for each day of delay in responding to applications received for issue of ration cards, learner and driving licences, election cards, cast certificates, birth and death registrations etc.

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Congress: Problem of Loud Mouths

BY ANIRUDH PRAKASH

IT is not easy being a Congressman these days. In the good old days, the commands to be followed flew from one source. Genuflection was easy.

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Regulating Broadcasters

THE Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Mr Raghu Menon has said that the government was planning to set up an autonomous body for regulation of content in the broadcasting media.

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The Lightning Rod

THE Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s statement that the then Union Carbide chairman, Mr Warren Anderson was let off by the then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr Arjun Singh "to control the deteriorating law and order situation in Bhopal" has come as just another lame excuse to keep Rajiv Gandhi safe from any association in history with the highly objectionable decision.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Chargesheeted Ministers must Resign

IT is a well-settled practice that whenever any public figure is caught in any scam, moral turpitude, corrupt practices etc he or she tenders their resignation till the outcome of the enquiry or court verdict.

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Nadia and Hollowing Goan Culture

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
NADIA Torrado, who belongs to Goa’s post liberation, post liberalisation generation has been converted into a media commodity after her unnatural death under suspicious circumstances. Events leading to her death read like chapters from medical thriller specialist Robin Cook’s novels.

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An Independent CBI

THE Central Bureau of Investigation, whose functioning has been governed by a highly restricting law, the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, has proposed a bill that would truly make it an independent, unified central government agency to undertake prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences related to subjects in the Union List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.

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A Fine Line

TOO much is being read into the objections raised by the Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar to an advertisement in some newspapers of Patna showing him together with the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who is there to attend the BJP national executive meet.

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