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Shortage of Coins
THE sale of chocolates/candies etc has received a tremendous boost thanks to the immense shortage of coins. It has become quite routine to receive candy in lieu of change at any restaurant, provision store etc.

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Anger in Egypt: Global Fallout

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

FRAGRANCE from the Jasmine Revolution, which overthrew Tunisia’s hated President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, is spreading over the larger West Asia-North Africa region, especially to Egypt, Yemen and Jordan.

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Roots and Shoots

THE Goa State Horticulture Corporation, which supplies vegetables at a subsidised rate, has found itself in the middle of a storm. A fight broke out in the Belgaum wholesale market, from where Goa sources all its vegetables, resulting in destruction of ` 35 lakh worth of vegetables, all destined for GSHC outlets in the state.

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Shoeshine Cop

WHY did the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Padam Singh take out his handkerchief and bend to wipe the shoes of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati? It’s a question that only the DySP can answer.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Presidential System for India

THIS is in reference to the article "Will this be the year of reckoning for the UPA govt?" by Mr Khushwant Singh (NT-Panorama, January 23). As democratic citizens, we fully agree with the views expressed by him; the Parliament has become ineffective and Parliamentary democracy is a criminal waste of time and money.

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Bringing Back Black Money

BY KULDIP NAYAR

I CAN see Indian political complexion taking shape. The issue of corruption is assuming such a proportion that every party, affected or unaffected, is sounding horrified. They are also taking a stand against the scams which have put the ruling Congress in the dock.

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Pot and Kettle

THE Central Vigilance Commissioner, Mr P J Thomas is not going to go down without a fight. This became apparent in the Supreme Court when his counsel, Mr K K Venugopal pointed out that 28 per cent Members of Parliament face charges of various kinds with 54 being booked for serious crimes, including murder.

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Changing a Habit

NOTHING emphasises the two sides of the plastic coin more than what happened last week. The union environment ministry on Monday slapped a ban on use of plastic sachets for packaging gutka and tobacco products. On February 4, the largest manufacturer of machinery for producing plastic bags acquired factory space in Florida, USA to expand their business.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Agitations in Curchorem

THE agitation in Curchorem against the proposed four-lane highway has shown how desperately the local population is trying to protect their future from the menace of trucks and dust pollution.

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Simmering Public Anger in India

BY INDER MALHOTRA
FOR all its faults, India is not a tin-pot West Asian dictatorship. Except for the 19-month period of the Emergency in the mid-seventies of the last century, it has been the world’s largest democracy, albeit a raucously noisy and rather undisciplined one.

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