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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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Long Wait Over?

WHEN it comes to the River Princess it always seems like a case of a slip between the cup and the lip. In four months, it will be 11 years since she first arrived.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Too Little, Too Late
IT has finally dawned on the Goa government to start a degree course in mining engineering. So far, people with special skills were brought in from outside the state.

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Buffer Zones Essential

GOA is a state with a land mass of roughly 3,700 square km, small by Indian standards. Of this, 755 square km is occupied by six wildlife sanctuaries and a national park, that is nearly one-fifth of the state. An economy growing at the rate of nearly 10 per cent per year has placed enormous pressure on land resources.

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The T20 Shadow

TWO matches of the 2011 World Cup are behind us and there is one nagging question: Is India, the power house of cricket, enthused about the tournament, now that it has tasted three world championships of the T20 version? It seems quite odd to be asking this question because it was widely believed that the one-day version would kill test cricket.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Renaming of Streets

THE proposal to cancel all Portuguese street names and replace them with the names of Goa’s freedom-fighters is not such a good idea. Instead of this, it would be better to assign numbers or names of places and things to the streets, as in the west. A year or two down the line, the freedom-fighters will be forgotten.

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Panaji Deserves More

ROUGHLY a month from now citizens of Panaji will go to the polls to elect 30 corporators. How many will be returned is a matter of conjecture. Whether the Babush Monserrate or Manohar Parrikar panels emerge triumphant is yet to be seen.

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