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Wave of Death

JAPAN and the world are in a state of shock. The images of devastation wrought by an earthquake which measured 9 on the Richter scale followed by a massive tsunami which has left nearly 10,000 dead or missing are mind-numbing. Houses, ships, cars and even planes were swept away by waves of water.

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Curbing Bus Rush

THE transport department, it appears, has learnt one lesson from its drive against overloading of buses, which is, the stick alone will not work. A rationalisation of the transport system with optimum use of public and private owned buses is now on the cards.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

IAF Award to Tendulkar
AS reported in the press, the Indian Air Force would like to give an award to Sachin Tendulkar if the Indian Cricket team wins the World Cup. He has already been made the Honorary Group Captain of the IAF.

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Pakistan’s Descent into Anarchy

BY INDER MALHOTRA
ONLY a month after the brutal assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani Punjab, by his own security guard, Pakistan’s only non-Muslim federal minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, met the same fate at the hands of the self-confessed Pakistani Taliban.

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Growing More

IT is difficult to disagree with Mr Pratapsing Rane when he says that Goa should be self-reliant in agro products. Mr Rane was probably reacting to the hike in food products and the possibility of a global wheat shortage consequent on the failure of the crop in China.

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Horns of a Dilemma

SHOULD ships carry armed guards to ward off Somali pirates who operate in the Arabian Sea? This is a question the union government is reluctant to answer.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

On ‘Professional’ Politicos
WHILE I would like to congratulate the doctors of Panaji for showing concern and doing whatever they positively can, I was surprised by the views put forth by Mr SND Poojary (Doctors and the CCP Election- NT, March 11) that the field of politics should be left to the professional politicians who need not follow any code.

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Under the Shadow of 2G Scam

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI
ON the night of the 2009 general election results, the irrepressible Mr Suhel Seth, opinion television’s angry impresario for all seasons, described the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) as Delhi Money for Karunanidhi. Seth’s propensity to spit out the outrageous has made him a great favourite on talk shows and the DMK remark appeared to strike a chord with the chattering classes.

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Alleviating Student Stress

IF, for a moment, you thought appointment of counsellors in schools would alleviate the stress faced by students and teachers in one smooth sweep, think again. The idea, mooted by the state government which has put Rs 1.4 crore on it, is a good one, but not an end in itself. It may make a beginning.

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Simmering discontent

The Congress may have stitched an agreement on seat sharing with the DMK, but trouble is brewing in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee is not keen on granting the number of seats demanded by the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.

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