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UPA Losing Credibility by Going Soft

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
THE UPA government is in a state of total flux. Parliament has not met only because of the government’s refusal to concede the united Opposition demand for a joint parliamentary committee to probe the 2G scam.

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The Karwar Card

The idea of creating a Greater Goa by merging all Konkani-speaking areas keeps echoing every now and then. Earlier the job of replaying this dream fell on the shoulders of the late Ravindra Kelekar who never gave up the idea of merger of Karwar with Goa. Even then it seemed far-fetched and rather romantic.

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Test for Sonia

The three-day plenary session of the Congress slated to start on December 18 is expected to be stormy with the issue of corruption in high places taking centrestage. Ms Sonia Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party in 1998, will be facing her toughest political test.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On Highway Expansion
THIS is with reference to the views expressed by Mr Ravindra S Kerikar in ‘No Clear Picture on Highways Expansion yet’ (NT-My Take, December 9). While the writer has hit the nail on the head, the authorities do not appear to understand public wisdom, common sense and long-term solutions.

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Renationalisation in a Flat World-IV

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
UNLIKE some slavish neo-Salazarist and culturally rootless and confused Goans, the Portuguese who fought Salazar and admire Saramago have no problem in having a fresh look at their forefathers’ deeds or misdeeds.

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Market for Traditional Things

The report submitted by the Task Force Committee, headed by the noted Goan scholar Dr Nandkumar Kamat,  appointed by the government to suggest ways and means to give traditional businesses and occupations a boost and reinvigorate the informal sector is well intentioned, but a question mark remains on whether the recommendations are going to work in practice for accomplishment of this goal.

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Empty Chair

For the first time in the 75-year history of the Nobel Prize, the latest one could not be presented to the winner Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving a 11-year sentence and not allowed to attend the ceremony by Beijing. Instead,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Probe into Spectrum Scam
THE present Telecom Minister announced the setting of a one-man committee to look into the policies and procedures followed by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) in the allocation of spectrum since 2001.

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Congress: Tied in a String of Scams

BY INDER MALHOTRA
NEVER before has my homecoming, after a short or long absence overseas, been as deeply depressing as now. The only exception to this was on the bleak morning of November 2, 1984 when, cutting short a foreign assignment, I had hurried home in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the anti-Sikh riots that followed.

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Out of Picture

THE announcement by the Manmohan Singh government of appointment of a one-man committee of the retired Supreme Court justice Mr Shivaraj V Patil to probe the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G Spectrum since 2001, a period encompassing the NDA regime, is doubtlessly politically motivated.

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