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Pakistanis want Peace with India

BY KULDIP NAYAR

IT is easy to slot Pakistan, but difficult to comprehend how it ticks. The West tags the country with terrorism and many others consider it a failed state. For India, it is a potential enemy which is still to punish the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on 26/11, nearly three years ago.

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Sunny and Shady

Dum Maro Dum’ is a film that explores the underbelly of Goa through four characters – a cop, DJ, student and an airhostess. It is yet to be released, but the promos have made many in the state nervous.

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Storm in a Teacup

If there is a game that we play better than cricket it is, ‘red tape wriggle’. This game is played by bureaucrats who are sticklers for rules with the audience as the worst sufferers.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

World Cup Victory

THE World Cup victory scripted by Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team was tremendous. They deserve all the credit that you can give them. Smaller teams like Canada, Holland, Ireland and Kenya, too, made the best use of the tournament and proved that they were no pushovers by pulling off some remarkable victories and close matches.

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Home Ministry in Shambles

BY A P MISHRA
DURING the budget session of parliament the Lok Sabha was rocked over the WikiLeaks expose alleging that Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram had told US ambassador, Mr Timothy Roemer that India could have registered 11-12 per cent growth if it comprised of only southern and western states.

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Why They Hate Mother Tongue

TWENTY years ago when the then education minister, Ms Shashikala Kakodkar introduced a policy which resulted in the government withdrawing financial support to primary schools with English as the medium of instruction, she made one error.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Garbage-Filled Calangute
DRIVING through Calangute is an eye-opener. Imagine my horror to see mounds of garbage lying at 50 metre intervals for almost a kilometre. One can even see a bus stand that doubles as a garbage dump.

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The Dubai Factor in Goa’s Politics

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

WHY Dubai is important for Goa? Because it is alleged to be a centre to decide Goa’s political future and ecological destiny. It is alleged to be a place to meet contacts and strike deals. It is not only a shoppers’ paradise but a paradise to auction Goa’s future and create a hell here out of heaven. Dubai welcomes everyone from Dons to arms dealers and petty politicians to paid mercenaries.

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When Earth Stood Still

Picture this: Lasith Malinga runs up to bowl the second ball of the first over. It’s a quick delivery and Virender Sehwag is caught LBW. Over 1.2 billion hearts skip a beat. In the seventh over, Malinga strikes again, this time luring the ‘master blaster’ into attempting a shot outside off stump.

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Khariwada Under Siege

sixty-six illegal structures in Khariwada, Mormugao have been demolished and the fate of the remaining 297 hangs by a very thin thread. It would have been difficult to argue in favour of illegal structures if the rules were applied evenly to all. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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