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Finding the Truth

POLICE inspector, Mr Braz Menezes, who has been assigned investigation into the cause of death of Cipriano Fernandes who was in custody of the Panaji police station, has his work cut out for him: probe alleged murder, destruction of evidence and common intention against his colleagues. Not a pleasant task by any measure.

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Spare None

WOULD the Central Bureau of Investigation have arrested D B Realty managing director, Mr Shahid Usman Balwa if the Opposition had not created the ruckus it did over the 2G scam?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Shortage of Coins
THE sale of chocolates/candies etc has received a tremendous boost thanks to the immense shortage of coins. It has become quite routine to receive candy in lieu of change at any restaurant, provision store etc.

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Anger in Egypt: Global Fallout

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

FRAGRANCE from the Jasmine Revolution, which overthrew Tunisia’s hated President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, is spreading over the larger West Asia-North Africa region, especially to Egypt, Yemen and Jordan.

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Roots and Shoots

THE Goa State Horticulture Corporation, which supplies vegetables at a subsidised rate, has found itself in the middle of a storm. A fight broke out in the Belgaum wholesale market, from where Goa sources all its vegetables, resulting in destruction of ` 35 lakh worth of vegetables, all destined for GSHC outlets in the state.

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Shoeshine Cop

WHY did the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Padam Singh take out his handkerchief and bend to wipe the shoes of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati? It’s a question that only the DySP can answer.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Presidential System for India

THIS is in reference to the article "Will this be the year of reckoning for the UPA govt?" by Mr Khushwant Singh (NT-Panorama, January 23). As democratic citizens, we fully agree with the views expressed by him; the Parliament has become ineffective and Parliamentary democracy is a criminal waste of time and money.

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Bringing Back Black Money

BY KULDIP NAYAR

I CAN see Indian political complexion taking shape. The issue of corruption is assuming such a proportion that every party, affected or unaffected, is sounding horrified. They are also taking a stand against the scams which have put the ruling Congress in the dock.

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Pot and Kettle

THE Central Vigilance Commissioner, Mr P J Thomas is not going to go down without a fight. This became apparent in the Supreme Court when his counsel, Mr K K Venugopal pointed out that 28 per cent Members of Parliament face charges of various kinds with 54 being booked for serious crimes, including murder.

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Changing a Habit

NOTHING emphasises the two sides of the plastic coin more than what happened last week. The union environment ministry on Monday slapped a ban on use of plastic sachets for packaging gutka and tobacco products. On February 4, the largest manufacturer of machinery for producing plastic bags acquired factory space in Florida, USA to expand their business.

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