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Ravindra Kelekar: A Cultural Institution

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

IN July 31, the prestigious Dnyanpeeth Award would be conferred by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Ms Meira Kumar on veteran Konkani writer, scholar and philosopher, Ravindra Kelekar, affectionately called ‘Ravindrabab’.

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Doctor’s Ineffective Prescription

The three major challenges facing the UPA government are: first, bridge the development deficit to reduce sense of alienation existing in the people; second, remove the weaknesses in farm extension services; and third, design a holistic development programme for Maoist-affected areas.

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A Hard Seat

A research conducted by a team of psychologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Yale University has come out with an interesting finding that people who sit in soft, cushioned chairs are more willing to negotiate and compromise than those seated in hard, cushion-less and uncomfortable chairs.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Rampant Pollution

THE Environment Minister, Mr Aleixo Sequeira is a good preacher but has not been able to practice so far. The public only hear show cause notices in his press releases, but no action is taken.

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Let Qureshi Row be No Roadblock

BY INDER MALHOTRA
NO twist or turn in India-Pakistan negotiations surprises anyone. But what has happened after the foreign ministers’ talks in Islamabad last week is more than usually bizarre. In effect, what Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr Shah Mehmoud Qureshi, has done is to excel his past performance and raise the ante so much as to queer the pitch for the present at least.

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A Haunted Minister

SOHRABUDDIN’S ghost haunts the Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah and Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. In November 2005, the state anti-terror squad killed Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi allegedly in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

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Save Mandovi

TWO years after the media first exposed it, the Goa government has woken up to its social and political commitment and accepted the fact that 10 out 11 cruise boats operating in the waters of the Mandovi were disposing various types of garbage and waste directly into the river.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Let’s have a Constructive Discussion
THIS monsoon session, we request our honourable members to please note that the Legislative Assembly is a sacred democratic institution. Do not desecrate it by un-parliamentary actions and behaviour. Please debate to the point and brief questions and enlightening answers should be the norm.

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Complex Web of Afghan Politics

BY S N SACHADEVA
THE one-day international conference on Afghanistan (July 20) attended by around 70 international representatives, including 57 countries and 11 regional and international organisations, including the UN secretary general Ban-ki-Moon, suggested to the President, Mr Hamid Karzai to “clean up political and economic reforms and improve governance, including the fight against the Taliban”.

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Dubeys and Jethwas

At least two anti-corruption initiators were killed: engineer Satyendra Dubey in  2003 for exposing corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project in Bihar, and now RTI activist Amit Jethwa for exposing illegal mining in Gujarat. What is intriguing is they were exposed and murdered only after they filed the complaint with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

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