The violence in Afghanistan following the US President, Mr Barack Obama’s visit was hardly surprising. Probably, it was Mr Obama’s intention to send out a message to the Al Qaeda that the US feels triumphant about the success of their military tactics in breaking the back of the Al Qaeda, and the US must have anticipated a reaction.
Groundwater Contamination in Goa
THE recent nationwide survey undertaken by the water resources ministry has revealed alarming levels of groundwater contamination in several districts of the country which has rendered the water unsuitable for drinking and posed a host of health hazards.
BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI IN a nation of multiple gods, mortals run the risk of being elevated to divinity. With cricket as contemporary India’s mass religion, Sachin Tendulkar has had to live with demi-god status for years now.
A series of assessment reports on performance of panchayats in this newspaper points to a gross dissatisfaction with their working. Although some panchayats have done better in several indices, such as garbage management, street lighting and transparency, most of them have not. Perhaps the state government can force such panchayats to improve their performance by withholding funds to them.
Keeping Titular Post of President THE constitutional post of President of India is a white elephant, which entails expenditure of crores of rupees to maintain it. This money comes from taxpayers, which otherwise would be spent in providing facilities to the poor.
INDIA’S Agni-V missile launch followed by Pakistan’s Hatf-IV-Shaheen-1A launch were greeted with deplorable machismo and sabre-rattling in both countries. But the missile race will destabilise this region.