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Parliament, People should Cooperate

By INDER MALHOTRA

NOW that the Anna storm is over, and has ended on a constructive note–with Parliament unanimously ‘endorsing in principle’ the three demands of Mr Hazare’s movement in relation to the Lokpal Bill–it is time to seize the moment and go ahead speedily and sincerely with what needs to done.

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To Hang or Not to Hang

ATWEET by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah that if the state Assembly had passed a resolution, seeking mercy for Afzal Guru on the lines of Tamil Nadu Assembly asking for clemency for the three death row convicts in connection with Rajiv Gandhi’s killing, would it also generate a ‘muted’ reaction?

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Tip of the Iceberg

THE arrest of a 35-year-old woman, allegedly the kingpin, or should we say ‘queenpin’, in an inter-state prostitution racket confirms suspicions that the flesh trade, like drug trade is thriving in the state.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Tarnishing Image of Team Anna

THE article, ‘Anna as Figurehead of Indian Right’ by Mr Praful Bidwai (NT, September 1) triggers all possible bullets against Mr Anna Hazare and his team, their anti-corruption movement and the Lokpal bill.

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Anna as Figurehead of Indian Right

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

NO government in India has bent over backwards to please a civil society campaign as much as Dr Manmohan Singh’s in substantially accommodating the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by a small group, including Mr Anna Hazare, created by an NGO called India against Corruption (IAC).

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Judicial Probe into Vasco Tragedy

DOES the naptha fire tragedy in Vasco, which claimed three lives and left many injured, merit a judicial probe as demanded by the Bharatiya Janata Party? It is a question that demands our attention as the danger still lurks and Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Ltd (ZIOTL) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) are engaged in a bitter war of words.

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No Immunity to BCCI

PROPOSAL to regulate national sports federations has kicked up a storm. Although the Union cabinet has rejected a bill which vests sweeping powers in the sports ministry, the issue is not likely to die an early death.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Build Flyovers in the Cities

TRAFFIC congestion in the state is reaching disturbing proportions and while the government may have taken steps to ease the traffic congestion on the highways by building by-pass roads at Verna, Agassaim and Old Goa, what needs urgent attention is the congestion in our cities.

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Anna’s Humility vs Govt Arrogance

By KULDIP NAYAR

I TOO had tried for conciliation between the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and the Gandhian, Mr Anna Hazare on the Jan Lokpal bill (anticorruption ombudsman). This was on the fifth day of Mr Hazare’s fast and his movement against corruption had brought thousands of people on streets throughout the country.

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How to Lose a Bountiful

WHAT’S the difference between Mr Vishwajit Rane and Mr Babush Monserrate? First the similarities: both are ministers who are movers and shakers in politics. They were members of the Group of Seven who shook the Kamat government on several occasions.

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