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THE return of Mr Gopal Das who was held in a Pakistani jail for 27 years on charges of spying is, without doubt, a moment of happiness for him and his family members.

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On River Princess Scrap
THE River Princess, grounded off the coast of Candolim remained unattended for over a decade. Finally the task of cutting and clearing the ill-fated ship was handed over to Arihant Ship Breakers and the work had barely commenced when the customs department fired the first salvo halting the operations.

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Why Captain Dhoni is a National Icon

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI
MR Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the country’s new Pied Piper. From his hairstyle to his helicopter shot, Mr Dhoni’s every single move is followed by millions. Mr Sachin Tendulkar may be the presiding deity of Indian cricket, the ultimate batting god who has scored more runs than anyone else, but he is someone you worship from afar.

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Missing Anti-Corruption Zeal

Those who attempt to ignore Mr Kisan Baburao alias Anna Hazare may do so at their own peril. When he starts an agitation politicians shake in their boots. Yet, they grudgingly acknowledge that he is the only man who has the charisma and appeal to galvanize people.

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Before and After

Before and After
Twenty-eight years ago if protesters had stopped felling of trees in Campal, the Kala Academy, one of the state’s grandest buildings, would not have come into existence.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Dum Maro Dum: An Insult to Goans
“OVER here (in Goa), liquor is cheap and the woman are cheaper”, are the lines that actress Bipasha Basu delivers in the trailor of the movie, ‘Dum Maro Dum’ which is to be released on April 22. Bollywood has on numerous occasions portrayed Goans in bad light as drunkards. Now they have gone one step further and portrayed our women as ‘cheap’.

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Alliances on Test in Four States

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

THE legislature election process is about to begin in four Indian states: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam, and could prove a turning point for the Congress, the Tamil Nadu-based Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK), its rival AIADMK, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and above all, the Left.

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Big Problems of a Tiny Nation

After nearly three months of fighting in Ivory Coast, a tiny nation located on the west coast of Africa, there is news that President Mr Laurent Gbagbo, who is holed up in the presidential palace, has at last opened negotiations for an exit from the country.

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Money Matters

The Corporation of the City of Panaji has something to worry about. Out of a total expenditure of `28.41 crore, `16 crore will go towards staff salaries, pension, provident fund contribution and allied benefits.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Role of Education Minister

IT MUST be said that an Education Minister should be a role model and a source of inspiration to the student community and the teaching staff, and should preferably be an educationist. But unfortunately in our country, only politicians can become ministers.

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