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A Mystery

THE Minister for Transport, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar’s statement in the Assembly that the tender document of Shimnit Utsch India, the company awarded the work of supplying high security registration plates (HSRP) to vehicles in the state, was not prepared as per the CPWD manual is intriguing.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Salvaging River Princess

THIS is in reference to the letter ‘Stranded River Princess’ by Mr Adelmo Fernandes (July 28). Marine shipping is governed by the rules and regulations of the Marine Mercantile Department (MMD) and the marine surveyor’s decision is final.

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Rising Violence and Intolerance in India

BY KULDIP NAYAR
THE escalating violence in the country frightens me. Still more frightening is the shape it is taking. It has turned in some places communal, regional and ideological. Yet whatever the direction, it indicates a trend where the rule of law is lessening and sheer force is gaining recognition.

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Driving Hawks to Wall

PAKISTAN’S double game of fighting alongside the US but protecting the Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan was an open secret. At one stage the Bush administration had expressed concerns that the Pakistani army, particularly its Directorate and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),

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A Sustainable Solution

Once again the Supreme Court had to intervene and direct the central government to set up a water dispute tribunal to resolve the differences between Goa and Karnataka over diversion of water from the Mhadei basin.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Stranded River Princess
IT is understood that the crack in the hull of the River Princess has widened further and there is a possibility that the ship might break into two. As two companies are involved in a tussle to win the bid to remove the stranded ship, it would be in the fitness of things to allot one half of the ship to one company and the other half to the other.

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Madrasas Dithering on Reform

By FIROZ BAKHT AHMED
The deadlock over a government proposal to modernise madrasas, or traditional Islamic schools, illustrates how a ‘minority mindset’ imposed by the ulema (clergy) and politicians could draw Muslims deeper into the morass of conservatism, poverty and unemployment.

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Courts in Fast Lane

TRANSFORMING a traditional high-volume court which every day deals with thousands of paper documents into a modern, efficient and cost-effective e-court with the basic aim of speedy justice delivery is a challenging, arduous, time-consuming and sometimes frustrating task.

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Somnath’s Bombshell

UNLIKE other CPM leaders expelled from the party in the past, who expressed their anger in ideological terms, former Lok Sabha speaker, Mr Somnath Chatterjee has attacked the attitude of the party general secretary, Mr Prakash Karat: he calls him arrogant and intolerant.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A United India
WITH Independence Day fast-approaching, my fellow-countrymen need to take time to appreciate how lucky we are to be living in India despite its perennial internal problems.

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