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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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Not Enough Food

The announcement by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh of a record food grain production of 241 million tonnes for the year 2010-11 should come as a relief.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Select the Right People
The Corporation of City of Panaji Act provides for the nomination of five corporators having special knowledge or experience in municipal administration, engineering, architecture, heritage etc.

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US-Pak Ties: Complicated but Crucial

BY INDER MALHOTRA

ON Sunday, the United States announced that it had "put on hold" a third of the $ 2 billion annual military aid to Pakistan, supposedly its "key ally" in the war on terror. More accurately, the latest, but not the last, twist in the steadily deteriorating US-Pakistan relations is directed primarily at Pakistan’s all-powerful Army rather than the powerless civilian government. More cuts in the generous aid to Pakistan – totalling $18 billion over the last decade – are not ruled out.

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UID at High Speed

FOUR months is a pretty steep target for covering the entire population of the state under the unique identification (UID) project. At the launch of the UID in Margao, the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, seemed confident of making Goa the first state to be entirely covered under the project within four months.

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