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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Tax Relief for Common Man

THE financial year 2010-11 has been particularly hard on the ‘aam admi’ and senior citizens with no let-up in inflation of food items and essential commodities. So, as we approach the end of this dismal year, it is hoped that the budget session scheduled for February will bring some relief by way of tax benefits promised earlier by the Finance Minister.

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Challenges that Confront Indian Republic

By Rajdeep Sardesai
ON Republic Day eve, the five top news headlines perhaps reflected the state of the nation. The first was the tragic story of the Malegaon additional collector, Yeshwant Sonawane, burnt alive by the oil mafia while checking kerosene theft.

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Far from Destination

THE Governor, Dr S S Sidhu’s call to formulate a state-level action plan for protection and conservation of the environment is an exhortation that can end up either way: as a platitude or a real plan of action.

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Invitation to BJP

IT is quite clear that the real intention of the Bharatiya Janata Party in unfurling the tri-colour in Lal Chowk, Srinagar was not to promote peace and harmony but its own narrow agenda.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Poor Service at Passport Office
ON January 12, I visited the Regional Passport Office, Patto Plaza, Panaji to apply for a passport for my children. On reaching there, I was astonished to see that there was only one counter operating for collection of applications, and one counter for fees collection, while the queue of people waiting in the small office to submit their applications was endless.

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Relevance of RSS Ideology

BY V Y KANTAK
WITH the revelations about the involvement of its past and present cadre in terrorist activities, the RSS has suddenly sharpened its attack on the Congress.

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Not in Vain

EVEN as the inquiry by the sub-divisional magistrate into the death of Cipriano Fernandes progresses, the preliminary findings of the departmental probe by the deputy superintendent of police, Mr Bousset de Silva has opened up an almost forgotten chapter in the annals of law enforcement–the D K Basu case.

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Murder Most Foul

The murder of Additional Collector of Nashik district, Yeshwant Sonawane by members of the oil mafia comes as a shock. That the oil mafia would dare to set ablaze a senior government official is a very strong comment on the manner in which Maharashtra is administered and the levels to which it has descended.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Police-Drug Dealer Nexus
AFTER several months of dilly-dallying, the state government has finally bowed to the pressure from various quarters and has cleared the decks for a CBI probe into the police-drug mafia nexus. None can deny that the menace of drugs has been dominating Goan beaches since decades, defiling Goan society and destroying the youth.

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No Real Decentralisation of Power

BY KULDIP NAYAR
I LOOK back with nostalgia on the days leading to the foundation of the Indian Republic 61 years ago. Although the Constitution was adopted in the end of November 1949, its operation came into being on January 26, 1950, consecrating India’s declaration some twenty years earlier on the bank of Ravi that its goal was full freedom, not the dominion status.

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