Wednesday , 13 November 2019
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Feeding the Hungry

IT is yet to be seen if the recommendation of the National Advisory Council (NAC), to replace the various categories in the PDS system with a ‘priority’ and ‘general’ criteria, will make any difference to the manner in which subsidised grain is distributed to those who need it the most. Under the new recommendations,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Paying Utility Bills
NOWADAYS, everybody is always in a great hurry and seek ways to save time. The Department of Telecommunications has made this possible. Monthly bills can be paid directly through the bank and the consumer is given a discount of 1 per cent as incentive.

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US Debate, Dilemma in Afghanistan

By INDER MALHOTRA

UNDERSTANDABLY in the United States the debate on the war in Afghanistan, also sometimes called the "war on terror", is much more intense than in any other country including those that have directly to bear its fall-out. However, despite acute differences of opinion, there is consensus in Washington on several points.

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Expected Outcome

Mr Vishwajit Rane’s victory by 8,405 votes in Valpoi in the recently concluded by-election was expected. The only point of discussion was the margin of victory. The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, Mr Santosh Haldankar, who polled 3,237 votes never had a chance.

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A Student Police Chief

Call it revolution or desperation, but Praxedis G Guerrero, a small town in Mexico with a population of 8,500 has just elected a 20-year-old woman as its new police chief.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

First Class Miracles

THIS is with reference to the news item, ‘Special prayers for Fr Agnelo sought’ (NT, October 22). It is the Church’s teaching that every miracle that takes place is through divine intervention and the will of God.

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Undoing China’s String of Pearls

BY S N SACHADEVA
ONE of the least understood and less scrutinised facets of India’s diplomacy is perhaps New Delhi’s ‘Look East’ policy, now nearly two decades old.

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Gateway to Europe

There are two things that Goa and Kerala have in common – beautiful beaches and a history of migration. Although Goa had a 400-year-old association with Portuguese, it was at Kappad beach in Calicut, now Kozhikode, that the Vasco da Gama first dropped anchor.

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A New Concern

The revelation that malaria deaths in the country are 13 times higher than reported is frightening, to say the least. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, malaria kills 5,000 children and 10,000 adults every year, but a new paper published in ‘The Lancet’ said the WHO method is flawed because it depends only on patients who have been diagnosed by a doctor and leaves out many deaths which occur outside the primary health sector.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A Word of Praise
I RECENTLY had the opportunity to visit the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim to see a young girl who had been subjected to a vicious knife attack. She sustained injuries to several abdominal organs and underwent surgery at the hospital. Her post-operative course was predictably stormy.

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