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Lokpal: People’s Backing Needed

BY KULDIP NAYAR

CIVIL society in India may not have succeeded in forcing the government to adopt a radical bill to constitute the Jan Lokpal, an ombudsman, to eliminate corruption. Yet the threatened movement and fast by Gandhian, Mr Anna Hazare has put the fear of God in the mind of the government. It has begun cleansing its stable.

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A Milestone in Gorkha Hills

NOW many would give credit for the historic Gorkha accord to Mr Prashant Tamang, the winner of the ‘Indian Idol-Season 3’? He was not present when the accord was signed between the Gorkha Janmukthi Morcha (GJM), the West Bengal government and the Centre.

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Cost of Cleanliness

IT is heartening to note that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has become pro-active on mid-day meals, a job it should be doing throughout the academic year. However, the style of governance leaves one wondering as to how long this vigilance spell will last.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dog Registration Policy

THIS is with reference to the news report, ‘Dog bite cases on the rise’ (NT, July 15), which states that over 1,100 people are bit by stray dogs every month.

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Land Acquisition: Need for a Fair Law

BY PRABHAKAR TIMBLE

THE trend to consider the power of land acquisition as supreme is on the wane. The use of the 117-year-old Land Acquisition Act is questioned at each and every stage. Earlier, the courts invoking the ‘eminent domain’ theory and pervasive power of the state were reluctant to quash acquisition notifications.

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Poles Apart

THE ongoing scandal in the UK, where journalists of the now defunct ‘News of the World’ apparently made payments to police in return for sensitive information, could easily be dubbed as ‘cash-for-information’.

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Need for Truck Terminus

IF Panaji is running out of parking space for cars, Ponda is experiencing a similar problem with trucks. According to some estimates at least 1,000 trucks arrive or leave Ponda in a given day. These trucks are parked along the highway, in private properties or in open fields.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Errors in Election Card

IT was good news that Goa would be the first state in the country to be entirely covered under the unique identification project (UID). Let us only hope that the various entries in the card would uniquely identify the person.

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Sleeping through Threats

It seems quite odd, even a little disturbing, that the man who once headed the ad hoc Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Goa was shifted to traffic. The superintendent of police, Mr Atmaram Deshpande was head of the ATS when it was started in March 2010.

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