Thursday , 14 November 2019
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Post-Verdict Muslims must Move On

BY FIROZ BAKHT AHMED
AFTER the Allahabad High Court judgment, I was shocked to see the same old faces, the so called–Muslim leaders (or rabble rousers)–on various television channels claiming to represent Indian Muslims.

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Devolution in Real Sense

The differing opinions expressed by the Panchayat Minister Mr Babu Azgaonkar and Mr Shantaram Naik, MP, at last week’s meeting of the South Goa Zilla Panchayat reflect the old battle between the government and ZP for transfer of powers.

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Tale of Two Generals

Given a chance would you prefer to walk in the shoes of Mr Pervez Musharraf or Mr Sarath Fonseca? Both were former generals, one in the Pakistani army and the other, a war hero who led his troops to victory over the LTTE.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inauguration Par Excellence
AMIDST all odds and controversies that entangled the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural ceremony got off to a flying start and was outstanding by any world standard.

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Centenary of Portuguese Republic

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

WHEN the news of first republic in Portugal reached Panaji in 1910, there were spontaneous jubilations and processions in the streets. An eyewitness local resident, one of Goa’s foremost, progressive social reformists, Yeshawantarao Suryarao alias Bhai Sardessai would later write of that day in his Marathi essay "Loksatta’ (People’s rule)–

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The Holy Grail

NOT to admit it’s getting better. A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse).’ This verse from a Beatles hit sums up the mood of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa which recently predicted a 10 to 15 per cent increase in charter tourists in the coming season.

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Unclear on Paid News

THE panel announced by the North Goa collector to monitor the phenomenon of paid news for elections could do a more worthwhile job if a foolproof method of determining what constitutes ‘paid news’ is devised. How is this committee going to determine if an interview published in a particular newspaper was paid for or not is not clear.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cyber Crimes

IT is understood that as fallout of the creation of fake profiles on Facebook of prominent politicians like the Education Minister, Mr Atanasio Monserrate, the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao and now of the Chief Minister himself, Mr Digambar Kamat is seeking a ban on all social networking sites.

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Obama’s Woes at Home and Abroad

By INDER MALHOTRA
TO arrive in Washington at this point of time is to be struck by the slew of troubles that are crowding in on US President, Mr Barack Obama. The more worrisome of them are, of course, at home. But the problems he faces abroad, especially in relation to China, are also serious enough.

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Curbs on Builders’ Caprice

NEARLY two decades after the construction bug bit Goa, the wheels of government are finally moving in the direction of protecting plot and apartment buyers from unscrupulous builders. A large number of cases heard by the consumer courts in Goa pertain to disputes between plot/apartment buyers and developers/builders.

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