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Impose Liquor Ban Strictly The Calangute village panchayat has issued a notice banning consumption of alcohol on the beach, roads and public places in its jurisdiction. Individuals who violate the ban will be fined Rs 2,000 while the fine for groups will be Rs 10,000. Earlier, the state government too had banned drinking on beaches and public places. I don’t …

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From A Student Leader To A Finance Minister

By Amit Kapoor BY the time Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency on June 26, 1975, Arun Jaitley had already proved himself to be a deft student leader in Delhi University (DU) after leading ABVP to victory and becoming the president of the student union a year ago. At a time when Congress had a stronghold over politics at every level …

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CDS Must Be In Commanding Position

LT-GEN (RETD) HARWANT SINGH THE proposal for appointing a chief of defence staff has been doing the rounds since the time of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister and Lord Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy in India. In response to a communication from Lt Gen M L Chibber, former director general military operations, Mountbatten wrote in 1977: “Last time …

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US Covets Greenland

T K NANDANAN, KOCHI THE USA is an absolute epitome of modernity having been shaped by its citizens. Or, it can be said the USA is a manmade paradise on earth.  It is a country which always wants to innovate in everything. Americans are the leaders. Having utilised the country’s resources to a great extent, now they want to buy …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Travelling Treacherous Stretch COMMUTERS travelling to Panaji via Cortalim on the morning of August 22 were in for a real surprise with an orderliness in vehicular movement that has not been witnessed for quite some time on the ‘under development’ route which has woefully been in the throes of construction activities. With tight rows of vehicles jamming the stretch, travelling …

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Media’s Veil Of Secrecy On Kashmir

SAEED NAQVI IT is just as well that the BBC has decided to expand its shortwave radio service in Kashmir to beat the communications blackout. This is not the first time the BBC has played this role – and for good reason. Because the supine, mainstream media in L K Advani’s words crawls when it is asked to bend. Prime …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Students Ditch Engineering THIS is with reference to the news report ‘No takers for 548 seats in state engineering colleges’ ( NT, August 21, 2019). Engineering colleges  have been mushrooming in the country as well as happily increasing the number of seats over the years and churning out around 8 lakh  engineers in a year, despite the alarming rate of …

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HRD Minister Champions Myths

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES HUMAN resource development is an important ministry in the central cabinet for it deals with the system of education, which is of utmost importance for the progress of the nation. The government should spare no pains to ensure that educational setup in the country is at its best – right from the school level to the university …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Improve The Lot Of Transgenders IT has been reported that just 22 transgenders applied for undergraduate courses in thee universities in Delhi – Delhi University, Jamia University and Ambedkar University – indicating that much needs to be done to mainstreaming the transgenders. The Union government should constitute a national transgender commission. Unrestricted admission to any educational institution (private or public) …

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Bhutan Is Cynosure Of Global Powers

SHUBHA SINGH PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bhutan was aimed at re-engaging with the Himalayan neighbour during his second term in office as part of his ‘neighbourhood first’ policy. The visit had added significance since Bhutan has been changing under its new government and India-Bhutan ties had to be reoriented to the new winds blowing in Bhutan. In …

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