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Crisis of Confidence for Indian Polity

BY KULDIP NAYAR
GOVERNANCE is not a matter of wishful thinking. Nor is it some political trickery. For this, a clean, transparent administration is something minimum. By providing more funds for different fields, as the budget has done, does not automatically ensure improvement, particularly when the aam admi has been consciously left out.

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An Unregulated Field

The announcement by the Health Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane that the Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Bill 2010 would be extended to the state to cover also wellness/fitness centres and health clubs is welcome, although the benefits that might accrue are a long way off.

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Right to Die

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court has legalised mercy killings, but with a rider. While it ruled that active euthanasia, involving injecting a drug that would induce death, remained a crime, it allowed passive euthanasia, involving withdrawal of life support systems or drugs for patients who are brain dead.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

On Ash Wednesday-I
WEDNESDAY, March 9 is ‘Ash Wednesday’, the day when Christians commence their 40-day Lenten preparation to celebrate the paschal mystery of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Faiz

By FIROZ BAKHT AHMED
Vagaries of time can wipe clean a whole panorama full of memories; and multitudes are notorious for forgetting a once-legend, be it Ghalib, Zauq, Faiz, Faraz or Firaq.

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Unsafe Roads

ON Sunday, a 36-year-old woman was knocked down by a speeding car on the Miramar- Dona Paula road. She died before she reached the hospital. In December last year a 22-year-old youth was walking towards Honda in Sattari when he was struck by a two-wheeler rider.

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An Unrealised Dream

IF you have watched the movie, ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ you will remember Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s companion, Alberto Granado. The duo toured South America on a broken-down motorcycle in 1952 and the diaries they kept became the subject matter of the 2004 film.

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How Politicians Traumatised Panaji-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
I ALWAYS used to admire the big raintree–Samania saman touching the staircase of the apartment of my Biology teacher from Dhempe College, the late Malati Lad. She was married to well-known radio artist, the late Sitakant Lad. The Lad family was a cultural treasure of Panaji. And as we miss them, we also miss the beautiful raintree.

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Bargain in Chennai

DR Manmohan Singh’s cup of woe which was already filled to the brim has spilled with a pouring from Tamil Nadu. The DMK, which provides a wafer-thin majority for the UPA in the Lok Sabha with 18 MPs, has decided to quit.

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