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Apostle of Humanity
GODMAN Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Baba, who had millions of followers across the world, breathed his last at 7.28 a.m. on Sunday. I am a spiritual person although I’m not a follower of modern godmen.

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BRICS: Push for Fair World Order

BY INDER MALHOTRA
DURING its short existence, BRICS, an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has made an impressive showing. Initially consisting of the first four countries and known as BRIC, the association had held its first summit at Yekaterinburg in Russia in the summer of 2009.

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Tar Ball Invasion

For a state which prides itself on having some of the best beaches in the world, the appearance of tar balls could cause concern. Earlier in the week tar balls were noticed on the beach stretch from Benaulim to Betalbatim.

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A Realistic Agenda

Speaking at the Hero Mindmine Summit, Mr Noel Tata, the half-brother of Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons, said the country’s economic growth could be hampered if governance does not improve.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Fast-Track Cases against Politicians
WE hear all the time about what should be done to keep criminals from entering politics. I have a simple suggestion. Let anyone with a criminal case stand for elections.

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Just One Hazare Not Enough

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI
“DO you know how elections are run in this country? Liquor for the father, cloth for the mother and food for the baby.”
“What is not corrupt in this country? India’s central vice is corruption; the centrality of corruption is election corruption; and the centrality of election corruption is the business houses.”

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Park and Walk

THE city Mayor, Mr Yatin Parekh wants the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) to amend its ‘outdated’ regulations relating to parking in order to tackle the congestion in the capital city.

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A Chilling Message

THE rejection of the bail pleas of five top corporate executives named in the 2G scam by the special CBI court is going to send out a chilling message to all those from the private sector and government allegedly involved in causing the gigantic loss to the public exchequer.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Medium of Instruction
A PLEBISCITE or Opinion Poll is not conducted to decide issues like medium of instruction. In 1967, the Opinion Poll was conducted to decide whether Goans wanted to remain as a separate state or merge with Maharashtra.

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Gandhi Book Ban: Proof of Insecurity

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

GUJARAT Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Milosevic Modi has again set a new low in Indian politics. His government has banned ‘Great Soul’, a new biography of Mahatma Gandhi by former New York Times India bureau chief and editor, Mr Joseph Lelyveld. The ground for the ban is a review of the book by Mr Andrew Roberts, a British practitioner of canned imperialist history focussed on royalty, in the Far-Right Wall Street Journal.

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