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Major Issues Ignored
MR Naguesh Karmali, the president of the Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters’ Association has decided to boycott the government’s Revolution Day programme in protest against the decision to grant aid to English-medium primary schools (NT, June 14).

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Roadmap for Goa’s Future

BY PRABHAKAR TIMBLE

JUST ` 13 lakhs, relatively tolerant vis-à-vis the rest, welcomes each and everybody, good beaches and pious countryside, social harmony despite deliberate efforts by politicians and saffron leaders to disturb and distort, instantly likeable due to open attitudes and non-bothering nature of people, but under the clutches of highly unstable and greedy politicians is how Goa could be described today.

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Empire Strikes Back

IN Hardwar, Baba Ramdev ended his fast against corruption and black money with a whimper. What promised to be a showdown between the government and the anti-corruption forces came to a tame close.

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Cafreal and Kismur

THE idea of having a food processing industry in the state is not new, but how would the government set up such a facility when the state cannot produce enough food to feed itself? Chicken, beef, vegetables and cereals have to be imported.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goa Customs: Grievance Redressal

THIS is with reference to the letter, "Inquiry into Public Grievance" (NT, June 10) by Ms Lillian Fernandes, Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Vigilance Section, Panaji, which was in response to an earlier letter by Mr Arwin Mesquita, ‘Corrupt Goa Customs’ (NT, May 23).

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Importance of Legislative Advocacy

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

THE national events of the past few months indicate that the world’s largest democracy is basically–constitutionally, politically and legally–an illiterate democracy. India needs a grass roots level movement for informed legislative advocacy. Youth trained in political science, economics, sociology, law, management, mass communications need to lead this movement professionally and selflessly.

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A Severe Blow

THE acquittal of Tahawwur Rana by a Chicago court of charges of aiding the plotters of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai is a setback because it greatly weakens India’s attempts to link the crime to Pakistan’s ISI. Rana was charged with conspiracy to give material support to the 26/11 attacks, supporting the Lashkar-e-Taiba and a plot to bomb a Danish newspaper. He was found guilty of the second and third charges and faces a 30-year jail term if his appeal fails. New Delhi has put up a brave front, but the fact is it is hugely disappointed.

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Learning from Mistakes

THE goof-up with SSC mark sheets might not be as widespread as what happened in the case of the HSSC results, but the errors were enough to dent the image of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, and infuriate the Education Minister, Mr Babush Monserrate who vowed to get to the bottom of the problem.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

No Tickets Sold for Marathi Film Festival

THIS is with reference to the letter regarding the Marathi film festival (NT, June 10). While we genuinely regret that a film-lover like Mr Anil Borkar could not get to watch the film of his choice, we wish to clarify that that there were no tickets sold during the film festival as is wrongly mentioned in the letter.

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