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Idea of Indo-Pak Confederation

BY FAZAL MEHMOOD

IS wisdom dawning at last on Pakistani leaders? Prime Minister, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani has been quoted as saying that Pakistan and India cannot afford a war and dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues between the two nuclear armed neighbours.

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Criminal Injustice System

THREE observations, two by the Supreme Court and one by the Delhi High Court, in the recent past have drawn attention to the state of the criminal justice system. This week the Supreme Court noted that the system is not working properly.

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Inching Forward

With the Town and Country Planning Board approving the surface utilization plan, the crucial document that determines how much area can be utilized for construction, for Sattari taluka, the government has inched closer towards realization of Regional Plan 2021.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Constructive Criticism

THE Bharatiya Janata Party plans on cornering the government during the forthcoming winter session of the State Legislative Assembly, which opens on January 31.

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How Bypasses Boost Agrarian Economy

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
WE need not consult the World Bank, Planning commission or Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to find a solution to Goa’s rural unemployment. There are success stories right in front of us–in our own familiar countryside.

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Wheels of Justice Roll

The Supreme Court could not have made a stronger statement in favour of human rights when it observed, “We cannot allow the Republic to kill its own children”. The comment was made in connection with the controversial killings of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pandey in July last year.

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Three Probes Underway

The allegations made by the family of Cipriano Fernandes that he was done to death by the Panaji police are serious. Cipriano was picked up by the police on January 7 after a complaint was lodged by his girlfriend who resides at Moira that he had threatened her with a knife. There are two versions to the story.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Rahul Gandhi and Politics of Coalition
RAHUL Gandhi is not only right, he is spot on. By now, everyone is aware that coalition dharma is responsible for most of the ills faced by UPA-II. If they were elected on Congress tickets, the ministers from the allies would have faced the axe as in the case of Mr Shashi Taroor and Mr Ashok Chavan.

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Strategic Importance of Central Asia

BY FAZAL MEHMOOD

CENTRAL Asia occupies a prominent place in India’s geo-strategic and energy calculus in the light of Turkemenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) project to tap hydrocarbon resources. Americans, Chinese and Russians are already engaged in this sensitive region not only for getting abundant petroleum and gas but also converting these five countries in military base.

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Green Versus Black

The Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh is under siege. A decision taken by the ministry a year ago to demarcate areas, known as ‘no go,’ where mining would be prohibited has raised the heckles of a host of cabinet colleagues, especially Coal Minister, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, who is backed of the Commerce Minister and Surface Transport Minister.

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