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Redefining Poverty

SATURDAY was a day to be happy and also equally to feel ashamed. Happy, for the reason that the Planning Commission accepted the Tendulkar Committee report which holds that 37 per cent of the people in India live below the poverty line–an increase of 10 per cent–and ashamed,

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Politics of Subsidy

WHILE the state government has been quite serious in providing subsidies to the private bus operators for replacing the buses which were 15 years old, it is really shocking that the owners were not too willing to take advantage of the government measures.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Fish, Hot Favourite of Goans
PETA has urged Goans to turn vegetarians and give up eating fish as it contains a lot of mercury and is bad for health. Most Goans will find this morsel of advice very unpalatable.

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Credibility Question of Judiciary

BY INDER MALHOTRA
IN the early 1950s, when the training of the IAS and other all-India services used to take place at Delhi’s Metcalfe House, the faculty had, as its vice-principal a genial ICS officer named Waghiewala.

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The Garbage Menace

The French actress, Ms Marianne Chicheiro has come out with the suggestion to slap garbage tax on every tourist visiting Goa as is being practiced in Europe. Some European tourist hot spots charge every tourist with a garbage tax on their air tickets or at check points.

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Entry Test to Bar

THE Bar Council of India is seriously contemplating to introduce a written test for law graduates nursing the desire to argue before a court. For more than a year this issue was being debated in the legal circle.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Arundhati Roy’s Remarks
MS Arundhati Roy’s is reported to have said, ‘India has never hesitated to use her military might to annex land and put down popular movements. Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Hyderabad and Goa are examples.

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A Clash of Agendas in UPA-II

BY P RAMAN
TUG of war is a rather strong term to describe the widening schism between the Congress establishment led by Ms Sonia Gandhi and the UPA government’s dominant reform group under Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

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Defining Dalit Agenda

Notwithstanding, the electoral compulsions, one thing is certain–the latest political battle between the Bahujan Samaj Party chief, Ms Mayawati and the Congress general secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi over who enjoys the trust and confidence of the dalits would redefine the dalit politics.

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The Congress Contradiction

WITHIN twenty four hours of the Cabinet Secretary, Mr K M Chandrasekhar sending a note at the direction of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to all ministers asking them to refrain from speaking on Maoist insurgency as the only competent authority was the home ministry to speak on it,

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