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A Leader Not in Control

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
INDIA’S Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is now a fairly isolated figure in the government and the Congress. His initial enthusiasm is vastly subdued, and the good doctor has been unable to come up with effective formulae for tackling inflation and spiralling prices.

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The Dangling Sword

THE reshuffle made by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh of a few portfolios in his ministry hardly makes any sense to the public. It is too minor to have any impact on the efficiency of the government.

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Improving Goa’s Infrastructure

GOA is seeking special assistance from the central government for infrastructure. Let us hope the efforts of the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to persuade the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee bear fruit. Goa is ahead of several states in terms of infrastructure.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inefficient Economists
IT is said that an economist is a person who will know tomorrow why the things he had predicted yesterday went wrong. We have a top brass economist managing our nation, and yet we are unable to check the spiralling inflation faced by the people.

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Worsening Centre-WB Relations

BY ARUP DEY

BETWEEN them, power aspirant Trinamool Congress(TMC) and the ruling CPI(M) in West Bengal have already plumbed the nadir in their political exchanges.

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Free the Lions

A GROUP of leading citizens, including industrialists Mr Azim Premji, Mr Keshub Mahindra and Mr Deepak Parekh, and two retired judges Mr B N Srikrishna and Mr Sam Variava, and two former RBI governors Mr Bimal Jalan and Mr M Narasimhan, have written an open letter to the nation’s political leaders, expressing serious concern over a series of scams which have led to ‘governance deficit’ in every sphere of national activity.

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Still Not Shy

THE Centre’s decision to get states to pay for the gap between the minimum wages fixed and the wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme is likely to affect Goa, which is one of the richest states where the minimum wages are high.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Streamlining Bus Stops

IN an effort to crackdown on unauthorised stops by private buses, the government has taken up the task of verification of the bus stops in the state.

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Misplaced Demand for New States

BY KULDIP NAYAR

STATES in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are partly the result of accident and partly the circumstances attending the growth of the British power. India regrouped them in 1955 on linguistic basis. Even then, it had to reconstitute four more states in the last few years to suit political demands.

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A Promise Unfulfilled

HARDLY six months have passed since Mr S Paramasivan, the managing director of the Tillari Irrigation Development Corporation announced that the Tillari project had been completed in all respects when Maharashtra’s Water Resources Minister, Mr Sunil Tatkare dropped a bombshell on Monday: at a press conference in Panaji he reminded the Goa government of its promise to rehabilitate a proportional number of project displaced persons. Apparently, there was a clause in the agreement signed by both the states that obliged Goa to give jobs to 630 persons displaced by the dam.

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