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The UPA is Floundering

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

JUST as the United Progressive Alliance government seems set to concede the Opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G-telecom spectrum scam, another scandal has broken out, involving the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and a private company, Devas Multimedia.

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Paying for Barbarity

FOR the 59 persons, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ram temple building campaign in Ayodhya, who died a terrifying, horrible, cruel and painful death on February 27, 2002 in Godhra, and who are often forgotten when the 2002 carnage in Gujarat is mentioned,

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Question of Grace

MR Manmohan Singh is not Mr Shivraj Patil, who even when terror hit Mumbai in 2008 never forgot to wear crisp, immaculately pressed clothes. Style was never a strong point with the Prime Minister who has more important things to worry about. Now he is being accused by the Opposition of lacking grace.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Irresponsible Census Officers

EVERY ten years a census of national importance is carried out. Giving false information is an offence under the Census Act. Refusing census duty is also an offence punishable with up to three years of imprisonment; but what about lethargic, incompetent and irresponsible census officers with no sense of duty? This is a greater crime which goes unpunished.

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Note of Alarm from Egypt

BY KULDIP NAYAR
BEING an open and free society with independent media, the scam-ridden India can absorb shocks and scandals. Yet this does not lessen the people’s anger against the rulers, civil servants and some from corporate sectors for swindling amounts running into lakhs of crores of rupees which could have made a further dent in poverty and unemployment.

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For Goa’s Sake

IT could take a while before the first brick for the Mopa airport is laid. But the process has begun. A high-powered committee comprising senior persons with experience in the civil aviation sector has short-listed four consultants, of which one will be selected to update feasibility of the project and prepare the concept design and master plan.

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Exemplary Punishment

IT is difficult to argue against the verdict of the Bombay High Court which upheld the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the ten that launched an attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Christianity under Threat
RELATIONS between Christians and Muslims in Middle East countries are at an all time low where religious freedom is being increasingly challenged, and Christians and their places of worship attacked with impunity.

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Anti-Terror: Tinker, Don’t Change

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
WITH Mr M K Narayanan summarily shunted out as national security advisor (NSA), the political dust has settled on Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram’s “proposal” to set up a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The strategic establishment is now poring over the details of what promises to be yet another revamp of the ministry and the intelligence agencies.

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Kalmadi’s JPC Card

WHAT exactly was sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, Mr Suresh Kalmadi aiming at when he demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into all issues relating to the event?

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