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Obama’s War Games

A new book titled ‘Obama’s Wars’ by the celebrated journalist Bob Woodward is expected to be released over the weekend. But excerpts published in US press have kicked up a political storm. The excerpts reveal deep differences within the Obama administration over the conduct of the Afghan war.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

CWG Games: National Shame-I
ON September 21, the world woke up to the horrific news of the crisis and the chaos enveloping the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. To add to the misery of inadequately completed games and housing facilities, came the crowning disgrace–news of the collapse of the foot bridge connecting the stadium to the parking lot.

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‘Growth’ isn’t Always a Good Thing

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
IN a recent media interaction, Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh hinted that he might reshuffle his Cabinet. We don’t know what its shape will be. But it’s near-certain that he’ll replace Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) junior minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh with someone more pliable and pro-industry.

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Bicholim Shows the Way

WHEN it comes to garbage disposal, Panaji and Margao have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Conflict among councillors and their inability to build a consensus on such a crucial issue as waste disposal continues to plague the two major cities. Panaji has the saddest story of garbage treatment plant to tell.

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An Exemplary Punishment

The world discus champion Dani Samuels (Australia) has joined a long list of stars to pull out of the Commonwealth Games. His plea: It’s enough to worry about performing, worrying about where to sleep and walk is another thing.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Relax Lending Rules
IT was surprising to read that Forsche, the all-women taxi service (by women and for women) which has been plying the streets of Mumbai and Delhi is struggling to sustain as lending agencies (banks and micro-credit institutions) have refused to grant it loans (NT, September 20).

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Recognising Kashmir’s Identity

BY KULDIP NAYAR
I HAD an interaction with some Kashmiri young men at Delhi this week. There was no doubting of their indignation and exasperation. The killings in the Valley, more than 80 since the beginning of stone pelting in June, were very much on my mind and I wanted to know what could be done.

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A Festival without People

IT is sad and disheartening that the third South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) went almost unnoticed and unattended. Absence of organisers, hurried departures of filmmakers, technical errors in screening of films, last-minute alterations of film schedules, poor selection of films… the list is endless. Clearly this festival, which was conceived by the South Asian Foundation to ‘dissolve boundaries’, is not working.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Decongesting Panaji
THE CCP decision to commence pay parking in Panaji is a wise idea for the municipality coffers, but not so great an idea for vehicle users and shopkeepers. A municipality is supposed to make life easier and provide services to the people. The same applies for governance.

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