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S Asia: Changing Nuclear Matrix

BY ANIRUDH PRAKASH

ACCORDING to the most recent estimates, Pakistan has doubled its nuclear stockpile over the last few years with its arsenal now totalling more than 100 deployed weapons. Pakistan is now ahead of India in the production of uranium and plutonium for bombs and development of delivery weapons. It is now producing nuclear weapons at a faster rate than any other country in the world.

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PM’s Scapegoat

THE Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s address to television editors on Tuesday was primarily intended to send out a message to the nation that first, he was in no way involved in the 2G Spectrum scam or any other scam, and second, he was doing whatever was possible to bring the guilty politicians and businessmen to trial.

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Faster the Better

ANY delay by the central government to communicate the Goa government’s request for probe into the alleged drug mafia-politician nexus as well as the Gudlar case to the CBI will be injustice to the state which has received a lot of negative publicity owing to drug-related cases.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Transparency in Budget Draft

A SHORT sixteen day budget session has been called wef March 16, 2011, during which the Goa Police bill 2008 and Lokayuktya Bills are also reportedly to be tabled.

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A Project for Environmental Disaster

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

OUR rulers have found a new vocation–maligning environmentalists and questioning the very idea of regulating industry for pollution. Thus, Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar lashed out at activist Ms Medha Patkar for criticising Lavasa, an artificial gated city of the super-rich near Pune, in which his family has invested crores.

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Cost to the City

THE International Film Festival of India arouses passion and suspicion. It has inspired a host of local directors and stirred many an activist and politician. Everything from expenses, decoration and lighting is placed under the scanner. No festival is debated and dissected as intensely as IFFI.

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A Readymade Reason

THREE-MEMBER judicial commission from Pakistan is waiting to verify the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, talk to the additional chief metropolitan magistrate who recorded the statement and meet the investigating officer, while New Delhi ponders the pros and cons of whether it should grant them permission.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Road Block at Malim

HOW can the government allow illegal structures to come up opposite the Malim jetty? ‘Gaadas’ use up the parking space, and other illegal structures occupy the roadsides. As a result, there is a complete chaos and severe traffic congestion. Is there no agency in the government that can help? Please free the place of these structures immediately.

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Commitment to Dialogue Missing

BY KULDIP NAYAR
IN a barren relationship, even a small shower makes the difference. The ground is broken. India and Pakistan have been distant neighbours for more than six decades. That Foreign Secretaries of the two countries met and did not disperse in disgust is itself news.  But when both are satisfied after the talks, they make a big splash.

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Direct Subsidy

THE decision of the central government to introduce direct subsidy for fuel, food and fertiliser to ensure proper targeting is welcome. However, it should have been done at least a decade back when attempts were being made to link fuel prices to the international market.

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