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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Learning from France

FROM time to time, we hear much about development. It is such a common word but in Goa’s world of tourism, it’s a rarity. Now, we hear that the Tourism Secretary, Mr D C Sahoo had said ` 70 million have been sanctioned for upgrading infrastructure in the coastal belt and for renovation of the churches, temples, mosques and monuments in the state.

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Journey of Maharashtra and Gujarat

BY RAJDEEP SARDESSAI
THIS week, two states, separated at birth, completed their 50th birthday celebrations. While comparing siblings is often best avoided, the journey of Maharashtra and Gujarat offer many lessons for the future.

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Hoping to be Nice

It isn’t out of place for someone visiting Panaji to fall in love with it. So enchanting is the place that many even want a slice of it to save for the future, like a house here or a plot there.

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Spring in Palestine

The unity agreement signed between the Palestinian factions Al Fatah and Hamas after a bitter fight that lasted nearly four years has given the Palestinian people residing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip a sense of hope.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Mockery of a Drill
I WAS one of the ‘victims’ of Operation Sagar Kavach on Wednesday. I left my home at Porvorim at 9.30 a.m., completed my work in Panaji in half an hour and turned back only to reach home at around 12 noon due to severe traffic jams.

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Jaitapur N-Plant: A Bad Compromise

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
ON the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe in Ukraine (April 26), a staggering nuclear disaster is unfolding at Fukushima in Japan. As we see below, another catastrophe could occur in any of the world’s 400-odd nuclear reactors.

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Test of Political Will

Although the intention of the state mines department to enforce registration of iron ore-transporting trucks for ensuring companies’ compliance with the quantum allowed to be exported by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) looks ambitious, it is a crying need.

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India’s Most Wanted

Prior to 9/11 the US was lukewarm to the evidence submitted by New Delhi on the role of Pakistan in harbouring terrorists. Osama bin Laden changed all that. Although Pakistan remained an ally, India became important.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Goa Govt should take over Port
IT seems that the jurisdiction of the Port’s waterfront limits extending up to Siridao in the North and Betul in the South were demarcated during the erstwhile Portuguese regime and the same was blindly accepted while bringing this Port under the Major Port Trust Act after Liberation.

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Modi must be Brought to Book

BY KULDIP NAYAR
POLITICIANS often make loaded remarks to convey what they have in mind without spelling it out explicitly. However, when a country’s Prime Minister takes to such an exercise, it means he wants to say something specific but does not like to face the storm it might evoke.

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