WE often hear of the ‘bad life’ of the people in the Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir – ‘made worse’ by Indian army’s ‘excesses’ – but seldom anything about the life in the Pakistani-held part of Jammu and Kashmir.
BY JOGINDER SINGH The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh while speaking on the Civil Services Day in April 2012 said: “It should be our endeavour that there is no witch-hunting in the name of fighting corruption. It is our government’s commitment to put in place a system and create an environment in which our civil servants are encouraged to be decisive, and no one is harassed for bonafide mistakes of errors of judgement.”
It must have come as a major embarrassment to the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi that on the day she was admonishing party leaders to “bury their differences” and shed factionalism – and especially party leaders in Punjab and Goa – Mr Churchill Alemao, the leader of one of the factions of the party in the western coastal state, was doing precisely what she was warning everyone against.
Disposing Plastic Waste
The Supreme Court has minced no words and warned that if plastic bags are not banned or at least the plastic waste is not adequately collected, segregated and disposed, it is certain to pose a threat to the next generation. It further said that the threat could be worse than that of an atom bomb.
By Praful Bidwai EIGHT weeks after the Congress lost Assembly elections in four out of five states it is finally acknowledging its crisis. It has serious difficulties in managing its allies. It is demoralised. And the United Progressive Alliance government is losing ground as it drifts further rightwards.
THE quantum jump in the number of below poverty line (BPL) families in the state from 6,947 in 2002 to seven short of 27,000 in 2012 is either an indication that Goans are getting poorer or there is some benefit to be derived from declaring oneself as poor.