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The Fine Line

THE observation of the Air Chief Marshal, Mr P V Naik that any decision on use of airpower to tackle the Maoists must follow a clear strategy to minimise collateral damage, has cleared the confusion for the time being about its use in the anti-naxal operation.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Maoist Menace-I
MR Rahul Gandhi and Ms Sonia Gandhi’s silence on the Maoist menace can either be called disappointing or a sign of their political smartness. Both these leaders have been enjoying power without responsibility.

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A Historic Feat for Dhempe College

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
BEING a proud alumni, a science graduate of Miramar’s Dhempe College of Arts and Science, my joy knew no bounds when I read the news of my college getting the prestigious ‘A’ grade by NAAC.

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Ghost of Al Qaeda

THE US Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton is known for her no-nonsense and often terse remarks which is why her observation at the University of Louisville, just a day ahead of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to the US that India and Pakistan have pursued nuclear weapons “in a way that has upset the balance of nuclear deterrence” ought to be taken seriously.

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Ensuring State’s Interest

ON ethical ground the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik may be right in refusing to head the committee constituted by the government to go into the issue of realignment of National Highway 4A from Mollem to Panaji

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Hope and Prayer Heals All
WE have seen how weak humans can be–even those in the service of the Lord. Let us not be surprised at the sex scandal which has hurt the Church so badly.

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Israeli Intransigence and the US

BY INDER MALHOTRA
IN this country, once a champion of the Palestinian cause, there has of late been little interest in West Asia, even though the situation there is worsening, thanks to Israel’s escalating intransigence under its current prime minister, Mr Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Passing the Buck

The Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram’s offer to quit owning ‘full responsibility’ for the Dantewada massacre has come as the real anti-climax. How could a person with a strong determination to end the Naxalite menace with an iron hand prefer to take to this course?

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A Raj on Paper

The incredible indifference of the people towards the recently held elections to the Zilla Panchayats in the state explicitly underlined that this institution was losing its relevance. Either in South Goa or in North Goa, peoples’ indifference was the matter of concern for the future of the Zilla Panchayats.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goa’s Sports Policy

THE state government’s sports policy to award marks to sportspersons who excel at various levels, is very commendable. Sportspersons deserve all the encouragement that we can give them.

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