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Reclaiming the Country

HOW can anyone accept a Lokpal bill that gives a larger quantum of punishment to the complainant than to the corrupt official? In the event of conviction the jail term for the accused is six months, whereas the minimum term for a ‘false and frivolous’ complainant is two years.

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Preventing Disasters

THE death of two youth, a 21-year old bhelpuri handcart operator and a IX standard boy, is the tragic consequence of the negligence of a road contractor and the authorities entrusted with the safety of the naphtha pipeline.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Corruption in Govt Offices
KUDOS to the bold news item, ‘Corruption widely prevalent in sub-registrar’s offices’ (NT, August 23) which has exposed the prevailing corrupt practices,

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A Government Driven to the Wall

BY KULDIP NAYAR
WHEN Gandhian Jayaprakash Narayan was arrested by Indira Gandhi after imposing the Emergency (1975-77), he cited a Sanskrit saying: Vinasha kale vipareet buddhi, meaning that when the ruler faces bad times, his thinking also gets warped.

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End of Gaddafi

THE Gaddafi regime in Libya is going through it last throes. The capital, Tripoli, was swamped by rebels who attacked it from three sides.

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We are Number Three

TWELVE years ago it was at The Oval that the English cricket team was beaten by New Zealand, earning for themselves the tag of the worst team in the circuit.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Corruption and the Lokpal
THE government and civil society are heading for standoff with regards the Lokpal bill. The government has accused civil society of putting a gun to its head. But hasn’t this government robbed the nation vis-à-vis the 2G scam, the CWG scam, etc.

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Politics Needs a Re-Boot

BY PRABHAKAR TIMBLE
WHAT is true of the anti-corruption crusader Mr Anna Hazare also holds spot on for the economic reformist Dr Manmohan Singh. Both may not win a direct election to the Lok Sabha or state legislatures.

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Taking Burden off Streets

AS Panaji gets congested with cars and two wheelers, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) and the traffic police are under pressure to create more space for parking – which is what the proposal for multi-storey parking points to.

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Revolution in Bihar

EVEN as Mr Anna Hazare and his group labour to get the UPA government to bend on the Lokpal Bill, in Bihar the Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar has achieved more by putting into effect the Right to Public Services Act 2011.

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