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Mockery of Panchayat Raj System-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
THE 27-pages report of the Ministry of panchayat raj, Government of India on the state of panchayat raj in Goa, for 2007-08 needs to come as an eye-opener to everyone concerned about democratic decentralisation of powers to the grass roots level.

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A Dangerous Scenario

India’s metros have been a favourite target of terrorists. But the latest warning of “imminent” terror attacks especially on Delhi coming from at least three countries, the US, UK and Australia raises a major concern.

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Demons and Mayawati

From opening up the flood gates to entry of criminal politicians to showing them door, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati has now changed her approach.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Drug Menace
THE Home Minister simply denied that there was any drug scene in Goa. The Chief Minister refused to accept Mr Parrikar’s insistence on a CBI investigation of the inter-state liquor scam.

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A Fresh Beginning

THE prime ministers of India and Pakistan have agreed to break the logjam in bilateral relations. Nothing was conclusive; and Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani’s word that Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use its soil was sheer rhetoric.

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Goa’s Financial Blues

THE Governor, Dr S S Sidhu in his address to the budget session of the Assembly has pegged Goa’s growth at 12 per cent. But Goa’s fiscal health does not appear to be as good as Dr Singh felt and expressed on the floor of the house.

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Abolish the Khap Panchayats

BY P RAMAN 
THERE has been wide acclaim after a trial court earlier this month awarded death penalty to five caste panchayat leaders for killing a young couple who had violated the gotra rules. To get such a verdict against the Khap leaders in Haryana and certain adjoining areas is not a mean achievement.

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A Great Betrayal

History has repeated in Jharkhand in ten years. Mr Shibu Soren had voted to protect the Narasimha Rao government in 1991 and after ten years he voted for the Manmohan Singh government on the cut motion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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