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Team Anna Playing to the Gallery

BY PRABHAKAR TIMBLE
IF a mere Lokpal law, even stronger than what is proposed by Team Anna, can substantially cut down corruption in public offices and bring the country into “that heaven of freedom from corruption” as Mr Anna Hazare,

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Why the Corrupt Win

Hours before the full team of the Election Commission of India, led by the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr S Y Quraishi was to arrive in Punjab, government officials found and seized about Rs 85 lakh of unaccounted money in cash from various parts of the state: Rs40 lakh each from Patiala district and Jagraon district and Rs4.5 lakh from Bathinda district.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

No Constitutional Status to Lokpal
THE passing of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, in Lok Sabha on Tuesday night is historic. But alas, Lokpal will not have constitutional status.

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India 2011 in Black and White

BY KULDIP NAYAR
INDIA is always a story of shadows and sunshine. Which of the two prevails at a particular time gives it bad or good name. The passing year, 2011, is no different except that the shadows have lengthened.

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Good-Humouring Kayani

The assurance by the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani that his government has no intention of sacking the powerful Army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani might help ease the tension between the political rulers and the Army.

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Corruption Won’t End With Lokpal

By Sudhanshu Ranjan
THE creation of an effective institution of Lokpal is a formidable challenge for the Union government as it has to satisfy not only various political parties but also a resurgent civil society.

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A Good Fight Ahead

AFTER months of speculation, elections to five states have finally been declared and Goa will go to the polls on March 3. The announcement has put to rest rumours that Mr Digambar Kamat will be replaced with a new leader.

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No Absolute Freedom

THE order of Delhi’s Metropolitan Magistrate, Mr Sudesh Kumar directing 21 social network sites including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and YouTube to get rid of ‘anti-religious’ or ‘anti-social’ content promoting hatred or communal disharmony by  February 6 might be difficult to implement as both the terms have wide meanings and are subjective in nature.

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