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It’s Raining Farm Loan Waivers

K G KARMAKAR   THE game is on and whether Pappu wins or Feku loses at the electoral stakes, the farmer has eternally continued to lose no matter who or which party comes to power. Irrespective of the debate whether this has been an interim budget or a full-fledged one, the Modi government  has tried its best to ensure that …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Kerala’s Unholy  Men Of God THIS is with reference to the news report ‘Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council issues guidelines to check sexual abuse’ (NT, February 6, 2019).  There are no words to describe how shameful it is for priests and bishops of the  Catholic Church in Kerala to be pulled up for moral turpitude through guidelines and a warning from …

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Anna Force Losing Steam

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA THE crusader against corruption   Kisan Baburao Hazare, popular as Anna Hazare,  has called off his fast.  Hazare had gone on fast because  his pet demand of appointment of Lokpal at the Centre was not met by the Modi government. Hazare has every right to go on fast or strike – the activist’s Ramlila Maidan agitation at Delhi …

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Let’s Go For Well-Being Index

Frank F Islam   THE year 2018 was not a bad year in general for India. GDP growth has been relatively good, the Modi administration has launched several new initiatives, and India’s status and world image has strengthened. The problem is that these are all top-line measures and do not get down to how the Indian people are feeling. Recent …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Shore Up Traffic Sentinel Scheme THE Bureau of Police Research and Development, which comes under the Union ministry of home affairs, has been keen on replicating Goa’s controversial traffic sentinel scheme at the national level. It is pertinent to note here that the Delhi traffic police had in 2015 introduced a traffic sentinel scheme as an empowering tool for the …

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‘Didigiri’ in Kolkata

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES INDIAN states enjoy powers within our federalism system enshrined in the Constitution. However, the Centre is supreme and maintains authority over the states. When the order of the day is cooperation and mutual trust and understanding between the Centre and the states then governance is smooth. But when there is Centre-state confrontation then lawlessness is the result. …

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High On Populism, Low On Economics

R K PATTNAIK PRESENTING the interim Union budget 2019-20, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal categorically mentioned that this is not an interim budget but a medium of the country’s developmental journey. In saying so, he has broken the convention, sanctity and integrity of an interim budget and stretched the boundaries to make what essentially are a series of political announcements keeping …

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What Ails Goa’s Panchayats

PACHU MENON, MARGAO THE news that the state government is finalising the proposal to hike the salaries of all elected representatives of village panchayats as well as zilla panchayat members by 50  per cent should rejuvenate the spirits of the harried lot who have always felt that they deserve a better deal as they handle an increased workload in performing …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Defending Traffic Sentinel Scheme IT is heartening to  see Director General of Police  Dr Muktesh Chander putting his foot down on the traffic sentinel scheme,  which is being vehemently opposed by politicians and  lawbreakers. The argument that the sentinels taking photographs of girls and women violating traffic rules could use the photographs for nefarious activities  is laughable. Our politicians want …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Beautify Garbage ‘Black Spots’ AS part of the door-to-door collection of garbage, the authorities concerned have removed most of the garbage bins which had been placed along the roadside in cities and villages.

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