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Unresolved Issues

General Secretary of the All Goa Bus Owners’ Association, Mr Sudip Tamankar will regret his decision to go on a strike on April 16. Firstly, the strike did not draw the response that Mr Tamankar expected as there was no consensus within the organisation.

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Probe Controversial Circular

The Christians community in Madhya Pradesh is rightly upset with a circular issued to the police to collect details of every member of the community in the state.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Discrimination in Welfare Distribution

THE state government introduces various schemes for the benefit of the poor, the needy and the downtrodden. Village panchayats should propagate such schemes to the rural masses as a whole and without any discrimination.

PRAVIN U SARDESSAI, Adpai

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Post-Poll Political Conundrum in Assam

BY SANCHET BARUA
AFTER state assembly elections Assam politics is in flux. Permutations and combinations are being worked out to form the next government. BJP-AGP are holding talks for a joint front, in case, both the parties secured enough seats.

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An Avoidable Disaster

The massive fire at Zuari Industries Limited which consumed 39 vehicles and injured three persons is a reminder of what can go wrong in an area where a lot of volatile fuel is located or even the port where this fuel is unloaded.

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Transparency Above All

If the people in Ramagundam raise a banner of protest against pollution from NTPC thermal power unit, would the people of Goa, which receives 100 MW from it support the protest? If the residents of Selaulim had to protest against construction of the dam, would coastal Goa join them in their struggle?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Clearing of ‘Dum Maro Dum’
THE much-publicised Hindi movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’, which was flayed by many for a verse that was seen as casting Goa in bad light has been cleared by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court, after the filmmaker filed an affidavit that the objectionable matter has been deleted from the controversial movie and that there is nothing in the film to portray Goa in bad light (NT, April 19).

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Towards Better Indo-China Bilateral Ties

BY INDU PRAKASH SINGH
ADVERSITY sometimes can provide an opportunity to solve long-standing disputes between nations. India and China may be the world’s two fastest-growing countries but their accumulated grievances have queered the pitch for an amicable economic relationship. Happily for both, macro-economic troubles that are beginning to ail both countries may just inspire a more lasting bond that would augur well for the world economy at large.

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Curbing the State

In deciding to release the noted human rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen on bail the Supreme Court has righted a wrong committed against him by the Raipur sessions court and the Chhattisgarh government which was hell bent on keeping him behind bars.

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Rift in Raia

The demand by a large section of Raia villagers that their panchayat be bifurcated into two on the basis of caste is unprecedented. The norm in the state is to link two smaller villages to form a single panchayat, but the case of one village becoming too large to govern is new.

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