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Why They Hate Mother Tongue

TWENTY years ago when the then education minister, Ms Shashikala Kakodkar introduced a policy which resulted in the government withdrawing financial support to primary schools with English as the medium of instruction, she made one error.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Garbage-Filled Calangute
DRIVING through Calangute is an eye-opener. Imagine my horror to see mounds of garbage lying at 50 metre intervals for almost a kilometre. One can even see a bus stand that doubles as a garbage dump.

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The Dubai Factor in Goa’s Politics

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

WHY Dubai is important for Goa? Because it is alleged to be a centre to decide Goa’s political future and ecological destiny. It is alleged to be a place to meet contacts and strike deals. It is not only a shoppers’ paradise but a paradise to auction Goa’s future and create a hell here out of heaven. Dubai welcomes everyone from Dons to arms dealers and petty politicians to paid mercenaries.

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When Earth Stood Still

Picture this: Lasith Malinga runs up to bowl the second ball of the first over. It’s a quick delivery and Virender Sehwag is caught LBW. Over 1.2 billion hearts skip a beat. In the seventh over, Malinga strikes again, this time luring the ‘master blaster’ into attempting a shot outside off stump.

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Khariwada Under Siege

sixty-six illegal structures in Khariwada, Mormugao have been demolished and the fate of the remaining 297 hangs by a very thin thread. It would have been difficult to argue in favour of illegal structures if the rules were applied evenly to all. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Vernacular English

I QUITE agree with the views of Mr Densil Vas who in the letter, ‘Medium of Instruction’ (NT, March 31) has stated that the English spoken by those who had their primary school education in the vernacular is a literal translation of the vernacular "with no proper grammar, diction or accent".

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Lost in the Woods

NOTHING can be more embarrassing for the Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Jose Philip D’Souza than the expose of inefficiency in his department by the Mapusa MLA, Mr Francis D’Souza who pointed out that, if one were to go by the records kept by the department, then the population of Goa would be in the range of 16 lakh.

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Long Arm of the Law

In the end the long arm of the law catches up. A fast track court on Wednesday convicted actor Shiney Ahuja of raping his maid in 2009 and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. For some one like Shiney, this is a long time and it will ruin his acting career beyond repair.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Goa Hamara Hai
THE goondagiri of Mumbai seems to have raised its ugly head in Goa. The incident occurred on Monday when MNS chief, Mr Raj Thackeray’s personal security guard assaulted a Goan truck driver and threatened him at gun point at Borim Bridge in south Goa.

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