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Pawar and Prices

THE Agriculture Minister and NCP chief, Mr Sharad Pawar is not known to act on impulses. His request to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to relieve him of some ministerial responsibilities–consumer affairs and food and public distribution–points to his uneasy relations with the Congress.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bandh Compensation Fund
BANDHS can be justified only if they are voluntary and non-violent. The recent bandh was neither. If the people were assured of safe and sure transport, very few would have remained indoors. Hence the bandh cannot be considered voluntary.

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No Early Respite from Inflation

BY P RAMAN
THE debate over the UPA government’s decision last week to give a free hand to the oil companies to fix the petroleum prices was largely confined to the ongoing opposition protests and the need to cut the exchequer’s subsidy burden.

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Job-Seeking in Goa

A COUPLE of years back the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) had set a challenging task before the Goa government: revive the confidence of the investors for economic growth and sustainable employment through accelerated industrial development. The state has lost charm for investors in the past few years.

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Protectionist Rich World

THE good news is that the world economy will grow faster than expected this year and the global economic growth would be around 5 per cent. What is most significant is that Asia has emerged as the driver of this growth factor.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Use Existing Land for Kabrastan
THE Muslim community in Goa is constantly requesting the government for land for kabrastan. However, the Muslim community must also listen to the grievances of others. The other communities are reluctant to give the Muslims land since the Muslims don’t exhume the mortal remains of their dead.

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Missing the Urban Mission

IF the conditions laid down under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission are not applicable to cities of Goa as they are small and do not have the minimum required population a way should be found.

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New Challenge in Kashmir

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has decided to use Army as a "deterrent" in Kashmir on the plea that security forces would ensure strict enforcement of curfew.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Police Bill 2008

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WITH the next Assembly session upon us this month, it is imperative that the Draft Police Bill 2008 be kept off the agenda. Such an alarmingly repressive Bill that seeks to give the government and police almost unfettered powers to suppress the democratic rights of the people, demands close and careful public scrutiny.

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