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Port Town in Shambles
WHAT happened in Vasco recently was highly unethical. The local MLA along with his supporters have put the people of Vasco to utter shame and humiliation. Grievances can and must be solved, but not at the risk of public life.

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Shaky Start on Kashmir

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
WHEN the Cabinet Committee on Security announced ‘a new political initiative’ on Jammu and Kashmir on September 25, it was expected that high-level interlocutors would soon begin a dialogue with the state’s parties and civil society.

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Learning from Lisbon

On Tuesday a delegation led by the Portuguese Ambassador Mr Luis Filipe Castro Mendes and comprising the Consul General in Goa, Mr Antonio Sabido Costa and the Director of International Relations, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Ms Manuela Judice met with the Panaji mayor Ms Carolina Po and other officer of the Corporation of the City of Panaji to explore avenues for cooperation.

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A Mature Decision

The decision of the Central government not to file criminal charges against writer Arundhati Roy for speaking in favour of ‘azadi’ for Jammu and Kashmir is a sign of a maturity. At a seminar Ms Roy has said that Kashmir has never been an integral part of India.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Safeguarding Interests of Goans
MR Arwin Mesquita has rightly stated that Goa’s freedom fighters should address current issues destroying Goa and threatening the identity of Goans, rather than being pre-occupied with matters relating to re-naming of municipal gardens and roads bearing Portuguese names (NT, October 26).

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Silence of the Supreme Court

BY KULDIP NAYAR

The judiciary is facing a question mark on its functioning in South East Asia. It is not only the arrears of cases that horrify people but also the judges’ lessening integrity.

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Omnipresent Scam-Busters

Let us hope the ‘vigilance awareness week’ not only generates awareness of corruption but also goads people to inform the government anti-corruption agencies about wrongdoing in the government services and businesses.

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No Matter What

Finding a solution to the problem of road widening the soonest possible will be in the interest of Goa. Road is an important part of the infrastructure the state needs for development.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Beware of Mobile Services

The mobile service providers are finding different ways to rob their subscribers. To cite an example, I received a message on Tuesday from my mobile service provider saying that they would be sending free jokes for the next five days though I had not requested for any jokes package, and from the sixth day onwards, I shall be charged Rs 10 for the next ten days.

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Historic Juncture in WB Politics

BY ARUP DEY
LENIN’S statue still rises near the centre of Kolkata, and portraits of Stalin and Marx still hang inside the biggest union hall. Anyone doubting the local political dominance–and cold war humour–of India’s Communists need only visit the street in front of the United States Consulate: It was long ago renamed for Ho Chi Minh.

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