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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Yes to Full-Day School
THE practice of full-day school for the higher classes exists all over the world and also in the rest of India, so why are Goan children different?

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Congress in Crisis, BJP Not the Answer

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

IN his interaction with television journalists on February 16, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh came across as a wily, run-of-the-mill politician, adept at deflecting criticism.

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Red Sunset

It is tempting to read political intent into the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s budget. At the same time it would be incorrect to say that the forthcoming elections to five states did not weigh on him when giving the final touches to it.

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A Bad Deal

The case of a British national who is likely to lose property measuring 3,300 square metres purchased by her could easily fit many foreigners who unwittingly bought apartments and land thinking it was legal to do so. The transactions were effected in 2002 and 2005, a little before the issue of foreigners purchasing land came to the fore.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Preach What You Practice

I REWORD the adage for all our politicians while agreeing completely with Mr Jose Maria Miranda (NT, March 1) regarding the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat’s preaching to the younger generation regarding moral values and his statement that development cannot be at the cost of the environment.

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Godhra Verdict and Untold Story

BY KULDIP NAYAR

wHAT happened in Godhra and Gujarat some nine years ago is so much mired in mistrust and manipulation that even the facts are no more sacred. Events that some 59 pilgrims returning from Ayodhya died in the fire on a train compartment and that the killings of Muslims began the following day are correct only in sequence. What set the compartment on fire to "justify retaliation" in Ahmedabad, Varodara, Surat and other cities is still a matter shrouded in controversy.

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Out of Tune

THE Education Department seems for some queer reason to have equated longer teaching hours with better education. How it came to this conclusion is a mystery although we have been told that the opinion of all stake holders was considered.

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Harnessing Solar Energy

In increase in the plan outlay for the Ministry of New and Renewal Energy from ` 620 crore to ` 1,000 crore is a strong signal that the government is keen on harnessing solar, wind, hydro and biomass energy to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels which are responsible for increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Road Design Specifications

TECHNICAL specifications for road design say that the difference between the surface of the road and the level of the shoulder of the road cannot be more than 6-8 inches, with the surface of the road being higher. This is done to ensure that if vehicles plying on the road for some reason or the other have to go off the road, they should not be damaged.

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Eco-friendly hybrid vehicles to be cheaper

NEW DELHI: In a major move to make environment-friendly hybrid vehicles cheaper, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday exempted from customs duty specified parts used in them.

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