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Two Sides of Indian Media

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI
THERE was a time when editors were not seen or heard, only read. One of the best illustrations of the original ‘ivory tower’ approach was NJ Nanporia, a venerable editor at The Times of India in the 1960s.

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Congress Credibility at Stake

ON Wednesday the Solicitor General, Mr Gopal Subramanium told judges of the Supreme Court that the decision of the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), Mr P J Thomas to recuse himself from the 2G spectrum probe was “in accordance with the highest traditions of the Indian civil service”.

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Need for Monitoring

ALL might not be lost, but for the twenty-four students who lodged a complaint against an aviation academy in Margao the fear of losing large sums of money remains quite genuine.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Justice to Aviation Academy Students
FOR two days now, we have been reading reports that a private institution, the Achievers Aviation Academy has been cheating its students. Besides collecting fees to the tune of Rs 1 crore from 125 students registered at the institute, students have also alleged that despite undergoing the training, no certificates were issued to them; those that were issued had neither the seal nor the signature of the authority.

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Radia Tapes:Threat to Democracy

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
AS the telecom scam over the 2G spectrum reverberates, two magazines (Outlook and Open) have reproduced partial transcripts of certain telephone conversations between Ms Nira Radia, a corporate lobbyist for the Tata and Mukesh Ambani groups, and several top journalists and politicians. These show journalists illegitimately acting as political lobbyists.

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No Easy Solutions

NEWS that five panchayats in the Bardez taluka–Candolim, Calangute, Odxel, Pilerne-Marra and Assagao, have identified land for setting up garbage treatment plants should make the people of these villages heave a sigh of relief.

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Sensational Leaks

THE Saudi King describing Pakistani President Zardari as the greatest obstacle to the country’s progress; US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referring to India as a self-appointed front runner for the UN seat; Israeli President describing Pakistan as his ‘private nightmare’; how India was kept out of the Turkey talks on Afghanistan…

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Deduction against Unwanted Schemes
THIS refers to the editorial ‘Finally, Number Portability’ (NT, November 27). Mobile number portability is not as urgent as dealing with the illegal methods practiced by some mobile phone operators. 

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Jettison Caste: Bihar Shows the Way

BY KULDIP NAYAR
BIHAR has half of Pakistan’s population, eight crore, and it is one of the most important state which affects Indian politics. The Jaya Prakash Narayan movement that swept Indira Gandhi out of office in 1977 started from the state.

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Time to Reinvent IFFI

WHEN a well-known film critic like Mr Derek Malcolm says the International film Festival of India lacks a passion for cinema, it is time to sit up and think. Mr Malcolm is more than qualified to make the comment; after all he has been following IFFI for the last 35 years. So this isn’t the statement of a malcontent first timer, but an observation backed by experience and in-depth knowledge of films and film festivals.

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