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Demonising Casinos In Poll Season

PACHU MENON, MARGAO IT is indeed surprising to note that almost all the woes that plague a region become ‘concerning issues’ for leaders only during elections. The perennial problems, which have been eluding a logical solution for years together,  get  the attention of political parties  no sooner the elections are announced. And this has become  a trend that has come …

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Authoritarians Don’t Easily Accept Defeat

SAEED NAQVI IF numbers go against him, will Narendra Modi accept defeat? Sounds like an absurd question but it worried me after I read the sub headline on the Op-ed page of ‘The New York Times’ of May 8: “Yes, there’s very good reason to worry President Trump won’t concede if he’s narrowly defeated in 2020.” Dignified by the NYT, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scourge  Of Road Accidents  THIS is with reference to the letter, ‘‘Killing Fields’ Of Reckless Drivers’ (NT, May 14, 2019) by Ganapathi Bhat. A report of the Union ministry of road transport and highways, on road accidents has said that 1,47,913 people were killed in road accidents in 2016 and the figure jumped to 1,50,785 in 2017. Indeed, 1,317 accidents …

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Haasan Plays To The Gallery

VETERAN actor and Makkal Needhi Maiyam founder Kamal Haasan has opened a can of worms by  stating  that free India’s first extremist was a Hindu – Nathuram Godse – who killed great patriot Mahatma Gandhi. Taking a strong objection to Haasan’s remark on Godse, the BJP accused the veteran actor of misusing religion for electoral gains. The statement was made …

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Indian Tariffs Aren’t Terrifying

AMIT KAPOOR THE Trump-driven trade war does not seem to relent. In the latest development, the US has raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent, up from 10 per cent imposed last year. China, on its part, has retaliated. India has never been far from the skirmish. In fact, just a few days ago, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Traffic Jams Eat Into Fuel TRAFFIC jams have become a regular feature on either sides of the Zuari bridge especially on weekends. Thousands of motorists were seen simmering with rage on Sunday after being caught in a massive traffic jam along the roads approaching the Zuari bridge which lasted for several hours. There are many fallouts of such massive traffic …

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‘Killing Fields’ Of Reckless Drivers

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA ROAD accidents continue to take place in the country, although   several measures have been taken by the government to increase safety. Ironically, it is not the small interior roads or state highways which are witnessing  a spate of road accidents. The national highways, with four lanes and service roads to boost, are the main culprits. There are …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Quality Of Education Apropos A F Nazareth’s letter, “Improving Quality Of Our Education” (NT, May 11, 2019), we have largely been using “stand and deliver” teaching model which has become obsolete. Here, a teacher enters a classroom and delivers the lecture and departs. There is no effort to involving students in the dialogue. It is, so to speak, a monotonous …

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Tasks Before Panaji MLA In Assembly

Nandkumar M Kamat After shaking hands and greeting him on his 62 birthday on December 13, 2017, I gifted two books to Manohar Parrikar. One was the Marathi memoirs by astrophysicist Jayant Naralikar and other was a huge tome- ‘Rising Star, The Making of Barack Obama’ by David Garrow.

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Slow Public Service

Poor technology and inadequate manpower come in the way The state government’s efforts to provide time-bound services to citizens under the Public Services Act have taken a beating in the Salcete taluka owing to poor internet connectivity, shortage of computers, printers, scanners and manpower. The talathis of the taluka, who have the responsibility of completing the process for facilitating issue …

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