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Missing a Historic Chance

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

DID India snatch defeat from the jaws of victory during its Prime Minister’s first visit to Bangladesh in 12 years? The answer is largely yes, although the visit registered some gains. On balance, Dr Manmohan Singh squandered a historic chance to overcome mutual distrust and transform India-Bangladesh relations so they can reflect the potential for exemplary cooperation between the two neighbours, with huge benefits to both and to the region.

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Modi’s Trump Card

DESPITE a protest here and an unhappy cleric there, no one could be more pleased with the way the three-day fast played out than Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. He chose his moment well, orchestrated his workers and came out with his reputation enhanced.

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Bridge Too Far

THE bridge across the Konkan Railway line from the entrance of the old station at Margao to the Rajendra Prasad stadium at Calconda on the other side should have been completed two years ago, but like most government-sponsored projects, it got delayed.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Kudos for Cops

IT is not always right or proper to blame our cops for every little mistake they make for as they say ‘to err is human and to forgive is divine’. Besides, there have been several instances where the Goa police force has rushed to the rescue, the most recent one being the case of the kidnapping of the eight-year-old from Fatorda.

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UPA Government Lacks Vision

BY KULDIP NAYAR
INDIA has been caught on the wrong foot again. It has evoked anger over the bomb blast at Delhi High Court on the one hand and a bit of unhappiness on the accord between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the other.

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Chalis Annas

THERE are going to be more booths in the next Assembly elections in Goa, and that is surely going to make voting easier for the voters. In the last Assembly elections in 2007, serpentine queues could be seen at several booths and people had to wait for a long time for their turn.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Green Crematoriums
I ONCE attended a cremation where the use of wet wood, kerosene and petrol made for a smoky fire and caused anxiety, pollution and even danger to the mourners.

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Jayalalithaa urges PM to halt Koodankulam nuke project

CHENNAI:  The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms  J Jayalalithaa on Monday  asked the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh that work on the Koodankulam nuclear power project be halted till the fears of the people in the area are allayed, accusing the Centre of “abdicating” its responsibilities.

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The More, the Better

GOA’S Director General of Police, Dr Aditya Arya has been taking measures and issue-based decisions that suggest a sincere effort to grapple with the problems afflicting policing in the state.

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