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A Letter to Custodian Of Two Holy Mosques

The Saudi Arabian authorities claim that but for their intervention the number of Haj pilgrims dying would have been much higher than the 700-odd on Thursday. They say they had made all the security arrangements to avert any tragedy. In effect, they are blaming the dead for dying of their own doing. But how much could the crowd alone be …

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Government Lacks Skill For Skill Development

A survey has found that the rate of vocational training hardly increased between 2004-05 and 2011-12, suggesting that the ambitious National Skill Policy announced by UPA-II and the National Skill Development Coordination Board set up to implement it failed. The data from NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) show that among persons in the 15-59 age group only about 2.2 per …

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Quota Carries Seeds Of Destruction of Caste

The suggestion of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for a “review” of the reservation policy would not have come at a less opportune time for the BJP which is engaged in a tough battle against the Nitish Kumar-led political alliance in the upcoming elections to the Assembly in Bihar. The JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance in the state is looking formidable against the BJP-led …

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India’s Credentials For  UNSC Permanent Seat

China will do anything to frustrate India’s bid for a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council. Currently it is engaged in deflating the fresh wave of optimism in India owing to the prospects of reform of the Security Council that could include more permanent members. The Security Council has had five permanent members with veto powers since its …

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Why All Netaji Files Must Be Declassified

With the West Bengal government declassifying 64 files related to the death of the unique icon of India’s freedom struggle Subhas Chandra Bose, pressures are mounting on the government of India to release Netaji-related files. The West Bengal files, which were archived as “secret” in intelligence and police departments, are now being displayed at the Kolkata Police Museum on computers …

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Spectre of Jobless Growth

Although the central government claims the downslide in Chinese economy would not affect growth and employment in India, various survey reports suggest that the trend of rising unemployment rate in the country is likely to worsen for Indians of working age. The worrying part is that educated youth in the age group of 18-25 years despite being skilled are facing …

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Most Sacred Value Of Our Democracy

It took seven months after the murder of Govind Pansare, the 81-year-old social activist, rationalist and CPI leader, for the Maharashtra police to arrest the first suspect Sameer Gaikwad, an alleged activist of the Hindu organization Sanatan Sanstha.  Pansare, who was famous also for writing a biography of Shivaji, died in February after he and his wife were shot at …

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Forebodings of a Storm in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be paying close attention to the agitation of Patels in his home state and his successor Anandiben Patel has been desperately trying to prevent the stir from getting out of hand, but neither PM nor CM have been finding much success in containing it. The Patels are turning more and more aggressive: they …

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Why Calls from Your Cell Are Dropping

A latest survey has found that a majority of cell phone users hold telecom service providers and tower companies primarily responsible for the deteriorating quality of services, including call drops. Users have often experienced that most calls on any network aren’t completed in one go. The call is abruptly dropped and the user has to call the number again. Or …

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As We Build More School Complexes

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has reiterated his promise to build educational complexes on the outskirts of Margao, Vasco and Ponda where schools in the middle of these cities would be shifted. The beginning was made with Panaji with a school complex at Cujira, Bambolim. The idea of setting up a school complex is more than a decade and a half …

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