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Work, Don’t Play Musical Chair

The municipal election results have come as a mixed bag for BJP that almost made it like a semi-final before the final in 2017. BJP-backed panels won majority in 6 councils – Mormugao, Mapusa, Pernem, Bicholim, Sanguem and Curochorem-Cacora – while Congress-backed panels won 3 – Margao, Valpoi and Quepem – with Cuncolim and Canacona ending in a tie. The …

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Chhota Rajan, Whose Nationalism Is Sham

FOR a while there was confusion whether the man the Indonesian police arrested at the Bali airport on Sunday was really the underworld don Chhota Rajan. The confusion perhaps arose more due to incredulity than a mix-up of his face with another criminal wanted by India nicknamed ‘Cyanide Mohan’  who had trapped 20 women in marriage and killed them by …

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Making Goans Direct Beneficiaries of Projects

Certain groups are beginning to raise objections even to the IT hub and habitat that the Goa government is planning to set up. IT sector is one of the business sectors that is non- polluting and that holds out hopes for self-employment and employment of Goan youth who otherwise have to migrate to Bengaluru, Pune and other cities in search …

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Why Pakistan Avoids Bilateral Dialogue

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s call in Washington on Thursday for “third party mediation” to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan was more intended for his political constituency back home than for seriously mobilizing US intervention. Of course during his meeting with US President Barack Obama he raised the Kashmir issue; of course, Kashmir figured in the joint …

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Vote For Councillors Who Wouldn’t Steal

Voters will elect representatives to 11 municipal councils in the state on Sunday, hoping for better civic services. Though the municipal elections are not fought on party lines, political parties use them to try out each other’s influence and strength. The parties also back candidates who could emerge as their nominees in Assembly elections in the future. Nearly all candidates …

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Establishing Real Peace In Villages of Haryana

ON Tuesday, two children of a Dalit family in Sunpedh village in Haryana were burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries allegedly after a group of upper-caste Rajputs set fire to their house while they were sleeping. From all accounts it was a revenge killing. A year ago, there was a violent clash between a group of Dalits and a …

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A Civilising Mission for Goa’s Drivers

Making over a dozen roads in Panaji one-way helped in reducing congestion and making driving smoother and walking easier for pedestrians. It was not only the city residents who benefitted from it but also visitors to the capital. With the success, the authorities have decided to make the one-way traffic management plan a permanent one.

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Excluding Bad Guys From Legislatures

On July 10, 2013 the Supreme Court gave a verdict that chargesheeted Members of Parliament and MLAs, on conviction for offences, will be immediately disqualified from holding membership of the House without being given three months’ time for appeal, as was the case before. A two-member bench comprising  Justices A K Patnaik and S J Mukhopadhaya struck down as unconstitutional …

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How To Restore Sanity In Society

THE writing on the wall is clear: the NDA government’s image is going to be increasingly affected in an adverse manner if Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not intervene to rein in the fringe extreme elements claiming to represent Hindu interests. The opposition parties and the media have been asking for Modi’s intervention to check violence in the name of …

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Reform Jail Officials

The violent assault on undertrials by jail officials at the Colvale jail is a gross reminder that it is not enough for a prison to be “modern” or “model” in terms of architecture and equipment as Colvale was showcased by the state government to be. The jail must be safe and humane for the inmates as well. It is pointless …

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