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India Needs More Foreign Service Officers The recent trend of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers losing sheen over the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers as a career choice is relatively alarming. The IFS officers enjoy a privilege of global appointments along with diplomatic immunity, which is enjoyed only by a niche segment of people in bureaucratic circles. Also, IFS officers …

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Modi Needs To Refashion His Show

The Shiv Sena’s revolt, howsoever opportunistic it may be, has confirmed that Hindutva alone is no longer the glue that binds RAJDEEP SARDESAI It is not without irony that barely days after the long-pending Ayodhya verdict was delivered by the Supreme Court the Shiv Sena broke its alliance with the BJP. The Sena-BJP tie-up, after all, is the original Hindutva …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Authorities Must Act To Keep Goa Clean Pictures in the media of hordes of cattle occupying highways and other roads all over Goa seem to be absolutely ignored by the government except for lip service. Garbage is strewn all over at many places and I cannot walk in Porvorim without stepping onto cow dung on the footpaths. Stench emanates from …

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Message For BJP From Maharashtra

Political calculations from the perspective of the Shiv Sena appear clearly to dictate that the BJP has to be stopped JAGDISH RATTANANI We don’t know which way the imbroglio over the formation of government in Maharashtra will end. At this stage, all manner of possibilities are being discussed. Whichever way this ends, there are some striking lessons in the way …

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Australia: Emerging Choice For Indian Students

AMIT DASGUPTA The decision of the Narendra Modi government to revamp India’s archaic education system is as significant as it is laudable. It is grossly unfortunate that previous governments failed to respond to the global changes and introspect on the reforms that India’s education system required. For decades, India clung on to a 19th-century education model to service 21st-century requirements. …

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Lessons To Be Learnt From Telecom Saga

TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE India’s telecom sector grapples with the latest bout of bad news regarding the sustainability of business models, debt-levels and lenders’ issues. There are lessons to be learnt, and they must be used to ensure the non-recurrence of such problems in the future. Policymakers have two primary lessons on pricing and further developing capital markets with depth and liquidity. …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Widen Road Near Dona Paula Circle The stretch of road near the Dona Paula circle, which is a slope, needs to be widened immediately before a serious accident like the one that occurred recently at the Chimbel junction takes place. A number of accidents have already occurred at the Dona Paula slope but despite this, the concerned authorities have not …

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Sustainable Sanitation For All

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA Any reference to clean drinking water and safe human excreta and sewage disposal is sanitation. Over six hundred million people practice open air defecation even today. Three years of one’s life are spent in toilets. More than four lakh diarrhoea-related deaths are directly attributed to poor and inadequate sanitation. Children are the worst affected due to below-par …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goa’s Killer Roads How is it that the authorities in the state are propelled into action only after a major accident! It is as if they are waiting for a disaster to strike before swinging into action. The mishap at the Chimbel junction along the Ribander-Old Goa bypass road once again comes into sharp focus for the inordinate delay shown …

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Ayodhya Judgment: A Tapestry Of Wisdom

Rival claims by both communities were made, each one claiming exclusive right of worship and possession of this hallowed site Haresh Jagtiani and Suprabh Jain It is easy to cynically dismiss the monumental thousand-page unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case by saying that the Supreme Court must be right because it is final. But, …

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