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Off to Better Schools

WHO would have thought that a fleet of mini-buses would act as a game changer in education? Even as the debate on the medium of instruction rages, yellow mini-buses with the words ‘Indira Bal Rath Yojana’ emblazoned on the side are creating a min-revolution in Quepem, which has more than its share of poor families living in remote areas.

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Baby out with Bathwater

THE HRD Minister, Mr Kapil Sibal’s terse retort that the government would never consider engaging civil society in drafting a law in the future is disheartening.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Total Ban on Fishing
A FISHING ban of one and half month is imposed on the fishing activities in this state to facilitate the breeding process. But, surprisingly, uninterrupted supply of fish is available in the market.

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Goa University Faces New Challenges-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

THE present vive-chancellor, Professor Deobagkar often emphasises the need for developing a "sense of belonging" among the university’s academic community. After all he has seen the ferment in Pune, the Oxford of the East where he had worked. When he took charge, he was a man in hurry.

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Water 24×7

IN May the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, in the presence of the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao, laid the foundation stone for a 10-MLD water pipeline which is expected to bring relief to the villages of Orlim, Carmona, Varca and Cavelosim.

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Bridging Gaps

TWO days of talks between India’s foreign secretary Ms Nirupama Roy and her Pakistani counterpart, Mr Salman Bashir did not produce great results–not that anyone expected a shower of flowers from the sky–but they do mean an advance from the past in some areas.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

People Losing Faith in Police

THIS is in reference to the editorial, "Police under Pressure" (NT, June 24). I agree that the citizens do not have the right to force the hand of the police. But, it is more important to understand the rationale behind this behaviour.

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Decongesting Panaji

AFTER a number of false starts the Corporation of the City of Panaji is finally going to get some money – Rs 10.53 crore – under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

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Pulling Out of Afghanistan

DOMESTIC pressure, the realisation that it cannot patrol Afghanistan indefinitely and the death of Osama bin Laden came together to force the US to announce a time table for withdrawal of its troops.

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