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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Clearing of ‘Dum Maro Dum’
THE much-publicised Hindi movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’, which was flayed by many for a verse that was seen as casting Goa in bad light has been cleared by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court, after the filmmaker filed an affidavit that the objectionable matter has been deleted from the controversial movie and that there is nothing in the film to portray Goa in bad light (NT, April 19).

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Towards Better Indo-China Bilateral Ties

BY INDU PRAKASH SINGH
ADVERSITY sometimes can provide an opportunity to solve long-standing disputes between nations. India and China may be the world’s two fastest-growing countries but their accumulated grievances have queered the pitch for an amicable economic relationship. Happily for both, macro-economic troubles that are beginning to ail both countries may just inspire a more lasting bond that would augur well for the world economy at large.

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Curbing the State

In deciding to release the noted human rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen on bail the Supreme Court has righted a wrong committed against him by the Raipur sessions court and the Chhattisgarh government which was hell bent on keeping him behind bars.

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Rift in Raia

The demand by a large section of Raia villagers that their panchayat be bifurcated into two on the basis of caste is unprecedented. The norm in the state is to link two smaller villages to form a single panchayat, but the case of one village becoming too large to govern is new.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Make Cricket the National Game
WITH reference to the letter, ‘Cricket overshadowing other sports’ by Mr Willie Severes (NT, April 13) it must be said that the ICC World Cup victory has united Indians like nothing else can.

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How the World views Goa’s Tourism Scene

BY NANDKUMAR M KAMAT

IT is useless to blame only the outsiders for giving Goa a bad image. Our own people–the local stakeholders are spoiling the show. Without their active cooperation and profitable collaboration, beach tourism would not have flourished.

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Crackers at Khariwada

The residents of Khariwada have succeeded in shaking up a lethargic government and opposition into taking a look at their plight. They have, after a two-day struggle, grabbed the last straw of hope thrown at them by the Digambar Kamat government and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar.

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A New Window

If the seven pacts inked between India and Kazakhstan during the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to the capital Astana, the agreements for joint exploration of oil reserves and co-operation in the nuclear field are the most significant.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Give Padma Shri to Worthy

EVERY year one hears of the Padma Shri being awarded to Bollywood actors and actresses. The question to be asked is what service do these people render to the common man so as to deserve such a prestigious award?

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Fear of Stalemate in Libya

BY INDER MALHOTRA
SINCE the Western military intervention in Libya is more than a month old, it is worth assessing the results of the relentless bombing and allied covert activity by the intervening powers. However, pertinent facts of the situation need to be listed first.

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