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Wheels of Justice Roll

The Supreme Court could not have made a stronger statement in favour of human rights when it observed, “We cannot allow the Republic to kill its own children”. The comment was made in connection with the controversial killings of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pandey in July last year.

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Three Probes Underway

The allegations made by the family of Cipriano Fernandes that he was done to death by the Panaji police are serious. Cipriano was picked up by the police on January 7 after a complaint was lodged by his girlfriend who resides at Moira that he had threatened her with a knife. There are two versions to the story.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Rahul Gandhi and Politics of Coalition
RAHUL Gandhi is not only right, he is spot on. By now, everyone is aware that coalition dharma is responsible for most of the ills faced by UPA-II. If they were elected on Congress tickets, the ministers from the allies would have faced the axe as in the case of Mr Shashi Taroor and Mr Ashok Chavan.

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Strategic Importance of Central Asia

BY FAZAL MEHMOOD

CENTRAL Asia occupies a prominent place in India’s geo-strategic and energy calculus in the light of Turkemenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) project to tap hydrocarbon resources. Americans, Chinese and Russians are already engaged in this sensitive region not only for getting abundant petroleum and gas but also converting these five countries in military base.

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Green Versus Black

The Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh is under siege. A decision taken by the ministry a year ago to demarcate areas, known as ‘no go,’ where mining would be prohibited has raised the heckles of a host of cabinet colleagues, especially Coal Minister, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, who is backed of the Commerce Minister and Surface Transport Minister.

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Bicholim Benefits

It is quite remarkable that Bicholim, considered a small town, has accomplished what Panaji, mentored by a minister and Leader of Opposition failed to do. The Centre has sanctioned ` 3.2 crore to the Bicholim municipality under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) while proposals from the Corporation of the City of Panaji continue to languish.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Boycott the Onion

IN any ad-hoc subsidy like that for onions now in force, there is always an element of corruption. As the authorities move away from their primary responsibility of maintaining equitable prices in the market and resort to giving the subsidy, the supply chain (wholesalers and retailers) who have been black-marketing the product are happy since they continue to do what they are doing with no erosion in their margins.

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Emergence of Saffron Terrorism

By Rajdeep Sardesai
IF chain SMSes are a measure of the ‘national’ mood, then it’s clear what the popular opinion has been after every terror attack in recent times. “Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim” was a familiar SMS after every such incident.

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Bust the Nexus

The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat on Wednesday sought a report from the Home Department on the nexus between drug dealers and the police.

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A Solution Needed

Congress General Secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi hit a raw nerve in the NCP when he said that the government’s hands were tied on controlling rising food prices because of coalition politics.

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