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At Great Risk

IT was long believed that the assassinations of Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq in 1990 and Abdul Ghani Lone in 2002 was carried out by terrorist groups at the behest of Pakistan. On Sunday, for perhaps the first time a top Hurriyat leader, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat admitted at a seminar that the two leaders were not gunned down by government forces but by ‘their own people’.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Soaring Onion Prices
WITH the market prices of onions still hovering around ` 60 per kg and prices of essentials and consumables at an all-time high, the day is not too far when the ‘aam aadmi’ will be forced to eat cake instead of bread in true Marie Antoinette style.

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Sustainable Use of Mineral Resources

By Nandkumar Kamat
NATURAL geodynamic processes blessed Goa in bestowing vast mineral reserves. Singhbhum, Bastar, Karnataka and Goa are rich in minerals compared to rest of India.

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An Insightful Study

THE ‘Study of Contribution of Goan Iron Ore Mining Industry’ is an exercise that should have been undertaken years ago by the government. But it never happened.

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A Perfect Crime

IS the directive given by the Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to have a fresh look at the closure report filed by it in the sensational Aarushi murder case based on a careful study of the evidence or political compulsion?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ordinance to Fight Corruption
IT seems the Congress Party wants to promulgate an Ordinance to fight corruption in the country. Congress Party’s track record of fighting against corruption is dismal. In the era of the coalition politics, the ruling party never takes action against its allies, or its own members, indulging in rampart corruption unless forced by the courts or by the intense media pressure. Survival of the government and remaining in power are the primary goals of the government in power.

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Life Term to Binayak: Throwback to Raj

BY INDER MALHOTRA
THERE can be no two opinions that those who take up arms against the Indian State with a view to overthrowing the duly elected government through violence have to be crushed. In the case of the Naxalites, described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the biggest internal security threat to the country, there is another essential and inescapable element in policy.

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Equitable Share of Water

Water, it is said, will be the cause of the next round of wars. The verdict on one of the longest standing disputes over river water sharing in India was delivered on Thursday by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal – II, and it seems the quarrel has not been quelled.

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Involve Banking Sector

The scheme notified by the state government for disbursing infrastruc-ture loans to institutions of higher education at a nominal rate of six per cent would certainly make managements of such institutions re-work their plans.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

BJP’s Strange Logic 
The BJP president is reported to have said the action of the Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa   in de-notifying the government land and distributing it among his relatives is legal but immoral.

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