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Blogging with Taped Fingers in Bangladesh

The rising number of killings of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh has drawn worldwide attention. Four atheist bloggers have been assassinated by extreme Islamist groups, mainly local unit of al-Qaeda, this year. One of the revolutionary gifts of the Internet is a forum for everyone to communicate their views freely to the world.

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Space for Student Say

The row over students’ demand for removal of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan has gone on for more than three months without any solution in sight. The students have received support from former teachers and students of FTII as well as eminent film directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Anand Patwardhan.

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Cleansing Society Of Illegal Arms

There is one aspect in the killing of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi – and many other killings – that has not formed part of the discussion: where did the killers get the guns from? Firearms used in such killings are usually unlicensed which indicates that illegal arms are easily available to whoever wants them.

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Captain and Iceberg    

Recent changes in portfolios of a few ministers in Goa cabinet have sent off a couple of them sulking. There are various theories afloat in the media to explain the motivation of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in making the changes, though he has not said a word in explanation.

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Putting Brakes On High Road Fatality

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has lamented that the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2015, which was framed to replace the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, is not finding traction owing to “vested interests” raising objections holding its presentation in the Parliament.

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The Siachen Dream Of Nawaz Sharif

India, as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, is going to ignore the four-point proposal, including demilitarisation of Kashmir and unconditional withdrawal of forces from Siachen by both the countries, made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

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A Mob Can Come For Any of Us

Two of the three main accused in the lynching case, in which a 50-year-old man Mohammed Akhlaq was killed by a mob in Bisada-Dadri village in Greater Noida last week, have been arrested. They are young men named Vishal and Shyam,

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Scavengers’ Children        

Building toilets attached to urban and rural homes is not only good for the health and honour of the families living in those houses but  also for the manual scavengers, both men and women, who have been tied to their traditional occupation of removing human excreta from other people’s homes.

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High Wall of  Non-Disclosure

A total of 638 Indian entities have declared a total of Rs 3770 crore in undisclosed foreign assets under the government’s black money compliance window which was left open between July and September. The window was provided to tax evaders under the new law — Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 — wherein …

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Bring Transparency In Drug Test on Humans

The discovery of unauthorized clinical trials being conducted by some doctors of Goa Medical College might be just the tip of an iceberg. It is yet to be known how many unauthorized clinical trials these doctors have conducted for pharmaceutical companies and for how long.

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