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Games Politicians Play

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IN response to the mass movement launched by Mr Anna Hazare, the nation’s politicians have started their usual agenda exercise of causing confusion and dividing the people. One political party, in order to discredit Mr Hazare’s movement, has accused the Gandhian of setting a bad precedent.

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The Anna Hazare Phenomenon

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA

FIVE years ago in 2006 a movie gave birth to an idea. That idea morphed into an event. ‘Rang De Basanti’ brought middle class India to the streets demanding justice for Jessica Lal. The movement galvanised the public sphere.

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Bitter-Sweet

Not everybody connected with tourism is laughing all the way to the bank. The government might want to highlight that the ongoing season saw around 820 charter flights which brought in 1.6 lakh tourists as against 626 last year. The numbers always look rosy, but all those linked to the industry depend on the cash spent by tourists on various services. And not everyone is counting money.

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Underhand Deals

Top Infosys official, Mr T V Mohandas Pai has taken a pot shot at the Karnataka government prompting a sharp reply from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr Pai alleged that his company was asked to pay a bribe by government officials to clear projects, but it refused and the files went missing.

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Assembly creates Information Mountain

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
THE 17-days-long 13th session, the budget session of the fifth Legislative Assembly of Goa after statehood was concluded on April 8. It witnessed 1034 starred and 1028 unstarred legislative assembly questions, eight calling attention motions, eight zero hour mentions, 15 private members’ resolutions, four congratulatory and three condolence motions and passing of 84 demands.

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The Anna Milestone

The long and torturous fight against corruption has just reached a new milestone. The peace deal brokered between the central government and Mr Anna Hazare favours India. Politicians, who are now synonymous with corruption and sleaze, have been beaten and the frontiers of a clean and respectable administration have been pushed a few inches further.

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Development and People

On the last day of the Assembly session, the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat promised to speak to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and the Union Shipping Minister, Mr G K Vasan about curtailing the jurisdiction of the Mormugao Port Trust.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Electoral Reforms-I
After gloating over the supremacy of the government vis-a-vis the vox populi for some time, the central government has finally come its senses that the will of the people will prevail when there is visible malfunctioning of democracy.

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